The bathtub: a place for relaxing, reflect over life and leave behind every day’s stress. Also, it’s a place that can get dirty by soap scum, mildew, and grime, not to mention stubborn stains.
A dirty bathtub always leads to think that the entire bathroom is being neglected. Don’t let this happen to you! To maintain an always-clean bathtub is a very easy feat.
What do you think is better? To clean a bathtub overloaded with grime or just doing a simple, every day cleaning after bathing? Of course: the simple option. Every time you finish taking a bath, rinse the tub with clean, warm water and wipe off moisture with a sponge.
For a more dedicating cleaning, consider the material of your bathtub.
- If it’s porcelain, always remember that the abrasive powders are going to damage it. So, sprinkle nonabrasive powder on a damp sponge and apply it every part of the bathtub. Rinse well. Remember to remove the hair cumulated in the drain’s traps to prevent clogging.
- If your bathtub is made from fiberglass, clean it with a commercial fiberglass-cleaning product or nonabrasive liquid cleanser. The process is the same as above.
This type of cleaning is needed when you have grime stuck to your bathtub surface or an awful yellow coloration where everything should be white.
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 a Cola as a bathtub cleaner. This is perfect for water stains. Pour the cola directly on the area and wipe 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 the 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 the 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 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!