What can I use to clean my extremely Stained Bath Tub?

Chris Mueller
by Chris Mueller
What Chemicals, and Cleaning Pads , would you use to clean a Bath Tub with years off Inground Stains, and Soap Scum, and Calcium, and Chemical Stains. With out Harsh Scrubbing, and with out using a Metal Grinder. Or very Abraisive Acids. With out taking the Enamel off. . chris.mueller53@gmail.com
  18 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 20, 2017


  • William William on Mar 20, 2017

    Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner in the BLUE can. Spray it on, let it foam and sit for a while. Rinse away.

    • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 25, 2017

      Hi William, This Easy Off, Oven Cleaner. in the Blue Can. can I buy this in Woolworths as this is the only big Supermarket that we have in Katherine. N.T. 0850. Australia.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 21, 2017

    You can also try Barkeeper's Friend. Let that sit for a bit and wipe with a non abrasive pad. Good luck!

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    • Deb Deb on Mar 25, 2017

      Barkeepers Friend is the brand name of the product. I'm always amazed at how many stores stock it, so you should be able to find it Chris. Good luck.

  • Cjf15732497 Cjf15732497 on Mar 23, 2017

    Another cleaner that works great and requires little scrubbing is CLR liquid in the yellow bottle. Spray it on and let it sit a few minutes. Wipe with a non abrasive scouring pad.

    • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 25, 2017

      Hi Cjfrang, Does C.L.R. really work, as one time in my working career I used Originald C.L.R. mixed with water in a buckett, trying to clean Calcium off a Old Urinal, this was a waste off time, maybe C.L.R. has to be used NEAT Straight out off the Spray Bottle. Would this work on Ceramic Surface's Bath Tub, Olden Style Bath Tub, 20 years Plus Stains are light brown, to light grey to dark grey in places.

  • Laura-lee Laura-lee on Mar 23, 2017

    I know this requires a little scrubbingbut you can purchase a pumice stone (the one for your feet it's not abrasive) and use that on stubborn stains. You can also use it on toilets to remove hard water stains that won't scrub out even with CLR.

  • Kathy Lovenburg Kathy Lovenburg on Mar 23, 2017

    I think I would start first with a Mr Clean eraser--that will help with overall grime and soap scum. Rinse, and then see what you needs further removal/harsher chemicals.

  • Debbie Feathers Debbie Feathers on Mar 24, 2017

    The original blue Dawn dish detergent and vinegar..Spray on ..Let sit a few minutes and I always spray one more time ..No scrubbing,!!! Works great !

    • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 25, 2017

      Hi Debbie, This Dishwashing Detergent, does it have to be the Original Blue Dawn, and the Vinegar what type is needed as there are many types off Vinegar, Including Cleaning Vinegar, Apple Cidar Vinegar, ////////////// Brown Vinegar, White Vinegar. I have heard that some kind of Vinegar mixed with other Detergents / Chemicals, works wonders on inground stains. Even 20 yrs + Old. What are your Thoughts CHRIS.

  • Trish Trish on Mar 24, 2017

    Love the blue Dawn and vinegar, my go to cleane

  • Mary A Ballerin Mary A Ballerin on Mar 24, 2017

    I dealt with this for a few years, hard water the color of dial soap ... I bought every product suggested then I tried oven cleaner. Spray it on, wait 20 minutes, wipe off the grime w/o elbow grease. Conversely, Scrubbing Bubbles cleaned my range top and surrounding area just as easily. Who knew?

  • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 25, 2017

    Hi Mary, I will try the Dishwashing liquid with some type of Vinegar, if this does'nt work then I will try your Idea of Oven Cleaner, what type would you recommend. . . Kind Regards. . CHRIS.

  • Cjf15732497 Cjf15732497 on Mar 25, 2017

    I don't know if CLR Kitchen and Bath (yellow spray bottle) will work on your tub surface but it works great on the tubs in my rental apartment where tenants don't clean as well as I clean my own tub. It removes soap scum and grime with little effort. These tubs are old (80 plus years) and the shine is gone so the grime tends to build up. I use it straight out of the spray bottle and let it sit a little. I can't say for sure it will work on the stains but it's cheap - about $4 in home depot- so it's worth a try.

  • William William on Mar 25, 2017

    It seems that they do carry it. You could also buy it online from Amazon or other sites.

  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 25, 2017

    Not sure if it would work for your issue but couldn't hurt to try it. It's safe, and somewhat natural. Lemonade Kool-aid mix, in the packets without sugar of course, has taken years old hard water stains out of one of my toilets. I left it full strength and let it settle to the bottom as this is where the stains were. I think if you mixed it with some baking soda, or washing soda, and a little water to make a paste, you could spread it around, let it set for a couple of hours and wipe with a soft rag it should come right off. Any stains that don't come off can be scrubbed with a half lemon and a bit of salt.

  • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 26, 2017

    Hi Nancy, Thank You for your recomendation with my problem, I have so many Cleaning Advise's if none off them work I will try your Solution and see how it goes. .....................................................................................................................KIND REGARDS.

    • Sandra Flint Sandra Flint on Mar 27, 2017

      Hi Chris, I've had to clean and EXTREMELY neglected shower and tub. Spent a lot of time and effort (a whole day) but finally got the job done completely exhausted. However, the next time I faced the same problem I figured, what the heck, and tried The Works toilet bowl cleaner. You'll need gloves and maybe a mask, but start at the top of the shower wall and let the cleaner wash down. You'll watch the hard water actually dissolve! You will need to scrub some with a kitchen sponge that has a scrub side, but the job will go a whole lot faster and easier. Just yesterday I cleaned the calcium deposits - 2 yrs worth,- off my outdoor pond in about and hour and with about 1 1/2 bottles of The Works (under $2). The Works also works on badly stained tile grout. Beats CLR, bleach, Ajax, you name it. Good luck.

  • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Mar 28, 2017

    Dear Sandra, This Product, ( The Works ) Toilet Bowl Cleaner, can I BUY this PRODUCT in WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKETS. Here in Australia IF YOU NO OFF. Also if it is under $2 how big is the Bottle, in my Town we have only 2 Types off SUPERMARKETS and that is WOOLWORTHS, and I.G.A. THANK YOU, and GOD BLESS. Chris. J. D. Mueller.

  • Tik18633929 Tik18633929 on Mar 28, 2017

    hi, i want to tell u that vinegar , salt and baking soda r the key ingredients for cleaning all those nasti things. first u apply mild acid followed by salt and soda. don't forget to give it some time to work.

  • P P on Mar 30, 2017

    weirdly - Head & Shoulders Classic shampoo - spread on tub & leave it for a day or however long you can - it cleaned our 1947 tub easier & better than 'real' cleaning supplies - also makes it more manageable & tangle free!

  • Chris Mueller Chris Mueller on Apr 02, 2017

    Dear P. Metairie, Does it have to be Head and Shoulders Classic , also what about other Shampoo Brands, Also P. how long should I leave it on for ?????? Also I live in a very hot humid climate. Also in my Bathroom I have no air flow. Except the ceilling ventilator fan. and a small window. KIND REGARDS. . Chris.J.D. Mueller.