The Best Way to Clean Your Bathtub Is with Liquid Dish Soap

updated Sep 14, 2021
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If you’re fighting soap scum or other stubborn tub messes in your bathroom on a regular basis, look no further for your next cleaning hack than your — kitchen? That’s right: Grab your dish soap and a broom, and you might be as pleasantly surprised as we were to learn that Dawn is apparently just as effective at banishing bathtub scum as it is at removing all that grime and grease from your dishes and pans. Plus, this technique is equal parts simple and fast!

It makes sense when you think about it. Because dish soap is meant to break up oils and lift grease and grime from your flatware and utensils, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work on the oily soap and human grease build-up accumulating in your tub or shower!

Here’s all you need to do to for a surprisingly thorough clean.

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First, find some dish soap — seriously, just about any dish soap — and squirt it all over the affected areas of your bathtub. No need to let it sit, as the work will be done as you brush. Which leads us to the second and last step. Take a broom or brush; scrub until the soap scum, mildew, or grease disappears; turn on the shower; and rinse the tub clean. Voila! Your bath should be as good as new — and quickly, too!

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One note: While a broom is extra convenient because you won’t have to bend over to scrub — and it will cover more surface area than a smaller brush — any scrub brush with plastic bristles will do the job well. Just make sure to invest in a separate broom or brush from your normal household chores so you don’t spread messes from room to room. We like this $18 angled broom, this more durable $18 scrub brush, and this $7 grout brush for precision cleaning when needed.

Happy bathroom cleaning!