Removing Bathtub Stains for Under $20

I'm in the process of moving into an old historic home and boy, does it need work! The porcelain bathtub was disgusting, years worth of stains. For three days, I tried every "soap scum, mildew remover, etc." you could think of. Nothing worked (cue freak out) until I came across two lifesaving products.


  1. Pumie Pumice Scouring Stick from Lowe's. $2.83 each. I used 4=$11.32. This is safe on porcelain, not enamel. Just wet the stick and scrub. It immediately started really removing stains. Once I ran out, I didn't feel like getting back in car so thought I would give the next product a try.

  2. Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser, $2.50, local grocery store, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, etc. This stuff is amazing! I let it sit for a few minutes and scrubbed and it took everything nasty right off. I will never use another cleaning product! It's cheap and can also be used on so much more than just the bathroom.

So, including some scrub brushes from Dollar Tree, I spent around $16 and it looks like I bought a new tub! (The pink bottle in corner is just a cleaner I already had to wipe down tile.) I was so thrilled with outcome, I wanted to share with everyone! Hope this helps!

P.S. I forgot to take a legit "before pic". This before pic is right after I had started using the pumice stick. You can tell where it's been used on the right of pic.

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful

Using comet or bleach based cleansers will wear the shine of the porcelain down. Found out the hard way.

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July 7, 20151 found this helpful

Barkeeper's Friend is AMAZING, have used it on several things that nothing else could help. I also hear great things about the pumice stones, but I used one once and it left scratches on porcelain. Looked better than before, and it was the only thing that worked, but even though it was very wet, still scratched some. When there's nothing else that makes a dent in a stain, you do what you have to! Looks to me like you did a great job. :^)

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful

Do not use a pumice stone on any kind of bathtub as the finish will be gone. I use one on my toilets twice a year as our water is so hard. I know the finish is gone but, cant stand a dirty looking toilet. My brother has a cleaning and restore company....

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful

Just wondering how old the poster is. That is certainly not an "old historic bathtub".

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July 13, 20150 found this helpful

Great article! I believe the poster said the house itself was historical, btw - not the bathtub.

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July 16, 20150 found this helpful

Great article! We bought a 1955 rancher with the original tub and I'm going to put this info to good use.

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August 1, 20190 found this helpful

Bar Keepers Friend is an absolute must to have!!!! I use it on the tub, stainless steel sink, stainless pots and pans and it is amazing.
Just caution on the pumice for people with newer enamel tubs or sinks! The pumice will scratch! Great on toilet stains!

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