How to Clean Vinyl Tub Enclosures

When cleaning your bathroom, use the least harmful chemicals that work most effectively for the job at hand.

Dish soap is an effective vinyl-cleaning product.
Your vinyl tub enclosure is an ideal surface for cleaning with eco-friendly products, which commonly require a bit of elbow grease, as it is smooth or only slightly textured and creates less need for scrubbing. A regular cleaning schedule will result in less buildup of grime and mold, so be sure to wipe down the surround frequently. .

Combine 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap in a small bowl. Swish the mixture thoroughly to make sure it's well mixed.

Dip a cleaning cloth into the mixture, and then wipe down the vinyl tub enclosure with the cleanser. Allow the solution to work on the grime for several minutes before proceeding.

Rub the vinyl tub enclosure with the cleanser-covered cloth, and then wipe the mixture away with a clean, wet cloth.

Sprinkle baking soda on any areas that are still grimy. Scrub gently with a nylon scrubber, and then rinse away that residue as well.

Things You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • Small bowl
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Nylon scrubber


  • Be careful when scrubbing your vinyl tub enclosure, as you do not want to cause a tear or rip in the material. This could allow water to get behind the vinyl covering and create peeling and mold issues.

About the Author

Michelle Skidgel has worked as a writer and editor since 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Oklahoma State University and is currently raising and homeschooling five children with her husband. Her articles for various websites specialize in parenting, green living, gardening, cooking and frugal living.