Hard to Clean Bathtubs & Showers

I like to be as transparent as possible when sharing my cleaning routine with you all. I share the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY with out shame. I have shared my bathtub in a previous post and explained how I’ve tried getting these objectionable stains out of my tubs and showers. I’ve used Bleach, Ajax, Comet, Liquid Comet with Bleach, Fantastick, Lysol Bathroom Cleaner, CLR, toothbrushes, bowl brushes, scrub brushes, S.O.S, plastic scrubby pads and metal scrubby pads and nothing has worked.

I clean my bathtubs and showers twice a week but, as a result of some idiotic grooves implemented in the design of the floors of my tubs, I have never been able rid myself of the stains…….UNTIL NOW!!

My husband often gives me the “wrap it up” signal where he winds his fist in a peddling motion, to alert me that I am getting long winded. However, I am so happy about this epiphany that I must share the long story. While cleaning the shower this morning I looked closely at the grooves to try and discern why my cleaning tools were not penetrating the grooves. What was I doing wrong?

I began using my fingernail which always seemed to dislodge some grime, but I don’t find that much joy in homemaking to clean (3) tubs twice a week with my thumb nail. Then suddenly the light bulb came on as it often does, which is what spurred me to try all of those products that I listed above. I called my 7 year old daughter and said “bring me some toothpicks”. She come running back with one toothpick.

I begin scrapping the grooves…and nothing. The wooden toothpick was too soft and didn’t disturb a single grain of dirt. And then the stadium lights came on. I remembered that I had a metal brush that I bought for cleaning the grill.

I tested out a small spot to be sure that the metal bristles would not take the paint finish off. First, I applied some Soft Scrub and proceeded to scrub in a small circular motion for about 3 seconds and rinsed with water.

The spot was WHITE AS SNOW!!

With out further ado I present to you the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.

THE UGLY

THE BAD
(halfway there)

THE GOOD
(I almost want to weep with joy)

AND THE GUEST BATH SHOWER WHICH NO LONGER NEEDS AN EXPLANATION OF HOW I JUST CLEANED IT EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS FILTHY.

I had broke out into a sweat scrubbing these tubs and showers. I scrubbed so hard that my bi-cep and wrist hurt when I was done. The metal bristles didn’t even leave a scratch and they are sharp enough to prick the skin.

I could not believe it. I was so happy you guys. You would have thought it was my birthday. These is the types of Homemaking milestones that can outweigh a job promotion any day.

When my husband saw the tubs he said “That’s the cleanest I’ve seen them since we moved in“. I agreed.

The seven year curse of the objectionable tub is finally broken. Let us rejoice.

This post is proudly shared at “I am Blissfully Domestic“, “5 Minutes for Mom” and “The Lazy Organizer

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