Relaxing in the bath is one of the joys of life. Soaking in scented bubbles, perhaps with a glass of wine and a book, is a wonderful way to wind down from a stressful day. And as anyone with a kid can tell you: bath time can often be fun time!
But these activities can leave bathtub rings. These are not necessarily rings of dirt; scented oils and bath bombs can leave a residue which, if not removed, can attract dust and grime. Also, hard water can leave mineral deposits on your tub.
Removing bathtub rings is easy, but the methods depend on the material your bathtub is made from. Make sure you know what your bathtub is before scrubbing!
Enamel or porcelain bath tubs
Enamel or porcelain tubs are quite robust, and respond well to mildly abrasive cleaners. You can purchase many different brands of bathroom cleaner, or you could make your own, eco-friendly cleaning solution.
Baking soda and vinegar are effective home cleaning solutions, as is baking soda and lemon juice, which can both be mixed into a paste.
Apply your choice of cleaner, leave to soak if the stains are particularly stubborn, and rinse. If needed, you can scrub the stains with the abrasive side of a household cleaning sponge. Particularly tough stains respond well to scrubbing with a pumice stone.
After cleaning your tub, wiping it with alcohol will add a sparkle, and will prevent the future formation of bathtub rings.
Fiberglass or acrylic bath tubs
Fiberglass and acrylic tubs are more fragile than enamel or porcelain. Make sure you don’t use anything which will leave scratches. Do not use any abrasive materials—such as abrasive sponges or pumice stones--as these can scar your tub. Dirt and soap scum will settle in the scars.
Instead, use soft sponges or cloths to apply a liquid cleaning solution. You could also use dish soap or glass cleaner. Wipe, then rinse off.
Your cleaning routine
Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the formation of bathtub rings. If you’re the one who has to snap on the rubber gloves and scrub the tub, try to educate your family. Encourage whoever uses the tub to give it a good rinse after use. Rinsing thoroughly, even just with plain water, will help prevent the ring forming, and will make your weekly clean that much easier.
Please make sure that your bathroom is well ventilated before spraying on any cleaners, even home remedies! Open a window or ensure the extractor fan is on to keep yourself safe from any cleaning materials.