Sunday, February 07, 2010

Tip on Tubs from the dollar stretcher....

Shower Scrubbers

My tip is save your used dryer sheets for cleaning soap scum off shower and tub doors and walls. They are also good to shine up the chrome on your sink and tub fixtures. I have the cultured marble tub surrounds, and it works great to clean the soap scum off the walls and keeps them shining. You have to use a used dryer sheet because a fresh one will suds up. You can actually see the dirt on the dryer sheet. And it's free since it's already been used for drying your clothes. Pat

Cleaning Tubs

We have a fiberglass bathtub in our home (nearly 5 years old) that has a "textured" bottom to prevent slippage. I have been trying for some time now to be able to get the textured part as clean as I get the rest of the tub. The soap scum that I clean regularly seem to get "stuck" in the raised texture on the bottom of the tub. I've used all sorts of abrasives (that won't mar the tub), scrubby pads, cleaners, etc. I'm wondering if anyone might've had success using something or if a contractor who installs them has any ideas. I'm out of thoughts, and my "nesting urge" right now is exceptionally strong, so this is really bugging me. Sue T.

Cleaning Tubs: Spray Bottle of Bleach Helpful

I had the same problem with my shower floor and I found that 3 parts bleach and 1 part water in a spray bottle works the best. Let it sit for a few minutes and watch the stains disappear. I too tried all kinds of bathroom cleaners on it and it did no good. It also works great on sinks. I have a white sink in my kitchen that had become stained with coffee and cola that was being dumped down the drain and it worked miracles on it. Alyna

Cleaning Tubs: Try The Works for Results

I know just what you mean. The six of us take at least one shower a day and soap scum and hard water stains build up quick and drive me nuts. I have found a great product that has never failed me for cleaning my fiberglass tub and enclosure. It's called The Works and is available at Target and some Wal-Marts. I spray it on wait a couple minutes and scrub with a soft brush or old toothbrush and voila it is white as new. It also works on rust. I sound like a commercial but it really works. They also make a great toilet bowl cleaner. The products are reasonably priced. If you can't find it in your area, write to: Lime-O-Sol Company, PO Box 395, Ashley, IN 46705 and they will forward you a list of retailers in your area. They even sent me some coupons. Annette

Cleaning Tubs: Highly Recommend CLR

I have a shower stall with a textured floor that was becoming a real eyesore because I could not get the floor clean. I bought a handled cleaning brush and spray with CLR foaming product. Let the spray set for a few minutes then scrub with the brush. The CLR will also dissolve hard water build-up. The shower floor looks brand new, no scratch marks, and no grime! Barbie

Cleaning Tubs: ZAP It

My bathtub was a mess too. I could not get the stuff off the bottom no matter what! I was ready to yank it out and replace it. In a last ditch effort I bought ZAP at Costco and tried it. It was fantastic. I now have a tub that looks brand new and all the bumps on the bottom have been restored! A word of caution about the ZAP. Wear old clothes when you use it. It eats through the material of your clothes. Pam

Cleaning Tubs: A Maintenance Worker's Recommendations

At a NAPA auto parts store get a can of Max's Tar Remover. Use a soft brush, never a cleanser like Comet even if it says it isn't abrasive. Another method is good floor wax stripper which you can get it at an ACE hardware store. Put it on full strength, allow to sit 10 minutes and then flush off with hot water for 3 minutes. The easy way to get some shine back in a dull surface is a couple light coats of Future floor polish. It isn't a wax; don't use a wax. Bill

Cleaning Tubs: Bubbles Do the Scrubbing

I asked a similar question of my niece last year and she turned me on to Scrubbing Bubbles and the stuff is great. I rarely buy name brand stuff, but this works on my bath and shower. Brenda

Cleaning Tubs: Check With the Manufacturer

We had a tub like this at our old house. The manufacture/ installer said to use a netted sponge (there is a net like plastic material attached to 1 side of the sponge) to clean the surface. Sponge can be purchased at Dollar General. He said use Soft Scrub with bleach for really bad surfaces. For weekly cleaning, he suggested baking soda & water or Comet bathroom cleaner works great. Candy

Note from Lucy: Since cleaning tubs is not my favorite thing to do, I want to make sure that it is easy... Try some of the tips above to see what works best for you.... Have a great week everyone!


At 8:01 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

Good info again Lucy. We'll try the used sheets thingy.
On your last post I think Barry is done dealing. Everyone is on to him now and he's going to have trouble sneaking up on anyone with more of his progressive stuff. The trouble is he'll soon run out of rich people to take money from to buy votes with his programs.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I read that if you rub a dryer sheet through your hairbrush your hair won't get static. I tried it and it works. Besides it makes hair smell nice.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I am anxious to hear the results of your search and research.

We don't use those dryer sheets, I am allergic to them. I am itching right now thinking of them.

My idea is to marry a good cleaning type lady like Mrs. Jim. I never hear of problems with our stuff (unless I make a mess of some kind).

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

My wife's a fan of "Scrubbing Bubbles" but I'm a Comet man myself.

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous オテモヤン said...

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At 7:37 PM, Blogger Fred said...

There's one great advantage to wearing glasses, Lucy. I never see how dirty the shower might be. :-)

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Dear Lucy ~~ Great tips there and I will try some of them. I am so sorry I am a day late wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.
Take great care, my friend, Love, Merle.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I use the Scrubbing Bubbles and they work well on our tub.

I'll have to try the dryer sheets! Seems they are useful for so many things!

Thanks for the hints Lucy!

At 7:13 PM, Blogger NoSurfGirl said...

ohhh, I so need this post.

Problem is, we have an old tub. I think it's porcelain. IT's old enough that the porcelain has etched away in spots (directly under the faucet drip). Will these products work hard water stains off of porcelain, as well as fiberglass?

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Jess said...

Hi Lucy, I hope all is well with you good to be facebooking with you!

Have a great week

Love, Jess

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Putz said...

no body visits me cause you are over at facecRAP oh well here i will stay[PUTZY BLOG} unloved, unappreciated, i am glad there is still someone out there to help jess, cause i certainly can't do it, all i thinK about is her going back to jhasopn, which by now is probably too late

At 6:19 PM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Lucy ~ Those sounds like they might be something I would really give a try to. THX! ~ jb///

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Mrs said...

Lucy, I am with Mr. Putz. I don't do Facebook either. I will check back in a week or so. I hope you are okay.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Missing you. Hope you are okay? :)

At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOLOLOL!! Thanks for making me laugh when I can't sleep! Thumbs up! ;)

At 4:32 AM, Anonymous Amber said...

Thank you Lucy, and to everyone else for these tips! We are moving into a new condo with the textured bottom tubs, and instead of cleaning them they are going to just knock a hundred dollars off the rent... And I was nervous about getting them cleAn because they are filthy on the bottom. Other than that the place is beautiful! If anyone tries these... Keep me updated on your favorite solution. Loving the dryer sheet idea too!!
Thanks again everyone! Amber Nicole


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