How to Remove Porcelain Stains From a Tub

A stained porcelain tub can cause embarrassment, particularly when guests use that bathroom.

Stains represent more than a lack of beauty or good housekeeping skills, however. Certain types of stains indicate bacteria growth, which can be harmful to the people using the bathtub. Cleaning up bacterial, hard water and other types of stains may be an unpleasant chore, but it will improve the quality of your bathroom and keep the tub sanitary and healthy. Regular cleaning remains the best way to keep a porcelain tub from staining, but once stains appear, you can remove them.

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and arms when working with bleach. Wear old clothes or clothes that bleach will not damage.

Place a rag or towel on any carpet or rugs near the tub to prevent getting cleaning supplies on them.

Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add a cup of bleach and allow the mixture to sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the tub and rinse the inside with water. Wipe your tub dry with a clean cloth. This will remove general soap and hard water stains.

Mix equal parts vinegar and water to clean hard water stains around the inside of your bathtub. Scour the tub with the vinegar and water using a scrub brush. Rinse the tub with water.

Mix warm water and baking soda. Place the mixture over any soap or hard water stains. Allow it to dry 2 hours. Scrub the water and baking soda paste off your tub. Rinse the tub with water and dry it with a soft cloth.

Clean the inside of your tub with a scrubbing disinfectant. Use a disinfecting detergent powder to wash your drain and the handles of the bathtub.

Cover any rust stains on the bottom of your tub with salt and squirt lemon juice over it. Allow the mixture to dry overnight. Wipe the salt and lemon juice mixture away with a damp cloth and rinse the tub with water.

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Scrubbing disinfectant
  • Vinegar

About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.