Best Bathroom Cleaners of 2018

By: Kealia Reynolds

In this 2018 guide to the best bathroom cleaners, you’ll learn about the best bathroom cleaner solutions, accessories, organic options, and homemade DIY remedies to keep your bathroom fresh and clean.

Best bathroom cleaners 2018

Here are the best bathroom cleaner solutions for your shower, tub, sink, and more.

Best all-purpose bathroom cleaner: Lysol Bathroom Cleaner

This solution has a powerful foaming action that eliminates soap scum, limescale, and everyday dirt and grime, killing 99.9% of bathroom bacteria and viruses. It can be used on a variety of surfaces including shower walls, shower doors, tubs, vanities, and sinks. One of its best features is that it requires little to no scrubbing and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent.

Buy now: Lysol Bathroom Cleaner Spray, Island Breeze

Best mirror cleaner: E-cloths

The e-cloth has millions of tiny fibers (each fiber is 1000 times finer than cotton) that produce unparalleled cleaning power without any chemicals. With just water, e-cloth fiber strands will lift and draw in water-coated particles, trapping all grime, dust, and bacteria.

Buy now: E-cloth 8 Cloth Home Cleaning Set

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Best sink cleaner: Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser & Polish

This bleach-free product is ideal for stainless steel sinks, but works well on porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, corian, brass, chrome, and aluminum sinks. It easily removes rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and other tough stains: simply wet your sink, apply the product directly on the stains, and scrub it in a circular motion with a sponge.

Buy now: Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser & Polish

Best bathroom countertop cleaner: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner

The Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner is a plant-based cleaner that cuts through dirt and grime without leaving irritating chemical residues behind. To use, simply spray the bathroom cleaner directly on your countertops and wipe with a lint-free cloth or sponge. It’s available in three naturally derived scents—Coastal Surf, Grapefruit Grove, and Lavender Field.

Buy now: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner, Grapefruit Grove

Best toilet cleaner: Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

This is one of the best bathroom cleaners for your toilet. It has a powerful cleaning gel that destroys tough stains and kills germs and eliminates odor-causing bacteria with a special nozzle. Costing just $2.65, the Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner is extremely easy to use: dispense the gel in your toilet, scrub it with a toilet scrubber, then flush the remnants away.

Buy now: Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach, Rain Clean

Runner-up toilet cleaner: The Works Disinfectant Toilet Bowl Cleaner

We just had to include this toilet cleaner on our list. It’s great at removing hard water stains, rust, and limescale, kills mildew, and disinfects your toilet. It also kills germs like Salmonella and E-coli.

Buy now: The Works Disinfectant Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Best shower cleaner: Method Eucalyptus Mint Daily Shower Spray

With this spray, you’ll never have to scrub, wipe, or rinse your shower again. Just spray a fine mist on all wet surfaces after each shower and the solution will take care of the rest. Not to mention, this bathroom cleaner is paraben-free, dye-free, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic.

Buy now: Method Daily Shower Spray, Eucalyptus Mint

Best bathtub cleaner: The Bucko Soap Scum and Grime Cleaner

This is one of the best bathroom cleaners for dissolving tough soap scum and grime, leaving behind a beautiful shine. No bleach, acid, or harsh chemicals are included in this spray. In general, if your bathtub isn’t that dirty, you can just spray this solution around the tub and walk away. For tougher jobs that require a little more elbow grease, you’ll have to spray the cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes, and scrub the area.

Buy now: The Bucko Soap Scum and Grime Cleaner

Best grout cleaner: Black Diamond Ultimate Grout Cleaner

This fast-acting solution is the best bathroom cleaner to remove grout. Strong enough for commercial use, it can be used to clean even the dirtiest grout.

Buy now: Black Diamond Ultimate Grout Cleaner

Best mold remover: Mold Armor Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover

For those tough mold stains in the corners of your bathtub (or really, anywhere in your bathroom), we recommend using this spray. Twice as strong as the leading brand, this bleach-based formula removes mold and mildew stains without any scrubbing and can be used on tile, grout, tubs, toilets, shower doors, vinyl shower curtains, counters, and sinks.

Buy now: Mold Armor Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover

Best bathroom cleaner accessories

Some bathroom cleaners will require you to use a scrubber or other cleaning supply to help you achieve a deeper clean. Now that you’re familiar with the best bathroom cleaner solutions, here are our top picks for bathroom cleaning accessories.

Best shower scrubber: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath

Made of Durafoam, this product has a foaming cleanser that removes four times more soap scum than other brands. It gets rid of grime on your sink, counter, bathtub, shower doors, and grout. To use, simply wet the eraser, squeeze out any excess water, and erase grime and soap scum from problem areas.

Buy now: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath (4-count, pack of 2)

Best scrub brush: BISSELL Household Scrub Brush

Great for scrubbing tiles and tubs, this brush has stiff front bristles for heavy duty scrubbing and an ergonomic handle to protect your knuckles. At just $4.99, this brush is a must-have for when your tub or shower needs a deeper clean.

Buy now: BISSELL Household Scrub Brush

Best squeegee: OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee

This squeegee has a flexible blade that wipes water and other cleaning solutions off tiled surfaces, mirrors, glass shower doors, and windows, and allows for streak-free drying. It also comes with a suction cup that conveniently allows you to store the squeegee on the wall.

Buy now: OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee

Best toilet bowl brush: Lysol Bowl Brush

This brush contains an antimicrobial agent built into its fibers, an anti-slip grip for extra gripping power, and unique, under-the-rim extension. It also comes with a caddy that’s easy to disinfect and wipe out—no hidden crevices or water-collecting cavities. And for just $6, this bowl brush is cheap enough to switch out each year.

Buy now: Lysol Bowl Brush

Best cleaning cloths: Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

These plush, super-soft microfiber cloths are great for cleaning and dusting your entire bathroom. Their non-abrasive design won’t scratch surfaces, paints, stainless steel, or clear coats, and allows for streak-free cleaning and polishing. Another benefit of these cloths is that they absorb eight times their weight in water and dry in half the time of a standard dishcloth, face washcloth, hand towel, and duster.

Buy now: Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-pack)

Best mop: Swiffer SteamBoost Deep-Cleaning Steam Mop

This mop combines dirt-dissolving cleaners with the power of BISSELL steam to penetrate and break down dirt. It has the ability to deep clean virtually any type of finished floor, including hardwood floors. It also has a water tank that can hold up to 10 ounces of water—no cleaning solution required.

Buy now: Swiffer SteamBoost Deep-Cleaning Steam Mop

Best cleaning wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Not only do these powerful, multipurpose wipes remove dirt and grime, they kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and can remove 99.9% of germs for up to 48 hours. An added bonus: the wipes have a refreshing, bleach-free smell.

Buy now: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Best DIY bathroom cleaner solutions

If you want to try some fast and easy solutions for your bathroom messes, try these simple homemade recipes.

  • Water and baking soda—Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to create a paste and rub it on your shower and tub. Let the mixture sit for 20–30 minutes and then wash it away with water. For really tough stains, use vinegar instead of water and a scrub brush to remove all the grime.
  • Undiluted hydrogen peroxide—Spray hydrogen peroxide on the floor and sprinkle a tiny bit of baking soda on top. Scrub with a gentle toothbrush. This mixture is best for grout.
  • Essential oils solution—Pour warm water into a spray bottle, followed by one tablespoon of baking soda. Gently shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add two tablespoons of Castile soap, 30 drops of tea tree essential oil, and 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil. Spray the homemade bathroom cleaner on your tub, tile, sink, or floor, and let it sit for a minute. Wipe away with a damp cloth.
  • Dawn dish soap and white vinegar—Mix together a cup of dish soap and a cup of white vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and gently shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Spray around your tub and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Scrub your tub (if needed) and rinse with water.

Best eco-friendly bathroom cleaners

If you’re looking for the best organic or eco-friendly bathroom cleaners, try these six products for a safer cleaning experience.

1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Bathroom Cleaner in Basil

This cleaner effectively removes dirt, grime, and soap scum from bathroom surfaces and has plant-based ingredients. Simply spray a surface and wipe the solution away with a microfiber cloth.

2. Seventh Generation Natural Toilet-Bowl Cleaner

This toilet bowl cleaner quickly cleans without creating harsh fumes. It has a plant-based formula that tackles stubborn stains and is scented with essential oils and botanical extracts. We love its cypress and fir scent.

3. Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner

The Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner is made from high-quality ingredients and is at least 97% naturally derived. It also contains potassium carbonate, a mineral-based ingredient that improves cleaning performance.

4. Campanelli Cleaning Paste

This all-natural, non-toxic product contains no bleaches or solvents and is completely biodegradable. It works on tile, porcelain, glass, metal, and a variety of other surfaces. It’s derived from a non-abrasive formula so it cleans without leaving scratches behind. It also has a lovely lemon scent.

5. Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner

Costing only $7.99, this spray safely and effectively cleans every household surface (including glass). It has a refreshing scent that comes from freshly steeped green tea leaves and a squeeze of fresh lime and subtle herbs. It’s naturally derived, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable.

6. Method All-Purpose Cleaner

Made from plant-based powergreen technology, this bathroom cleaner has naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients and breaks down dirt. You can choose from 10 different scents.

Bathroom cleaning tips

After picking up one of the best bathroom cleaners, follow these quick tips to help you effectively clean your bathroom.

  • When cleaning your bathroom, always work from top to bottom. Dust light fixtures and shelves with microfiber cloths before vacuuming floors, corners, and crevices.
  • Heating tile or your tub 10 degrees above the normal air temperature doubles the effectiveness of alkaline cleansers. Use caution when handling hot water.
  • Use different-colored cloths when cleaning your bathroom (i.e. red for mirror, blue for tub, yellow for sink, etc.) This way, you’ll never make the mistake of wiping a clean fixture with a used towel.

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