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Chemical Free Cleaning: Bathtub and Vinyl Floor

Tabitha Helms

I don't know about you, but cleaning makes me cringe. For one, it always feels like such a big job. It gets overwhelming. And I have this weird overachiever personality when it comes to cleaning. I start cleaning one thing and then I notice something else that needs to be cleaned so I start doing that, etc. etc. etc. It seriously gets a little out of control. Any minor cleaning job on my part turns into Spring Cleaning. This week I tackled a couple big cleaning jobs: the bathtub and the kitchen floor. I did some research online for these projects--wanting excellent results without inhaling toxic smells.

Here's what you need: Magic Erasers (I used Walmart brand) White Vinegar Dawn Dish Soap Spray bottle

Pinterest came to the rescue for the bathtub. After a nasty plumbing incident due to old pipes and a past tenant who didn't know the rules of what you can flush down a toilet, the bathtub had some rusty pipe residue leftover.

Dirty Tub

Yuck! Thankfully, there was an easy solution.

Directions: Heat 1/2 cup white vinegar for 1 minute 30 seconds. Mix it in a spray bottle with 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap. Spray it all over the tub and let it sit for at least an hour--the longer the better. After it's had a while to sit, wipe it away with a rag. You don't even have to scrub; it just comes right off!

Halfway Clean

You can see where I wiped off the vinegar mixture and where I still needed to finish. Quite amazing results, huh?

Clean Tub!

There's the finished product. This house is quite old and has countless years of hard water stains on it. So after getting the majority of it off with the vinegar, I whipped out the Magic Eraser. With a little bit of scrubbing, that tub was sparkling!!

Clean Tub

The next project was the vinyl flooring. While researching, I learned that vinyl is supposed to be replaced every 7-10 years. I don't think that's happened with this house. There was only so much that could be done as a result, especially because the floor is scratched from years of use. However, I did make some excellent progress with the Magic Eraser! Seriously, those things are amazing.

Before and After








I used up 1 eraser on the tub and three on the kitchen floor. I need to get a few more to finish the hallway, the bathroom, and the entryway floors. But I'm thrilled to death to have a clean kitchen to do my cooking in! And I'm even more thrilled that it was so easy. I may be a little sore tomorrow from all that elbow grease I used, but I've made use of my favorite Deep Blue Rub to console my sore muscles.