To keep bathtubs sparkling clean, use an all natural paste made from baking soda and liquid Castile soap. The baking soda is a mild abrasive, Castile soap dissolves soap scum and it's safe for all surfaces. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid Castile soap in lavender to give the bathroom a wonderful scent and since it's also recommended for bathing you don't need to worry if it all doesn't rinse away. For really tough hard water stains on porcelain, a light scrubbing with a pumice stone while running the water works like a charm.
Source: I own a cleaning business and all our products are green and natural, so we've done a lot of research and experimentation to see what works and what doesn't.
By Patricia Nicholas from Gulfport, MS
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I have found that using an inexpensive shampoo when cleaning rings from the bathtub, that the rings and soap scum will come right off.
To avoid having to deal with a bathtub ring, use baby wash in the water. I use Johnson's and Johnson's, I don't know if others work. I have never had to deal with a bathtub ring.
We have a very large fiberglass shower unit that had the ugliest dark stain of unknown origin on the bottom part. I had tried everything I could mix or muster up to use.
I bought a brand new long handled toilet bowl brush and any old detergent. My arthritis hurts too bad to get on my knees and bend over for long periods.
I use bath gel to clean bathtub rings. I get a cheap one or use one I have but don't like. This works much better than gritty cleansers, etc.
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I have a ring around my porciline tub. I have tried almost every product out there. Does anyone have the answer?
Assuming this ring is a calcium or other mineral deposit I would suggest Bar Keeper's Friend. Scrub with a plastic scrubber. This is the best cleanser I have every used and will clean a variety of surfaces.
I have an acrylic (brown!) tub, and the soap scum shows up after every single shower practically.
Calgon water Softener (powdered) sprinkled on a cloth wiped it away!! It has been the best thing I've ever used on the tub, and believe me, I've tried them all. I got this tip right here at Thriftyfun.com!!
I have never seen "Bar Keeper's Friend" . Sure would like to find it too, and give it a try.
Have you tried Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I find it works well in my tub.
I am disabled and have a terrible time cleaning the bathtub. We have a big garden tub that has a step you can place your knees on if you clean. However, I have a problem getting the ring around the tub off. Is there something that you squirt on and leave for 5 or 10 minutes and then the sponge wipes the ring away.Or is that wishful thinking? I need help quick. Going to try and get the husband who is vacationing this week to clean it for me. So, I need help asap.
Using bath salts (vaseline, calgon) may be less slippery for you as you are disabled. They too, prevent bathtub rings. Also, take a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or generic equivalent) to the tub with you.
I use Kaboom Shower Tube and Tile Cleaner. It comes in a bright purple spray bottle with a green top. I just spray it on and wipe with a rag or sponge after about 10 minutes. It works wonders. I buy mine at Walmart. Good Luck.
I have tried many, many, many products for the easiest fastest cleaning of tub rings. The one that I find works the best is Scrubbing Bubbles, hands down. I can spray the ring while I'm getting ready for work.
Try "The Works". It comes in tub and tile cleaner and toilet cleaner. You can get it in a spray bottle or squeeze bottle. It will clean it in a second. You can look at your local "Everything's a Dollar" type store. That's where I get mine. The Dollar General carries it too and sometimes Walmart has it.
I always use a toilet brush that I keep just for this purpose to clean the tub. Less bending is a good thing!
I bought a product in the cleaning aisle in Wal-mart called 'Scrub-free'. Works great. Spray on, wait 5 or 10 minutes and easily wipes off. Good luck.
Mr. Clean Magic Reach telescoping wand is a Godsend for me. You don't have to reach, the cleaner is built in and the scrubber pad does all the work. It's fantastic!
I really like Spic-n-Span "BAM". I use a toilet-bowl scrubber as it has a longer handle--it is like the non-scratch scouring pads.
Sometimes hard water contributes to the bathtub ring, and no matter what body soap/cleaner product you use, you'll end up with some sort of ring. You can REALLY minimize it if you rinse the tub after use, while it is still wet.
I had the same problem and have had 3 major back surgeries,couldn't bend over to scrub that big ole tub,so I got my plastic broom out and ran a little water in the tub used a small amt of baby shampoo[bought just for that purpose] and it cleaned like crazy.no more scrubbing and I had a clean tub.usually I wash the ring down before getting out of the tub,saves me scrubbing later on.
I used a liquid Comet cleaner with bleach and a SOS pad. After a good clean, wax it with car wax. No more rings and easy weekly cleaning. I wax every 3 - 4 months.