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Surprising Ways To Clean A Bathtub

Think your old, grungy bathtub is beyond repair? Then this is the tip is for you! If nothing seems to bring it to a shine, you can try spraying a layer of oven cleaner on the surface.

I have an old bottle of Easy-Off in my chemical crate and the back label reads:

…is ideal for barbecue grills, NON-ALUMINUM and NON-CHROME pots, pans, skillets, fryers, drip pans, etc.

Also cleans surfaces of porcelain enamel, stainless steel, undecorated ceramics, and concrete.

I don’t know if this is safe to use on colored porcelain, but you can test a small area if you’d like to find out.

Tip: If it’s a plastic or acrylic bathtub that has hard to remove stains, try soaking laundry detergent in it for a few hours–this can do wonders too!

Update: Here’s a cautionary note sent in from a reader:

I used three fourths of a can (Easy Off) making sure every inch was was covered and it didn’t work at all and it took off all the color on my new brass colored drains on the tub, making them all turn black.

Although none of the hardware discolored when I used this method, it’s something to be aware of (test a small area first just to be sure).

Kickin Soak

Here’s a “miracle paste” you can try plus details for using a laundry detergent soak.

Laundry detergents that work well for this task:

Tide, Ivory Snow, Cheer or any detergent that has enzymes.

Miracle Paste

If things are particularly grimy, here’s a paste you can try*:

*Don’t use if you’ve applied ammonia or ammonia based solutions to the tub.


Peeling off old decals reveals a sticky mess or dark dried up glue underneath. Here are a few different methods to remove them, get that gunk up and surfaces back to a shine.

How To Remove The Residue

Method #1

Method #2

Method #3

Method #4