by Karen Bates
(last updated April 30, 2018)
For some reason, it always seems like the tub is the most difficult part of the bathroom to clean. Considering that you use it to wash and keep yourself clean, it can be especially annoying to find how hard it can be to keep the tub itself clean.
There are several reasons why the tub gets so dirty. Not only does the dirt you wash off sometimes end up soiling the shower, but soap scum, mold, and mineral deposits can add to that dirty film that collects in the tub. All together, you end up with a tough-to-clean layer of dirt that scrubbing alone won't seem to fix.
You can take on the task of cleaning the bath tub using one of several methods. The first consists of finding a powerful commercial cleaner that is strong enough to break down the dirt and deposits. These can be particularly potent, however, and you might need to wear safety gear when cleaning if handling such products. Many of these cleaners require you to apply them, let them sit, then wipe or scrub before rinsing away.
Another possibility is to take a more natural approach. If you don't like the idea of using chemicals on your tub, you can get a few basic ingredients together to create and eco-friendly cleaner. Use a vinegar and water spray on stained areas and let it sit for a while before scrubbing away. This method is especially good for removing hard water deposits.
You might find that something as simple as shampoo can help remove that ring around the tub. Rub some onto the surface of the tub, and after letting it sit for a while scrub and rinse. This can be effective because shampoo is meant to remove oil from hair, and therefore can do the same for your tub if oils are contributing to dirty buildup.
Whatever method you choose to clean the tub, be sure you have a scrubber to help you loosen and clean away the mess. Don't use something overly abrasive, but you will probably need something stronger than just a simple sponge. A brush with stiff plastic bristles will likely do the job just fine.
The key to easily cleaning the tub is to tackle dirt before it has a chance to build up and create a big problem. Clean the tub area often and the task won't be so bad.
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