The Easiest Way to Clean Your Bathtub + The Best DIY Tub Cleaner EVER

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The Easiest Way to Clean Your Bathtub + The Best DIY Tub Cleaner EVER

If you asked me what my favorite cleaning tasks are the list would probably be really, REALLY short (okay, maybe none existent). Most sane people don’t find cleaning particularly fun but never the less it’s something that must be done. We live and play and go through our day to day routines making messes all along the way (More so if you are a child. Us parents are extra lucky!). I particularly hate cleaning the bathroom.

Let’s face it, the bathroom is a gross place! You know what goes on in there!?! All kinds of body functions germing up the place. I find it kind of funny though how the germiest place in the house is also the place you go to degerm and get clean. Irony at it’s best!

While gross things happen in the bathroom no one wants to go in a dirty one. Think highway gas station bathrooms. Some of those places make you think peeing on the side of the road is a good idea. Yuck!

While I hate cleaning bathrooms I have found what I consider the easiest way to clean your bathtub:

Get Bathtub Dirty

dirty gross bathtub

I don’t know about you but I have noticed that taking baths on a regular basis seems to grime up the bathtub more quickly than if you took only showers. My kids regularly take baths (as does my husband) and so our bathtubs get nasty FAST. It must be something about dirty water just sitting there in the tub for a decent amount of time. You get that prominent ring of dirt and grime. Lovely, I know. Funny thing is that our bathtub gets nastier than the kids’. Maybe it’s that man grime??

Make The Best DIY Tub Cleaner EVER

bathtub cleaning supplies


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grease fighting dish soap
  • 1 tsp lemon essential oil (optional)
  • empty spray bottle
  • 2-cup glass measuring cup


the best diy bathtub cleaner


Place the vinegar, dish soap, and lemon oil in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Stir. Microwave mixture for 55 seconds. Pour into spray bottle.

Spray Tub Cleaner All Over The Bathtub

spraying bathtub

Thoroughly, spray your entire bathtub with this cleaner including faucets, handles, and drains. Okay, I am not going to lie. It will smell kind of bad. The lemon essential oil helps the vinegar smell a bit but not quite enough, unfortunately. Now it’s time to relax. Yes, I said RELAX. Let the tub cleaner do it’s magic while you go watch a TV show or take a nap. Come back in an hour or two.

Wipe Down The Bathtub

After a bit of relaxing, it’s time to do some cleaning. Not hard active, sweat your butt off kind of cleaning. An almost tranquil kind of cleaning. Grab some sponges. I like to get mine at my local Target. It’s the closest real store to my house so I am ALWAYS there.

sponge aisle

Don’t just get any sponges, though. Get quality ones like Scotch-Brite™ Brand. I grabbed a few different kinds –  the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge and the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge.

There’s even a great deal at Target this week to help inspire you to clean (we NEED the inspiration, I know):


  • Save now on Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges at Target with this Cartwheel offer

sponge dishwand

I couldn’t resist the savings so I even bought a Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand for my kitchen. It’s been a life saver on pots, pans, grill racks, tools, tires,  and sinks.

green sponge scrubbing

I used the green heavy duty sponge to clean the base and sides of the tub. Not a lot of real scrubbing action was needed thanks to the awesome cleaner but I know that using a product that removes tough, baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges was the way to go. That grime looked scary and  I am all for cleaning tough messes 50% faster! Time is of the essence.

blue non-scratch sponge

When it came to my oil rubbed bronze faucet, handle, and drain I opted to use the blue non-scratch sponge. I wasn’t about to scratch those babies up! I knew something that was safe for non-stick cookware definitely could safely clean these guys without scratching.

Rinse The Bathtub

Once you have wiped the whole bathtub down with those amazing sponges it just needs a good rinse. Rinse it all away with water. Heck, maybe even take a nice, HOT shower to get the job done. Guilty as charged!

my clean tub

Overall, it was an easy, painless process thanks to these sponges and the Best DIY Tub Cleaner EVER. I highly recommend trying both!

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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. You are making me think I need to go clean my tubs. I usually use scrubbing bubbles and these sponges but I’ll give your way a shot. 🙂

  2. Cleaning is not my forte, it’s just really not fun at all! It’s always nice to come across posts like this, with an easier solution to everything! Thanks for the tips! It’s going to help a lot!

  3. This is exactly what I use except with regular vinegar and it truly is amazing! It cleans better than anything I have ever used.

  4. Vinegar is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? We use the same concoction to clean all around our home and while it does smell bad, it’s nothing that some scented essential oils can’t fix 🙂

  5. Amy Tolley says:

    Amazing thanks for sharing this DIY tip with us i am gonna try this I am always looking for a easier way to clean out my tub..Great post!!

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