Thrifty Thursday No. 2 : Best Way To Clean A Bathtub!

by - 1:15 PM


My oh my, its been too long! I've been itching to write a new post for a couple of weeks, but I've been a bit... detained, you could say. You can read all about it right here

Today is THURSDAY! And that means it's time for me to share another thrifty experience with y'all! This one doesn't involve having to go to the second-hand store, though. Today I wanted to share a little cleaning tip that I learned on my mission: how to thoroughly clean a bathtub. 

I know, it's a little different from what I normally post, but this tip has saved my booty more than once. I like my house to be immaculate. I'm a super neat-freak/germaphobe, so bleach has been my best friend for a long time. However, I hate when I am cleaning a small space (oh, like my entire basement apartment--all 500 sq. feet of it) and the fumes from the chemicals are more than I can handle. Cleaning my tub/shower has always been a pain, even when it was on my chore list as a kid. It seems as though no matter how hard I scrub, I just can't seem to get the dark/discolored marks off of the bottom of the tub--even with bleach! 

On my mission, we had a housing coordinator who was in charge of finding places for us to live, and making sure our apartments were up to par. One week, he sent out an email with a list of cleaning supplies we always needed to have in our apartment. Two of the items are what I have since obsessed over, and it is so simple:

Vinegar and Baking Soda. 

Who would have thought that the same two ingredients that simulate a volcano explosion would also scrub the grime off of my bathtub?!

Enough blab. Here's how it works:

1. Make sure your tub is completely dry. Water will dilute the products, making the cleaning process less effective. 

2. Sprinkle baking soda all over tub. (Steps 2 & 3 can be interchangeable)

3. Spray vinegar (you can get a cheap spray bottle on the cleaning aisle, usually next to the mops and such) over the areas where you sprinkled the baking soda. 

4. The mixture will start to fizz and create a paste. Let it sit for just a minute or two, then grab a scrubbing sponge and get to work! The grainy paste is what lifts those pesky dirt marks off of the surface. It is so satisfying to watch it turn white!! 

Just look at that grime wiping right off!!

5. Rinse with lukewarm water and you're good to go! 

Please forgive my awful lighting situation in my bathroom. If only you could have seen the ways I had to contort my body to hold a lamp in one hand (or between my legs..) while I took a picture with the other. 

A couple of notes: if you're desperate to clean your tub but don't have a cleaning spray bottle and don't feel like running to the store to grab one, you can easily use just a water squirter that you would use on your hair, or ironing your laundry. Heck, you could even use a water gun! You can also use a bristle brush to scrub the tub. It takes a little bit of elbow grease, but it works wonders! I mean just look at that sparkling tub!! 

All in all, this is a cheap and easy way to clean really any grimey surface using items you already have at home!

Have you ever tried this method of cleaning? What other "natural" cleaning solutions do y'all use? Please share with us in the comments! 

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  1. Great cleaning tip! I need to give this one a try!


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