The best way to clean your bathtub

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Do you have a bathtub that's looking pretty dirty? If you do and you don't want to use chemicals to clean it, there's a great way to clean your bathtub with natural cleaners. Bleach doesn't even work that well on the stains that collect on your tub, plus it can be very toxic for you and your family as well as the environment. It's important to remember that everything we put down our drains and flush down our toilets eventually ends up in our waterways sooner or later. This is why so many people are thankfully switching over to all natural cleaners instead of using the cleaners that are full of parabens and sulphates. Once you start using all natural cleaners, you'll see that they can pretty much do anything that the chemical ones can do as well. They may take a bit longer to work their magic since you might have to allow them to sit on the stains a bit longer, but in the end, you'll feel better about using the natural cleaners, and you'll still get the same results, if not better in some cases.

The other great thing about using these natural cleaners is that they are much cheaper than other cleaners can be. You can buy a big box of baking soda at the grocery store for around $5.00 and a large bottle of white distilled vinegar for around the same price. For this cleaning tip, you'll be using some Borax which is also very affordable and can be found in the laundry detergent section of any store. 20 Mule Team Borax is used in laundry to soften the water so that the laundry detergents can work better. It helps to soften the hard minerals like calcium in hard water. Borax is also known as sodium borate and is a boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. The powdered borax you find in the store is a white crystalline powder that dissolves in water easily. Borax was first found in the 8th Century in Tibet in the lake beds. It was then imported through the Silk Road all the way to the Arabian Peninsula. It didn't start being used in households until the 19th century. At this time a man named Francis Marion Smith had a company called the Pacific Coast Borax Company that sold 20 Mule Team Borax. The reason it's called this is because of the way borax was transported.

So to clean your bathtub or shower area no matter how much dirt and grime has built up on it, just take a good amount of borax, about a half of a cup should do the trick, and then add enough water to make a paste. You can either do this in a bowl or in the bathtub itself. Then, take either a scrubbing brush or a scrubbing pad and start scrubbing the entire bathtub with the borax paste. You could also spread the paste all over the shower and the bathtub area and then leave it to soak on the surfaces overnight, then scrub. Once you've scrubbed the area enough, just rinse off the borax with some warm water. Using a container really helps to rinse it off well. Just take a larger container like a plastic juice container or a plant watering jug and fill it with the hot water from your bathtub tap. Then carefully pour the water all down the sides of the shower and tub. Repeat these cleaning tips as many times as needed to get rid of the dirt in your tub, and it should shine like new.***

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