Bathtubs can get dirty. See 10 ways to clean them

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It's strange to think that a space designed for cleaning you can actually get so dirty. Soap and dirt can build up over time. Hard water and minerals can stain. Your bathtub may not look brand-new anymore, but it doesn't have to stay that way.
Many inexpensive ways exist to restore a stained bathtub to a like-new finish. You may need to get down and scrub, but it's be worth it. These helpful tutorials help you reduce the scrubbing and get back to your bubble baths.
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1. Remove stubborn rust
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Rust stains build up over time from the iron in your water. Try a simple mixture of borax and lemon to remove rust stains from a bathtub. First, sprinkle borax over the rust. Rub half a lemon over it until a paste forms. Have the paste soak in for 20 minutes or so. Wipe and rinse down.
2. Erase stubborn stains
One blogger had a clean bathtub, but it was horrifically stained. What's better than try out a few home remedies to see what actually removes stubborn stains? Bleach had failed, as did many others. The winner was borax.
3. Wipe off hard water stains
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Those white spots that simply won't be erased from your beautiful bathtub fixtures are hard water stains. They seem to disappear while the metal is wet, only to return when it dries. Try using vinegar to remove hard water stains.
4. Get rid of soap scum
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All you need to remove bathtub soap scum is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a little time. Just mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in equal parts, and then gently apply to the tub. Wait one hour, and then rinse clean.
5. Clean the shower head
Many bathtubs contain a shower. Over time, hard water and minerals can build up and cause a shower head to loose spray or even begin spraying in weird angles. Use a plastic bag to soak the shower head in a safe, homemade cleaning solution and save time and money.
6. Wipe the tracks
If you have sliding doors on your bathtub, you've noticed that grime likes to build up there. This tutorial shows you how to clean your sliding windows, but it can easily be applied to sliding bathtub doors. All it takes is white vinegar, baking soda and a little work to get the grime out of your sliding doors.
7. Use a little heat
It's a very popular trend to use vinegar and Dawn dishwashing liquid to maintain a clean bathtub and shower. However, you still have to scrub a bit to remove stubborn soap scum and grime. Sublime Decor has discovered if you heat the vinegar first, the solution works with no scrubbing. See how she does it here.
7. Clean your grout
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Your tile backsplash surrounding your tub can get mildewed and stained. Create a fizzy cleaner by using baking soda and vinegar to power through the mess for easier scrubbing. Making Lemonade Blog used this method on her floor, but it works for your bathtub surroundings as well.
8. Freshen the shower curtain
You do not need to throw away a perfectly good shower curtain just because it looks a bit dirty. Bitzngiggles says you can put it in the washing machine. Her tutorial shows you how to use towels to protect your shower curtain from damage in the machine.
9. Essential oil bathtub cleaner
Essential oils have lots of wonderful properties for cleaning and disinfecting. Home Jobs by Mom uses lemon essential oil as an ingredient in her super-charged bathroom cleaner. She recommends gently heating the cleaning solution for the best results.
10. Take it step by step
Very Mom finds the ingredients in most homemade bathtub cleaners to be very effective. However, she doesn't simply mix them together. She uses a process that splits the ingredients up into two separate steps for the best results. See how she does it here.
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