Making It Shine: The Bathtub


How to Make Your Bathtub Shine

Getting Rid of Dirt and Soap Scum

After spending countless amounts of dollars on bathroom cleaning products, I found myself so frustrated that I could not remove all the soap scum from my tub! Yes, those cleaners made my tub look pretty clean, but what was annoying me the most were those little soap scum spots that no amount of scrubbing could take away. Out of my frustration, I decided to try something I never thought I would do.

The Homemade Cleaner

DIY cleaning products have been all the rage for a while now, but I just never really hopped on that bandwagon because I didn’t think they would really work. I dabbled here and there with a few and they did turn out pretty good, but I just could never fully make the switch from store-bought to homemade when it came to my cleaning products. I finally thought to myself well, the couple I tried turned out pretty great so why not try a homemade bathtub cleaner?

Nothing else was working so what did I have to lose, right? I searched and searched for the perfect homemade bathtub cleaner and finally settled on a few I wanted to try. However, there were certain ingredients I didn’t have on hand for each of the recipes and I was too impatient (and excited) to wait for my next shopping trip.

I decided to “take a little bit” of each of the recipes and settled on three ingredients I did have on hand. I went to work on that stubborn soap scum and to my surprise, it worked! These three little ingredients worked better than anything I had bought from the store.

The Ingredients

1/4 C. Baking Soda

1/4 C. Dish Soap (I like Dawn dish soap)

10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (lemon is great for cutting through grease and it makes everything smell so good!)

Double-sided Sponge (a soft side and a scrub side)

The Process

The first thing you want to do is grab a small bowl to mix the ingredients in. Once you’ve got your mix ready, do the following:

  • Dampen your sponge and dip the soft side into the mixture.
  • Apply the mixture to your tub using the soft side and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  • Wet your sponge and using the scrub side, begin scrubbing down your entire tub. Pay extra attention to those stubborn soap scum spots, they will require a little bit of elbow grease!
  • Rinse your tub completely, making sure no mixture is left sitting in your tub.
  • Use a squeegee to get rid of excess water in your tub.
  • Finish it off by using a microfiber towel to completely dry (and shine) your tub.


You can use this mixture on your tub once a month (unless you need it more often) and just keep up weekly maintenance with an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. I also like to keep a small microfiber cloth by my tub, so at the end of a shower or bath, I just wipe it down as soon as I get out. This helps make my monthly tub scrub a much smoother process!

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