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! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  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.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s