Do you want to learn how to clean a bathtub with vinegar and baking soda? Here’s how to do the job faster, smarter and better.
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Prepare tub for cleaning
Product free tub ledges make cleaning a bathtub faster and easier. Get rid of the, mostly empty, bottles and other products you don’t use. Streamline what will fit into one corner such as a showerhead rack, neatly tuck into one corner or remove items altogether.
This mixture is a bit old school but works just as effective as any commercial cleaner on the market and it’s all natural.
You can also add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil such as lavender or tea tree to the above mixture to mask the vinegar smell.
Skip the bucket and fill your tub with an inch of warm water. Spray the sides of the tub with the mixture you created above. Scrub the sides of the tub with a sponge. As you scrub the extra cleaner drips down the sides and begins to work on the bottom.
The soap gets a boost from the vinegar which is a natural acid that works like magic on mineral deposits and soap scum. Now drain the tub and rinse it. For extra shine wipe the bottom clean with a rag or a towel.
For tough stains let the mixture sit before scrubbing and rinsing. Some specialty tub materials may require special cleaning solutions. We found that our natural cleaning solution is safe for most tubs. Be sure to use a method that’s safe for your tub.
Clean with less elbow grease
We can’t take credit for this tub cleaning method but it’s still a good idea nonetheless and it works marvelously well. If you’ve been searching for an easier way to clean your bathtub try this method. Go to the automotive section of Walmart and buy a Mother’s PowerBall. You can also buy one of these on Amazon. It will cost you about $25.
You can use the same cleaning solution as before but you will need a power drill to pull this off. The theory behind this cleaning method is that all the work you use to do with elbow grease alone, you now replace that with torque and more revolutions per minute (rpm) from the power drill.
This little handy tool will allow you to put a spit shine on your bathtub. When you combine this with the homemade cleaning solution above you’ll have your tub clean in no time.
The Powerball easily screws into your drill and turns it into a wonderful cleaning tool. After you’ve sprayed your cleaning solution onto your bathtub, dip the Powerball into a bucket of water and spin just a bit to remove any excess water.
Now you can start using the Powerball to clean the tub. You can hit all the hard to get spots without all of the scrubbing power that you’re use to. Because the Powerball is so soft it makes for a great polisher for your tub’s overflow drain covers, trip level bath drains, spouts, and handles.
Because Mother’s Powerball is so large it allows you to cover a lot of space quickly and it won’t harm your bathtub’s surface. Now cleaning a bathtub can be fun and done in less time.
Look over your finished project and repeat the steps above if you notice certain spots that did not get clean. If you decide to try the Powerball some elbow grease may still be required for those really stubborn stains.
Learning how to clean a bathtub with vinegar and water is not only cheap but the products you’ll be using are also environmentally safe.