We could all agree that there’s nothing more restorative than a luxurious, bubbly soak in the bath. The only problem is that our tubs aren’t always in the most welcoming shape. Because let’s be honest, soap scum, mildew, and dirty grout stains don’t create the most relaxing environment to kick back and unwind in.
Even though it’s a cleaning task most don’t do nearly as often as they should, tubs should be spiffed up with an effective bathtub cleaner on a regular basis. Luckily, we searched high and low to find the best bathtub cleaners to make your bathtub cleaning routine as easy as possible — but not all cleaners are created equal, and they don’t all do the same thing. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about cleaning your bathtub and how to keep it in a constant state of sparkling clean.
The Best Bathtub Cleaners
The Right Way to Clean Your Tub
To tackle this dirty job, we asked Briana Short, the president of Caliber Cleaning, a Washington-based home cleaning service with 14 years of experience in cleaning homes (and bathtubs specifically), for a few pro tips. She says, “The best way to thoroughly clean your bathtub is to first spray the tub with an all-purpose cleaner. If you have soap scum build-up — check this by running your hand along tub walls while dry — use a powdered nonabrasive cleanser to scrub the tub.”
But if you’re looking to give your tub a truly thorough cleaning, there are a few more steps to take. Short says to “turn on the water to rinse the product down the drain and use a dry microfiber cloth to dry the tub to prevent watermarks. Once this is done, use a microfiber cloth with one or two sprays of cleaner and polish your fixtures.”
Short recommends that this kind of deep clean be done every 2 weeks. If you’re pressed for time, a quick spray and wipe-down once a week can help prevent buildup and stubborn stains from forming.
What to Consider
It’s important to keep in mind that depending on the products you use, you may be cleaning your tub but not disinfecting it (yes, you read that right!) Products that contain bleach, isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide can kill germs and mold, while other soaps and surfactants may remove stain-causing grime and germs from the surface but not kill them. Vinegar has antibacterial properties, too, and it can kill some (but not all) common household molds.
Without a doubt, chemical-based cleaners (particularly those with bleach) are going to clean your bathroom more thoroughly, but they may be difficult for people with sensitivity to their indoor air quality to use on a regular basis. Gentler all-purpose cleaners can be used for lighter, weekly bathroom cleaning to keep the tiles and floor free of visible grime and build-up, but chemical cleaners should be used for deeper cleans. If you clean with bleach, remember to do it safely by keeping your area well-ventilated, wearing hand and face protection, and never mixing it with other cleaning chemicals.
Our guide to the best bathtub cleaners covers products with a range of potencies, so you can get your desired level of cleanliness every time. Read on to learn more.
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