5 Ways to Get a Sparkling Clean Bathtub

A clean bathtub can be easier to have than you think. Soap scum, mildew and other gross grimes can look daunting but we can help you clean your tub and keep it sparkling.

How to Clean a Bathtub

It’s been a long day at work. You’re tired and want nothing more than to unwind in a nice, relaxing hot bath. And that’s when you notice—the soap scum, mildew, and grime. The place you most closely associate with cleanliness can actually get quite filthy over time. Not to worry, we’re here to share some of best tips for cleaning up and getting your tub spotless once again.

Deep Clean Starts Here

1. Remove items from your bathtub

Clear out your tub. That means everything—the multitude of soaps, loofas, and shampoos. Even the little rubber ducky and tub toys. Give everything a good wipe as soap scum can accumulate on anything and everything. 

2. Start at the top and scrub with cleaner and brush

Start at the top and work your way down. If you have tile, you’ll want to power away any mildew with a tile cleaner and grout brush. Read and follow all label instructions and avoid mixing cleaners. Once complete, rinse thoroughly, paying special attention to stubborn spots. For an all-natural alternative, we recommend a 50/50 vinegar and water combination. The acidic elements in vinegar will help cut through any pesky soap scum and mildew.  

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3. Use an all-purpose cleaner for inside of your tub

Apply your all-purpose tub cleaner to the interior of the tub. Again, it is important to always read and follow label instructions. Most cleaners will need to sit for a period of time in order to achieve maximum efficiency. You’ll want to focus on the top and work your way, rinsing thoroughly upon competition.

4. Don't overlook corners

Focus on your corners as they can be magnets for soap scum. Using a small brush, gently scrub any dark green areas where soap scum has accumulated.

5. Stains? Half and Half Vinegar and baking soda

So, you have an unsightly stain ring around the interior of your tub. Congrats, you have a tub ring. Don’t worry, with a little elbow grease and patience you can be rid of the gross circle. A 50/50 vinegar and baking soda combination will create a natural cleaner perfect for powering away the grit and grime.

Keep Your Tub Clean by Being Proactive

We know, no one wants to wrap up a nice, long soak by grabbing the cleaning supplies and power washing his or her tub. Luckily, keep your tub tidy post-bath is way easier than that. Simply rinse and wipe down your tub after bathing. That’s it. No need for chemicals or cleaners.

Tips for keeping your tub clean:

•    Stay away from steel wool or abrasive brushes. They can scratch the surface of your tub.

•    Never mix your cleaning products! They could create toxic fumes or burn your skin.

•    When dealing with chemicals, make sure your area is well-ventilated.

•    Protect your skin by wearing rubber gloves.

•    Wear old clothes. Cleaning products with bleach or hydrogen peroxide will discolor fabrics.

•    Avoid residue by carefully wiping and rinsing all cleaning products.

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