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How to Clean a Bathtub

There’s nothing more relaxing than a hot bath after a long day, but if your bath tub isn’t the cleanest, it could mean a shower instead. Don’t let a dirty bath tub keep you from enjoying a bath; cleaning a bath tub is easy – especially if you do it the natural way and avoid toxic chemical cleaners. Here are some tips from our bath experts:

What you’ll need to clean a bath tub: bath solutions

  • Clean, Warm Water
  • Sponge or Microfiber Cloth
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Borax Powder
  • Lemon Juice

Basic Clean

If your bathtub just needs a simple clean to refresh it, follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the tub thoroughly with clean, warm water.
  2. After that, wipe off excess moisture with a sponge or microfiber cloth.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and warm water and spray the bath tub down.
  4. Then, let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse the tub with warm water.

Mold/Mildew

If you’re trying to get rid of mold or mildew in your bath tub, follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the tub thoroughly with clean, warm water.
  2. After that, wipe off excess moisture with a sponge or microfiber cloth.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda all over the tub.
  4. Then, spray on the vinegar and warm water solution.
  5. Let the mixture bubble for several minutes, then scrub it with your sponge or cloth until a paste forms.
  6. Let the paste sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe it down and rinse the bath tub clean.

Stains/Rust

If your bath tub requires a more thorough clean, follow these steps:

  1. Create a paste by combining one party hydrogen peroxide with two parts baking soda.
  2. Next, rub the paste on the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes to one hour.
  3. Wipe the paste off with a sponge or microfiber cloth, then rinse with warm water.
  4. To get rid of rust, sprinkle the area with borax powder.
  5. After that, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of the borax powder.
  6. Use the cut part of the lemon to rub the mixture and form a paste.
  7. Let the paste sit for 15-30 minutes, then wipe off with a sponge or cloth.
  8. Rinse with warm water.

What to Avoid

  • Steel wool and abrasive brushes, as they can scratch the surface of your tub.
  • Mixing cleaning products. Store-bought cleaners can create toxic fumes when mixed.
  • A closed-in space. Always ensure you’re in a well-ventilated area before you clean.
  • Ruined clothing. Clean your bath tub in old or worn clothing.

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