Raid Your Kitchen to Clean Your Bath

Clean Bathroom


I take great pride in my ability to create a luxurious guest room, but I’ve got an Achilles heel. Anytime a friend or family member decides to spend the night at the last minute, I immediately panic about the tub. Now I clean on the regular, but I have to admit – I get hard water stains and ring-around-the-tub just like everyone else. I’ve done some digging and come up with a few foolproof ways to clean a tub fast – using stuff you can find in your kitchen. So the next time your cousin has a third glass of wine, you can make the tub sparkle before she’s changed into your yoga pants.

Here’s how:

Organic Bathroom Cleaning Tips

 Photo:, via the Life-Styled Blog

Citrus & Sugar: If you’re in a pinch, you can cut a grapefruit, orange or lemon in half, dip the flat side in sugar and scrub your tub clean. This method requires a little elbow grease and is best for a simple surface cleaning. Be sure to rinse your tub really well when you’re done. An added bonus: your bathroom will smell great.

Vinegar: Hitting your bathroom tile and tub with white vinegar after every use can actually prevent mildew stains from ever appearing in the first place. Keep it in a spray bottle under your bathroom sink and keep your tub sparkling all the time.

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Cream of Tartar: If you’ve got a really bad stain, you can add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to cream of tartar to create a powerful paste.  Spread the solution over the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse away the paste and the stain with limited scrubbing.

Clean Bathroom

Photo:, courtesy Nancy Mikulich

Oven Cleaner: If you’ve got a Code Red Brown Tub and you’re okay with using some chemicals to get the job done quickly, spray on oven cleaner can work wonders. Just like you would with your oven, you spray the stained area in your tub, let it sit for the instructed time and then scrub that tub successfully.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these cleaning shortcuts and how they worked for you. If you know a secret way to sanitize, I’m always on the lookout for fast cleaning fixes – please share it here!

Comments (3)

  1. MaryPA says:

    Hey Laurie,
    I love baking soda its great for the drains, add it the drain follow with white vinegar and boiling hot water! Yep so safe. I'm going to try that trick with the vinegar on the underside of the bath mat. Thanks again and hope your birthday was great. :)

  2. Richard McLeland Jr says:

    I also like the baking soda. We had drug the deep freezer to the front carport, let it thaw, and the funny part is the drain was clogged. My wife used mean green to get it really clean, but then my back surgery slipped out of place, and the deep freezer sat on the carport a couple months. To no great surprise, when we finally got it back in with the help of the children, we opened it up, chemical smell ! Finally I bought 2 boxes of baking soda mixed it with water and painted it inside the freezer. All of a sudden, the drain opened up, and the water from the mix, ran out on the floor from the drain. I don't know the answer to that one ? But the freezer smells like new.

  3. @CynleeF says:

    I use vinegar & baking soda in my drains too! I also make a paste of them to use for scrubbing sinks etc. Thanks for the great tips Laurie :)

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