How to Clean a Bathtub

Make your bathroom's bathtub sparkle with these smart cleaning tips.

Want to take the chore out of cleaning your bathtub? Here's how to do the job faster, smarter and better. Product-free tub ledges make cleaning faster and easier. So, get rid of the mostly empty bottles and other products you don't use. Streamline down to what will fit in one spot such as a shower head rack or tucked into a corner. For a smarter tub cleaner, mix together equal parts of vinegar and dish soap, an affordable and less harsh cleaning alternative. Add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender or tea tree to mask the vinegar smell. Then, simply spray in white. The soap gets a boost from vinegar and natural acid that works magic on mineral deposits and soap scum. For tough stains, let the mixtures set before scrubbing and rinsing. After scrubbing, rinse the bathtub and dry it. Skip the bucket and use your bathtub instead. Fill the tub with an inch of warm water. Spray the sides of the tub with the vinegar and soap mixture. Scrub the sides of the tub with a sponge. As you scrub, the extra cleaner drips down the sides and begins to work on the bottom. Next, drain the tub. Scrub the bottom of the tub and rinse it. For extra shine, wipe the tub clean with a rag or a towel. Some specialty tub materials may require special cleaning solutions. Be sure to use a method that's safe for your tub.