Are there non- or less-toxic bathtubs?

Asked by Leslie
Salt Lake City, UT

I have a nice old bathtub that was probably made in the U.S., that needs replacing. I am concerned with the level of lead and other toxins that may be in the new tubs, the metal itself, and/or the enamel which covers it. Can you help?


Karen Smuland

Answered by Karen Smuland

Bend, OR

Karen Smuland Architect

May 28, 2011

You might want to consider having the enamel resurfaced on your existing tub.

  • There are many businesses providing this service.
  • Lead-free enamel paint is available; in fact, lead paint is not allowed to be produced in the U.S. any longer.

If enamel resurfacing is not an option, I would recommend a cast-iron tub with a baked-enamel finish. This is the most durable type of tub available; the finish is lead-free; and most metal products include a significant percentage of recycled content.


For more information:

Read "What's less toxic: refinishing an old cast-iron tub or getting a fiberglass tub?" a Q&A answered by Molly McCabe.

Also, read Mick Dalrymple's Q&A "I have a bathtub that needs re-enameling. Is there a nontoxic way to do this?"

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