Getting Rid of Bathtub Rings

Hi Lorna,

I’ve been having a really annoying problem and I was wondering if you could help me out! I’ve tried everything I can think of and I still can’t seem to get rid of those dirty rings in my bathtub. They’re disgusting and they make me so embarrassed to let anyone use my bathroom.

Please please help me get rid of them once and for all. Thanks Lorna.

PS I love the blog, keep up the great work!

-Linda Charles

dirty bathtubHello Linda,

I know exactly what you are referring too. The dreaded bathtub rings have been a thorn in the side for many women and as you are finding out, they can be very difficult to remove.

But there are a great few methods you can try.

However, please bear in mind that each of them will require a serious amount of elbow grease. But you don’t sound like the type of girl who is afraid of some hard work!

The first piece of advice i will give you though is not use any abrasive cloths or scrapers as they will cause damage to your tub and just make the situation even worse for you.

The first thing I would do is go the non-toxic route. And for that we’ll be using the two stalwarts of non-toxic cleaning; baking soda and vinegar.

Use the baking soda to completely cover the ring on your tub and then spray vinegar over it. This will cause the baking soda to foam and bubble up, which will help dislodge any particles of dirt. Afterwards wipe it off with a damp cloth and then use a little bit of an oxalic acid product to get rid of any remaining spots.

The natural chemical-free methods are always my favourite, both because they are safe and low cost, but I have to admit that sometimes they don’t work as well as I would have hoped.

My next step if the first one didn’t work would be to use some baby shampoo and a pouf from your shower. This sounds like a bizarre combination but it works very well. It will take quite a few rounds to get the ring removed fully but that’s to be expected.

If all else fails you really don’t have much of a choice but to take out the big guns; the commercial cleaning products. I don’t like them myself but every once and a while they are the only thing that will do the job.

This is especially true if your bathtub rings have been there for a long time as they will be many layers thick at this stage.

Use it as instructed on the side of the container, but don’t use a scouring pad. If you do, you run the very real risk of damaging your tub’s surface and that would be a disastrous outcome at this stage.

Once you’ve finally gotten your tub clean, you’ll want to make sure it never comes back, the simple solution for that is to clean it after every bath or shower or once a week you can use some rubbing alcohol or even just some diluted lemon and vinegar. A weekly wipe with either of those two will do the trick and keep your tub sparkling.

I hope this helped Linda. Don’t give up just yet. Keep at it and as always please let me know how you get on.

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