• Najeeb Olomi

How to clean a bathtub

There’s no point having a beautiful bathtub at home if it’s laden with loose hair, soap scum or even mould and mildew. Here’s how to clean your bathtub in five easy steps.

A dirty bath at home can wreak havoc on your home life. The good news is with just a few simple items you can clean your tub in minutes.

Ingredients you will need to clean your bathtub

Baking soda Soap or vinegar

Sponge Squeegee or rag

Lemon or essential oil such as eucalyptus

Step 1: Vacuum bathtub

Vacuum the bathtub first if there is any loose debris. Note: Do not use abrasive cleaners for certain types of bathtubs.

Step 2: Make cleaning solution

Make a cleaning mixture of baking soda and cleaning soap. You can also use vinegar in place of soap here, and add a dash of lemon or your favourite essential oil if you like.

Step 3: Apply solution using sponge

Use a sponge to apply the cleaning solution across the entire bathtub.

Cleaning a bathtub doesn’t have to take hours – if you know how to do it right, it can look good in under 30 minutes.

Step 4: Scrub bathtub

Scrub the tub thoroughly, working your way from one end all the way to the other.

Step 5: Wipe away moisture

Use a squeegee or a rag to wipe down the areas you’ve already cleaned. If necessary, go over any areas again with the cleaning solution until done.

Why you should clean your bathtub

A clean bathtub not only looks lovely to the naked eye and is a joy to soak in, but a tub that is free from mould and mildew is vital for your health and that of your family.

A deep clean of your bathtub will help ensure that bacteria is unable to thrive and develop in this highly used space of the home.

How often should you clean your bathtub

Make it a part of your regular routine to do a quick clean of the bathtub at least once a week.

Tip: Ensure an exhaust fan is always on when bathing or showering to help prevent mould and mildew from forming.

Aim to do a quick clean of the bathtub at least once a week so you can keep it looking as spick and span.

Create a homemade natural bathtub cleaner

Using eco-friendly ingredients in home cleaning products is becoming increasingly popular.

The recipe used in this cleaning solution is made using store-bought items you likely have in your cupboard: Simply mix baking soda with a little vinegar, and add a dash of lemon and away you go.

Tip: Do not ever use bleach on mould and mildew; it will only bleach the colour out but will not actually remove the mould.

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