Who doesn't love a deliciously scented bath bomb as a tub treat after a long day or work week, right?
By choosing all natural bath bombs, you are respecting your skin and body but also the environment....and did you know, you also reduce the chances of artificial colorants like "Lake" colors from staining your tub. However, keep in mind that even natural colorants like clays, charcoal and micas can be villains in your clawfoot too. even natural colorants sometimes cause a disdainful ring around your tub.
Your soap, body & hair products can also create a buildup of residue around the tub that allows bath bomb ingredients to cling to. Certain types of tubs repel or attract buildup ( such as porcelain or fiber glass with no top coat or acrylic barrier.
First thing to ask yourself before tackling a tub ring is what kind of tub you have. When it comes to stain removal, whatever your tub is made with will determine what type of cleaner you can use.
3 Types of Tubs:
Removing Stains From Porcelain Tubs
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If you have a porcelain tub, there’s a little $5 product you’ll be so glad you know about: A pumice scouring stick. You can find these babies at any hardware or home improvement store. To use it, wet the stick and scour any staining. Pretty easy stuff! And well worth keeping a pumice stick around if you’re a person who regularly colours your hair at home.
If you’re feeling like you want a hands-off approach (and who wouldn’t) to cleaning your bathtub here’s an idea for you: Begin filling the tub up with very hot water. When it’s about a quarter of the way filled, add a scoop of OxiClean and allow the tub to continue filling up almost to the top before shutting the water. Let the Oxi solution hang around for about 30-60 minutes, then drain the water and give the tub a quick once-over with a sponge or rag. The Oxi will have done most of the work for you!
Removing Stains From Enameled Tubs
If your tub is an enameled metal, it will need gentler handling because enamel is more sensitive than porcelain.. That means no pumice sticks, no highly acidic cleaners like lemon juice or vinegar. Abrasive powders or cream cleansers, like Comet or Soft Scrub, can be used but you should, #1 test them out on a small area of the tub to ensure they won’t cause scratching and #2 not overuse them. Cream cleansers will be gentler than powdered ones, so when in doubt stick with those.
So that’s what to avoid, but what should you employ in service of cleaning your enameled tub? Hydrogen peroxide! It will be safe on the enamel, and is a great (and cheap!) stain remover. You can also use that quick and easy OxiClean method described for cleaning porcelain tubs.