Cleaning your bathtub doesn’t need to be a major pain anymore. We found a hack that you’ll love on One Good Thing By Jillee. And, while it’s definitely out of the ordinary, it works like a charm.
“This cleaning trick seemed strange at first, but after trying it out, I realized just how helpful it could actually be!” according to Jill Nystul.
Blue dish soap and a broom to the rescue
This “weird cleaning tip” has become Jill’s go-to method for cleaning her bathtub. When she uses her two-ingredient shower and bathtub cleaner, her bathtub is “an absolute breeze to clean.” However, only one ingredient is needed for this hack: blue dish soap. The soap works wonders getting rid of grime and grease.
So here’s how this “weird-but-it-works” bathtub cleaning hack works. All you need is Dawn dish soap and a clean broom. (Using a clean broom is the key here. A dirty broom will probably make matters worse.)
Step 1: Squirt the soap
Start by squirting the Dawn dish soap onto the sides and bottom of the bathtub.
Step 2: Scrub with a broom
Us a slightly wet broom to spread the soap around the tub. The motion will scrub the dirt off of the tub’s surface. This method is amazing at cutting through mildew, dirt, soap scum, and anything else.
Step 3: Rinse the tub
Finally, rinse the bathtub. You can use a bucket of water, a cup with water, or even a shower want to rinse the tub. Once all of the dirt and grime goes down the drain, your tub will be spotless.
“While this cleaning trick can help anyone get their tub clean in a flash, it can be a real game-changer for those with limited mobility. Using a long-handled broom to clean the tub is a great alternative because it eliminates the need to bend, stretch, or kneel to get at those hard-to-reach spots!” according to Jill.
Other super helpful tub-cleaning hacks
- Soak time: Depending on the grime buildup in the tub, you may need to let the cleaner soak in before you start cleaning.
- Clean in this order: Start cleaning the tub from the showerhead and/or faucet area, to the tube/shower walls, and then to the tub floor. And use a top-down approach when doing so (start at the top and work your way down).
- Soak the showerhead in vinegar: Fill a baggie with vinegar, wrap it around the showerhead/bath faucet, and let it soak for about 3 hours. Then remove the baggie and the faucet will be super easy to clean.
- Magic Eraser: If you don’t need a full scrub down of the tub, you can use a Magic Eraser to get rid of grime here and there.
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- Pre-heat surfaces: This will make cleaning easier. Why? Because heating the surface makes the cleaning products more effective, according to HGTV. To do so, fill up the tub with about 4 inches of hot water. Splash the water on the tile surface too. After a few minutes, start cleaning.
- DIY rust stain remover: You can buy a rust stain remover from the store, or you can make your own at home using lemons and table salt. Pour the salt over the rust stain, covering completely. Then squeeze a lemon over the salt. Let sit for several hours. Then rinse, and the stain should be gone.
- Cleaning tile grout over the tub or in the shower: All you’ll need to do is soak an old toothbrush in lemon juice and scrub the grout.