‘Sparkling bath’ Give your bathtub an ‘instant refresh’ using £1 item

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Bathtubs are where people get clean but it’s often not until the bath looks a bit grimy that people realise just how much it needs to be washed. A mucky bathtub might not always be your fault. Soap scum and dirt can easily build up even if the bath is regularly cleaned.

After taking regular baths, tubs can often become covered in smears, debris, brown spots, soap residue and body hair.

Those living in hard water areas may notice a buildup of limescale on their baths too. A common culprit, which can lead to stubborn stains, is dripping bath taps.

With this in mind, Sarah Dempsey at Myjobquote.co.uk, the UK’s leading trades matching site, has shared how to give a bathtub an “instant refresh”.

Sarah exclusively told Express.co.uk that to give baths an “instant refresh” homeowners need to sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the tub.

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Next, homeowners need to fill up a bucket with half a gallon of hot water and add two tablespoons of dish soap to the mixture.

She continued: “Use a scrub pad sponge to scrub the surface, using a stiff nylon brush for any hard to reach corners. Once done, rinse the tub with water, and voila – a sparkling bath!

“If your tub is looking extra dirty, get your hands on a good tub and tile cleaner. If your bathtub is boasting some lovely, yellow stains that won’t lift, mix together a solution of white vinegar and water and leave for 15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.”

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, can be found in most homes but for those who don’t have any at home, it can be found in most local supermarkets and online.

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Bicarbonate of soda can be found in The Range for just £1. Dri Pak Bicarbonate of Soda can be found in B&Q for £2.50. M&S Bicarbonate of Soda costs £1.05.

If the tub is particularly soiled and dirty, homeowners may need to resort to bleach to remove any stains and stubborn marks.

Homeowners will want to wear a face mask or covering when using this amount of bleach as well as safety glasses and gloves.

Before choosing this option, check your manufacturer’s guidelines. Some acrylic tub manufacturers warn against using bleach in their tubs as it can void the warranty.

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Some experts suggest not using ammonia or bleach products on an acrylic tub as it can break down the material over time and cause damage.

Usually bleach is safe to use on fibreglass or porcelain tubs but if you’re unsure, check what impact it has by testing it in an inconspicuous place.

Firstly, mix half a cup of bleach into a gallon of water. Next, coat the tub’s surface with the bleach and water solution.

Wait five minutes or so before you start scrubbing the surface. Ensure stubborn stains are given extra attention.

Next, rinse the tub with cold water. Be careful not to splash the bleach when you’re rising the bath as bleach will stain.

Homeowners may want to don old clothes before using this technique as bleach will stain fabrics including towels and slippers.

If you’re unsure what material your bath is made from, there are some tell-tale ways to find out. Acrylic and fibreglass tubs tend to have more flexibility and make a hollow sound when knocked.

If the material has no give and makes a loud “thud” when knocked then it is likely porcelain or enamelled metal.

Fibreglass or porcelain tubs tend to have more scratches and chips than other materials too. Faded spots on the bottom of the tub are likely to indicate fibreglass. Fibreglass also absorbs water slightly which means it tends to turn yellow.

The final test is a simple one. An enamelled metal tub will be magnetic. Get a magnet from the fridge and see if it sticks. The magnet won’t stick to porcelain.

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