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A nice hot shower or a peaceful evening bath can be deeply relaxing, but a grimey tub can make the experience less than relaxing. When you don’t keep up with regular cleaning and de-griming around your bathtub, the whole cleaning process can take longer and can require more patience.


Luckily, the cleaning process doesn’t have to take hours out of your day, and to help you out we have a super simple cleaning guide for you. Keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks for keeping your bathtub clean and mold and mildew free!



Is There a Right Time to Clean?


The amount of time that passes between cleaning your bathtub is, generally speaking, completely up to you. When you regularly use and share your tub with other people in a one-bathroom home, it will need to be cleaned more often than a tub used less frequently by someone who lives by themselves.


We suggest cleaning your tub about once a week with regular use and deep cleaning with a lot of scrubbing behind it at least once a month.


Before You Get Started


Now that you know the importance of keeping your bathtub clean and free of grimey buildup, you can get started on taking on the cleaning at hand. But first, you’ll probably want to make sure you have everything you’re going to need. Here are a few of the basic supplies you will need:


How to Clean a Bathtub


  1. Fill a bucket with hot water and pour the water all over the inside of your tub.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda around the now wet tub, or if you are dealing with an extra-dirty tub, you can use tub-and-tile cleaner instead.
  3. Refill the bucket with roughly a half-gallon of hot water and add about two tablespoons of your go-to dish soap.
  4. Dip a sponge or a stiff nylon scrub brush into the soapy water, and scrub all around the bathtub.
  5. You can use an old toothbrush dipped in the soapy water to scrub around any nooks and crannies.
  6. If you’re cleaning particularly dirty tubs or stubborn stains, sprinkle some more baking soda directly onto the soapy sponge or brush and scrub hard, it will require some extra care and patience.
  7. Once you’ve scrubbed your tub generously and are happy with the results, use your bathtub’s shower hand sprayer or your bucket, refilled with fresh hot water, to rinse the tub.
  8. Remember to finish the process by drying and polishing the tub faucet, drain, and handles with a clean, dry towel or microfiber cloth.


How to Deep Clean a Moldy Bathtub


How to Clean a Bathtub with Mold


If you’ve discovered some mold and mildew staining around your bathtub, start the same cleaning process like this:

  • Fill a spray bottle with hot water and carefully add about four tablespoons of bleach before mixing the solution together.
  • Spray the bleach and water solution directly onto the affected areas, and allow it to soak in for a few minutes.
  • While the diluted bleach is soaking in, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over the tub.
  • After the bleach has been allowed to soak, you can proceed to the third step we listed in the process above.
  • You can repeat the process if you need to for more stubborn staining around your tub, just remember to rinse and clean your tub thoroughly afterwards.


Tips & Tricks


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  • Every time you take a bath or shower, rinse the tub’s surface and wipe off excess moisture before leaving the bathroom. Doing this can actually help to prevent mildew, soap scum, and grime from building up on the surface too quickly.
  • If your tub or shower has tiled walls, start by cleaning the walls and save the tub for last.
  • You can create a pad for your knees by folding a towel lengthwise several times, so that you’re not causing your knees unnecessary pain.
  • Struggling with a slow drain? Sprinkle four or five tablespoons of baking soda into the drain and then about two cups of vinegar. Once the fizzy reaction stops, clear the remaining grime by pouring boiling water down the drain.
  • If you have extra stubborn stains around the tub, try this: Make a paste out of baking soda and a bit of water. Apply the paste directly to the stain, and let it set for a few hours until it is dry and then wipe away the dried paste with a damp cloth or sponge.


Your tub is finally clean and ready for your next shower or evening bath time. For more bathroom cleaning guides, tips and tricks, head to our blog and learn how to clean your showerhead, glass shower door and more.


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