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Cleaning the Bathtub

Cleaning a bathtub is a necessary household chore, if not an exciting one. Generally the tub can be cleaned using household cleaners. Sometimes more specialized cleaners may be needed. This is a guide about cleaning the bathtub.

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March 2, 2015 Flag
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Today I tried bleaching, Oxiclean, and Lysol foam cleaner. Nothing worked. I wish I had taken a before picture. I decided to try the cleaner that I use to clean my ceramic cook-top. It worked. Right before my eyes, the dirt came clean.

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A clean tub after stains have been removed.

I figured if it could clean grease off the cook-top it could dissolve body oils too. I bought it my local grocery store. It is a paste like cleaner and comes in a tub similar to car wax. It also comes with a small scrubbing sponge. The brand name is Carbona Ceramic Cooktop Power Cleaner. I did have to use the sponge that came with it a scrub a little, but it came off in minutes.

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    November 5, 2010 Flag
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    When your bathtub really gets grimy looking and the bathroom cleaners don't seem to be working, try a scrubby sponge and a bit of powder dish washer soap. It doesn't scratch, but it will get things super clean.

    By Lynn from WV

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    November 19, 2014 Flag

    Now that I'm an Oldie but Goodie, I have found an easier way to clean the bathtub. After my shower, I lightly sprinkle cleanser in tub. I got a broom from Dollar Tree, wet it and swish it all over, tub and walls. Let it sit for half hour. Then wet the broom and swish again to rinse. I also like to use a soda bottle to rinse tub and walls. When done, I rinse the broom out. Now, that's nice and clean too!

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      March 24, 2010 Flag

      To quickly and easily clean your bathtub area or shower stall, fill a bucket with cleaner and hot water. Place the bucket into the tub or at the bottom of the stall. Use a mop with the water-cleaner mixture to wash down entire area.

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      April 30, 2008 Flag
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      Instead of using chemicals to clean your bathtub, use vinegar and baking soda. Spray vinegar heavily on tub then put baking soda on...

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      February 11, 2010 Flag
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      A stiff broom with plastic bristles makes a nice tool for cleaning the bathtub without having to bend down. Scouring powder works well with the broom. Of course, if there is an unusual amount of hard water deposit, it may still be necessary to scrape it off with a knife.

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      January 5, 2013 Flag

      My family would love to take baths, but not clean the tub. I finally got them into the habit of before leaving the bathroom, sprinkle cleasner into the tub. The next person will have to clean the tub and so on and so on. Now we can be sure that everyone in the house is cleaning the tub.

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      December 4, 2011 Flag
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      Use liquid toilet bowl cleaner in your bathtub or shower to remove hard water stains, minerals, mildew, and soap residue. It's stronger than bathtub cleaners and does the job in no time.

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      May 3, 2012 Flag
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      I just moved into a new apartment and everything was new looking and clean. Until my son took his first bath. There are dirty little footprints in the bottom of the tub that won't go away. I've tried every household cleaner I can think of. The tub is not porcelain. I don't know what to use. Please help.

      By Nikki F

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      May 5, 20120 found this helpful

      Use a Mr, Clean Magic Sponge - it works wonders!

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      October 17, 20150 found this helpful

      mr clean sponges don't work and fall apart after a few minutes. waste of money

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      March 2, 2009 Flag
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      How do you clean soap out of a bathtub (not porcelain)? I also need to clean the fabric liner for the bathtub. It has some rust stains on the bottom.

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      May 19, 20110 found this helpful

      Never use Comet or AJAX to clean unless you want to scour the surface away, this junk is nothing more than powdered 'sandpaper'.

      Now get in the habit of wiping down the tub/shower enclosure each day... Purchase the following:

      1) Squeege

      2) Microfibre cloths

      Squeege the surfaces first, then finish with a microfibre cloth wipe down, this will take about 3 minutes and your bath enclosure will be clean every day.

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      May 19, 20110 found this helpful

      Fabric liner:

      Purchase a large, nylon net clothes bag [the sort that is used for collecting dirty clothes]. Place Liner and shower curtain inside, tie shut, then wash in the washing machine...the bag will protect the liner & curtain from abuse and you'll have sparkling clean items...available from your K-mart and Wal-marts ......

      http://www.laundrybagstoreonline.com/form2834-yel.htm

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      August 17, 2009 Flag
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      You can use salt scrub that you use on your skin also to clean your shower or tub. I take a scrub brush and put a heaping tablespoon across the bottom. Then I spray water around the tub with the showerhead to make the tub damp.

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      April 8, 2005 Flag
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      I just moved into an apt that had a rubber bathmat in the tub. Now there's about 30 large, round circles of buildup in the tub. How do I remove them economically, or at all. I can't find anything that helps. Jigger

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      April 12, 20050 found this helpful

      Try the 'green pad' scourer and scouring powder first - if that doesn't work try fine grade sand paper - BUT only if you have a ceramic bath! Don't use abrasive cleaners on 'plastic' baths or you will damage/dull the surface.

      Regards

      Jo

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      April 29, 20050 found this helpful

      I used the Mr. Clean Eraser on some of the spots in my tub. The previous owner took the decals up and there were brown spots where they were. They are not completely gone but they have lightened.

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      March 1, 2010 Flag
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      I heard that you can use baking soda to clean out your bathtub. I was wondering how much baking soda would I need to use to clean it out? Thanks.

      By Krystal from Kenora, Ontario

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      March 3, 20100 found this helpful

      I keep a container of baking soda in my bathroom (in a cheese shaker) and I use the cheapest shampoo I can find (usually a gallon jug from Sally's Beauty Supply). I just sprinkle the soda (doesn't take much - your judgement) in the bottom of the tub and pour a dollop of shampoo and scrub with the wash cloth I just bathed/showered with - using my feet! I also use this "recipe" on my sinks!

      If you don't want to use body parts to clean just get an old broom and use it to scrub all surfaces; rinse it and let it dry in the tub! Easy and clean and refreshing to your room!

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      March 19, 20100 found this helpful

      Make a soft scrub paste of baking soda mixed with enough dish soap to form a good paste. Works wonders in the tub, toilet, sink and in the kitchen too. I've cleaned baked on grease from frying with this paste and some salt added.

      Remember if the soda and soap paste isn't quite getting something clean - add some salt and continue scrubbing.

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      February 26, 2014 Flag
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      To quickly and efficiently clean tubs and showers, use this procedure:

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      April 27, 2012 Flag

      When we moved into our "new" apartment, it needed a good cleaning! The worst of it was in the bathtub/shower. I used cleaner after cleaner, until I talked to the apartment manager one day.

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      March 13, 2006 Flag
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      Fill tub or sink with the hottest water you can. Add at least 1 cup dishwasher powder. Stir to mix well. Let sit until water is cold. Let out water as it is draining wipe sides with a rag...

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      March 25, 2010 Flag
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      I just moved into this house. My bathtub is the color brown and has white stains all over it. I have tried every bathroom and tub cleaner out there, and they are still there. Anyone have advice?

      By Robin from Niagara Falls, NY

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      Cleaning the Bathtub

      I just removed some stubborn old stains from a shower with one of those magic sponges! Worked wonders, a little elbow grease was all that was needed! (11/30/2009)

      By HalfWhit

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      February 11, 2010 Flag
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      I always use a broom, whenever I wash the bath tub. I sprinkle Comet (or spray scrubbing bubbles, etc.) then sweep all the residue away. The broom not only prevents me from bending to scrub but gets a good cleaning as well. I was helping a friend clean her house one time and asked for the broom to do the bathroom. When I brought it back to her, she was amazed how clean it was and how fast I did the bathroom! I've always used a broom so never thought of it as special until she did!

      By Janet from Bangor ME


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      Use Your Broom to Clean The Bathtub

      I love this idea! Reminds me that I "Swiffer" my windows, lol! I use a microfibre cloth and go outside and "Swiffer" away! Does a great job!!! Now I can sweep my bathtub, too. Love it, love it! (07/18/2006)

      By Luvyabye

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      November 26, 2009 Flag
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      How do you clean bath tub with soil scum?

      Saeed

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      Cleaning the Bathtub

      Try the new product from Scrubbing Bubbles. Mega Shower Foamer. It says to spray, wait 2 minutes then wipe. If you wait longer, it will just dry back in place, so be sure to do it within the allotted time period and if you live in a hot dry climate, maybe sooner than later.
      I just bought it a few days ago and liked it so well, I even used it in the kitchen sink. (08/27/2008)

      By cookwie

      Cleaning the Bathtub

      The best trick I have ever learned to clean the bathtub of soap scum buildup is to clean it dry with steel wool. The most important thing to remember is not to get the scum wet. If you keep your tub dry, the steel wool turns the scum to dust and comes right up, vacuum the scum dust, then rinse with vinegar. (10/25/2008)

      By Beth

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      August 25, 2008 Flag
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