Bathtubs can easily be neglected on cleaning day. When we hit the bathroom with our scrubbers and sprays, it makes sense to focus on sinks and toilets and totally (often accidentally) disregard the tub. The bathtub gets water and soap rinsed through it every day, unlike the various objects that go into sinks and toilets, so how dirty could the tub really be?
Truth be told, shower floors and bathtubs can attract all kinds of fungi, bacteria, and viruses, according to this study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The warm moisture that sits on the surfaces of bathtubs after use makes the perfect home for various germs that you probably wouldn't want near your freshly cleaned body (not to mention, near your kids!).
Almost all bar soaps and many liquid soaps create scum and residue left on the surfaces of your tub. This scum can dull the surface of the bathtub, or make it slick and slimy. That's why we're sharing the best tips for scrubbing the tub and getting it shower and bath ready in no time.
This question depends on a few variables. How often is the tub used? Do multiple people use it daily? What type of products are used for grooming in the tub? The answers to these questions will help you make a judgment call on cleaning protocol.
If you have a one-bathroom home with three kids and two adults using the same tub every day, you may want to consider giving it a deep-clean once a week. If your master bathroom has a bathtub separate from the shower that hardly gets used, or if you have a guest bathroom that gets used only a few times a year, it can be less frequent. Kids' bathtubs should be cleaned once a week to once every other week.
Cleaning the bathtub shouldn't take a bunch of time or energy. With these five simple steps, you'll have a sparkling tub in just a few minutes.
Remove toys, products, washcloths, or caddies before you start cleaning. This is a good time to toss anything that's empty or old (when's the last time you bought a new loofah, anyway?).
Start by cleaning the edges of the shower area first. Spray the walls or tiles with a natural multi-surface cleaner, then wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth. Really focus on scrubbing the grout, and pay extra attention to any clearly grimy areas. We like using a paint brush or auto detailing brush for this due to the soft to medium bristle hardness and long bristle length.
When the water stops draining quickly during showers, there's probably a clog (and it's probably hair — blech). Check your drain by unscrewing the plug and removing any clumps of hair. If it's deep in the drain, you can use a deconstructed wire hanger to pull it out. Another trick is pouring a half-cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a half-cup of white vinegar to work out any clogs. Flush it with hot water after a few minutes.
Spray the bathtub with your multi-surface cleaner, then let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it down with a clean, dry cloth. Work from the top of the tub to the bottom. Depending on how much multi-surface cleaner you use, you may want to rinse all surfaces with the shower head to ensure 100 percent of the residues are gone. You can then do a final pass with a clean microfiber cloth if you want to show off the shine.
Some bathtub stains just want to stick around, like soap build-up, mold, or bottle rings. Take care of these by spraying them with enzyme-based stain remover, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and scrubbing them with a paint brush, auto detailing brush, or toothbrush. Rinse away any loosened grime. This is a much safer alternative than using chlorine bleach, yet equally as effective at achieving a truly clean surface.
Vinegar has been a long-time household cleaning staple for people who want to use fewer chemicals and more natural solutions. It can remove mildew, stains, grease, and wax build-up, which makes it a great alternative to store-bought cleaners for many home surfaces. It works especially well on glass, but it has also been known to clean bathroom surfaces sufficiently.
To clean the bathtub with vinegar, plug the drain and pour 3 cups of white vinegar into the tub. Fill up the rest of the bathtub with hot water, then let the mixture soak for a few hours. Once you drain the water, wipe down the entire bathtub with a damp, clean cloth. Any stains, mildew, or other blemishes should come off with ease.
Cleaning the bathtub shouldn't be a time suck or a dreaded chore. With these easy tips, getting a spick and span tub can take as little as 10 minutes and with hardly any supplies! In fact, you can get away with using just vinegar and baking soda. Plus, when you use Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner and Puracy Natural Stain Remover to clean the bathtub, you'll feel the peace of mind of using a plant-based cleaner that gets the job done but doesn't spread harmful chemicals all over the area where you and your family get clean.