Easy Homemade Bathtub Cleaner that Works

Lucky for you I’ve been letting my tub get especially grimy just so I could show you how I got it sparkling clean! (Yeah, that’s the ticket! LOL)

I was on one of my mommy Facebook groups recently and came across a post about how to clean your bathtub with just vinegar and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. We have one of those “newer” tubs made from acrylic (I think) and I never know what to clean it with. I’ve had some luck with Bon Ami, but I was hoping for something easier and more effective.

Here’s my modified version of a homemade bathtub cleaner that works!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 1 Cup Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
  • An empty spray bottle (mine is 24 oz)

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner that Works - Marvy Moms

What to do:

  1. Warm up vinegar in the microwave (I put mine in for just over 1.5 minutes, adjust according to your microwave)
  2. Add warm vinegar to bottle (mine had measurement markers on the side which made this quite easy)
  3. Add Dawn Diswashing Liquid to sprayer bottle
  4. Shake
  5. Spray mixture onto bathtub, bathtub walls, faucet, shower curtain liner and anywhere you’d like to clean.
  6. Wait 1-2 hours (I forgot until 3 hours later and it still worked)
  7. Use a wet cloth to wipe/scrub the yuckies away.
  8. Sit back and admire your handiwork!

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner that Works - Marvy Moms

Some warnings:

  • The vinegar makes this VERY stinky. Make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. Run the fan, open windows and doors, just get the air moving.
  • Make sure you get a spray bottle that has a “mist” setting. Mine didn’t have one, and I had to spray more to cover everything. The straight sprayer also caused a ricochet effect and I got squirted in the eye. Ouch!
  • Keep your kids and pets out of the room while you spray and as it’s setting in to avoid breathing it in too much or from getting accidentally sprayed.
  • You can use this on more than the tub, however, this stuff gets sudsy while you’re wiping it off, so don’t spray anywhere that you wouldn’t want to soak to remove all residue (like the floor which would become slippery–I learned the hard way).
  • There is still some elbow grease required with this, albeit far less than with other cleaners I’ve tried. I think it helped that I used a microfiber cloth. I got mine from Sam’s Club a few years back, but they look exactly like these from Amazon. I use them for everything! Great as burp clothes for babies too!

Bonus: I usually throw away my shower curtain liner once it turns pink with water stains, but this time I just cleaned it up and it’s as good as new!

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner that Works - Marvy Moms

Just look at that sparkle!

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner - Marvy Moms

Give it a try! What works on your tub?

About Emily Carpenter

Emily is a Web Whiz, Blogger, Speaker, Student, and Mom. She is the owner of WhizBang! Web Solutions LLC, and the founder of Marvy Moms. She loves working from home so that she can be there for every possible moment with her son, JW. Learning as she goes, Emily breastfed, bought cloth diapers (but never used them), made her son’s baby food, had a family bed for nearly two years, and loves spending time with her son. Emily is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner and offers her services both in-person and remotely to people interested in this energetic healing modality. Emily is currently enrolled as a student at the American Academy of Homeopathy to become a Certified Classical Homeopath and has earned a diploma in botanical medicine at Botanical Medicine Institute. She is also a Certified Aromatherapist, and received her training from Aromahead Institute.