12 Best Cleaning Products for the Bathroom
These hardworking cleaners make it a whole lot easier to clean and sanitize your bathroom.
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Help Your Family Stay Healthy
The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in your home. And, it’s possibly the germiest. So keeping it clean isn’t just for aesthetics, it’s for your family’s health. Use disinfecting wipes for quick surface cleanups. And, when it’s time for that weekly deep clean, turn to these “best” products to help.
Best Cleaner for Toilets
It’s the least pleasant cleaning job in the house, yet possibly the most important! You can get it done quickly and effectively in two steps: Scrub the bowl with Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Then, swipe the surfaces with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or use a home-made disinfecting solution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have several disinfecting solution recipes that use bleach. Be sure to wear gloves when using these disinfectants.
Best Cleaner for Showers
Regular cleaning doesn’t just keep your shower looking good, it tackles soap scum and mineral deposits before they have a chance to build up. CLR Bath & Kitchen Foaming Action Cleaner dissolves soap scum and restores the sparkle to tile, fiberglass, glass doors and other surfaces (but not all, so read the label to make sure it will work for your situation). It contains no ammonia, bleach or phosphates and is biodegradable.
Best Cleaner for Grout Mold and Mildew
It might take two to tackle mold and mildew on grout: Start with a strong cleaner, such as ZEP Mold Stain & Mildew Stain Remover. The bleach-based cleaner takes just minutes to dissolve mold and mildew. For stubborn areas, you may need to scrub with a brush. The Casabella Smart Scrub Heavy Duty Grout Brush has a unique shape that’s designed to get into tile joints. Its stiff bristles and a soft grip make it effective and comfortable to use.
Best Cleaner for Shower Doors
The best way to keep shower doors clean is to squeegee them down after each use. If some family members forget and the doors get water spots, use Bio Clean’s Hard Water Stain Remover. It’s formulated for shower doors, with a paste-like consistency that dissolves even stubborn hard-water stains. With no toxic fumes, you don’t have to don a respirator to use this product.
“Without any elbow grease, the white calcium and soap scum just dissolved on contact and rinsed away effortlessly,” says one Amazon consumer. “I didn’t need to scrub anything. Bio Clean did all the work and made everything clear again. It was like I had a brand new shower!”
Best Cleaner for Plastic Shower Curtain Liners
Mold, water stains, soap scum — a plastic shower curtain liner takes a beating, just like shower walls. Some shower curtain liners can be tossed into the washing machine (check the manufacturer’s instructions). Add 1/2-cup baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle and 1/2-cup vinegar during the rinse cycle. Or, clean it by hand: Sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a damp microfiber cloth. Rinse well with water.
Best Cleaner for Bathroom Mirrors
Cleaning mirrors (and windows, too) is all about the solution and the cloth you use. If you want to make your own solution, mix equal amounts of white vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle. Or, use Invisible Glass. Its streak-free formula contains no ammonia, dyes, soaps or scents. Spray on the cleaner and wipe mirrors clean with a thin microfiber cloth, such as Rubbermaid’s Mirror & Glass Cleaning Cloths.
Best Cleaner for Stone Vanity Tops
Your best defense against water stains on marble, granite and quartz vanity tops is to keep them dry and sealed. For day-to-day cleaning and protection, use Weiman Granite Cleaner and Polish. It cleans, shines, deodorizes and disinfects, killing bacteria and viruses.
“We won’t use another counter cleaner in our home,” says an Amazon consumer. “We have quartz and it works great!”
Best Cleaner for Tubs and Sinks
What’s good for the bar is good for the bath? In this case, yes! Bar Keepers Friend is old school all the way, including the high marks it gets for its versatility on a variety of materials, including porcelain sinks and tubs. Sprinkle the powdered cleanser on the tub or sink, scrub with a damp sponge and rinse. The manufacturer states the product’s unique micro-particle abrasive particles won’t scratch porcelain and other materials.
Best Cleaner for Bathroom Faucets
“This works well, even on very tough limescale and rust buildup,” says one Amazon consumer.
Best Bathroom Cleaner for the Environment
Clean without guilt with Meliora Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub. This baking soda-based cleaner is dye- and preservative-free. And, it’s 100 percent biodegradable and septic-safe. Sprinkle it on a surface, scrub and rinse.
Is it effective? Amazon consumers give it 4-1/2 stars. “It’s gentle, and tough,” says one consumer. “[It] removed rust stains in a bathtub that had been sitting for eight years.”
Best Cleaning Tool for Toilets
You’ll probably scrub your toilet more than any other surface in the bathroom. So, the brush you use needs to work effectively and stand up to the use it’s going to get. OXO Good Grips Hideaway Compact Toilet Brush is up to the challenge. It features a tapered brush head and sturdy blue bristles for getting under the rim and other hard-to-reach places. It automatically opens and closes, has air vents, so that it will dry between uses, and is compact, so it can be tucked away when not in use.
Best Cleaner for Bathroom Odors
Okay, odors aren’t really a cleaning challenge, but they definitely make you think that a bathroom isn’t clean. Poo-Pourri (yep, you read that right) stops odors before they stink up the room. Simply spray it into the toilet before you go. Choose from more than two dozen scents.