I first want to wish my beautiful daughter Stephanie a very Happy Birthday!  She is one of the most wonderful people I know!  I’ll be sharing what I am doing for her Birthday breakfast (Saturday) and Cake in a few future posts.

I recently had a disaster of a problem that I needed to find a way to fix.  The problem was rust stains and lime stains, along with dirt that was ground into a tub, shower, sinks, and a couple of toilets.  One of the tubs was so bad I wasn’t sure what to do. I tried a few store brand cleaners and they just didn’t work all that well,  The elbow grease required was intense.  I searched and searched for ideas online, but I really didn’t like the majority of the ideas.  Nor did I really want to use strong chemicals to clean this.

Something clicked in my head about how vinegar cuts lime in coffee makers and borax does a great job of  cleaning too.  So I took my spray bottle and filled it with white vinegar and a small amount of borax, and a dash of dish soap. I thought what the heck.  I have nothing to lose if this doesn’t work and lots to gain if it does. I then headed over to the house that I was cleaning and sprayed this solution all over the disgusting tub.  I sprayed and sprayed until every inch of the tub stall was covered.  I walked away and went into other rooms to work on other things.  About 1 hour later I came back and climbed into the tub with a bucket of hot water and a sponge with a scrubber on one side. I first washed down the walls with the sponge and hot water.  The rust, lime, and dirt just washed away.  There were still some rust spots that needed to be scrubbed down with the scrubber side of the sponge.  It was amazing. 

This was the worst tub I have every seen and I had no idea how I was going to clean it.  The tub does not drain very quickly.  I attempted a baking soda and vinegar drain cleaner, but it didn’t work. This usually means there is a lot of hair in the drain.

The bathroom has no natural light and the shading is not showing how bright and shining this is.  I was so impressed!  I wish I could show you how great this looks. But no matter what it still looks better than before.

Incredible rust, lime and dirt bathroom cleaner.**
2 cups vinegar
1 TBSP Borax
1 tsp washing liquid (dawn)

Use a funnel and put the borax into the spray bottle then add the vinegar.  Add the washing liquid and shake.

I would add some type of essential oil as this smell is over powering.  I had to walk away quite a bit because of the smell and come back.

The sinks weren’t much better. They weren’t as daunting of a task as the tub though.  I missed taking a picture of the first sink before I cleaned.


Sink I forgot to get a before picture


This was an easy fix.  Spray the cleaner from the tub, let set for a half hour.  Wipe with the sponge, rag, what ever you use.  If still not clean, sprinkle baking soda onto the sink and scrub with scrubber part of sponge.

Toilets I won’t show.  Use your imagination if the tub and sink were this bad, you can imagine how bad the toilets were.  I wanted to use borax and lemon juice  I tried it, but the toilets were so bad that didn’t work,  I have read lots of ideas to clean a toilet.  The one way that has been mentioned was a pumice stone to clean the toilet.  Here’s the problem with that.  I am not sticking my hands down inside a nasty toilet.  Even with gloves on I am not putting my hands into a toilet.  Don’t even get me started on the germs that are now on the pumice stone.  The germs may disappear, but I will still see them on the stone.  Sadly I decided to use the Works toilet cleaner.  I hate the idea of all those chemicals, but this was giant job and it took 2 full bottles, but the toilets are shiny and clean.

***To clean porcelain***
Use 3 TBSP Borax to 2 cups Vinegar and 1/2 TBSP Dish Soap.
It took some doing but creative living really does work!



  1. I tried this. It works.

    Like you, I tried store brand products. I was using The Works monthly but was worried about the harsh chemicals ruining my tub. I am even leaving one tile un cleaned to show my husband it worked!

    Thank you!!! ☺

  2. My toilets aren’t getting airflow because of the lime buildup. I’ve used vinegar/dawn to clean showers and sinks but the toilets need some more help.

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