Is it possible to clean an old cast iron bathtub?

by Linda
The bathtub is very old and stained, tub paint is too toxic.
  8 answers
  • Michelle Michelle on Jul 30, 2015
    sprinkle baking soda and add a bit of water to make a paste, let sit for a few minutes and then scrub and rinse, shiny tub without the fumes
  • Shirley Shafer Shirley Shafer on Jul 30, 2015
    lots of cleaners out there but I have found that 409 cleans most anything.
  • LD LD on Jul 30, 2015
    Below is a link telling you how to clean old cast iron tubs and sinks.
  • A.k. Sullivan A.k. Sullivan on Jul 30, 2015
    One time when I was having an illness I hired a housekeeper for a while. She used one of those Mr.Clean magic eraser sponges for bathrooms and I was shocked at how clean it got!
  • Liz Liz on Jul 30, 2015
    Mix a cup of Dawn liquid detergent, the blue one, with a couple cups cleaning vinegar. Paint itall over the tub, inside and out. Let it sit for a couple of hours. You can keep adding more of the solution if it dries out. Afterward, scrub with a green scrubber pad, rinse and the soap scum, hard water, etc. will wash off. Use a Mr. Clean magic eraser scrubber if there are any stubborn spots. If there are rust stains left, use a rust remover product. Polish with any commercial product made for that purpose. Most of the build up that causes the dullness is from the combination of mineral deposits and soap scum. It hardens and is terrible to get off. The Dawn/vinegar solution has been the savior for my cast iron tub.
  • Lee Lee on Aug 04, 2015
    DO you have a vintage cast iron tub??--check the cost for a professional to help. There are several companies that come to your home and will re-finish. This finish will last for a few years. Compare that cost with replacement with the same like tub (cast iron). Let us know your final decision.
  • Darlene Hatley Darlene Hatley on Apr 16, 2017

    I have a claw foot tub and I used white vinegar and ruined the finish. How do I repair it?

  • Jenny Campbell Jenny Campbell on Apr 19, 2017

    I use kerosene, need lots of ventilation and gloves and face mask, And the magic eraser helps