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i posted this in a subforum earlier and got no replies, so i thought i'd try again here....<br><br>
we just bought a house and had the clawfoot tub resurfaced. there's a 3 year warranty on the work as long as we do not use "abrasive cleaners".<br><br>
i clean everything else with vinegar and/or baking soda, but the vinegar just ain't cutting it on the new tub! i tried using a sponge and ecover dish soap, but that didn't work so well either.<br><br>
any suggestions for a non-toxic, non-abrasive cleaner that will cut soap scum without the aid of a stiff brush?
 

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bleach.<br><br>
(is bleach toxic if chlorine is in our drinking water? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ) Well, it works. I use Bon Ami 99% of the time but when my toilet or tub get really nasty, bleach is the only thing that does the trick without wire brushes.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sulkoff.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tiptoe">
 

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sigh...i was afraid of that.<br><br>
are there any all-purpose natural cleaners that might work? i haven't tried 7th generation or biokleen yet. and i read somewhere that dr.bronners might tackle soap scum.<br><br>
i need to clean it every few days (we're a bath happy family) and i really don't want to use bleach that often!!
 

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I would try Dr. Bronner's, or make a small batch of Oxo-Brite and try using it like you would bleach. We use those two cleaners in place of bleach for pretty much everything.
 

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I would try a Mr.Clean sponge. A friend of mine uses those and gets her tub really clean....they work great on other things although I am not sure what is in it that makes it work....
 

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ahh, the mystery that is the magic eraser. how can something so good be soooo bad!!?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
i'm going to go get some more dr. bronner's tomorrow and try it out. i JUST ran out of my peppermint!
 

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DO not use bleach! It will make it have stains later on !<br><br>
Try the old house web forums, they often have advice. My tub is already stained and so we just use whatever.<br><br>
Don't use bleach!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DO not use bleach! It will make it have stains later on !<br><br>
Try the old house web forums, they often have advice. My tub is already stained and so we just use whatever.<br><br>
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thanks for the tip! i always forget about the this old house forums! a wealth of information, for sure.
 

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just in case anyone stumbles across this and wants to know what worked -- 7th generation bathroom cleaner. it is AMAZING.<br><br>
and for the record, the 7th gen "bathroom cleaner" and "shower cleaner" are labeled differently, but are the same product. it's basically a mix hydrogen peroxide and orange oil with a vegetable based surfactant.<br><br>
works like a charm!
 

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When we remodelled our bathroom a few years back, all the new fixtures and tub and sink said to use a non-abrasive cleanser so we use bon ami. It works great to get off soap scum but does not harm the porcelain at all. Elbow grease and bon ami are much better than bleach. Bon ami is chemically similar to baking soda so you could probably use that as well. I use that on my stainless steel pots which also call for a non abrasive cleaner.
 
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