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How to Clean Bathtub – Simple Steps for Sparkling Results

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Written by Kai Michel

Nothing feels good, like having a long soak in a hot bath at the close of business. But an exception to this will occur when your bathtub is not in good condition.

Normally, all kinds of bathtubs attract soap scum, grime, mildew, and most stubborn stains that are generated from rust or hard water.

Most homeowners get to a store and buy special cleaners that are meant for bathtubs. These most times include OxiClean, Scrubbing, Clorox Oximagic, and Clorox Clean-up which they use as stain removals. But most times CLR Cleaner and Lime-A-Way tend to serve better. Any among the listed cleaner can go a long way; all you need to do is read the manufacturer’s guide for caution and safety –since most of these products are made from toxic chemicals.

If you are used to DIY bathtub cleaning hacks and the use of natural products, then reading this piece can help build up your skills set. We explained practical tips you can apply to take off the stain from your bathtub with the most natural, inexpensive staples that are available within your household.

How to Clean Bathtub by Yourself

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Use the natural white vinegar that you can also use to clean acrylic tubs to carry out the following steps.

  • Fill up your spray bottle half with warm water and vinegar to form a vinegar solution.
  • Spray the solution on the surface of your tub and allow for 20 minutes.
  • Now wipe off the sponge or the microfiber cloth.
  • Ensure it’s rinsed properly with wipe and water.

Remove mild stains

For mild stains or heavier dirt. You need to –

  • Sprinkle the surface of your tub using a baking soda and spray the solution of water and vinegar, as discussed above.
  • Allow the mixture for some time to bubble up –afterwards, scrub it using a soft fabric to get a paste from the mixture.
  • Allow the pest to settle for about 20 minutes; then, you can rinse and wipe off properly.

Remove tough stains

If the stain at hand is demanding, adhere to the following steps:

  • Make a cleaner paste for your bathtub. This time, one part has to be hydrogen peroxide while the other a tartar cream or baking soda.
  • Apply the paste on directly on the stained surface and allow it for about forty minutes.
  • You can repeat this process until the stains are finally off the surface.

Remove hard water stains

Most times, mineral stains that are created by mineral deposits can be stubborn, but once you do the right thing, then you stand the chance of getting the right results in no distance time.

Mineral deposits look like they might never come off, but in reality, they are relatively easy to remove. You need to –

  • Insert a paper towel into white vinegar
  • Place the paper towel that was soaked directly to the affected area
  • Allow it for two to three hours
  • Lastly, it would help if you scrubbed out the vinegar paste and the baking soda. After that, rinse the surface properly

Remove rust stains

You can use lemon juice and borax power paste to treat stains caused by rust. This might not be necessary for inflatable hot tubs. Here is how to go about this:

  • Sprinkle the borax on the rust stain
  • Use a half sliced lemon and apply it on the surface to create a paste
  • Allow the mixture for about 20 to 30 minutes
  • Afterward, you need to rinse and wipe it

Seal up the grout

It would help if you sealed your grout twice in every year. This helps it from generating moisture unnecessarily.

  • You can use a sealer. The sealer help coat up the grout, and at the same time, give room to liberate moisture.
  • Remove all forms of blocks on your grout. You need direct access to it when applying the sealer.
  • Wipe off the grout. If there is a color change, then the use of bleach is recommended.
  • Open the windows and door to have a well-ventilated room. This is needed to have enough air going in and out of the room.
  • Use sealer with a sponge or applicator brush. Add sealer to the applicator brush and drive directly in each grout. To keep track of this, you need to do it in a small portion.
  • Allow it for about 20 minutes and clean off all excesses that appear on the surface. Remove all the sealers that appear excessively on the grout and tile. While doing this, they will sealer absorbs moisture.

Bathtub Cleaning Tips

  • Avoid the use of steel wool or brushes that are extremely strong. Since they can lead to scratch in the long run.
  • Avoid mixing products that are meant for cleaning. Some chemical combinations can lead to skin burn or the formation of unpleasant fumes, like the mixture of ammonia and chlorine bleach.
  • If you are using chemicals, ensure the entire surrounding is ventilated. Also, it would be best if you used gloves made from rubber to protect your skin.
  • The use of bleach and hydrogen peroxide can discolor fabric materials, so it’s important to do this with old clothes if you intend to use chemical products.
  • Rinse and wipe all the products using for cleaning and ensure there are no residues in any of the tubs.


No matter how you consider your tub as a necessity or a luxury, maintaining it entails continuous efforts and demands discipline and diligence. After each bath, we recommend rinsing the surface of your tub using warm water, and ensure all forms of excess water are wiped off using a microfiber cloth, squeegee, or a sponge. Doing this helps control soap scum, grime, and mildew.

About the author

Kai Michel

Hello, this is Kai, addressing homeowners in need of some help with their home renovation projects. I’ve worked on numerous toilet repair projects over the years that incorporated a wide variety of tasks, from repair to renovation and maintenance. Besides acquiring a degree on the legal codes and procedures, I gathered vast insights into bathroom settings, toilets, showers, fittings, and other household appliances, fixtures, and components. This helps me guide my clients through their home improvement and interior development plans. Since maintenance is my area of expertise, I can assist people in all phases of the actual ‘improvement’ process. To get my messages even further, I contribute to this site through my blog posts. Check my content here for expert suggestions!

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