Cleaning a Plastic Bathtub

April 1, 2013

Clean and protect your bath tub or shower unit. This will make it easier to keep clean in the future.


Total Time: Half an hour

Yield: 4 cleanings


  • 1 Baby shampoo ($2.00)
  • 1 Car wax paste ($5.00)
  • 5/6 Rags ($Free)


  1. Wet the tub or shower with warm water.
  2. Pour some of the baby shampoo onto a damp rag. Rub onto the surface in circles. Rinse often because of the soap buildup on the rag.
  3. Rinse the surface and repeat if necessary. Until surface is clean.
  4. When the surface is clean and dry open can of car wax and take a dry rag rub it into to wax and apply to the surface in circles. Like you wax a car.Work in 2x2 foot areas. Let dry (you can also follow instructions on wax) for several minutes. Take a clean dry cotton rag and buff like you would a car. Repeat until tub or shower is complete.
  5. The car wax makes the soap, shampoo and water bead up and go down the drain instead of sticking to the surface. Repeat as necessary.
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September 4, 2006

Cleaning a plastic bath tub and shower stall. It has a lot of mold and mildew as well as soap scum. I have used Tilex and scrub brushes but it will not budge.

BK From North Carolina


By ljm529 (Guest Post)
September 7, 20060 found this helpful

There is a spray on product called Kaboom that may work. Also I love the scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner! You hang it in the shower and everytime you get out you press the button and it sprays the shower.


They tested it on the local news with a really dirty shower and after two weeks the shower was a lot cleaner.

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September 7, 20060 found this helpful

I have found the best thing is the Magic Eraser sponges. I was in a hurry one day and didn't get the cleaner. The mildew came off with just water and the Magic Eraser! Good product.

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September 8, 20060 found this helpful

I use a bath scrunchy and fill the bath tub with warm water and some old cheap bubble bath and then use the scrunchy to scrub the bath and it comes up a treat, nice and shiny and clean.

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By Donna, NC (Guest Post)
September 8, 20060 found this helpful

I have the Scrubbing Bubbles auto shower cleaner, and it is great! I have not cleaned my shower since I have used it! Grant it, my walls still look a little dingy and not shiny (fiberglass), but it hasn't in a very very long time.


And I haven't been able to clean it that well myself. But for me, who hates to clean my bathtub, it is well worth it. 20 sprays per bottle.

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September 13, 20060 found this helpful


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By Linda Dennis (Guest Post)
June 28, 20070 found this helpful

Help- my problem is not mildew or water stains, it is dirt and hair dye imbeded in the plastic from the tenant. What do I use for that? Bleach, tile cleaners and comet don't work..?

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By David (Guest Post)
February 13, 20080 found this helpful

I tried the laundry soap with a drop of dish washing liquid and it worked! I have been trying to remove the scum from my plastic shower since i moved in 3 months ago.


I had to scrub extra hard where the years of buildup were but rest came right off after sitting for 10 minutes.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 16, 20080 found this helpful

After I had scrubbed on our shower walls most of the day, my husband came in with a drywall finishing knife. He sprayed grease lighting on the walls and then used the finishing knife to scrap the stuff off of the walls. It worked great! Whole job was finished in less than 10 minutes. After he had finished, we applied wax to the walls to prevent the problem.

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By firstapartment (Guest Post)
May 16, 20080 found this helpful

THE MAGIC ERASER IS AMAZING! I just sprinkled some Ajax in the bottom of the tub and scrubbed that around and washed it out to get the surface dirt off and the I used the magic eraser and all of the mildew came off! As you can see the bathtub was gross but it is sparkling clean now.

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By Mike (Guest Post)
June 28, 20080 found this helpful

I used a little bleach, scrub free, spray'n'wash and liquid laundry detergent it worked like a charm. I applied all and let it sit for a few minutes mixed some water in just a little and began to scrub.


Once it lathered I added more water and gave it a good thorough scrubbing. It worked very good.

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By monica (Guest Post)
July 6, 20080 found this helpful

My tub is fiberglass and where you stand is not a smooth surface it has little grooves. I was able to clean the sides with bleach but I just cant get the bottom clean. Do you think this mr. clean magic bar will work for this problem?

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By ELisabeth (Guest Post)
December 29, 20080 found this helpful

WOW! It worked. I used the Eraser sponge with OXI Clean and a bit of automatic liquid dishwasher soap and it took no time at all. I had been dreading this project for quite some time, hence it got worse and worse.

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By Jimmy D (Guest Post)
February 25, 20090 found this helpful

Just use WD-40.
spray it on, wait 20 seconds and wipe the residue off. It also gets the chrome spotless clean. It works exceptionally good on shower doors and ceramic walls.

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April 11, 20150 found this helpful

I just wanted to thank Jimmy D. for his post! It was the only thing in the world that I had not tried! WD 40, I would never thought of that! It is working great, not a lot of scrubbing thank God. Still a bit more to do, 20 years younger I would be finished. LOL Thanks again Jimmy D

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April 12, 20150 found this helpful

After taking a shower or tub bath, if you wipe down the walls and bathtub with a towel, you won't have mold and mildew or soap scum. Hang up the towel to dry and use it again the next time for wiping down the shower walls, etc.


It only takes a couple of minutes and it will keep your shower looking like new for a long time. If you leave it wet, you will have mold, mildew and soap scum.

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March 25, 2010

How do I clean my bathtub with ease? I spend a lot of time bending and reaching while cleaning the tub. I was wondering if the Mr. Clean Reach mop (short handle) will help. Also, what can I spray on my tub daily to minimize cleaning?

By Onesummer


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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

Some of the catalogs that I get, that I refer to as "junk" catalogs have long handles tub scrubbers in them. I have one that is like a scrub brush and it has an adjustable handle. It is really handy.

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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

Use a product called Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner or a less expensive product called Daily Shower Cleaner Spray. Tilex is available at Walmart and most supermarkets. Daily Shower Cleaner is available at Dollar Giant stores. After using shower rinse down with clear hot water. Then spray tub with Tilex or Daily shower. I have not had to "scrub" my tub for six years. No, its not dirty!

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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

I use a long handle sponge mop & a mixture of vinegar & baking soda, (half & half of each) to clean with, good luck.

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

I use the mr clean magic reach, and I am very glad I bought it. It has a handle that you can change the length on. I have a lot of arthritis, and fibromyalgia that makes it very difficult for me to clean the tub too, with all the pain.
This thing has made it so much easier for me. With the swivel head, you don't need to be a contortionist either! :)
It has made all the difference for me. I do recommend you try it.
God bless, Della

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April 1, 20100 found this helpful

Someone put a good tip out just this week about this. They said to basically mop out your tub, although I think something lightweight would be better.
As for reducing soap scum between cleanings; a dear friend recommended vinegar water in a 3.1 ratio - 3 parts water, 1 part white vinegar. Fill a small spray bottle, and spritz your tub, shower and all, after each use. In other words, Tilex on a shoestring, I guess you could say.

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April 21, 20130 found this helpful

I spray the tub with shout laundry stain remover and I use a magic erase sponge, I bought at the dollar store. I have knee pain and fibromyalgia so this make cleaning the tub and sink much quicker and easier.

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