How to Clean a Bathtub

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While we usually care about cleaning certain parts of the house, the bathroom is often the place that is overlooked. Daily cleaning is not really required for it but it’s recommended that you clean it at least once a week and give it a thorough cleaning once a month.

And in the bathroom the one place we ignore the most has to be the bathtub. I feel like most of us are under the impression that it can cleanse itself lol. This is definitely not true as the bathtub, like any other thing, requires regular cleaning as well.

So scroll down and check out all the ways you can clean the bathtub and make it look as good as new!

Instructions on How to Clean a Bathtub

1. Pour hot water all over the surface of the bathtub.

2. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the surface. Make sure the bathtub surface is completely covered.

3. For more stubborn dirt use tile-and-tub cleaner.

4. Then mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap (liquid or powder) into a half bucket of hot water.

5. Soak a scrub or cleaning brush in this dish soap solution and start scrubbing the tub.

6. Once the tub looks clean, give it a final rinse.

How to Remove Rust Stains from a Bathtub?

You can often notice rust stains on porcelain or enameled cast-iron bathtub. This can happen because the bathroom often has wet surfaces which can later lead to rusting.

It can also be caused by steel plumbing pipes that cause rust to form on the surface or due to iron-rich hard water drying.

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There are many commercial cleaners you can use for getting rid of rust stains like Shaw’s PadsLysol, and Zuds Cleanser. While these all work well and don’t require much effort, there are many non-chemical methods that you can apply to get rid of rust stains.

Vinegar and Baking soda 

Of course, these two are a staple when it comes to non-chemical cleaners.

1. Just mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray over the area.

2. Cover the area with baking soda and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Let it stay longer for more prominent stains.

3. Now scrub using a scrub or a ball of aluminum foil.

4. Rinse with water.

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Salt and Lime

1. Cover the affected area with salt.

2. Squeeze over the salt lime juice (enough to completely soak the salt.

3. Let it soak for about 3-4 hours.

4. Using the lime rind scrub off the stain.

5. Rinse with water.

Potato and Dishwashing Soap

Who knew a potato could be used as food as well as for cleaning? It’s such an all-rounder!

1. Cut a potato in half.

2. Dip the open half of the potato into dishwashing liquid and scrub the stain.

3. Then slice off the layer and do the same with the rest of the potato.

4. Repeat this till you get rid of the stain.

Preventing Stains

Hard Water Stains

Minerals in water react with magnesium and calcium present in the soap causing scum. The accumulation of this scum over time can cause hard water stains. Since hard water is alkaline it can be fought with mild acids like citrus in lemon and grapefruit or white vinegar.

1. In a spray bottle mix vinegar and water in the ratio of 1:1.

2. Spray the solution over the affected area.

3. Let the solution soak for some time.

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4. Don’t let the solution dry up. Repeat spraying it once every 15-20 minutes.

5. Put on some rubber gloves and scrub till you get rid of the stains.

6. Give it a final rinse with water. Repeat if your stains are still there.

Rust Stains

If the water in your area is iron-rich then the stain can be reddish-brown too. And of course, this can lead to rust.

To prevent rust stains, install an iron filter. Installing the iron filter could cost you $600 and more but installing them will go a long way. Not just for your bathtub but the whole bathroom will be better off.

Buy an iron filter.

Tough Stains

There might be some tough stains ruining your bathtub, and vinegar and baking soda can’t help you here. It’s time to call out the big guns.

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1. Cream of Tartar and Hydrogen Peroxide

1. Fill a dish with cream of tartar.

2. Slowly, add hydrogen peroxide to the dish (using a dropped is preferable). Do this till the cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide forms a thick paste.

3. Apply the paste to the affected area.

4. Let the paste dry. Remove the dried paste. Voila! No more stains.

2. Oven Cleaner

Spray the oven cleaner over the stains and let it sit for some 2-3 hours. Then rinse thoroughly with water. There’s no need for scrubbing.

Warning – Do not use this on colored porcelain tubs as this can cause fading.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from the Bathtub?

Since water is frequently running in the bathroom, the atmosphere of the bathroom is mostly moist and humid. This can easily become a breeding ground for mold.

If you don’t clean your tub properly mildew can form which later turns into mold (and yes it’s as gross as it sounds). Don’t let your bathtub this dirty for that long that mold forms. But if you have to clean it then the following are the steps to do so.

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1. Fill a spray bottle with hot water and pour into it four tablespoons of bleach.

2. Spray the solution over the affected area and let it sit for at least an hour.

3. Once the bleach solution has set, repeat the cleaning procedure as usual.

General Do’s And Don’ts


1. Invest in a high steam water spray and spray the tub after every use.

2. Dry the tub and sink with towels to keep the moisture out.

3. Keep the bathroom exhaust on for at least half an hour after you are done using the shower or the tub.

4. Invest in an iron filter or water softener.


1. Don’t keep metal cans or other metallic objects lying on the surface of the bathtub or the sink.

2. Don’t use very small tiles in the bathroom as they are more prone to grime and are harder to clean.

3. The lesser ridges, edges, and nooks the lesser will be the chances of grit and grime to get collected in there.

How to Maintain a Clean Bathtub?

1. A handheld shower is a must in a bathroom not just for cleaning the bathtub but for your regular bathroom cleaning as well.

2. After every use gives the bathtub a quick rinse from the hand shower and dry the surface of the bathtub and sink with dry rags or towels.

3. Clean the drain for hair as it might clog up the drain.

4. Soak the shower and bathtub drains with baking soda and white vinegar. Then rinse it with hot water. Do this regularly to avoid any scum formation and clogging.

5. Invest in an iron filter or water softener to avoid rust and hard water stains.

I want my bathtub to have only me and my family relaxing in it and not scum and stains. I am sure you do too. So clean it regularly and have a spotless bathtub.

Written by Pulkit D

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