How to Clean a Disgusting Bathtub

how to clean a disgusting bathtub

Bathtubs surely add class and style to your bathrooms but only when they are clean and tidy. Dirty bathtubs will only affect your hygiene and make the bath time more disgusting. I am sure in your entire life till now, you have seen some very dirty bath tubs. It is something that needs frequent cleaning but do you find it difficult to clean your bath tub?

Do you ever think of giving your bathtub a nice clean time? Well, if not, give it a try now. Cleaning it up is quite easy and with a few simple steps and ingredients.

Why do we Need to Clean Bath Tubs?

Well, people usually think that bathtubs do not have hot water with bath salts and soaps, how can they be dirty enough to need proper cleaning. But as a user, if you don’t clean the bathtub, then you must have seen mold growing on the tub, or you might have observed that the tub is getting yellow and losing its white neatness and purity.

Cleaning up a bathtub might feel gross, but taking a bath in a dirty bathtub is grosser. So either you like it or not, or whether you have a lot of excuses for not doing the cleaning, you still have to do it.

Ways of Cleaning a Bath Tubs?

There are two ways of cleaning a bath tub. You can choose the one in which you feel comfortable.

  1. With scrubbing
  2. Without scrubbing

How to Clean a Disgusting Bathtub With Scrubbing

Cleaning a Bathtub with Dish Soap and Vinegar:

To start the cleaning, you would need:

Steps to follow:

There are a few steps that you need to follow for this cleaning:

Step 1:

Mix dish soap with the vinegar in the same ratio in a spray bottle. Make the mixture at least 14 to 16 ounces. Then twist close the cap of the spray bottle and mix the solution well.

Step 2:

Spray this mixture on the tub, faucet, shelves, and everywhere possible and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 3:

It comprises scrubbing. Scrub with your clean broom because old dirty broom will only increase the workload.

Step 4:

Now rinse away all the molds and mildews with tap water. This will drain all the dirt and grime and giving you a shining tub again.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar

For this, you would need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Brush
  • Water

Steps to follow:

Step 1:

Rinse the surface with water and wash all the toiletries and accessories.

Step 2:

Now sprinkle the baking soda and start scrubbing. Scrubbing will remove the stains and molds.

Step 3:

Vinegar is an activator of baking soda. Suppose you find some stains that are very resistant to wash off even with scrubbing. Add some vinegar on the baking soda on these stains. Scrubbing will do the rest of the part.

Step 4:

Now rinse away the tub with a good amount of water. And you will have a nice sparkling tub waiting for your next bath.
These are two methods that you can use with scrubbing and will help you give a neat bathtub.

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Cleaning a Bathtub Without Scrubbing

Now, if you do not like scrubbing, we have come up with an option for you as well.

Steps to follow:

Step 1:

Make bleach water in a bowl and take some cotton cloth strips.

Step 2:

Soak these strips in bleach water and spread them on the bathtub, mainly the edges. And leave it there overnight.

Step 3:

Clean the bathtub drain because usually, hair clogs them. And that’s where the mold starts growing.

Step 4:

Now make the vinegar and dish soap mixture in a spray bottle. Shake it well and sprinkle it on the walls of the bathtub.

Step 5:

Don’t leave it for long and then wipe it away without scrubbing. Now wash the tub and drain.

This will also provide you with a clean bathtub without scrubbing for your next bath time.
These are the above two methods that will surely help to get an answer of your question of how to clean a disgusting bathtub.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I make my bath tub white again?

Yes, you can, for sure. Continuous use with no cleaning routine makes the tub yellowish that does not feel appealing at all. Using baking soda and vinegar or dishwasher and vinegar will help you to have a white tub again. You can use the scrubbing method or without the scrubbing method to make the bathtub white again. If the discoloration is very strong, 2 to 3 times of the same cleaning method might help you out.

Q. Can I add Bleach to the tub?

Yes, that could be another way of cleaning your bathtub out. For this, you need to fill the tub with water and Bleach, leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and then drain it all out. This can help your bathtub look stain-free and white.

Q. Can I use these cleaning methods on my enamel Bathtub too?

Vinegar is usually not recommended for the enamel bathtub. It is considered very harsh for them. What you can do instead is squeeze some lemon juice on the salt. Now scrub this mixture with a sponge on your enamel bathtub. This will help you remove the stain from the enamel bath tub. Then rinse the tub and wipe it.

Q. How often should we Clean the Bathtub?

You should disinfect and clean a bathtub every two weeks. It is very important for your hygiene. You should be more cautious about it if you use it daily.

Q. What will happen if I don’t Clean my Bath Tub?

There will be a lot of gross things if you don’t clean your bathtub or shower area regularly.

  • Mold and mildews will start growing on the tub and the shower curtain.
  • Germs will line the wall of the tub, making your shower do the opposite of making you clean.
  • The fungus will start living in the holes.
  • Soap scums will gather up and make a film that will give space to the bacteria to grow.

Q. Is it safe to mix cleaning products when cleaning my bathtub?

No, it is not safe to mix cleaning products when cleaning a bathtub as it can create harmful fumes or reactions. Follow the directions on the label of each cleaning product.


Cleaning your bathtub is as important as cleaning yourself up. We have told you various ways of cleaning the bathtub. Now you should make an effort and clean your tubs. I hope this guide will be helpful to you in cleaning out the tough stains.

Living a healthy and hygienic life is very important and cleaning your bathroom areas includes that. Have a happy cleaning time.

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