Cleaning Tubs

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.

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. ...


Cleaning the Oven

Although cleaning the baked-on spills in your oven can be a tough job, there are techniques and products that can make ...

Discover More

Cleaning and Sanitizing Home Gym Equipment

Home gyms are very convenient, but it s up to you to keep the equipment clean and sanitary. You will need to clean all ...

Discover More

Kids Bedroom Furniture

Picking out kids' furniture can be a fun task. You can go along with a theme or look for furnishings in colors and shades ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Stains from Bathtubs

Dyes, hard water minerals, and mildew can build up in bathtubs and create ugly stains. To remove hard water stains, use ...

Discover More

Tub Cleaner

Is there a dirty, stubborn film building up on your tub? Get to work cleaning to rid your tub of the mess and leave it ...

Discover More

Tub Cleaning

Unfortunately, the bathtub is an area where grimy film tends to build up. This can be difficult to remove, so you'll need ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 5 + 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.