Cleaning the Bathtub…

This apartment building is 75+ years old.  The bathtub is also that old.  It’s no longer a shiny slippery white enamel.  Its got a fine tooth of many scratches from many scrubbings which have accumulated enough to create lots of surfaces for dirty to just settle in and just roost.

For a long time I struggled with it.  I used every type of cleaner on the shelf, EXCEPT Comet.  I was taught never to use Comet powder on enamel.  But this bathtub would not get properly gleaming clean.  So I started to waver on the Comet.  It’s not like I could ruin an already ruined surface!  That day past at least 30 years ago.

Anyway, I finally broke down and used Comet with Bleach.  And then like some sort of mad woman I scrubbed my bathtub at 11 pm last night.  I’m sure my neighbors though I was crazed.  And it was like a sweet song of relief.  Comet works in this bathtub.  I was happily and vigorously scrubbing for 45 minutes last night.   Its cleaner looking that it’s ever been.  Significantly cleaner than it was when I moved in.

It’s clean enough that I am contemplating an actual BATH.  Baths are like nirvana to me. But this bathtub always looked so gross even after cleaning that I couldn’t bring myself to soak in it.  Only shower.  But now!!!

Tonight, I BATHE!!!

I’m smiling like a maniac just anticipating it.  I know – only a mad woman would add a boring post about scrubbing the bathtub to a series about Smiling.  But seriously, I’m full of joy over this little thing.


“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” ~Sylvia Plath

9 thoughts on “Cleaning the Bathtub…

  1. Cleaning the bathtub sounds like good and practical exercise!

    I always clean my tub with Commet … don’t think it’s the one with bleach though. And I always and only take tub baths. Just ain’t the showering kind of person!

    Have a nice bath! 🙂

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  2. I find that sometimes it’s the relatively minor things in life, things like this, that just chip away at you after a while. You deal with the big stuff as it comes, but this nagging stuff–feels great to resolve.

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    1. Yes! Its something that just hangs on you without being super important but time makes it more weighty or something, so when you get it done it feels like you have suddenly free of a burden.

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