How to Clean a Dirty Bathtub

Dear Home- Ec 101,
My bathtub is so funky, it makes James Brown look stodgy. Especially since he’s dead. But I digress. The yuck in my tub is so nasty, I’m afraid to take a shower, and my co-workers are starting to complain. Help me, Luke Skywalker Home-Ec 101, you’re my only hope!
Princess Leia

how to clean the bathtub

WinkIvy says:

It just so happens that I was reading a blog post about this very issue today. TipNut tells us you can easily clean your bathtub with laundry detergent. The way to do this is by filling your tub with hot water, then adding 2-3 cups of a powdered laundry detergent that has enzymes. (to break down body oils, which is what is making your tub so heinous)

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Tips to keep your bathroom squeaky clean!

Soak that puppy overnight, then drain it and wipe it down in the morning. Head over to TipNut if soaking your tub in laundry detergent doesn’t work. She has a “Bathtub Miracle Paste” that just might fit the bill.

Here are some tips specifically for getting rid of the ring around your tub.

Oh, and Princess? Take a shower, already, your email smelled like pimentos and old feet. Ewww.

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  1. eating clean on February 22, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Kids are more likely to eat what they help prepare.
    After some time they should get used to
    eating these foods and eat them without any trouble.
    Meal time goes smoothly if less of a deal is made over the food.

  2. fengshuikaty on August 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Clorox works wonders, especially on mildewed shower curtains! (Or try white vinegar if you don’t want to use bleach).

  3. jasminflower on April 19, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Baking soda also works for those who are worried about the harsh chemicals in laundry detergent.

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