How To Clean a Bathtub and Get It White Again

Cleaning a bathtub has to be one of the most unpleasant jobs on your to-do list. It’s uncomfortable to hunch down and attempt to squeeze yourself into the tub. And it requires a lot of effort.

Because I understand how inconvenient cleaning a tub can be, I put up a step-by-step tutorial on how to clean and restore the whiteness of a bathtub with little effort.

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How to Clean A Bathtub and Get It White Again

Materials Needed

  • Baking soda.
  • White Vinegar.
  • A sponge or cleaning brush.
  • Papers towels or washable cloth.

Warm Up Vinegar

Place 14 cup white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for no more than 90 seconds. You want it to be warm, not hot.

Add In Dish Soap

Pour (or spray) dish soap all over your tub. You don’t need it to be soapy, but you should be able to cover the entire area with lather once you begin scrubbing.

Add Heated Vinegar

Pour a cup of warm white vinegar over the soap. Don’t start scrubbing just yet.

Add Baking Soda

Sprinkle about four teaspoons of baking soda over the tub. The baking soda is now put on top of the soap, which is stacked over the tub.

Scrubbing Power

This will (hopefully) be the most difficult task you will face. Scrub your tub using the rough side of your sponge. Cover every inch of your tub, paying special attention to the dirty/soiled areas. These pieces will need a bit more elbow grease.

Allow this lathery solution to rest for 30 minutes to an hour after you’ve washed it down. You’re allowing the mixture to thoroughly dissolve any dirt, stains, or mineral deposits.

Wipe and Rinse

After the timer goes off, wipe clean your tub using paper towels or a washable cloth. The dirt and stains should come easily off. Then, run your faucet and gather water in a cup, then pour it over your entire tub to rinse it down.

If your tub still has stains, it may require additional cleaning.

Cleaning The Shower Head And Tub Faucets

Showerheads, contrary to popular belief, may get filthy. Hard water creates mineral deposits in shower head nozzles, which is mostly a concern in houses. As a result, the water flow is uneven and feeble. In summary, your filthy shower head is causing you to have a bad shower experience.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

  1. Get a zip-lock bag and a rubber band from your kitchen. The bag should be large enough to fit over the showerhead but not so large that the cleaning solution you’re about to prepare will not be effective.
  2. Fill your zip-lock bag halfway with cleaning solution. We recommend white vinegar, but if you want, you may use a store-bought cleaner intended to remove calcium, magnesium, and rust buildups.
  3. Place the showerhead in a zip-lock bag. The whole front face of the showerhead should be buried in the mixture. The bag is then secured to the showerhead with elastic bands.
  4. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes to an hour. When the timer goes off, take the bag out and toss it away. Then, using a clean towel, wipe down the showerhead and turn on the faucet. Take advantage of your new, steady, and strong water flow.
  5. Nota bene: If your showerhead is clean but still providing you inadequate flow, it may be time to replace it.

Bleaching The Bathtub

No matter how hard you scrub, cleaning your bathtub isn’t always enough. Furthermore, it is beneficial to use bleach to clean your bathtub on a regular basis since bleach destroys mildew and mould.

Many commercial bathtub cleaners contain a little amount of bleach in their composition.

However, sometimes the simplest – and most successful – method of bleaching a bathtub is to just use pure bleach and water.

This combination will eliminate germs from your tub while also whitening the surface of the enamel.

  • We’ll be working with bleach, so please wear cleaning gloves like these and protective eyewear (even sunglasses are better than nothing; you don’t want bleach in your eyes).
  • An empty spray bottle, a sponge, bleach, and water are all required.
  • I recommend doing this at night so that your bathtub is ready for use the next morning.

Make Sure The Room Is Ventillated

Bleach fumes are extremely toxic. If you’ve ever cleaned with bleach before, you’ve undoubtedly cried. If you’re cleaning a filthy tub with bleach, you’ll be near to the bleach while you scrub.

Instead of choking up bleach fumes, ensure that your bathroom has adequate air circulation.

Open a window if you have one.

If you don’t have a window, turn on the bathroom fan and leave the bathroom door open.

Take a pause if you feel lightheaded or ill after inhaling bleach fumes.

Get The Tub Ready

This includes shampoo bottles, loofahs, shower caddies, and soap dishes. Remove any anti-slip mats you may have.

All you want in your tub are the stains, mould, and mildew that you want to remove with bleach.

Fill The Tub

First, rinse out the tub, getting any loose hairs or dirt out of the way.

Then add two litres of water to the tub.

If you don’t have an empty gallon jar on hand, simply keep your bathroom faucet running for 1 to 2 minutes. Most faucets produce 2.2 gallons of water per minute.

Add Bleach

The bleach-to-water ratio should be 1:1. As a result, one cup of bleach is required for every gallon of water. Add two cups of bleach in this case.

However, if you have a particularly unclean tub that needs a thorough cleaning, you may use a 1:2 bleach-to-water ratio to apply additional bleach.

However, keep in mind that the beach odours will be greater as a result.

Spray Tub Walls

Fill an empty water bottle halfway with equal parts bleach and water. Then, spray this solution all over the tub’s walls.

Scrub Walls Of Tub

After 15 minutes, reapply your gloves and protective eyewear and clean the tub walls and the tub itself with a sponge. We enjoy this unique bathtub sponge since it includes a handle that makes it easier to gain a good hold.

Scrubbing should take no more than five minutes, in my opinion.

If you’ve been scrubbing for five minutes and the stains are still not coming off, we’ve had some success with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on difficult-to-remove stains.

Rinse the Tub

Allow the bleach and filthy water to drain by opening the drain. Then, using your shower head, clean out the tub. If it isn’t detachable, fill a big cup with water and clean the walls and tub.

Allow the bleach odours to disperse in your bathroom by leaving the fan, window, and door open.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have rust in your porcelain tub, visit this link with detailed instructions on how to get rid of rust in your tub.

A Note About Store Bought Bathroom Cleaners

Many store-bought bathroom cleaners had harmful chemicals in them which are not great for the health of your family. Making your own cleaners can reduce pollution to our waterways and the air, as well as minimize the impact on ozone depletion and climate change. There is no packaging either when you make your own cleaners, so that’s a plus

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