How to Clean a Plastic Tub Surround

Dirt and grime happen. A dirty bathroom with grime and scale buildup in the bathtub is uninviting. Cleaning your plastic tub surround is a job you may not like, but it has to be done. You don't need a commercial cleaner. All you need is to make an easy-to-apply mixture of toothpaste and baking soda. In less than 10 minutes, you will have your plastic tub surround clean and free of dirt and grime.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Small bowl or plastic container
  • Tooth paste (no grit)
  • Baking soda
  • Spoon
  • Sponge
  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Dry cloth or towel

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Place half a tube of toothpaste and half a cup of baking soda in a small bowl or plastic container. Wear rubber gloves.

Use a spoon to stir the mixture into a paste.

Apply the mixture to a sponge, and use the sponge to apply the mixture to your plastic tub surround. Make sure you cover the entire tub surround with the mixture, including the soap dish.

Let the mixture dry on the tub surround. Wash the sponge with warm water.

Rinse the paste off the plastic tub surround with warm water. Use a bucket of warm water if your tub doesn't have a shower. Use the sponge to remove any paste from areas where the shower can't reach.

Wet the sponge with warm water, and apply 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent. Wring out any excess water. The sponge should be soapy.

Wipe the plastic tub surround with the soapy sponge as a followup cleaning.

Rinse the tub surround with warm water. Dry the plastic tub surround with a clean dry cloth or towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a squeegee after each shower or bath to remove any soap and water from your plastic tub surround.


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