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What is the Best Shower Cleaner?

showerspraybottlePreviously on the site, we’ve talked about how to clean your shower from top to bottom over here, but what is the best shower cleaner product to use?

The best bathroom cleaners are engineered to cut through soap scum, mold and mildew, making it quicker and easier to clean your shower than using basic cleaning products.

PictureNameTypeRating
PictureNameTypeRating
Earth Friendly Products Shower Cleaner with Tea Tree Oil 22 ozAfter Shower Cleaner4.1

Scrubbing Bubbles All-purpose Cleaner, Heavy Duty, Antibacterial 32oz
Multi Purpose Cleaner4.2
TECH Grout Cleaner - 32 oz
Grout Cleaner4.5
Tilex Mold & Mildew RemoverMould remover4.5

BabyGanics Scrub-a-Tub,Tub and Tile Cleaner, Unscented, 32 ozMulti Purpose Cleaner4.1

Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner With Hydrogen Peroxide Citrus Scent 22 ozMulti Purpose Cleaner4.3

Spray Nine Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant, 32 oz.
Multi Purpose Cleaner4.5

Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner Spray with Bleach 32 oz
Multi Purpose Cleaner4.2
Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner, Antibacterial, 32 ozMulti Purpose Cleaner4.6
CLOROX Bleach Bathroom Foamer 30 ozMulti Purpose Cleaner4.9
Tilex Bathroom Cleaner 16 oz (Pack of 3)Multi Purpose Cleaner4.3

Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Starter Kit, 34 oz.
Automatic Shower Cleaner3.0

Good shower cleaning products are;

  • Easy to use – You don’t want to have to keep referring back to the instructions on the back of the packet to find out how long it needs to be left on for, how it should be applied or the ratio that it needs to be diluted at. You want to be able to just spray it on from a pre-mixed spray bottle and then wipe it off.

  • Reduce scrubbing – If you’re like us and most other people, you don’t have the time to clean your shower every week, which means there is likely to be a lot of soap scum and grime on the surfaces in your shower. A good cleaning product will make it easy on you, by breaking down the soap scum and making it easy to remove.

  • Smell nice – You want your shower to smell nice and clean once you’ve put in all that hard work, so pick one with your favorite scent.

  • Few fumes – Showers are small, enclosed spaces and the fumes from some cleaners can get a bit much at times. The fewer fumes from your cleaning product, the better.

  • Not too harsh on you & the environment – Some cleaning chemicals can be strong irritants and bad for your skin, eyes. These same cleaners are also typically bad for marine life, or not designed to be flushed into a septic tank system.
  • Inexpensive – You don’t want it to cost $15-$20 every time you clean your shower, so be sure to find a cleaning product or selection of products that are not too expensive. 

  • Work on most surfaces – you’re going to find a few different types of materials and surfaces in your bathroom, which most likely will include tiles, glass and chrome. Finding a multi purpose shower cleaner that can clean a variety of different surfaces will save you from having to take a bucket full of different cleaners when you go to clean your shower.

How to find the best shower cleaner for you;

  • Gentle (unless you’ve got mold). Look for a product that is gentle on your shower tiles, glass, chrome fittings etc. Unless you have mold, then you need a tough cleaner. If you don’t have mold using a gentler cleaner will keep your bathroom looking newer longer. This is because tough cleaners with bleach will somewhat damage bathroom finishes over time. Check the product labels and reviews to see how gentle they are and on what surfaces.

  • Do you have mold? If you have mold you’ll need to find a bathroom cleaner specifically formulated to attack and kill mold. If you don’t have mold, you can opt for a more gentle and cheaper cleaner. Mold killing cleaners will generally use bleach. Bleach can damage certain materials so make sure you check the label for instructions on what it can’t be used on.

  • Spray and wipe or spray and rinse? Sometimes wiping is easier with a damp cloth, other times rinsing is easier, especially if you have a hand-held shower head. Check the instructions on the cleaner to see if you wipe off or rinse off. Pick the one you find easiest.

  • Price. You don’t need to spend big on a bathroom cleaner. Shop around, check the reviews and you’ll find value for money.

  • Automatic? There are some nifty cool cleaning products out there. Some will clean your bathroom shower with the push of a button! Again, shop around and you could find something you’ll love.

Homemade shower cleaner

White-VinegarVery simply, a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. So for every cup of water, add a cup of white vinegar.

White vinegar works best. Don’t use brown vinegar or apple cider, balsamic or any other type of vinegar as they will stain your bathroom!

The advantage of a homemade shower cleaner is that is very natural, can be made cheaply in comparison to many shower cleaners, you know exactly what it is made from and you know it’s safe for your family and children.

The disadvantage is that it won’t clean as well as some commercial bathroom products. Another disadvantage is that you need to mix it up yourself and it doesn’t really save you much money. Some people also do not like the smell compared to the commercial shower cleaners, vinegar can be quite strong smelling.

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