The Best Way to Clean Your Bathtub.

Period.

Before I begin this story, let me show you the bottom of my shower. Don't look if you're squeamish. . . . I know, right? Nasty.

It's been like that since I moved into this apartment and nothing has been able to help it (don't even ask about the carpet.) I've tried a ton of different cleaners on that tub and even let it soak in straight bleach for a few hours: the results were patchy at best.

So I figured if I found a frugal and/or natural cleaner that actually worked on this kind of grime, it would be a great contribution to world cleanliness.

Tonight, I staged a science experiment. Here's what I used to try to clean my shower:
  • Half a grapefruit and some kosher salt. Completely ineffective. But it smelled nice.
  • Dishsoap. Nada.
  • Baking Soda. It seemed to work a little, mainly by abrasion.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar. Adds drama to your cleaning routine, but not terribly effective.
  • 20 Mule Team Borax. Dude. This is the stuff.
I actually tried borax third and had to stop so I had dirt left to try my other ideas on.

That stubborn dirt and grime, impervious to bleach and every mainstream cleaner I tried, just melted away when faced with borax and a stiff-bristled scrub brush.

And you can't get much cheaper, either!


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What are your favorite frugal cleaning tips?

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Comments

Unknown said…
I see someone mentioned magic erasers - they work great - also oven cleaner - there is a type that is supposed to be odorless - spray it on. Do something else for a while. Wipe down tub with damp cloth
Unknown said…
I know this post is old but I just discovered it and it really helped me out! Just wanted to say thank you!
Sue said…
I'm waiting for someone to say borax works great in the dishwasher! I'm must to timid to try it myself.
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