One of my hated chores turned into my absolutely favorite chore.
Want to know what it is?
It’s cleaning my bathtub!
Cleaning the bathtub is a chore we ALL have to do at some point, and let’s be honest – scrubbing away stains and grime is nobody’s idea of a good time.
But how do you clean a disgusting bathtub without committing to a strenuous workout?
And, that makes you smile too?
Lucky for you, there are some amazing bathtub cleaning hacks I discoverd that will have your tub sparkling without breaking a sweat!
And since I love bathroom cleaning hacks, and anything that helps me avoid strenuous scrubbing is a winner in my book.
So, let’s take a look at how to clean a dirty bathtub fast.
1. The Dish Soap Magic
Believe it or not, your kitchen’s secret weapon can be your bathroom’s best friend.
That’s right – we’re putting dish soap in the bathtub!
Cover your bath in dish soap, making sure you get every nook and cranny.
Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, allowing the soap to break down grime and stains effortlessly. Rinse it away, and voilà – a spotless tub without the scrubbing hassle.
This is the way to clean a bathroom with no scrubbing at all!
For an added punch, opt for Dawn Powerwash dish soap – its powerful formula is a game-changer!
2. Your Steam Cleaner Best Friend
I am in LOVE with this teeny tiny steam cleaner.
It works like a BOSS.
After your shower when the bathroom and bathtub is wet, get your little power steamer and let it do its job.
The steam softens grime, making it easier to wipe away.
Simply use a clean cloth or sponge to remove the loosened dirt, leaving your tub gleaming without the need for strenuous scrubbing.
3. The Vinegar Soak
For stubborn stains that seem impossible to tackle, vinegar comes to the rescue!
Fill your bathtub with warm water and add a cup of white vinegar. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, allowing the acidic properties of vinegar to penetrate the grime.
The acidity works wonders, loosening dirt and stains effectively.
For an extra boost, gently scrub problem areas with a soft sponge before draining the tub, leaving you with a remarkably cleaner surface without the need for elbow grease.
4. Baking Soda Brilliance
Baking soda isn’t just for baking – it’s a versatile cleaner too.
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the bathtub’s surface. Mix a bit of water to form a paste, and spread it evenly. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, allowing the baking soda to work its magic.
For an extra boost, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix, enhancing the cleaning experience with a refreshing scent.
Rinse away the residue, and marvel at the gleaming, scrub-free results.
5. Cornstarch Cleanup
Keep your tub looking tip-top by employing cornstarch as a cleaning ally.
Sprinkle cornstarch over the wet surfaces after a shower or bath. The powder absorbs moisture and helps prevent the buildup of soap scum and water stains.
A simple, mess-free solution to maintain a gleaming tub without the need for elbow grease.
The subtle texture of cornstarch can also act as a gentle exfoliant, ensuring that your bathtub stays not only clean but also smooth to the touch.
6. Lemon Freshness
Lemons aren’t just for lemonade – they make an excellent natural cleaner. Cut a lemon in half and rub it directly on stains and discolored areas.
The citric acid helps break down grime, and the fresh scent leaves your bathroom smelling amazing.
Who doesn’t love an amazing smelling bathroom?
This hack cleans and adds a zesty touch, making your cleaning routine a sensory delight. A simple and effective hack for a squeaky-clean tub without any scrubbing effort.
Mix hydrogen peroxide with water in a 1:1 ratio and spray it on stained areas. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. The fizzing action helps lift and break down stains, making it easy to wipe away.
This chemical reaction eliminates the need for aggressive scrubbing. For particularly stubborn spots, gently agitate the area with a soft brush or sponge before rinsing, ensuring a thorough and scrub-free clean.
Remember, a little patience goes a long way in achieving a stain-free bathtub.
8. Shampoo Shine
Your shampoo isn’t just for your hair – it can help clean your bathtub, too.
Put some shampoo directly on the stained or dirty areas and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The surfactants in the shampoo work to break down oils and soap scum.
Rinse it away, leaving your bathtub refreshed without any scrubbing effort.
For persistent stains, combine the shampoo with a sprinkle of baking soda to boost its cleaning power, offering a dynamic duo against even the most stubborn marks.
Unleash the power of toothpaste beyond your teeth with this minty-fresh bathtub cleaning hack!
This will totally block any smell bathroom too!
Apply a non-gel toothpaste to stained areas and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The mild abrasiveness helps break down stains, making them easy to wipe away. Rinse thoroughly for a refreshing and scrub-free finish.
Your pearly whites aren’t the only thing benefiting from toothpaste!
For persistent stains, consider combining toothpaste with baking soda to create a dynamic duo that can tackle even the toughest bathtub blemishes.
The right cleaning tools play a starring role when it comes to keeping your bathtub pristine.
Choose your cleaning sidekick wisely—microfiber cloths and non-abrasive sponges are the unsung heroes here.
Not only do they make cleaning a breeze, but they also ensure your bathtub maintains its shine without a scratchy performance.
So, grab your trusty sidekick and let the cleaning magic begin!
Take a proactive approach to avoid the headache of dealing with stubborn stains like hair dye.
Before doing things that can stain your bathtub, like dyeing your hair, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the surfaces you want to protect.
This acts as a barrier, making wiping away potential stains easier without scrubbing. A simple preventive measure can save you a lot of cleaning hassle down the road.
Remember, a stitch in time – or a layer of petroleum jelly – saves nine. A little prevention today goes a long way in keeping your bathtub stain-free tomorrow!
12. Daily Drying Routine
If you want to keep your bathtub from accumulating layers of grime, make sure you dry it every day! After each use, take a minute to wipe down your tub with a dry cloth or towel.
This removes excess moisture, preventing the growth of mold and mildew, and prevents soap scum buildup.
Keeping up with bathtub maintenance is such a small thing you can do to avoid intensive cleaning sessions.
So make sure you add this simple routine to your bathroom cleaning routine!
Okay, But How Do You Clean a Stained Bathtub?
I get it – some stains seem like they have taken up permanent residence in your bathtub, and you’re wondering if anything short of a miracle will get rid of them.
But don’t worry! I have some bathtub cleaning hacks here that will help you tackle the toughest of stains:
Believe it or not, the fizzy wonder of Coca-Cola can help break down tough stains. Pour a can of Coke into your bathtub and let it sit for an hour or more.
The acidity in the soda works to dissolve the stubborn grime.
Afterward, simply rinse away the soda, and you’ll be amazed at how those once stubborn stains are now a distant memory.
For a more natural approach, mix equal parts of cream of tartar and baking soda.
Add a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply this mixture to the stubborn stains and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
The combined power of cream of tartar and baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive, making it easier to wipe away those stubborn marks and stains.
Enzyme-based cleaners – like the amazing Biokleen products – commonly used for kitchen and bathroom surfaces, can be a superhero for your tub.
Apply the cleaner to the stubborn stains, following the product instructions. Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down organic material, making them particularly effective against tough bathtub stains.
After application, wipe or rinse away the cleaner, revealing a spotless surface.
Cleaning your bathtub shouldn’t feel like a daunting task.
With these game-changing, scrub-free hacks that make cleaning fast, you can effortlessly maintain a sparkling clean tub.
Try these hacks today, and discover a cleaner tub without breaking a sweat!
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