Cleaning the bathroom with vinegar and dawn

by michelle on September 27, 2012 · 4 comments

We have the most obnoxious bathtub in the history of all bathtubs.

The bottom is textured, which is a great safety feature of course, but the low parts of the texture collect grime. The drain is slow, so the grime just settles into the grooves, and occasionally the drain gets even more slow, and so by the end of your shower, you’re standing in several inches of water. (That’s really a good reminder that showers save water compared to baths. I hate baths.)

Anyway, our tub gets dirty fast. And I had let it go for too long and it was pretty grimey on the bottom. Yuck, I know. I’m sorry that I’m admitting that to you, but there it is.

On Sunday I got ambitious and instead of giving myself a headache with Scrubbing Bubbles, I mixed equal parts vinegar and water with a tablespoon or so of dawn in a spray bottle from the dollar store and mixed it all up. I sprinkled some baking soda in the bottom of the tub, and then sprayed the heck out of the whole thing.

I didn’t have to scrub any harder than with harsh cleaners, and this method definitely worked better than Mrs. Meyers cleaners. You guys, my tub was shiny. SHINY.

So, I’m a convert to scrubbing my bathtub with vinegar, dawn, and baking soda. The good news is that I will no longer have to suffer a headache in the name of a clean tub. The bad news is that I still have to clean the bathtub.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

courtney September 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for this — now that we actually have a bathtub to clean, I should probably be doing it more often. ;)

Vanessa September 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Is your bathtub plastic? I can’t find anything to work on my stupid plastic bathtub and shower walls. It takes way too much effort with every single thing I have ever tried. And that’s not even the mold issues. I really wish I didn’t have a tub or shower, not sure what I’d use but I hate that thing.

Pat October 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

Did you use white vinegar or cider vinegar? Does it matter? I also have a plastic tub and enclosure that never looks good no matter how much scrubbing I do. Am anxious to try this. I use Dawn for pretreating spots on laundry. it works great.

michelle October 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I just used regular store brand white vinegar, but I’m sure cider vinegar would work, too!

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