Nothing makes my back ache more than cleaning the bathtub! Even thinking about it causes me to grimace.
Here are some practical tips that will make it a little easier on your back and help you to make your bathroom shine.
Are you ready then? Let’s clean your dirty bathtub!
Cleaning Tools and Supplies:
mild abrasive cleansing product
scrubber, brush or sponge
Bathtub Cleaner Recipe:
Mix a solution of 1 cup degreasing liquid detergent and 3 cups of water in a spray bottle.
First pick up and put away all your bottles of shampoo and conditioner, soap, etc. Your work will be easier and faster if these things are out of the way.
Before you start the heavy scrubbing, wet the bathtub down and sprinkle or spray the detergent and water cleaner.
Then lightly scrub at the heavily grimed up areas of the tub.
Now let your cleaner sit on the dirt and grime and allow it to work for 10 minutes or so. This way the detergent can begin breaking down the grime.
When the time is up, go back to scrubbing, and the dirt should come off fairly easily.
After cleaning a section, spray or splash with clean water to mark your progress.
If the dirt is still not coming off easily you can spray the area with a more heavy duty cleaner like Tilex ® and let it sit for a few minutes before you tackle it again.
Rinse the tub with clean water to remove any soap residue and avoid streaking.
When it’s all done, practice regular maintenance, like wiping down the bathtub after using it. Doing this in between regular cleanings helps keep the dirt and soap scum from becoming a dirty mess again.
If you love to take a bath you can spray a little of your degreasing cleaning solution to the bath water when you’re done using it. I swish it around and rub along the water’s edge before draining.
This helps keep the “ring around the tub” from forming.
Cleaning Hard Water Spots or Mineral Deposits:
Mix about 3/4 cup automatic dishwasher detergent to one gallon of water.
Sponge solution on and allow to set 15 minutes, keeping surfaces wet, in order to dissolve spots.
Rub with a scrub brush or white or green scrubby.
Repeat applications may be necessary.
Rinse and dry.
Natural Cleaners and Deodorizers:
Common baking soda and water paste makes an effective scum remover, fights odor and mildew.
Spraying hot white vinegar on surfaces is effective on scum, sanitizes and removes odor. Do not use vinegar on stone surfaces such as marble, travertine, or granite as it will damage and permanently etch the surface.
Now you have the tricks and tips for cleaning your tub and keeping it clean. After you have removed all the dirt and grime, it all comes down to drying the bathtub or shower after you have used it.
Soap residue and the minerals naturally present in water won’t stick around and make your tub grimy again.