How to Clean a Bathtub: Tips and Tricks from BA House Cleaning

Welcome to BA House Cleaning, your trusted service provider for all your cleaning needs. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process to clean a bathtub. A clean and sparkling bathtub is not only visually appealing but also promotes good hygiene. With our expert tips and tricks, you’ll be able to maintain a clean bathtub effortlessly.

Clean a Bathtub: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you begin the cleaning process, it’s essential to gather all the necessary supplies. Here’s a list of items you’ll need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Spray bottle

Step 2: Remove Debris and Pre-Treat Stains

Start by removing any debris, such as hair or soap scum, from the bathtub. Use a soft-bristle brush or your hands to collect the debris and dispose of it properly. Next, pre-treat any stubborn stains using a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained areas and let it sit for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: Clean the Bathtub Surface

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto the bathtub surface, focusing on the stained areas. Vinegar is a natural cleaner that effectively removes soap scum and mineral deposits. Let the solution sit for about 10 minutes to allow it to break down the grime.

Step 4: Scrub and Rinse

After the solution has had time to work its magic, use a soft-bristle brush or sponge to scrub the bathtub surface. Apply gentle pressure and work in circular motions to loosen the dirt and stains. For hard-to-reach corners and crevices, an old toothbrush can come in handy.

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire bathtub, rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Make sure to remove all traces of cleaning solution and residue.

Step 5: Address Tough Stains

If you encounter any tough stains that are resistant to regular cleaning methods, try using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain and spray vinegar over it. The mixture will create a foaming reaction that helps lift stubborn stains. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing as usual.

Step 6: Dry and Shine

After rinsing, use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the bathtub. This will help prevent water spots and keep the surface looking shiny. Wipe down all the surfaces, including the fixtures and handles.

Maintaining a Clean Bathtub

To keep your bathtub looking clean and fresh, it’s important to establish a regular cleaning routine. Here are some additional tips to help you maintain a sparkling bathtub:

Wipe down the bathtub after each use to remove soap residue and prevent the build-up of grime.

Avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners that can damage the bathtub surface. Stick to gentle and non-toxic cleaning products.

Regularly inspect and clean the drains to prevent clogs and unpleasant odors.

Consider using a bathtub mat or non-slip strips to prevent accidents and protect the surface from scratches.

There are at least 7 key ingredients you can use to clean your bathtub

(and yes, we’re including a popular beverage):

  • Baking Soda: The amazing baking soda helping us again. For dirt and grease removal, apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide (this can be bought in pharmacies). Let the paste set for 30 minutes. Scrub with enthusiasm and rinse well.
  • Coke:  Yes, use Coke Cola as a bathtub cleaner. This is perfect for water stains. Pour the cola directly on the area and wipe it with a rag. You can also unclog hair and debris in your pipes when you pour it down them.
  • Cream of Tartar: Mix cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide in a small, shallow cup or dish. Remember that you’re creating a paste, so drip slowly the hydrogen peroxide on the cream. Apply to any stain your bathtub has and let it dry. Remove the paste with a cloth and rinse it.
  • Oven Cleaner: This is for hardcore stains and only for white bathtubs. Spray the stains with oven cleaner and let it sit for two hours. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Salt: This is a dedicated solution for the yellow spots. Mix up a solution of salt and turpentine in equal parts. Remember to use rubber gloves. Use the mix over the discoloration and then rinse.
  • Shampoo: Well, yes, the closest cleaning ingredient for your bathtub. This is especially useful over soap scum, just apply it over the scum and scrub it with a cloth. Rinse it clean!
  • Vinegar: The best friend of baking soda. This is the best way to shine back your porcelain bathtub. Use with vinegar in a cloth and scrub your bathtub then rinse with cold water. If there are stains that are really hard to remove, pour in 3 cups of white vinegar under running hot tap water. Fill the tub up over the stains and allow it to soak. Four hours should be enough. Drain the water and scrub off the stains.

These ingredients are easy to find and very effective. Do you know any other ingredient useful for maintaining a clean bathtub? Let us know!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 1: How often should I clean my bathtub?

It is recommended to clean your bathtub at least once a week to prevent the build-up of grime and soap scum. However, the frequency may vary depending on usage and personal preference.

FAQ 2: Can I use bleach to clean my bathtub?

While bleach can be effective in removing stains, it is not recommended for regular bathtub cleaning. Bleach is a harsh chemical that can damage the bathtub surface and may pose health risks if not used properly.

FAQ 3: How do I remove mold and mildew from my bathtub?

To remove mold and mildew, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the affected areas and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, scrub the mold or mildew with a brush and rinse thoroughly.

FAQ 4: Can I use a magic eraser to clean my bathtub?

Magic erasers can be effective in removing stains and scuff marks from bathtubs. However, be cautious when using them on delicate surfaces, as they can cause abrasions or remove the finish.

FAQ 5: What should I do if my bathtub has hard water stains?

If your bathtub has hard water stains, you can use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove them. Apply the paste to the stained areas, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub and rinse.

FAQ 6: How can I prevent my bathtub from becoming slippery?

To prevent slips and falls in the bathtub, consider using a non-slip mat or adhesive strips. These provide traction and reduce the risk of accidents.


A clean bathtub not only enhances the overall appearance of your bathroom but also ensures a hygienic environment. By following the step-by-step guide provided by BA House Cleaning, you can easily maintain a sparkling bathtub. Remember to establish a regular cleaning routine and use gentle cleaning products to preserve the bathtub’s surface. For any stubborn stains or professional cleaning needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to BA House Cleaning for expert assistance.