When we re-did our bathroom, my friendly neighborhood all-around-builder guy put in a new tub and shower. At the home improvement (meh) store, I chose the unit. One of the things that caught my eye was the pebble pattern at the bottom of some of the tubs. Somehow, I just knew that would cause me problems so I continued to search for the perfect alternative. No go...all the units of the correct size had the bumpy pebble pattern - no slip, they brag!
"This is going to be a pain to clean, I'll bet, " I commented to the bath department expert (who was working part time during his middle school break 'cause Dad worked there).
"No, it's a snap to clean. Everything just wipes away on this surface", he said with all the confindence of a slightly post-pubescent man who might have cleaned a bathroom tub...once.
Planning for the day when I knew I'd be proven correct in my assumption this tub would be ridiculous to clean, I thought about trying to get his cell phone number - in case it didn't "just wipe out."
That may sound ridiculous, but it is better than my first thought: get the phone number and call Mr. Fixit, Jr., screaming "TUB LIAR! BETRAYER! LUCIFER OF THE LOO!" every single time I had trouble with those pebble-y bumps from Hades.
I hate to say I told me so, but I told me so.
At this point, male readers may want to go and do something masculine and testosterone-laden...unless you do your own cleaning, in which case, stick around!
Many of the over the counter cleaners make me wheeze like an old accordion. I'm forever searching for one thing that works well on that rough surface of the tub; if it doesn't work, then I'm left with my head hanging over the tub inhaling mystery vapors till it makes me sick. Cleaning should not be that hazardous.
I thought I'd ask my friends what they used. The thing about women is we all think we know the BEST products. Start a conversation with an inquiry into the best cleaning product for anything and someone will take a stand worthy of Custer. We love our products, whether or not they really are the best. I needed to narrow down the list and test some.
As I've been downsizing, I decided I wanted as few cleaners in the house as possible. Multi-purpose is the word of the month. Once and for all, I had to know which cleaner worked best and a taste test didn't seem like the route to take. With purpose and malice aforethought, I kept a soap scum spot for my test.
The contenders from my cupboard of cleaning fun:
First of all, I like to refer to Internet rumor and commercials for my information. A Facebook link frequently reminds readers that "professional cleaners use white vinegar and Krud Kutter" and nothing else! I'd love to call all the professional cleaners (not that I think a commercial would exaggerate) and ask them personally, but I don't have that kind of time. So, I bought some Krud Kutter a while back. It does work well on some things and does reasonably well on soap scum.
The next thing I use is a homemade mix of 50/50 white vinegar and Dawn dish washing liquid. No joke, this is amazing low-cost stuff and I sing its praises pretty regularly. Then again, I never really tested it side by side with other cleaners. The joke may be on me.
Last, there's Clorox...who can deny that Clorox is a powerhouse cleaner. It's so good that they put it in OTHER cleaners.
Let's test them:
Using paper towel squares, I folded them into 4x6 rectangles and soaked them in each cleaner. Then I put them in the tub side by side on the offending soap scum patch.
"I'll get you, my pretty," I hissed.
Immediately, eyes began to roll and whispers of "what are you doing?" began. As far as I can tell, the whispering did not come from the paper towel rectangles...and I know that no one in my house would stand and poke fun at my efforts. Nooooooo...that would never happen....
Hubzam and I ran a few errands and I was nearly gleeful to see the results when we returned. I'M A NERD, PEOPLE.
And the winner is, once and for all...come one, guess before you click...
Thank you for stopping by for this installment of ONCE AND FOR ALL!