From the time I took baths unsupervised, I was instructed the same thing...wipe out the tub when you're done.
Was it because I was a grungy little girl who loved to play in the dirt? Probably.
However, as I grew older and wiser and
gulp more like my mother, I came to understand that this action had far more reaching results than just keeping the immediate coating of filth I carried out of the way of others.
By wiping out the tub with our towel after each bath, we avoided ring around the tub that resulted from dirt--sure. It also avoided water stains both along the edges, on the bottom, and on the hardware. There was no need for scrubbing on Saturday/cleaning day, as it was already quite clean. Just 5 seconds of work after each bath (times the six people we had in the household), and much time saved at cleaning time on the weekend. Some simple bathroom cleaner run over it and no elbow grease was necessary.
And for the record...that photo is NOT of my bathtub. =) My mom wants you to know that it is not hers either.
This worked for my mom, and it should work for you too. Go over to We Are THAT Family to see what works for everyone else as well in this week's special Cleaning Tip edition.
photo credit: Kamal H.