How To Clean a Dingy Bath Tub

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean a Dingy Bath Tub or Shower

How To: Clean a Dingy Bath Tub

Magical Mama Blog 2018 Year of Clean

Like I mentioned back in January on Instagram, 2018 will be the year of clean!

I am trying to push myself to deep clean different parts of my house this year and share different methods to get them clean and keep them sparkling!

We covered How To Clean your Stainless Steel Sink a few weeks ago and we’ll cover the Bath Tub today…then who knows what we’ll cover next!

Yay!  A Bath Tub!

When my husband and I moved into our home, we thought to ourselves, a big master bath tub with jets?  We’re going to use the heck out of this….we thought wrong.  It was maybe used once a month.  Luckily, the most cleaning it required was a good wipe down.

And then we had a baby.  That bath is now used and abused almost every single day…sometimes twice a day.  The bath tub can now look like a slightly muddy puppy has run through it.

Still not a bad clean up, but when you have a wet, slippery toddler to dry off, the cleaning usually takes a vacation until you have time.

Then there are days like today – post toddler bath, English Bulldog bath, and Bloodhound bath. The tub looks like a dried up pond or a run down amusement park pool.   Just nasty!

I needed to deep clean and I needed to deep clean NOW!

Hard Core clean for tubs and showers

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs and Showers

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs and Showers

This is not only great for nasty messes, but for the first wash when you move in to a new home or when everyone is constantly sick and the house needs a good bleaching.

In a bowl (not one you’ll be serving dinner in),

make a paste of:

1/4 cup bleach

3/4 cup baking soda

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs and Showers

Grab a scrubbing brush in the cleaning aisle of the market and go to town all over that icky nasty tub!

Rinse clean and voila!  It’s never been so white and pure!

Magical Mama Blog How to Clean Tubs & Showers

Regular clean for tubs and showers

Magical Mama Blog How to Clean Tubs and Showers

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs and Showers

When you have not bathed a pasta sauce soaked toddler and 160 pounds of jowls and fur, this is a much more simple and effective way to clean a regularly used tub or shower.

Heat up:

a little more than 1/3 cup of vinegar

in a glass measuring cup or microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds

Pour in

a little less than 1/3 cup of Blue Dawn

Mix until well combined

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs and Showers

Pour into a reusable sponge with handle and go to town!

Rinse with water and it’s good as new!

This mixture can be adjusted very easily to your specific needs!

Magical Mama Blog How to Clean Tubs and Showers

Pro Tip #1: Pour a bit of blue Dawn into your sponge before pouring in your mixture so it won’t immediately soak through the sponge and start draining out.

You can then turn the sponge back and forth a few times and get it all mixed together.

Pro Tip #2:  Get 2 mini zip ties.  Tighten one around the smallest part of the neck and tighten one as a loop.  Hang up a waterproof 3M hook in your shower and have it ready at all times!

Magical Mama Blog How To Clean Tubs & Showers

You can also use a rubberband or hair tie.

I clean using this magical sponge while I’m showering all the time!  It makes it so easy!

While you’re in the tub, you may as well clean and disinfect those bath toys!

Have a ring in the toilet?  Check out how to remove it for good!

In the mood for some Spring Cleaning? Check out my free printable checklist to make sure you get every last nook and cranny!

If your stainless steel sink needs a good deep clean and polish, check out how we keep ours shining!


What is your favorite cleaning method for your bathroom?


Magical Mama Blog How To Clean a dingy Bath Tub or Shower

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    1. Definitely do! It has made a world of difference in my deep cleaning regimen! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. There are some messes that the standard store bought cleaners just can’t do the job. Glad I could be of help!

    1. I may look like a crazy person, but it’s the easiest way to multitask! Whoever discovered baking soda should have a statue erected of them!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Multitasking at it’s finest! Cleaning yourself while cleaning the place you’re cleaning yourself!
      Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Don’t use up all of your elbow grease! I hope you find some cleaning tips that make your house sparkle without you having to work so hard!

    1. It has saved me so much time and sanity! I think bathrooms are everyone’s least favorite place to clean. Thank you so much for stopping by!

    1. Definitely give it a try! It always seems to have the extra kick that most cleaners don’t. Thanks for dropping by!

  1. we’ve just moved to a rental property with the shower over the bath, it’s a brand new build but already after 3 months the tub is looking dingy, i’ll try the baking powder tip

    1. Thank you! There really isn’t much worse! That’s where you get clean, if the bathroom itself isn’t clean, I don’t feel clean!
      Thanks for popping over!

    1. It really is crazy to see how something can get gradually dingy even with regular cleaning. Everything deserves a deep clean once in awhile! Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Thank you! Bath tubs are so awkwardly shaped, they tend to become unloved, but both these methods make it quick and easy! Thank you for stopping by!

    1. It always feels good leaving a room sparkling clean (and disinfected)! Thank you for stopping by, Su!

    1. It’s Spring Cleaning time! It’s a simple way to make a huge difference. Tubs are so big and reflective, so getting them to shine is a fabulous step up for your home!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. They’re terribly dull chores, but so worth it if you make it a good deep clean! Standing back and looking at it is such a nice relief!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. There’s nothing like a sparkling clean bathroom…but it is the worst to clean!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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