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

Step 1

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

Step 2

Use a spoon to stir the mixture into a paste.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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


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

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