How to Clean a Bathtub, Plus a Crazy Bonus Tip

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It’s hard to spend an evening relaxing in the tub when your concerned about cleaning it properly! Use these tips and tricks to keep your bath clean and welcoming for evening spa dates. 

What to Avoid

No matter what you’re cleaning, never mix cleaning products. Some of the chemicals found in different products could create harmful gas when combined. Since bathrooms tend to be smaller rooms, be sure yours is well ventilated while cleaning the tub. Cleaning a tub can be a big job, and prolonged exposure to the chemicals in cleaning products can be harmful to breathe. 

For most tubs cleaning products like Scrubbing Bubbles, OxiClean, and Clorox Clean-Up are perfectly safe to use. However, if your tub is made of a unique material, be sure to check the label of the cleaner and the manufacturers recommendations to make sure they are safe to use. If you’re concerned about too many chemicals going down the drain we have a more natural option next. 

Regular Cleaning

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Here is a more natural way to keep the bathtub looking in tip-top shape. Rinse it out with clean, warm water and then dry it after every use. Doing so will protect it from water stains and mildew, which is not only harmful to the bathtub but your family’s health as well. 

If the tub is being used fairly often, you’ll want a bit deeper of a clean. Though most all-purpose cleaners will work, here is a more natural solution. 

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and warm water, spray the tub with this solution and let it sit for 15 minutes, wipe the tub down with a microfiber cloth or soft sponge, then rinse out the bathtub thoroughly and dry with a towel. 

This will clean away day to day grime and keep the tub looking and feeling fresh. 

Deep Cleaning

For mild stains such as watermarks: sprinkle baking soda into the tub and spray the same 50/50 vinegar and warm water solution over it. Things will start to bubble, and that’s what we want! Let it do its thing for 5-10 minutes. Using a sponge or cloth, scrub the solution around the tub and again let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse and dry out the tub as usual!

Don’t forget to take out that trusty toothbrush for corners and hard to reach places. 

For tougher stains: create a paste of one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda, and scrub that onto the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes or up to an hour, then wipe and rinse. If the stain is still there, repeat the process until it’s gone. Dry out the tub to avoid water spots. 

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Crazy Bonus Tip

If getting on hands and knees sounds like a terrible idea and you’re looking for an easier cleaning process, we might have just the trick for you. With a brand new clean broom and some dawn dish soap, you might find your new favorite way to clean a bathtub. 

Take some dawn dish soap and squirt some into the tub. Put down the stopper for the drain and fill the 8tub slightly with hot water. Now take that clean broom and start scrubbing. It sounds crazy, but it can be a lifesaver for aching backs and sore knees. As always, rinse out the tub when finished and be sure to dry it thoroughly. 

Crazy enough, it just might work!

As always, with regular cleaning, a bathtub isn’t too hard to keep fresh. Plus, with that new tip cleaning the tub could be fun!


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