Cleaning My Bathtub

From difficult rings from soap and hard water to rust around the drain, cleaning the bathtub is one of the more difficult household chores. Sometimes more specialized cleaning solutions may be needed to get the desired result. This guide features tips and solutions for cleaning your bathtub.

November 5, 2010

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.

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March 24, 2010

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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December 4, 2011

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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August 17, 2009

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 27, 2012

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

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 2, 2009

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.


March 2, 20090 found this helpful

Try baking soda on a sponge to clean the tub. Also try baking soda on the curtain, wet curtain area that needs stains removed and sprinkle on baking sode. Rub baking soda in, scrubbing back and forth. Launder as usual.

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March 2, 20090 found this helpful

Try Comet or AJAX or get that shower cleaner that is on the commercial that sprays every 10 minutes or so. I can't recall the name of the product though.

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March 2, 20090 found this helpful

Try an old credit card to scrape the gunk off. If it's really built up: if you're REALLY VERY CAREFUL you can use a single blade razor held as parallel to the surface as possible to scrape the accumulation off. Needless to say, I wouldn't do this to a new tub, ours is 40 years old.

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March 3, 20090 found this helpful

I'm assuming the bottom of the shower curtain actually has orange mildew on it. If it really is rust, ignore this suggestion. If your shower curtain is vinyl, wash it in warm water with a warm rinse (so it doesn't get cold and tear) with a couple of towels and a healthy dose of liquid bleach along with the normal detergent. Then just hang it back up on its hooks to dry. If you have a fabric liner as I do, you can wash it in any temperature the same way and it will kill the mildew. I have to do mine about once a month to keep it looking decent, but it's easy to do and a lot cheaper than buying a new liner.

P.S. Oops, I see you stated you have a fabric liner. If anyone else has a vinyl one, be sure to use warm water.

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April 8, 2005

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 10, 20050 found this helpful

I don't know if this will help, but I used to have those non-slip stickers on bottom of tub and I filled tub with about a half-inch of HOT water and added ammonia and let it soak overnight, then used a cleaner called greased lightning after I drained the tub and used a 'scratchy' pad (the green pads on a sponge). Hope this helps you.

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By Adele (Guest Post)
April 11, 20050 found this helpful

I wash my bathroom and tub every week but I find even with my weekly cleaning the dirt and soap scum builds up in my tub so once a month I get down and dirty and with a single edge razer I scrap all the soap from the sides and from the bottom of the tub. Then I spray with the new TILEX Mildrew root penetrator and scrub and when I am done my tub looks great and ready for my weekly cleaning until the following month. Try it I"m sure you can save your tub "good luck"

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By bron (Guest Post)
April 11, 20050 found this helpful

Go natural first - I like to sprinkle bi-carb on crud, then pour vinegar on it. It will fizz and bubble for a while. When this has settled down I use pieces of polar fleece to clean, so I just wipe down with this and warm water. It may take a little bit of elbow grease at first, but much better than inhaling chemicals in a confined space. I use this method for cleaning everything - success so far.

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April 12, 20050 found this helpful

Greased Lightning works fabulous but make sure you ventalate the room VERY well and use gloves. If anyone takes a bath make you you rinse the tub well too.

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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.



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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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May 3, 2012

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.

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December 12, 2018

I've read somewhere about a bathtub cleaning tip that said to fill it up with hot water and Clorox and liquid soap, but Im not sure which specific ingredients. Has anyone heard about this cleaning tip? Can you help figure out the correct instructions?

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March 1, 2010

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 23, 2012

I have some stains on my bathtub I would like to get rid off. They're the ones you get when something sits there for too long, like toilet brush holders and such.

By Mariewl from Waupaca, WI

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August 17, 2019

The color of the stain around your tub drain may give a hint as to the cause and thus to the best cleaner for the job. This page offers suggestions for cleaning stains around a bathtub drain.

A drain with a rusty stain around it.

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June 29, 2017

The cleaner used for ceramic cooktops works very well for other cleaning jobs such as a dirty bathtub. This is a page about cooktop cleaner for bathtub stains.

A clean tub after stains have been removed.

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June 27, 2017

Using a broom to clean your tub eliminates the bending and kneeling associated with more traditional methods. This is a page about use your broom to clean the bathtub.

A yellow broom with white handle being held by a hand wearing a rubber cleaning glove.

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