Clean the Tub Without Breaking Your Back

4 Materials
10 Minutes

Finding the best soap scum cleanser is only half of the job in cleaning your tub out. Bending over and scrubbing it kills my knees and back. There is an easier way to do this!

Dollar Tree Broom

Gather Your Materials

  • Cheap broom
  • Blue Dawn dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Empty water bottle

Use a cheap broom for the "scrubbing"! Dollar Tree is a good option if you have one, but Amazon has options as well.

Make the Solution

Make the Solution

A 50/50 solution mix of blue Dawn dish soap and white vinegar is the best cleanser ever!

50/50 means for example 1 cup Dawn and 1 cup vinegar. Or just eyeball it and put equal amounts in.

Use the Empty Water Bottle

I usually use an empty water bottle and pour the Dawn in with the white vinegar.


Shake it up before using but there's enough for several uses even in this small bottle.

Pour into the Tub

Pour into the Tub

Pour some into the tub. Don't be stingy, you need to use a good amount of the solution you made. Bonus: the solution is relatively cheap so you can always make more if you need to.

Swish the Solution Around

Swish the Solution Around

Use your clean broom to swish the solution all around the bottom, sides and all. Using the broom is a much easier way to scrub than kneeling. I keep this broom specifically for cleaning the tub out.



It does a very good job cleaning the scum in there and even better if you do weekly. If it's been a while then scrub the solution all around and let it sit for a while before rinsing.



Then simply use the shower head to rinse everything, including the broom. I really recommend a removable shower head- it makes life much easier and they are not too expensive on Amazon!

As a side note, when I mop the kitchen a broom like this helps those areas that need some scrubbing.

Know of any other quick DIY cleaning hacks? Let me know in the comments down below.

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  • Mary Jane Russell
    on Mar 22, 2020

    Having recently had total knee replacement surgery, I think this would be a lifesaver for me. Could I also use it on the sidewalls of the shower?

  • Elaine Brown
    on Mar 23, 2020

    I have a fiberglass tub. Will the solution harm the finish of the tub?

    • Stolzy
      on Aug 12, 2020

      2 months post OP subdural hematoma, a brain bleed.

      My occupational therapist had this same mix for me. He came with a broom and one of those wall th ill bags to hang brooms, sniffers, mops, etc

      But you're right, this is a great way to deal with the tub and shower. My balance still isn't great. The main bathroom I use is small. I've found its easier to squirt some on the floor, scrub around everything, use a dry mop to get up the suds, then go over with wet mop. I don't have to bend a lot, the broom does the work. The mop is just for the rinse.

  • Charlene
    on Sep 19, 2020

    Will this help with some issues with mold.

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  • DeEva
    on Jun 2, 2020

    This is really good thing to have in the house. I have problems with my knees and back because of a trauma. Frankly speaking, I suffered for many years while making the order in our house. In the end, we came to the conclusion that the best solution for us is to call a cleaning company for general cleaning several times a year. There are some things that I can do myself, but something more serious is really dangerous for my health. We found these guys and I'm very happy that a big part of home duties are no longer my headache. Indeed, their prices are very affordable for such hard work and good results.

  • Cynthia L
    on Jul 21, 2020

    Not really a question but I do my outside Windows the same way..takes me about half an hour so easy. ( of course I only have six outdoor Windows.) They dry spot free post rinsing. And the walls of my shower with a sponge mop. The same real does make the job nicer.

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