The bathtub will shine like new: how to get rid of yellow stains and rust

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Choose the product according to the type of material your bathtub is made of

One of the unpleasant consequences of the hard water that flows from our taps is lime and rust stains on the bathtub or shower tray. Cosmetic products such as shower gels, soaps, or shampoo also leave traces. They are especially visible on a white surface. Therefore, the question of how to whiten the bathroom worries many housewives.

OBOZREVATEL has collected some effective life hacks on how to restore whiteness and shine to the bathroom. It is important to remember that they are not universal. Take into account the material your bathtub is made of and choose the appropriate cleaning method.

How to clean the remaining foam

Droplets of soap suds can accumulate in the corners and on the sides of the bathtub and turn into an unsightly yellow coating over time. They can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and in addition to being an aesthetic problem, they can also create a hygienic one. Baking soda will help to remove such deposits.

Dilute the baking soda with water to a paste and apply it to the moistened surface of the bathtub. Leave the product on for half an hour, rub the contaminated area well and rinse it off. The cleaning procedure can be repeated if necessary.

How to deal with limescale

Limescale, which is caused by lime in the water, is removed by acidic products. Therefore, such common ingredients as vinegar and citric acid can help to solve the problem.

Baking soda and vinegar

To prepare the product, take:

  • baking soda - 0.5 cups;
  • water - 0.5 cups;
  • white vinegar - 0.25 cups.

Mix all the ingredients, apply the finished product to the surface of the bathtub and leave for an hour. Then wipe thoroughly with a sponge and rinse with water.

Citric acid and baking soda

The previous method can damage the surface of an acrylic bathtub. For this type of bathtub, it is better to prepare a citric acid-based product.

Prepare a paste from baking soda and water. Dilute citric acid with water in a 1:1 ratio. Apply the baking soda paste to the bathtub surface and leave it on for an hour. Then spray the citric acid solution on it and let them interact. Then scrub the bathtub with a sponge and rinse with water.

How to whiten a bathtub

Bleaching agents will help restore the whiteness of the bathroom. However, they can be quite aggressive, so take into account the material of your bathtub.

Dry bleach

Dilute dry chlorine-based bleach with water in a 1:1 ratio. Spray the bathtub with this liquid, scrub it to remove any streaks, and leave it to work. When the product dries, rinse off the residue thoroughly with water.

Before using this cleaning method, try it in an inconspicuous place. Chlorine can be too aggressive for enamel and destroy acrylic. Therefore, it is better to make sure that the plumbing can withstand it beforehand.

Hydrogen peroxide

A milder cleaner can be made by mixing hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to a paste. This paste should be applied to the bathtub, left on for 30 minutes, and then rinsed off.


Fill a bathtub with warm water and dilute 0.5 liters of vinegar in it. Leave the product on for four hours. After that, drain the water, wipe off all stains with a sponge and rinse the surface.


Regular toothpaste can help remove yellow deposits on the bathroom. Apply it to the stains, let it act for 10-15 minutes, and then rub the stain with a brush and rinse.

Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia

To make a rust remover, take:

  • ammonia - 100 ml;
  • hydrogen peroxide - 50 ml.

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, spray the resulting product on the rust stains, leave for 10-15 minutes, rub the stains and rinse the surface thoroughly.

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