How to clean a stained bathtub

A stained bathtub will magnify in a bad way the entire bathroom appearance, but despite the fact that you can’t always keep the tub clean, you can make it look like new. In addition to periodic cleaning, you should know that any bathtub needs a thorough cleaning, preferably with professional products, depending on the severity of existing stains.

Meanwhile, the stains present on the tub surface can be removed very easily, using common ingredients from your home. Here they are:

Baking soda

Old bathtub stains can be easily removed using baking soda. Mix one part baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide. Apply this mix over the tub stains and leave it on for 40 minutes. Wipe using a soft cloth.

If the entire tub is stained, add a big solution amount into the tub using a sprayer and sprinkle it all over the tub.

Finally, rinse the tub with plenty hot water.


Fill the tub with hot water and add half a gallon of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Wait 3-4 hours then drain the water and wipe the stains using a sponge soaked in laundry detergent. You’ll see how the tub will become cleaner and whiter than ever. In addition, vinegar disinfects and in these few hours your bathtub will be perfectly clean and disinfected.

Also, keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar and sprinkle it in the tub after each use. It is true that the smell is quite pungent, but you can be sure that there will be no bacteria on your tub and mold will stand no chance to survive.


Although chlorine is more powerful than the first two options, it’s good to know that it removes stubborn stains. Put the lid on the tub drain and pour easily, directly from the bottle, on the tub walls, a sufficient amount of chlorine. Leave it act for 40 minutes.

Put on a pair of gloves and wipe the bathtub with a slightly abrasive sponge, then let the solution act 10 minutes. Finally rinse the tub with plenty hot water.

Please note! When using chlorine, it’s better to open the window, and if not, open the nearest door because the solution is toxic and can cause irritation to the respiratory system.

If any of these methods has failed to deliver good results, it’s likely that your bathtub has too old stains to be cleaned by conventional methods, which means you must use professional products.

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