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bouncinbean Thu 17-Jul-14 10:58:00

So my dp does a dirty manual job and naturally has a shower every day. I keep the bathroom clean but the white plastic bath never feels gleaming even with regular use of a bathroom/multi surface cleaner. Every so often - usually on a good sunlight day I'll realise that it looks terrible and will spend ages scrubbing with a microfibre cloth, which gets rid of some of the 'dirt' but never perfectly. Any tips on what I could do to get it sparkling and then what to do to keep on top of it?

wowfudge Thu 17-Jul-14 11:24:21

Try Cif and a nylon scourer - more abrasive on the muck, but shouldn't scratch the bath.

mumtobetothree Sun 20-Jul-14 12:09:40

Total accidental discovery...washing up liquid and a cheap bath sponge!! I bought a pack of three bath sponges with an exfoliating side from the asda £1 shop bit, they were way too severe for use on human skin so one got dumped in the corner of the bath. My 2 year old had a whale of a time with the fairy liquid bottle whilst in DH's care the other day and amongst other things the bath got a dose. I found with a bit of warm water and a wipe with the exfoliating side of the body sponge the bath came up gleaming, it just took a couple of minutes with the shower head flushing the bubbles!!

My DH is in a very grubby job and I have the same problem as you!

PigletJohn Sun 20-Jul-14 14:10:18

the rough plastic scourer surface will erode the shine from a plastic bath (though much safer on enamelled iron or ceramic). Once the gloss has gone it will get dirty faster and be more difficult to clean.

Try a Bathroom Cleaning spray. They will remove lime and soap scale, which clings to the surface and holds dirt.

For some reason shaving foam is especially prone to leaving a cloudy film, and is quite difficult to get off, but the spray plus some soaking and rubbing will do it.

It can also be oil and grease marks, e.g. from dirty engine oil, but rubbing with neat WUL on a sponge will get them off.

bouncinbean Sun 20-Jul-14 14:54:04

Well have bought the Aldi version of cif and I have washing up liquid - I will try those first (and let you know) although hesitant to use a scourer and will try first with microfibre cloths.
Is a spray bathroom cleaner really going to be much different to a spray multisurface cleaner? To be honest I thought they are all much of a muchness and a bit of a con to get you to buy lots of products. I have reduced my spending lots by just using one cleaner and bleach and apart from the bath issue it seems to be fine.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 20-Jul-14 16:46:50

A magic sponge!

PigletJohn Sun 20-Jul-14 20:22:22

the bathroom one is supposed to be especially good for limescale and soap scum, rather than a plain detergent. I expect it contains citric acid or something.

bouncinbean Wed 30-Jul-14 10:29:03

Finally got round to coming back to this - the cream cleaner (aldi copy of Cif!) has been amazing - its like we have a new bath. So much better than the multi purpose or bathroom cleaners.
Definitely recommend for anyone with grubby jobs that result in very grubby baths!

mrsbucketxx Wed 30-Jul-14 10:31:42

Dame I was thinking the same magic eraser will do the job and not scratch the bath

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