How to Clean a Disgusting Bathtub – Simple Hacks That’ll Turn Your Filthiest Bathtub into a Spa-Like Sanctuary

There’s nothing more soothing than taking a leisurely soak in a hot bathtub. It takes away the worries and stresses of life – at least for a moment. Unfortunately, bathtubs tend to be magnets for a wide range of stubborn stains like soap scum, grime, and mildew.

Additionally, with constant exposure to moisture, the walls of your tub can collect rust, bacteria and mold leading to both unsightly and unsanitary mess. Cleaning the tub might seem easy on the surface, but it’s actually a tedious chore considering that stubborn dirt gathers on the grout, tile and tight corners. And since you probably dislike the idea of soaking in a dingy bathtub, you must learn how to clean a tub the right way.

Today, we shall take you through some excellent ways to make your bathtub sparkle again no matter how disgusting it might appear. So, what’s the best way to clean a bathtub? Read these simple hacks on how to clean a disgusting bathtub using some common and inexpensive household staples.

A combination of dawn dish soap and white vinegar really does wonders at cleaning a bathtub and shower head. We recommend getting a new broom for this purpose. You aren’t likely to get your tub clean with a dirty broom, so grab an affordable new one from the dollar store and get started right away!

What you’ll need:

  • A dawn dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • A clean broom


Step 1: Mix Soap With White Vinegar

Mix eight or more ounces of dawn dish soap with the same amount of white vinegar. Pour the mixture into a big spray bottle that can hold about 16 ounces of liquid. Make sure you’ve filled at least a third of the bottle with a blend of soap and vinegar. Twist on the cap of the spray bottle and give it a thorough shaking to form a solution.

Then squirt a generous amount of the mixture onto the sides and bottom of your bathtub. You can spray it everywhere for best results, such as on the faucet, shower curtain, and the scummy shelf where shampoos and related stuff tend to reside. Leave the vinegar to sit for 10-20 minutes so that its acidity can break down and disintegrate the grime, mold and discoloration.

CAUTION: Although white vinegar is recommended for use on porcelain and acrylic tubs, it’s not advisable for use as a cleaning agent for tubs coated in enamel. Vinegar consists of an acid that could corrode the enamel layer.

Step 2: Scrub it

Scrub the soap and vinegar thoroughly using your new broom. The grease-cutting action of the ultra-dawn dish soap works in unison with the scrubbing action of the bristles to blast away the layers of soap scum, mildew and other residues that have accumulated in your bathtub.

Step 3: Rinse Down Your Bathtub

Rinse down the soap scum and grime with a bucket containing a generous amount of clean tap water. This will drain down the stains leaving behind a sparkling clean bathtub. Now you can stare at your tub in awe and admire its truly clean, fresh and glossy look! The smell of vinegar is going to dissipate in a few hours – so no need to worry.

How to Clean a Bathtub With Baking Soda 

Baking soda is another smart and super effective natural ingredient for cleaning a really disgusting bathtub. You can also combine it with other common household supplies like hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, dish soap et cetera. Apparently, baking soda is an all-purpose ingredient for cleaning a range of things, including tile grout, shower heads, shower doors, and so much more.

The good thing about baking soda is that it is cheap and non-toxic. For this reason, it is safe and highly versatile for use on most surfaces. It is friendly for use on fiberglass, porcelain, acrylic, stone resin, cultured marble, stone resin, copper, etc.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Stiff scrub brush
  • Vinegar (optional)


Step 1: Remove all Toiletries and Rinse Them

Firstly, remove all the toiletries and rinse them to get the surface wet. Water can help to get rid of any deposits of shampoo or soap. If you’ve got a shower curtain, take it out and wash it separately.

Step 2: Sprinkle Baking Soda Over the Wet Surface

Baking soda tends to stick to the tub if the surface is wet, which is why rinsing is important. Baking soda won’t do much unless you scrub the surface using a stiff scrub brush. A mixture of baking soda and water forms a paste which acts as an abrasive for removing stains and mildew. Scrub the dickens off the tub with your elbow grease.

Step 3: Continue Scrubbing With Vinegar

For really tough stains, you’ll need to apply vinegar to activate the baking soda and remove more stubborn stains. Vinegar is a disinfectant, which breaks down stains even more when combined with baking soda. After you’ve scrubbed the tub thoroughly with baking soda, attach a green scrubby to the sponge and dip it into some vinegar.

Now continue scrubbing the whole tub with vinegar and baking soda combined, making sure to concentrate on heavily stained spots. You might want to wear gloves for this purpose. Vinegar can easily stick to your hands.

Step 4: Rinse the Tub and Check Whether You’ve Missed Some Spots

Give the tub a good rinsing with clean water to drain down the baking soda and vinegar. You can quickly rinse everything down the drain with a bucket full of plain water. Then, look closely around the tub to check if there are leftover stains.

Step 5: Focus On Any Spots That You Might Have Missed

In case you notice some residual stains, touch up those spots on the tub using the same process discussed above. Re-sprinkle the baking soda on any spot you might have missed out, and scrub the stains with a scrub brush once again. You can reapply vinegar to the spots, if necessary. Elbow grease will play a major role in this step once again, so you’ll have to sweat and get the work done.


In closing, there are several options for cleaning a disgusting bathtub today. Perhaps you prefer the more heavy chemical side to the natural cleaners, but we highly recommend the latter since they’re both inexpensive and kind to the Earth. Natural solutions like baking soda, vinegar and lemon can do the trick in restoring your bathtub into a spa-like oasis!

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