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How to Clean a Bathtub

Whether you shower in it or use it for long, luxurious baths, there's nothing clean—or relaxing—about a tub full of grime, mold, or mildew.


  • Step 1: Ventilate room Ventilate the room by turning on any fans and opening any doors or windows.
  • Step 2: Put on gloves Put on rubber gloves.
  • Step 3: Clean drain Remove any hair from the drain.
  • Step 4: Apply cleaner If your tub is porcelain or coated with enamel, apply a mildly abrasive bathtub or all-purpose cleaner to the tub and let it sit for a period of time, according to product directions. Scrub the tub with your brush, then rinse well.
  • TIP: For a natural cleaning product, mix a teaspoon of liquid soap, a few drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree, or peppermint), a cup of baking soda, and enough water to make a paste.
  • Step 5: Scrub & rinse If your tub is fiberglass or acrylic, use a sponge to apply a nonabrasive cleaning product or one designed for fiberglass. Scrub gently, being careful not to scratch the tub, then rinse well.
  • TIP: If you damage the caulking along the tub while you are scrubbing, repair it as soon as you're done cleaning -- and before using the tub -- to prevent water damage.
  • Step 6: Remove grime Use your cleaning product and an old toothbrush to remove any hard-to-reach grime.
  • Step 7: Scrub stains For stubborn stains or rings on porcelain or enamel tubs, try scrubbing with baking soda on a damp sponge or a mildly abrasive cleaner.
  • Step 8: Clean fixtures Using a sponge or rag, clean the fixtures with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Step 9: Rinse & dry Rinse off all remaining cleaner and dry the whole tub with a clean cloth. Now, after all that work, you can indulge yourself with a nice, hot bath.
  • FACT: At over 300 pounds, U.S. President William Howard Taft required his own oversized tub installed in the White House.

You Will Need

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • A mildly abrasive or non-abrasive bathtub cleaner
  • depending on your tub
  • A scrub brush or sponge
  • depending on your tub
  • Water
  • An old toothbrush
  • A sponge or rag
  • Clean
  • dry cloths
  • Liquid soap
  • Antibacterial essential oil
  • Baking soda

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