Clean Your Bathtub the Smart Way - The Complete Guide

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Clean Your Bathtub the Smart Way - The Complete Guide

One of the most asked questions that we get is always related to how to clean a dirty bathtub! Today, we are going to give you a complete guide on how to make your tub sparkle!

If your tub is filled with stains, rust and grime, this guide is for you! On the surface, cleaning the tub should be easy. But with tile, grout and tight corners, it's actually more of a chore than it appears. So, how do you clean a disgusting bathtub? If you've been a little tardy, here's a step-by-step to make your tub sparkle, without breaking a sweat.


To start the cleaning process, you will want to preheat the bathtub with hot water to help loosen any gunk or stains. This will help with the cleaning effort later on! 

Now that the surface is warmed up, you will begin by draining the hot water, spray your cleaner of choice on the tub and tiles. Start at the top and work your way down. Make sure to wear rubber gloves if you are using harsh chemicals. Give the cleaner sometime to sit before wiping everything down and drying it off! 

Cleaning Rust Stains 

Method #1: Lemon & Table Salt 

There are several ways you can get rid of rust stains. The first one is using table salt and lemons. Cover the rust stain with table salt and then squeeze a lemon over the salted area. Leave the paste on the stain for several hours while the rust if absorbed into the salt. Rinse when done. 

Method #2: Baking Soda and Vinegar 

This combination is little more powerful than method #1. Make a paste with these two ingredients and apply to the stains. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then scrub the rust stains. Repeat this process again if you need until the stain is gone. 

Method #3: Coca-Cola

Another natural way to clean rust stain is using Coca-Cola. You might find it unbelievable but give it a try! Soak the area overnight or longer if needed with Coca-Cola and then scrub it before rinsing the area. While this method might be helpful, it might make you wonder if you ever drink Coke again...well, either way, the tip is there for you! 

Cleaning the Grout

Method #1: Boiling Water

One of the simplest ways to clean grout is with boiling water. To start, bring a kettle of water to a rolling boil. Next, pour a bit of the boiling water directly onto the grout. Use a scrubbing brush to gently scrub the grout in a circular motion. Do this in small patches at a time, so that the water doesn't have too much time to cool. The heat will release the grime. Try the area after cleaning with a towel. 

Method #2: Lemon

While there are many commercial cleaners that you can use to clean the grout, we wanted to introduce some natural ways to freshen it up! You can totally go for the commercial cleaner with strong chemicals, just make sure that you wear gloves while cleaning. If your grout is not too dirty, you can simply brighten it up with lemon juice and scrub the area with a toothbrush to get between the tight space. 

Method #3: Baking Soda 

Again, baking soda is our friend when it comes to cleaning the home the natural way! Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the grout. After a couple of minutes, scrub the area with a toothbrush before rinsing. 

Method #4: Hydrogen peroxide and Dish Soap

If baking soda alone doesn't cut it, add some hydrogen peroxide to it instead of water. The mildly abrasive properties of the baking soda helps lift dirt from the porous grout, while the hydrogen peroxide acts as a gentle, non-toxic bleach.

For even more cleaning power, you can also add a dash of dish soap to the mix. A good ratio is 72 cup baking soda, 14 cup hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon dish soap. When you apply your mix, let it sit on the grout for about 10 minutes. This allows the mixture some time to loosen the dirt. Then gently scrub and wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

If the grout is very dirty and grimy, you can also let your paste sit for even longer than 10 minutes before scrubbing it off. About 15 to 20 minutes should be enough time for the hydrogen peroxide to let its brightening and whitening properties work. Then gently scrub away.

Cleaning Showerheads

Don't forget about your showerheads while you clean the tub! It should be relatively easy to clean this part of the bathroom. Simply fill a plastic bag with distilled white vinegar and tie it around the showerhead. Leave it to soak overnight and then remove the bag in the morning. Wipe off the excess and then rinse it with warm water for a few minutes and let dry! 

Cleaning Shower Curtains 

You might want to give you shower curtains a thorough clean if you have it covered with mildew! You can freshen it up easily. Clean the curtains in your washing machine with a towel. Put the washing machine on a gentle cycle and medium temperature water. Any detergent should do the trick and hang it dry. 

Maintenance is Key

No matter how hard you scrub and clean the bathtub, it won't too long until you need to give it a deep clean again unless you are doing regular maintenance! After all, it is one of the most used, moist and bacteria-breeding area of the house. This is why prevention and maintenance are so important. Keep a good habit of taking care of your bathtub by doing the following simple things: 

1. Spray it with a gentle cleaner each week.

2. Give it a rinse after each use with hot water. 

3. Scrub the entire tub at least once a month, either manually or with a powerful scrubbing device like Kleenovate SpinSeries™ to help keep the bathtub clean. 

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