When you’ve got sore muscles or have injured your back few things are more relaxing than a good soak in the tub, but you may first need to know how to clean a tub with a bad back. After all, floating around in mildew or soap scum isn’t pleasant and, in fact, it can lead to some serious skin problems. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
How To Clean A Tub With A Bad Back
The first thing you need to know is that, yes, even with a bad back you need to take a moment to clean your tub. Dirty bathtubs harbor bacteria, including E. coli, streptococcus and staph which can lead to skin and respiratory infections. Imagine dealing with those in addition to your bad back? The good news: you can get the tub clean without a lot of effort.
- Remove all shampoo, body wash and conditioner bottles. Take out the razors and wash cloths, too. Use a grabber or tongs to grasp things if you can’t reach them, or have someone else help.
- Spray all of the surfaces, top to bottom, with a disinfecting cleanser.
- Using a clean floor mop or no-kneel scrubber, wipe the shower walls and floor of the tub.
- Run a few inches of water into the tub and swish your mop or scrubber around to rinse it. Let the tub drain.
- Use a spray bottle to rinse the shower or tub walls, or angle the shower head toward them if it will reach.
- Fill the tub with a couple more inches of water, and swirl it around with your mop or scrubber to make sure the sides and floor of the tub are completely clean.
- Drain the tub and refill it with your bathwater.
- When you’ve finished your bath or shower, give the tub a quick rinse so it’s ready for next time, and be sure to use a homemade daily shower spray on the walls and tub to keep mold and mildew from forming.
If you’re prone to back injuries, it’s a good idea to have equipment on hand that can help you clean a tub with a bad back next time you need it.