How to Clean a Ring from Your Bathtub

Save hand-washing houseguests the horror of having to stare at a line of dirt and dead skin ringing the bathtub.


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Keeping the bathroom and kitchen clean is an ongoing battle. Make it easier with the cleaning tips and tricks in these videos. You'll learn fast, easy ways to get rid of bathroom mold, hard water marks, rust stains, bathtub rings, lime scale, mildew stains, soap scum, and more. Plus, tips on how to clean a granite countertop, a toaster oven, the garbage disposal, a sink drain, chrome, grout, your microwave, shower curtains, and many other hard-to-clean household appliances and surfaces.

You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Clean, dry cloths
  • Abrasive bathroom cleaner or baking soda
  • A scrub brush with plastic bristles
  • A spray bottle
  • A bottle of white vinegar


  1. Step 1

    Put on gloves

    Put your gloves on.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare cloth

    Dampen a cloth, then sprinkle it with an abrasive bathroom cleaner or baking soda.

  3. Step 3

    Scrub ring

    Scrub the ring with the cloth and cleaning product.

  4. While you're at it, might as well scrub the rest of the tub -- there's dirt there you can't see.

  5. Step 4

    Scrub with brush

    Use the scrub brush to remove any remaining signs of the ring.

  6. To save yourself from this work in the future, wipe the tub with a washcloth after each use.

  7. Step 5

    Prepare spray bottle

    Fill the spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar.

  8. Step 6

    Spray with vinegar

    Spray the solution onto another cloth, and wipe the area where the ring was.

  9. Step 7

    Rinse tub

    Rinse the tub with water, making sure to clean the parts of the tub that the tap and showerhead don't reach.

  10. Step 8

    Wipe dry

    Wipe your tub dry and invite over your friends to marvel at its lack of dirt and dead skin.

  11. It wasn't until 1883 that cast iron bathtubs were enameled, creating smooth bathing surfaces.