How To Remove Dirt Stains in the Shower and Bathtub?

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. liquid hand dishwashing detergent

  • Spray bottles

  • Sponge

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

A clean bathtub is more enjoyable to use.

A dirty shower or bathtub is not pleasant to use. In addition to the unsightly appearance of a dirt-stained bathtub or shower, dirt can harbor bacteria, making your tub or shower an unsanitary place to bathe. Many commercial products are available to clean dirt from your shower or bathtub. These products work efficiently and effectively, but if you want to save money and avoid the chemical exposure, you can remove dirt from your bathtub or shower with supplies found in the home.


Step 1

Combine 1 tbsp. liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray the soapy solution all over your shower and bathtub and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

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Step 2

Scrub the shower and bathtub with a clean sponge to work the soapy solution further into the dirt and loosen the stains. Rinse your shower or bathtub with plain water.

Step 3

Spray stubborn dirt stains with undiluted white vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on a clean sponge and scrub the stubborn dirt stains in your shower or bathtub. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to tackle dirt that's adhered to tile, grout or the non-skid surface in the bottom of your bathtub.

Step 4

Rinse your shower or bathtub thoroughly to remove your cleaning agents and any traces of dirt.


Keep a small squirt bottle of dishwashing liquid in the bathroom. Before you empty out the bath water, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid to the water and stir. The detergent will help prevent a ring of soap scum and dirt from forming in your bathtub.


Oven cleaner works wonders to remove old dirt stains, but the fumes can be overpowering. Turn on the ventilating fan and open a window, if possible.


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