How to clean bathtub?

A leisurely, long hot bath is an answer to all kinds of stress. And of course, you can only enjoy it when the bathtub is clean, and cleaning the bathtub is not one of the stresses. 

Generally, bathtubs attract mildew, soap scum, grime, and not to forget hard water that causes the infamous stubborn stain and rust.

Every day, dirt and bacteria get settled on the surface of your bathtub, and if not cleaned, they will keep growing, ultimately leading to a breeding ground for germs. You can use non-abrasive cleaning agents to remove mold or grout and wipe off the stains for tub fixtures. The most common answer to these problems for every household is the store-bought cleaners that are specifically formulated for bath surfaces. There are many options available in the market, so whichever you choose, make sure you read, understand, and follow the instructions carefully for safe use since some of these products can contain toxic chemicals. 

But if you prefer to do it yourself in an all-natural method using known and non-harmful ingredients, then continue reading and follow the instructions step-by-step to know how you can get rid of the stubborn stains and clean your bathtub using inexpensive, easily found household staples. 

How to clean a bathtub?

maid wearing yellow gloves cleaning a bathtub

Do you have white vinegar in your kitchen pantry? That is the all-natural and one of the best cleaning agents you will find in your kitchen. These are the simple steps you should follow:

  1. For this, you will require a spray bottle. Fill it with a solution of vinegar and warm water with a half and half ratio. 
  2. Spray the solution on the surface of the tub till it’s covered properly, and let the solution sit for 15 minutes. 
  3. After 15 minutes, wipe off the solution with a sponge or a microfiber cloth. 
  4. Finally, rinse your bathtub with clean water and wipe again. 

How to get rid of mild stains

Follow these steps if you want to get rid of heavier dirt build-up or mild stains:

  1. Sprinkle some baking soda directly on to the tub while making sure that the baking soda covers the stains properly. 
  2. Spray the water and vinegar solution on top of the baking soda.
  3. You will notice that the mixture starts bubbling. Let it bubble for 10-20 minutes, and then scrub it using a sponge as it forms a paste. 
  4. Now let the paste sit for another 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. Finally, rinse and wipe it.

How to get rid of tough stains

If you want to get rid of tough and stubborn stains, then follow these steps:

  1. For this, you will have to make a paste at home using one part of hydrogen peroxide and two parts of cream of tartar or baking soda. 
  2. Rubs the paste onto the stain and let the paste sit on it for 30 minutes or an hour, depending on how strong the staining is. 
  3. Then finally, wipe and rinse. If required, repeat these steps until the stain is completely gone. 

How to get rid of hard water stains

Hard water leaves mineral deposits, and they never come off easily. But with the right method, you can easily get rid of them:

  1. For this, you require white vinegar and paper towels. Soak the paper towels in white vinegar. 
  2. Place the soaked paper towels on to the stains directly.
  3. Leave it for one or two hours. 
  4. At last, scrub the area with vinegar and baking soda paste and wash it clean. 

How to get rid of rust stains

  1. Sprinkle the borax powder on the rust stain. 
  2. Cut a lemon in half and rub the stain with the piece of lemon until it forms a paste. 
  3. Leave it like that for 15 to 30 minutes. 
  4. Wipe it off and finally rinse it. 

Keeping your bathtub clean on a daily basis will reduce the efforts you need to put at once and is a hygienic practice. Each time you take a bath, rinse the tub with warm water and wipe off the excess moisture with a sponge or a cloth. Moisture will allow bacteria to grow, so don’t let the tub stay wet for long. Following this routine regularly will also prevent grime, scum, and mildew. 

Acrylic Bathtub

bathroom with glass shower door and tan and white bathtub

For acrylic bathtubs, you should use nonabrasive cleaning supplies since it is a softer material. For this, you can follow the method of mild cleaning as mentioned above. Spread baking soda on the surface and let it sit. In case you have tougher stains, fill your tub with hot water and add sufficient vinegar to it. This will loosen up scum deposits and mildew. You can use a brush to rub the corners and finally rinse it clean. 

Fiberglass Bathtub

This is the most common material used for bathtubs. They are easy to clean, but if you don’t use the right materials, they can get scratched. 

For this, you have to use the water and vinegar solution discussed above. Spray this solution on your bathtub and let it sit. Then wipe it and rinse clean. For tougher stains, use the method, which includes hydrogen peroxide. Apply vinegar-soaked paper towels on to the stains, then apply the hydrogen peroxide or baking soda paste. Let it sit, then rinse. 

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid using abrasive powders and brushes like steel wool. These can easily leave scratches on your bathtub and affect the finish and make it dull. 
  • Don’t mix different cleaning substances or products. Since they have a lot of chemicals, they can create fumes, and the toxic reaction may even burn your skin. 
  • While you are cleaning your bathtub, make sure you have the doors and windows opened, and the bathroom is well ventilated. Also, wear gloves to protect your skin. 
  • If you use substances like bleach or hydrogen peroxide, use old fabric pieces or clothes as they cause discoloration. 
  • Rinse the tub properly, so there is no residue left behind. 

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