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How to Clean a Bathtub

Discover how to get rid of limescale, soap scum & more with this easy guide to cleaning a bathtub – it's full of tips & tricks to get your bath squeaky clean.



There’s nothing better than a long soak in the bath to make us feel relaxed. However, if your tub is grubbier than your body, the only thing you’ll be thinking about is how to clean a bath – hardly an indulgent thought at the worst of times.

Fortunately, learning how to clean bathtub suites doesn’t have to be a chore, and while soap scum and water stains may be common signs of a well-loved tub, they don’t exactly suggest the best environment to wash away the worries of the day. Luckily with a little everyday care, you’ll never need to ask how to clean a bathtub again. So then you can sit back, relax, and feel assured that the hard work’s already been done next time you go for a soak.

Enamel bathtubs are not scratch-proof, so avoid using a scrubbing brush. Instead, use a cream cleanser such as Jif Cream on a sponge or cloth – it is specially formulated to shift dirt and stains without the need for scrubbing. Always test on a small inconspicuous area before widespread use.

How to Clean a Bath – Enamel Tubs

Whenever you are cleaning enamel or a large area, be sure to ventilate the space by opening windows and doors. Protecting yourself is essential and it’s always worth covering your hands and face with gloves and protective eyewear.

There are a number of effective cleaning solutions available that specifically target bathroom grime – a diluted solution of Domestos bleach* will work wonders on mould. Likewise, Jif Bathroom Spray is ideal for wiping away soap scum and leaving surfaces bright and shiny. Just remember – always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and test any new product on a small inconspicuous area first. When using bleach, you should also ensure the area is well ventilated and wear protective clothing.

To clean, apply the chosen solution with a sponge or clean cloth, avoiding abrasive scourers or steel brushes as these could scratch and damage the surface of your bathtub. Avoid contact with skin and always follow the safety guidelines listed on the product. Once clean, wipe and rinse away the cleaning product to prevent any lingering residue and discolouration.

How to Clean a Bath with Natural Products

While commercial cleaning products are completely safe to use, there are plenty of natural, household ingredients that can help do the job too. Spraying a solution of water and white vinegar all over the bathtub provides an effective deep-clean that can help treat stains or residue. Leave the mixture to rest for 15 minutes before wiping off with a clean sponge or cloth. Rinse and wipe as before.

Safety Warning

Do not swallow; do not mix with other detergents or chemicals, particularly cleaners. Mixing may generate toxic chlorine gas. Ensure adequate ventilation when using, vapour may be harmful. Strongly alkaline and corrosive. Attacks skin and eyes so avoid contact. May produce severe burns. Wear protective gloves and eye protection when mixing or using. Do not mix with hot water. Store upright below 25 degrees celsius. Rinse containers with water before disposal.

 *Domestos kills germs such as:

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Escherichia coli

  • Staphylococcus aureus

  • Proteus vulgaris

how to remove bathroom scum

Heavy stains and rings might need tougher action. To attack this, try sprinkling baking soda on the problem area and spray with your mix of white vinegar and water. The mixture will bubble and fizz, letting you know the solution’s working. After 15 minutes, wipe away with a clean cloth or sponge and thoroughly rinse and dry the bathtub with warm water.

How to Clean Bathtub Rust

Rust is a little trickier to shift than your everyday scum and grime, but easily tackled nonetheless. Commercial cleaning products specifically made for removing rust are extremely effective, but be careful to wear gloves and don’t mix with other chemicals. Always read the instructions on the product carefully and be sure to ventilate the area well. Avoid contact with skin.

Everyday Care for Your Bathtub

After bathing, rinse the bathtub with clean, warm water and sponge away excess moisture to prevent drying stains. It’s small, everyday actions like these that will not only save you time in the long-run, but keep your bath cleaner and in great condition for years to come.

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