Behold, my much cleaner bathtub!
So, yes, my tile is grungy. Let me tell you the back story. When we put in an offer on the house, I didn't look at things like bathtubs. Well, I looked to make sure there wasn't any mold growing anywhere. We've got our share of mildew in the grout, and yes, there's a 1" section of missing grout that I need to fix. But when we moved in, I realized how GROSS the bathtub was. Judging from other things around the house (duct-tape covered hole that was painted over, caked on burned stuff on the burner plates, dirt everywhere), I've concluded that the former owners either never cleaned OR they stopped cleaning as soon as they got an offer on the house. There was a serious buildup of soap scum both on the tub and on the tile. Prior to this weekend, the only thing I could do to get it off was wait until after a long Saturday shower and then chip away at it with a plastic spackle knife. It works okay on the straight angles, but not so well in the curves. Plus, it's an arm workout.
So I was perusing Pinterest, and I came across a tutorial that supposedly worked miracles and was easy/DIY. There are tons, and mine was a version of this one. Here's what I did: 1/2 cup of hot vinegar (I boiled mine on the stove, but if you have a microwave, USE IT), 1/2 cup of blue Up&Up dish soap (like Dawn Ultra, but cheaper). I mixed it in a $0.97 spray bottle from Target, sprayed it on my tub and some of the tile, and let it sit for an hour. Beware, the scent is strong. I left my exhaust fan on the entire time and wore a mask because I can't handle the strong scent.
I came back with my grout brush and scrubby brush, and miracle upon miracles, the soap scum started coming off. This, my friends, is amazing. There are some spots I need to do again (ahem, the tile and the far parts of the tub), but Baby Girl is getting in my way these days. I don't think my tub has been this white since it was put in in 1970. I really thought we were going to have to reglaze it to get rid of the nasty. I can't wait to try it on my tile. We're probably going to have to reno the bath surround at some point, but that day is not today. Also, that fugly tile on the floor's days are numbered.