A scrubbie sponge and can of Bar Keepers Friend, some warm water and heavy gloves. Oh...and have THEM do it.
I have a cash reward program for my two girls when its time for them to clean their room. They do a lot of whining, what they have not figured out yet is the long term benefit of staying on top of it. built into the pay structure is a 3 day grace period. Clean the room and you get paid...3 days later if the room is clean you get paid again. If they just keep up on it, they would be well paid ( at least by kid standards) when they let it go...a few weeks of mess is much harder to deal with.
the best way is to spray vinegar on the tub, everywhere, and then sprinkle baking soda on it. Let it sit for just a few minutes, and then scrub it up. Nothing used is toxic. Might take more than one cleaning, depending on how dirty it is.
Heat 1/2C white vinegar in m'wave for 90 sec, pour into spray bottle. Add 1/2 Cup BLUE Dawn dish soap. Shake gently to mix. Spray on surface, let it sit 1-2 hours. Not mine, I found it here -- http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com/2012/05/pinterest-tested-tub-cleaner.html
Is it tile or a insert bath and shower? It makes a difference in how you clean because of the surfaces. Is it hard water build up, or soap build up?
It makes a difference on how you clean it. Is this I can't get it clean no matter what I do kind of thing, or I have nice tile and don't want it ruined thing?
It is easier to answer if I know what it is first.
The tub is an insert bath and shower. The build up is of soap and of course dirt...I like the idea of using vinegar and baking soda...I'll try it tomorrow and let you all know how it turned out.
@Martha See my comment below Martha..I guarantee it will work!
My textured shower floor collects soap scum. I recently tried using Borax and it worked great.
@Cathy B I have also used borax, works fanstatic!!
Bar keepers friend is gentle, so is the dawn, and the borax sounds like a wonderful idea.
All these idea's above are good one's.
if you heat the shower up with water first let it get warm cleaner always works better. Wanda has the right idea to let the cleaner set for a few minutes to let it work. I take a sponge and make sure it is spread all over. I watch for anything silver because I don't want the stainless steal to etch from the cleaner. Then I scrub and rinse. If you don't get all the cleaner off it will catch dirt again. The vinegar will also work on hard water buildup. I use a window squeegee to dry everything and then wipe it down with a towel. If it is dried every time after use it keeps the build up down. But anyone who ever has had children knows that will never happen.
My boys tub is toxic. I use no heat Easy Off oven cleaner on the tile and it takes the soap scum right off.
If you have a vinyl or acrylic bath tub I have found that if you save your used dryer sheets and gather them into a bunch, tied with string it cleans your tub to a shine. Just spray your tub with Formula 409 or any other mild cleaner and it will look like new!
take 1 cup of vinegar and one part blue Dawn dish soap pour soap into a spray bottle then heat the vinegar for 90 seconds. pour vinegar into spray bottle too. shake around gently now go spray that tub and shower, let sit from a half hour till overnight and rinse works like a charm.
If you're really desperate CLR will work wonders. Smells toxic though, so read and obey the cautions.