Use Oven Cleaner To Seriously Clean A Bathtub

Use Oven Cleaner To Seriously Clean A Bathtub

Bathtubs aren’t exactly easy to replace, so many of us are stuck with deeply stained models. When standard or natural cleaners, like grapefruit and salt, fail to get at the grime, try a can of oven cleaner for mercenary grime elimination.

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Oven cleaner is generally, nasty, smelly, don’t-ever-let-your-kids-or-pets-near-it stuff. But look on the side, and you’ll often notice that it’s safe for ceramics, like your bathtub. The TipNut blog suggests oven cleaner as a kind of measure of last resort. It will ooze black, smell pretty bad and you’ll need to ventilate or leave the room, but when you get back, even 20-year-old stains may be gone, as TipNut’s blogger suggests. An eHow guide also suggests oven cleaner as a solution for white, ceramic tubs that are old and resistant to regular ol’ cleaners.

Found success with the oven cleaner nuclear solution? Advise against it? In favour of another solution? Tell your tale in the comments.

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  • Seems to me like a really bad idea. When you clean your oven and put the paper towels into the bin, that stuff goes into a landfill, which is bad enough, but if you use it in your bath and rinse it off, it goes straight down the drain. Imagine what putting those chemicals into the water supply does to the environment.

    On the other hand, if you avoid rinsing it until you have wiped all the cleaner off, I guess it’s no worse than cleaning your oven. Just probably not something you want to do too often.

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