How to Deep Clean Your Bathtub- No Scrubbing Required

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One of my least favorite chores has to be cleaning out the bathtub. It’s so awkward to reach into and scrub clean all of the surfaces. I’m not crazy about using smelly harsh chemicals and most natural cleaners that I had tried just didn’t cut it or required a fair amount of hard scrubbing.

Well a few years ago I stumbled upon this method by doing some of my own experimenting, and I have been cleaning my bathtub this way ever since. All you need is three simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Read below to find out what my secret is to get the cleanest bathtub... with zero scrubbing required!

All you will need to clean your bathtub is 1 tbsp of blue dawn dish soap, 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar, and 1/3 cup baking soda.

Pardon the gross drain, but I wanted to give you a good idea as to what I was working with and how well this method works.

As you can see the chrome fixtures have soap scum and water marks on them, and the tub itself is dull and in need of a good clean.

Start by plugging the drain in the tub and dump in the three ingredients directly into the tub. Give them a mix and add a little hot water if you find the mixture too thick. Then using a wet microfiber towel spread the mixture all over the tub and surround making sure every surface is coated. And then you walk away.... leave this sit for 1-2 hours and go enjoy something else.

After the two hours are up go back in and wipe the tub down with the microfiber cloth. I know I said no scrubbing, but this is just a wipe down to loosen everything up, you don’t need much effort. I then like to rinse everything off with hot water. You can see how shiny and clean the chrome fixtures are now.

And all of that gunk around the drain is completely gone.

The surround itself is also super shiny and squeaky clean! I love this method of cleaning out the tub. The solution melts away the grime and leaves you with a sparkling clean bathtub. The best part for me is that all of these ingredients aren’t full of harsh chemicals and the work required is very minimal.

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  • Deborah Hare Schuchardt Deborah Hare Schuchardt on Jul 12, 2021

    This looks so great! Would this work on my shower door glass also?

  • Vickie Sampier Vickie Sampier on Jul 12, 2021

    We just moved in and the tub is a disaster, it had sticky grips that have come off so the scum is thick. Will this work even if it has to be done several times to get rid of the mess. I hate to have to get a new tub but this is not going to do for my family

  • Too23129171 Too23129171 on Jul 12, 2021

    Does this work on a fiberglass tub?


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  • Mary Ellen Mary Ellen on Jun 26, 2021

    Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Jul 31, 2021

    We have essentially the same bathtub/shower stall as you do. I gave this a try, not believing for a minute that all the icky stuff would come off. I tweaked the "recipe" a little, and added a tiny but of automatic dishwashing detergent. And guess what? This stuff works like a dream! Our tub hasn't been this shiny in years! Thank you for the FABULOUS hint!!!!!👍️