How to clean your bathtub

Transforming the mundane task of clean your bathtub into an effortless and satisfying experience is no walk in the park.

You don’t simply want to scrub away dirt. You want a bathtub that gleams with cleanliness and hygiene.

That’s what I’m here to help you achieve today. Ready to dive into a world where your bathtub shines like new? Let’s get started.

In this article:

  • Safety Precautions in Bathtub Cleaning
  • Environmental Considerations for Cleaning Products
  • Determining Your Bathtub Cleaning Schedule
  • Tools and Materials for Effective Clean Your Bathtub
  • Time and Cost Estimates for Bathtub Cleaning
  • Step-by-Step Cleaning Bathtub Process
    • Step 1: Preparation
    • Step 2: Initial Rinse
    • Step 3: Applying Cleaner
    • Step 4: Scrubbing
    • Step 5: Rinsing
    • Step 6: Drying
    • Step 7: Final Touches
  • Specific Care for Different Bathtub Materials
    • Porcelain Enameled Steel Bathtub
    • Acrylic Bathtub
    • Fibreglass Bathtub
    • Enameled Cast Iron Bathtub
    • Cast Polymer Bathtubs (Like Cultured Marble, Granite, or Onyx)
  • Visual Walkthrough
  • Conclusion

Safety Precautions in Bathtub Cleaning

Think of bathtub cleaning as an art that requires skill and safety. Ventilation isn’t just a suggestion. It’s necessary when dealing with chemicals.

Especially if you’re cleaning with bleach, make sure that your bathroom is well-ventilated. Personally, I prefer using natural products for bathtub cleaning, but your mileage may vary.

Slipping into a pair of protective gloves should also give you peace of mind. You’ll be safe in the knowledge your skin is protected. It’s not about fear—it’s about smart, safe practices that turn a routine chore into a worry-free task.

Finally, a pair of safety goggles should help protect your eyes in case an unforeseen splash decides to make a surprise appearance. Trust me – you never know.

Environmental Considerations for Cleaning Products

In today’s world, ‘eco-friendly’ isn’t just a buzzword, but a responsibility. As I said, I prefer using natural cleaning products. Let’s discuss some of them.

Baking soda, vinegar, lemon – these aren’t just ingredients in your pantry. They’re the underrated champions of green cleaning. Choose them and you’re not simply cleaning your tub. You’re making a statement about the kind of world you want to live in.

Determining Your Bathtub Cleaning Schedule

How often should your bathtub get a makeover? It’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It’s about understanding your bathtub’s unique story. Used daily? A quick rinse post-use and a weekly deep clean keep it in top shape.

Less frequent use? Bi-weekly cleaning is your rhythm. Remember, the material of your bathtub is also a factor. Some materials require more care than others. Of course, if at any point maintaining a clean bathtub (or other parts of your home, for that matter) becomes overwhelming, we can lend you a hand with regular cleaning.

Tools and Materials for Effective Clean Your Bathtub

To get things done, you need the right tools. From the gentle touch of a soft sponge to the assertive scrub of a brush, each tool plays a pivotal role. Let’s delve deeper:

  • Soft sponges – they’re not just for show. They do the delicate work without a fuss.
  • Biodegradable soaps – they clean effectively while being eco-conscious. It’s a win-win.
  • White vinegar solutions – safe and efficient, without any of the drama.
  • Dish soap – for some of those stubborn stains that simply won’t go away.
  • Baking soda it has a variety of uses and cleaning your bathtub is one of them.
  • Long-handled, soft-bristled brushes – reach those tricky spots without breaking a sweat.
  • Gloves – they keep your hands clean and safe.
  • Bucket – keeps everything organized and ready.

Preparing your tools before you start cleaning will save you time and effort later on. Keen-eyed readers have noticed we’re not using any abrasive materials. This is for good reason. We don’t want to scratch that bathtub, do we?

Time and Cost Estimates for Bathtub Cleaning

Let’s demystify the notion that effective cleaning is time-consuming or expensive. Using a strategic approach allows you to spend less time and money while achieving better results.

It’s not about cutting corners. It’s about being savvy with your resources. Time is valuable, and so is your effort—invest it wisely for a bathtub that shines without draining your wallet or your clock.

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Step-by-Step Cleaning Bathtub Process

We’re all but ready to begin. It’s time to show your bathtub the business end of a sponge.

Step 1: Preparation

Preparation - remove bathtub belongings

Alright, let’s get real. Clear out your shampoo bottles, rubber ducks, and whatever else you’ve got cluttering the tub. You can’t clean with your stuff lying around.

Step 2: Initial Rinse

Rinse the bathtub with water before cleaning

Turn on the water and let it do a quick dance over the surface. Think of it as the opening act, setting the stage for what’s coming next.

Step 3: Applying Cleaner

applying cleaning solution or detergent

Whether you’ve chosen an eco-friendly cleaner or store-bought stuff, it’s time to bring it in. It’s like that reliable friend who always shows up when you need help. Slather it on and don’t be shy.

White vinegar is great for those extra annoying hard-water stains most areas of London are prone to. Baking soda should cut right into the heart of the soap scum. The two of them together, while ill-advised in most situations, can work like a charm here.

Step 4: Scrubbing

Scrubbing bathtub with sponge

Grab your soft sponge for the easy stuff, like a light workout. The real challenge – like scrubbing away last week’s bath bomb residue, might require a bit more elbow grease.

Note: Make sure your bathtub can handle a less delicate approach. If it’s prone to scratching, you might want to look for alternatives or call for professional help.

Use the long-handled brush for those ‘can’t-reach’ spots. It’s like having a secret weapon in your arsenal. Once again, be careful not to scratch your tub.

Step 5: Rinsing

rinsing bathtub after the cleaning

Now rinse off all that cleaning product, soap, and dirt. Rinsing is usually my favourite part of the process. It’s just so satisfying to see it all go away.

Step 6: Drying

drying water drops

Grab a clean microfibre cloth and dry off the tub. You’re locking in all your hard work, like a painter putting a seal on their masterpiece.

Step 7: Final Touches

Final touch - rubber duck

Put back all your stuff. The stage is now set for your next bathtime concert.

Specific Care for Different Bathtub Materials

General cleaning tips should get you well on your way to having a clean bathtub. However, sometimes, there are specifics you need to be aware of based on the material your bathtub is made of. Unfortunately, one size rarely fits all.

Porcelain Enameled Steel Bathtub

Let’s start with porcelain enameled steel. Tough but sensitive, like that friend who’s great in a crisis but hates rough treatment. Keep those abrasive cleaners and scouring pads away. They’re like bad advice – they’ll do more harm than good.

For a gentle yet effective clean, grab your dishwashing soap and mix it with hot water. Apply with a sponge or a rag. It’s like giving your tub a spa day.

And for that extra shine, a dab of lemon oil does the trick. It’s like that little secret ingredient in a recipe that makes all the difference.

Acrylic Bathtub

Acrylic tubs are the divas of bathtubs. They look fantastic but scratch easily, kind of like a high-end sports car. So, treat them gently.

Start with a warm-up. Wet the tub with warm water. Then, use baby shampoo on a damp rag. I know it sounds crazy, but if it’s good enough for a baby, it’s good enough for your bathtub.

Finish it off with a car wax polish. Yes, you heard that right. It keeps your tub looking sleek and repels soap and water, kind of like that high-tech raincoat you never thought you needed but can’t live without.

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Fibreglass Bathtub

Fibreglass tubs are like that reliable, low-maintenance friend. Easy to get along with but don’t take them for granted.

Mix a healthy dose of baking soda with dish soap in hot water. It’s like making a special potion for your tub.

Let the mixture sit, then scrub and rinse. And for that showroom shine, you can treat it with fibreglass wax.

Enameled Cast Iron Bathtub

Now, enameled cast iron bathtubs are the tanks of the tub world. Durable, but they need the right touch.

Baking soda and warm water paste is your go-to here. Apply, let it sit, and then go to town with a cleaning towel.

Cast Polymer Bathtubs (Like Cultured Marble, Granite, or Onyx)

Last but not least, cast polymers. These are the aristocrats of the bathtub world – elegant but a bit high-maintenance.

Stick to mild detergent or soap. Mix vinegar and water to tackle soap scum. It’s like using a delicate brush for a detailed painting.

Visual Walkthrough



In this guide, we’ve journeyed through the essentials of effective bathtub cleaning. It’s not just about the act of cleaning but adopting a mindset that values safety, environmental responsibility, efficiency, and adaptability.

A clean bathtub is a reflection of a mindful, well-cared-for home. Embrace these principles, and you’re not just cleaning a bathtub. You’re crafting a sanctuary.  And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.