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Easy Ways to Clean a Garden Tub

Suzanne Alicie

A garden tub can provide a challenge when it comes to cleaning. Garden tubs are large and deep, and they often are situated in a bathroom corner. That makes it difficult to reach all the areas of the tub to clean, but there are ways to make it much easier.


Gathering the tools you need is the first step. One invaluable item is a detachable shower nozzle or a faucet attachment that sprays water. Next, choose a liquid, not a gritty, cleaner to clean your tub. Make a homemade cleaner by filling a spray bottle with equal parts of vinegar and warm water, plus a few teaspoons of ammonia. You also will need a microfiber towel and a mop.

Light Cleaning

Spray the entire tub down with the solution of your choice. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to penetrate soap scum and dirt. If the tub is not very dirty, you should be able to simply rinse it out with a shower attachment.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

If your garden tub has a ring of soap scum, or the kids have been playing in it with bath-time finger paints, you will need to scrub the tub. Use a mop to clean the tub thoroughly from top to bottom; the mop lets you reach difficult-to-access areas. Rinse well with the shower attachment.

Drying and Polishing

Many bathtubs and garden tubs dry with water spots that can make them look still dirty after they have been cleaned. Wrap a microfiber towel around the mop's head and use it to dry and buff your garden tub.