Bleach-stained Red Bathtub Turned Sparkling White Again

30 Minutes
Now I now what you'll say. Wash your bathtub every week, instead of once every six years and you won't get a filthy bath. I know, I know. But here is what really happened... I went to clean some yellow streaks I noticed on the side of my bathtub and I decided I should probably try using bleach. Now I didnt know however what bleach will do to my old porcelain tub with a ferrous (iron) component. Now I don't know whether it was the hard water as well, or something else, but when I poured the bleach and came back a few hours later I was shocked to see my bathtub resembled a crime scene. My natural reaction was to turn the water on and scrub. I scrubbed and scrubbed to no avail. At this point I panicked and thought I permanently damaged our bathtub. I started doing research and came across hydrogen peroxide which some online users claimed it work. I got it in a spray bottle as this is the easiest way to distribute it evenly. Instant results followed!
Caution: Don't tell me I didn't warn you about this - Open the windows and DO NOT INHALE The CHLORINE GAS.
Before and After Image
The Product I Used
The Rusty Stains immediately after I sprayed them
The rusty stains 2 minutes later
The rusty stains 10 minutes later.
Lana Jane Fox
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  • Janie Canales Janie Canales on May 01, 2020

    So hydrogen peroxide is the only thing to use to get rid of the rust? Ty it looked amazing.

  • Janie Canales Janie Canales on May 01, 2020

    So is it safe on a cast iron tub? This one is from the 50's.

  • Aprile Aprile on Apr 28, 2022

    Not sure where chlorine gas comes in? What would cause that if u r only using hydrogen peroxide

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  • Ian55816316 Ian55816316 on Apr 30, 2022

    I have used hydrogen peroxide regularly for years . It definitely works

  • Bunny Bunny on Apr 30, 2022

    After spraying, 10 minutes later u don’t finish telling what you did then! Just rinse with water? Hot or cold water? Not a good posting!

    • SpudBread SpudBread on May 21, 2022

      JUST rinse-- makes no difference- luke warm if it's winter, and COLD outside!! Also, the porcelain may be very slippery because it will be SO CLEAN-- be EXTREMELY careful using the cleaned wet tub!