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How to Easily Clean a Bathtub and Shower Stall

Updated on May 5, 2011

You're going to think I'm sick...

for even trying this.  I don't know what made me think of this, and I can't believe it works so well.

Before we begin, gather your supplies:

  • painters mask
  • gloves
  • old cloth or rag
  • sandwich bag
  • rubber band
  • vinegar (for pouring and for spraying)
  • toothbrush
  • aerosol oven or grill cleaner

Let's get started!

I like to start by filling my sandwich bag half-full of vinegar and rubberbanding it to the shower head so that the nozzle is soaking in the vinegar.

Now put on your mask and your gloves spray the whole thing with oven cleaner*. If you have shower doors, you are going to be AMAZED at what this will do.

Run out of the bathroom and shut the door. Make sure no pets or kids go in there. Or anyone else that may think you're lazy/bizarre/getting high.

Let it sit an hour.

Put your protective gear back on and approach the shower/bath skeptically. Take your cloth, and wipe over the part that you are sure would never be clean without loads of scrubbing.

Ta. Da.

Now, wipe down all of the funky spots. Take your vinegar bag off the shower head and discard. Rinse all of that oven cleaner away.

Hard water stains? Gone. Mildew in the corners? Gone. Soap scum? Gone.

Now just spritz all of the chrome parts with vinegar and wipe. They will shine and sparkle like the rest of your very clean shower.


Make sure you check a little spot on the inside of your tub or shower - the inside wall that doesn't show. I've never had any problems (and we have fiberglass) but just in case! What you are going to check for is to make sure that oven cleaner does not harm the finish of your tub.


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    • cheapsk8chick profile image

      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      Thanks rp. I tend to use vinegar spray for pretty much all cleaning around the home, but sometimes I wonder about what those kids get on them that will not come off the bath walls! Yuck.

    • rpalulis profile image

      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I wonder how this works on tile, I usually just use vinegar and water in a spray bottle, never would of thought of using oven cleaner- that is crazy!, hey it works it works - right.

      Pretty cool cleaning trick, thanks for sharing.