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How to quickly clean a bathtub without ruining it
How to quickly clean a bathtub without ruining it

Proven and budget-friendly ways to get rid of soap and limescale, yellowness and rust and not ruin the bath coating.

How to quickly clean a bathtub without ruining it
How to quickly clean a bathtub without ruining it

First of all, you need to put on gloves, choose the right washcloth and the right product. And here everything will depend on what exactly and from which bath you need to remove.

How to clean different baths

  1. Enamelled cast iron baths. They should not be rubbed with steel wool or hard sponges. This leaves scratches, the enamel layer becomes thinner. Also, do not use aggressive products with a high chlorine content for cleaning.
  2. Enamelled steel baths. When washing, do not turn on too hot water. The enamel can crack even on a new bathtub from sudden changes in temperature. As in the case of a cast-iron bathtub, hard and metal sponges are prohibited.
  3. Acrylic bathtubs. You need to wash carefully, because even sponges of medium hardness can leave ugly stripes on such a bath. Use only soft sponges and special cleaning agents, preferably gels or pastes. Do not use abrasive substances, washing powders, emulsions with alcohol, acetone, gasoline, chlorine. A solution of baking soda and vinegar can be applied extremely rarely and only on very severe contaminants. In other cases, it is better to replace soda with lemon juice.

How to clean a bathtub from small dirt

Each time after water procedures, soap and skin particles remain in the bath. It is very easy to remove this type of plaque: you just need to thoroughly rinse the surface with water.

How to clean a bath from soap deposits
How to clean a bath from soap deposits

How to clean a bath from soap deposits

Soap accumulates on the surface of the bathtub, so ugly streaks and stains appear. Regular baking soda can handle them.

  1. Wet the bath surface.
  2. In a bowl of water, dilute half a pack of baking soda to form a thick mixture.
  3. Apply baking soda with a soft sponge to the surface and let sit for half an hour.
  4. Sponge the tub and rinse off the baking soda with water.

How to clean a bath from limescale

Hard water contains a large amount of magnesium and calcium salts. When they settle, plaque appears on the plumbing, which is more difficult to get rid of than soap.

Method 1. Acetic-soda solution

  1. Mix ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup vinegar. If you are going to wash your acrylic tub, replace the baking soda with lemon juice.
  2. Apply the solution to the bath and leave it on for a while.
  3. Rub the surface with a sponge and rinse off the vinegar solution with water.

Method 2. Soda + lemon solution

  1. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste.
  2. Apply to the bath and leave it on for a while.
  3. Add citric acid to the water in a 1: 1 ratio.
  4. Apply the solution to the baking soda and wipe with a sponge.
  5. Rinse the tub with water.

How to clean a bathtub from yellow plaque

A yellow coating can appear due to poor quality tap water or rusty pipes. You can remove it with dry bleach diluted with water in a 1: 1 ratio. You should have a thick mixture similar to sour cream. Rub the bath with it, let it dry and rinse with water.

But keep in mind that chlorine bleaches can destroy enamel, so it's best not to use them. And for acrylic bathtubs, as we already wrote above, this method is definitely not suitable.

How to clean rust from a bathtub
How to clean rust from a bathtub

How to clean rust from a bathtub

Rusty drips in the bathtub are the result of bad pipes or damaged enamel. In this case, the best way to forget about the problem is to eliminate its cause. But there are some homemade recipes as well.

Method 1. Ammonia + hydrogen peroxide

  1. Pour 100 ml of ammonia and 50 ml of hydrogen peroxide into a glass container. Mix well.
  2. Using a cloth, apply the solution to the problem area.
  3. Wash off with water after 10-15 minutes.

Method 2. Lemon juice

  1. Squeeze some lemon juice onto the rust stain.
  2. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with water.

Method 3. Soda

  1. Add water to a container of baking soda until you get a mixture that is similar in consistency to a paste.
  2. Use a sponge to apply the resulting paste to the rust spots.
  3. Rub and rinse with water.

How to use household chemicals

If you can't get rid of dirt with home remedies, use cleaning powders and gels.

  1. Read the ingredients and consider the type of bath.
  2. It is better to use environmentally friendly substances, but they are more expensive.
  3. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. For example, sometimes the solution needs to be washed off immediately, sometimes it needs to be held for a while so that the bath becomes clean.
  4. Some products have a strong, unpleasant odor. This means that in order to use them, your bathroom must be well ventilated.
  5. Never clean the tub without gloves.

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