How to Make Your Own Environmentally-Friendly Tub Cleaner

Scrub-a-dub-dub . . . It's Time to Clean the Tub!

If you've ever used a bathtub spray, to clean your tub, you may have found you choked on the fumes or held your breath to avoid inhaling. Scrubbing liquids may not be as unpleasant to use but what chemicals do they contain?

Each time you use a chemical-laden product to clean your bathtub, you are putting all family members at risk. The next person who bathes or showers is exposed to chemical residues. Why take the chance?

Additionally, those powerful chemicals are washed down the drain. While they are hidden from view and are easily forgotten, they set in motion a chain of events that impacts on the environment. Chemicals spread through various channels, poisoning whatever they come into contact with, be it soil, subterranean streams or the ocean itself.

Green cleaning is gaining momentum. Many people want to start using environmentally- friendly products in their homes but may find the cost prohibitive.

A simpler choice may involve making your own tub cleaner. You can do this at a fraction of the cost using everyday household products you may already have on hand. The old adage that simple is best is very much the case when it comes to homemade tub cleaners.

Environmentally Friendly Tub Cleaner

It really doesn't get any easier. Simply use baking soda and vinegar to scrub and add a sparkle to your bathtub. Baking soda can be sprinkled on a sponge and used to scrub the bathtub, followed by vinegar.

Why Baking Soda?

Baking soda is a scouring agent that combats grease, grim, stains and odors. Baking soda neutralizes acids, has disinfectant and antiseptic properties and works as a fungicide against some organisms. You can use baking soda to cut through the ring around the tub, without worrying about scratching the surface. Shake baking soda onto a large sponge and scrub tub surface.

Why Vinegar?

Vinegar kills bacteria, viruses, and mold which makes it perfect for use in the bathroom. It cuts through grease and grime and adds a lovely shine. A paper towel can be soaked in vinegar, and wrapped around taps, while you are scrubbing out the tub. Your taps will come up like new!Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz tub after scrubbing with baking soda.

Baking soda and vinegar can be combined to make a scrubbing foam that leaves a nice shine on taps and bathroom fixtures. Rinse. Fixtures will shine after cleaning with a paste of baking soda and vinegar.

Tips for Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • Use a large empty plastic spice container with a holed lid for your baking soda. This way you can shake it out, as needed. Store it in your bathroom.
  • Fill a clear spray bottle with straight vinegar and keep it in the bathroom.
  • When you are finished cleaning your tub, shake some baking powder, then vinegar down the drain. The mixture will fizz and works as a drain cleaner.

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Once you get on to green tub cleaning, you'll wonder why you took so long to make the switch. Each time you bathe, you'll feel secure in the knowledge that your tub is a safe haven, free of harmful chemicals.

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Kenorv 4 years ago

Thumbs up on the hub. Great work.


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Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Mary,

Thank you for your comments. Yes baking soda and vinegar do most cleaning tasks and the vinegar smell dissipates quickly. I do most of my cleaning with these two products. I want to get some lavender oil and add that so my home smells wonderful.


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marymac47 5 years ago from Franklin. NC

Really interesting, useful Hub! Baking Soda and Vinegar are the Best!! Thanks!!


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Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Research,

Yes, now when I soak in my tub, I have peace of mind, knowing that I'm not absorbing potentially dangerous chemicals.

If you've ever sprayed bathroom cleaners, you know how hard it is to breath because of the fumes.

Now I sprinkle in some baking soda then spray with vinegar and I have a whitening and scrubbing paste. For quick clean-ups I just spray my tub with vinegar and let it sit.

I'm finding I'm saving so much money, too: boxes of baking soda and a larger jug of vinegar cost just pennies in comparison to cleaners.


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

Green tub cleaning is such a great idea, especially since more people are realizing the need to be more environmentally health conscious.


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Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Hummingbird,

No, one can clean their home with natural ingredients. Where it can be confusing is in knowing what to use for specific cleaning tasks.

I find hydrogen peroxide makes a wonderful spot cleaner for carpets and mattresses!

My next project is to make homemade furniture polish.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

Very good hub. It isn't necessary to use chemicals to clean the house.

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