Tub Cleaner

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 15, 2014)


All because you use a tub to stay clean doesn't mean that the tub stays clean. As odd as this is to consider, you can see that it is true just by looking at a tub that hasn't been scrubbed in a while. Over time, the bath tub can get a film of dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits—all this just from bathing!

To make matters worse, the build-up on the tub is pretty difficult to clean. Without a good cleaner and some work on your part, you won't be able to get the tub very clean. Of course, the easiest way to clean the tub is by preventing the dirty film in the first place. This requires regular cleaning and wiping to discourage the dirt from sticking. But if it's been a while since you gave the tub a good scrub, it's probably time to get to work.

To get started you will need the right knowledge and tools. Here are some ideas for getting the job done as efficiently as possible:

  • You will need something to scrub the tub with. This could be a sponge, a scrub brush, a rag, or whatever you prefer. Don't use something that could scratch and damage the tub, but make sure the tool is strong enough to effectively remove filmy build-up.
  • Take everything out of the tub before you start cleaning, such as soap, shampoo, or any other bottles you store in this area. Wipe away or rinse any surface dirt or messes. Now you can focus on cleaning the build-up that is stuck to the tub.
  • Start cleaning the built-up dirt using your preferred cleaning method. You can use tub cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bleach cleaner, or even a homemade natural cleaner. To make your own cleaner, you can use vinegar and baking soda to assist you with the task. Apply the cleaner to the tub and, using your scrubbing tool, begin scrubbing away the filmy layer inside the tub. You may need to go back and work on particularly stubborn areas with either a special cleaner or more scrubbing.
  • Rinse away the cleaner and all the dirt you just scrubbed away down the drain. Be sure you get it all thoroughly washed away.
  • If you have any tile around your tub, you may need to take special measures to clean it. For instance, you might need tile cleaner and a small brush to clean the grout successfully.

Although it can take some time and energy, it is definitely worth the effort it takes to get a sparkling clean tub.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


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2014-09-16 08:24:48


I prefer showers, because who wants to sit in their own dirty water? And I use body wash, so there's no soap scum. Problem is, the walls in the shower are made of some sort of vinyl. I'm an apartment dweller, so I had no choice. It gets really grungy in a hurry with hard-water deposits. I can't use harsh scouring pads; they scratch. Suggestions? When I move, I don't want to lose my deposit. Thanks.

2014-09-15 20:12:07

Aimee Tourville

I have used a grapefruit cut into quarters and kosher salt (because it is more coarse) to clean my GIANT (way too big soaker/jetted tub and it really cleans well. It also leaves the bathroom smelling nice! BONUS!! I complain all the time because although I don't use the tub often, I have to clean it all the time due to dust, lint, etc. My good friend told me to WAX it! Just get a good car wax and wax the tub just like you would a car. I did this and instead of washing the
"wax dust" down the drain, I used my shop vac and vacuumed it away. Now you should SEE how everything beads up and washes away! No more soap scum ring! She said to wax once or twice a year to keep it this way.

2014-09-15 09:21:19


Most of he problem with build up is bar soap...the stuff that makes the bar solid. We switched to liquid soap and "scrubbies". Results were that we feel cleaner and the tub/shower stays cleaner longer. I still clean the shower occasionally, but the job is a breeze. BTW. My husband was hesitant about giving up his bar soap, but now he's sold on the liquid soap and won't use anything else. There are two kinds of scrubbies, we prefer the exfoliating type.

2014-09-15 05:07:51


For two and a half decades I had an old styled shower in a full bathtub with a shower curtain which I washed with the towels each week. Also I spread the curtain so it dried out quickly to minimise the mould which is rampant in the tropics.

I found that using a bit of bubble bath for the children and a quick wipe of the walls and tub with an old bath towel put off a 'proper' clean for more than a month or so.

In this house we now have a new modern, beautiful to look at, glass and tile walk-in shower future proofed for our later years. It is more work to keep clean...and I don't get to have a blissful soak anymore....sigh!

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