As time goes by, your beautiful white bathtub may turn yellowish, especially if you don’t regularly maintain the tub. Of course, it will turn your entire bathroom into a disgusting room since the bathtub is the main focal point of the decor.
For most of you, cleaning a bathtub can be quite a tiring job to do since you need to crouch over to wipe the tub. You may also think that you need to hire a pro to get the job done.
Actually, getting your white bathtub back to its stunning look is a piece of cake. You can clean your yellowish bathtub all by yourself in no time by using cheap home supplies.
In this article, we share with you a complete DIY tutorial on how to clean yellowish bathtub that you can follow easily.
How to Clean Yellowish Bathtub
Prepare these supplies:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Microfiber cloth or paper towels
- Rubber gloves
Follow these supplies:
Pour dish soap
Squirt some drops of dish soap over the surface of your bathtub. You don’t really have to cover the entire surface of the tub but make sure that you can properly scrub the surface in the next step.
Heat up the vinegar
Prepare 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a heat-resistant bowl and place in the microwave for around 90 seconds until it feels warm enough.
Pour the vinegar
Once you have squirted enough dish soap onto the surface of your bathtub, pour the vinegar while it’s still warm but don’t scrub anything yet. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the vinegar that can be quite harsh on sensitive skin.
Sprinkle the baking soda
Sprinkle four tablespoons of baking soda over the surface of your bathtub which is covered with the mixture of warm vinegar and dish soap. In this step, you already created your DIY cleaning solution to clean up your lovely white bathtub.
This step would need some elbow grease to get done, so be ready for it. Use the sponge to scrub the cleaning solution, you need to clean the entire surface but focus on the areas with stains or spots with more pressure.
Once you are sure that you have scrubbed the entire surface and the stained areas, let the cleaning solution sit for about an hour. This is to let the cleaning solution break down the mineral deposits that often affect your bathtub.
Rinse the tub
The last step is to remove the residue of the cleaning solution from your bathtub, First, use a microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe down the stains and residue of the cleaning solution. Then, run your faucet to rinse everything. If you still see some stains and grimes, you may need to repeat all the steps from the beginning.
Those are the steps that you can do to get a yellowish bathtub to look white again. You just need to use cheap home stuff and get all the steps done in no time.
However, the steps above are more suitable for easy stains. If you find some mold and mildew on the surface of your bathtub, you can use bleach to kill them. You can follow the steps below to clean up mold on your white bathtub.
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How to Clean Mold and Mildew in Bathtub
Ventilate the bathroom
Bleach can be quite irritating if you get close to it and inhale it for quite some time. That being said, make sure that you have proper air circulation to avoid coughing up and teary eyes.
Open all the windows or run the fan so the odor of the bleach won’t get trapped inside the room. If during the cleaning process you feel dizzy and sick, take a break and go outside.
Clear the area
Before you deal with any chemicals, you have to make sure that the surrounding area of your bathtub is free from any of your bathroom stuff. Remove the shampoo bottles, soap dishes, shower caddies, and other things that you put close to the bathtub. It’s to avoid the bleach splashes damaging them.
Add some water
First, let’s remove the debris from the bathtub by running the water and cleaning the surface. Rinse everything thoroughly. Then, fill the bathtub with 2 gallons of water or by running the faucet for around 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour the bleach
You will need a cup of bleach for a gallon of water, so you can add two cups of bleach to the bathtub. If you have an extremely dirty bathtub, you can change the ratio to 1:2 (one part of water for two parts of bleach).
However, keep in mind that the more bleach that you use, the stronger the fume can be. You may need to wear a face mask if necessary.
Get a spray bottle
Fill an empty spray bottle with a mixture of bleach and water. Spray the bathtub walls with the mixture evenly. Let the cleaning solution sit for about 15 minutes.
Scrub the stains
If you have some kind of reaction to bleach (skin or respiratory), wear rubber gloves, eye goggles, and a face mask to execute this step. Use a sponge to scrub down the surface of the bathtub. For a more convenient process, you can use a scrub with a handle so you can have a good grip.
Rinse the mildew away
The last step is to rinse everything away. First, open up the drain and let the residue run down the drain. Wash down your bathtub with your shower or a large cup of water. Open your windows and door or run the fan to get rid of the bleach fumes out of the bathroom.
Cleaning your bathtub with bleach shouldn’t become your daily maintenance since it can be dangerous for you and your bathroom. You can use the mixture of bleach and water to clean your bathtub when you see some mildew infestation around.