How to Clean a Tub Faucet

Dirty tub faucets cause bathrooms to appear dingy and neglected.

Frequently cleaning tub faucets maintains their shiny appearance.
Exposure to dirt, body oils and soap cause faucets to develop a filmy exterior. Minerals in hard water combined with soaps and shampoos can form a cloudy scum on faucets. The longer residue remains on faucets, the more difficult it becomes to remove. Frequently cleaning tub faucets maintains their aesthetic appeal and prevents unsightly buildup. Use basic solutions to effectively clean and restore a tub faucet. .

Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Spray the vinegar generously onto the faucet. Let the vinegar remain on the faucet for 10 minutes to loosen soap scum, dirt and mineral deposits.

Wipe the faucet with a paper towel to remove loose grime.

Inspect the faucet for remaining stains, scum or grime. If more cleaning is needed, fill a plastic bowl with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Thoroughly mix the ingredients to form a paste with the consistency of toothpaste.

Spread the paste over the faucet, using a spatula. Keep the paste on the faucet for 10 minutes.

Scrub the faucet with a nylon scouring pad to loosen remaining debris.

Dampen a soft cotton rag with warm water. Wipe the damp rag over the faucet to rinse away the paste and loosened debris.

Wipe the faucet with a terry cloth towel until completely dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bowl
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Spatula
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • Soft cotton rag
  • Warm water
  • Terry cloth towel


  • Wipe the faucet after each use to prevent soap scum and mineral deposits from accumulating.
  • You can substitute lemon juice for white vinegar. You can also substitute a commercial soap scum remover for the vinegar and baking soda paste. Follow the directions on the product's label.


  • Test the solutions on an inconspicuous area of the faucet to ensure no damage or discoloration occurs.

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.