We updated this article in September 2022 to add information about each product based on extensive testing by the Good Housekeeping Institute, added two new picks and more about how we test and answered frequently asked questions.


Arguably one of the germiest rooms in our homes, the bathroom has an often daunting amount of surfaces that need to be cleaned. An all-purpose cleaner, like some of the many we've tested in the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care & Cleaning Products Lab, can be used to clean everything from the mirrors to the tile floors in your bathroom, but to really get it as germ- and soap scum-free as possible, dedicated cleaners (preferably with disinfectants) are needed. With so many bathroom cleaners claiming to clean different areas of your bathroom it’s tough to know which bottle to grab for each cleaning task and which one will work best.

That’s where the Good Housekeeping Institute comes in. We've tested dozens of bathroom cleaning products, putting together lists of the best shower cleaners, tile grout cleaners and more. To evaluate bathroom cleaners, we check product labels for appropriate instructions and safety warnings. Because we prefer to test these cleaners on the real-life soap scum, mold, mildew and hard water stains they'll clean up at home, we send these products to our consumer testers and use them in our own showers, floor tile grouts, toilets and sinks. Our picks below are the best bathroom cleaners for every surface to give the best results in the least amount of time.

Our top picks:

  • 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner and Sanitizing Spray

    Best Overall Bathroom Cleaner

    Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner and Sanitizing Spray

    $4 at Walmart
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  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Toilets

    Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

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  • Daily Shower Spray

    Best Daily Bathroom Cleaner for Showers

    Sensitive Home Daily Shower Spray

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  • Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber

    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Soap Scum

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber

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  • Mold and Mildew Clear Stain Remover Spray

    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Mold and Mildew

    CLR Mold and Mildew Clear Stain Remover Spray

    Read more

You can read more about how we evaluate bathroom cleaners in our Lab and consumer tests, get answers to your frequently asked questions and more at the end of this guide. For more bathroom cleaning tips, check out our step-by-step guide to cleaning your bathroom and how to remove hard water stains.


    Best Overall Bathroom Cleaner
    Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner and Sanitizing Spray
    24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner and Sanitizing Spray
    Best Overall Bathroom Cleaner
    Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner and Sanitizing Spray
    $4 at Walmart
    Credit: Microban
    Pros
    • Keeps surfaces bacteria-free for 24 hours
    • Kills 99.9% of germs
    • Works without bleach
    Cons
    • Can’t be used on unsealed marble, granite, stone or wood

    Product Specs

    FormLiquid Spray
    Disinfectant?Yes
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    In tests, we found this Microban cleaner works quickly to clean most surfaces and we loved its long-lasting benefits. This all-purpose bathroom cleaner not only cleans surfaces, but it keeps them bacteria-free (not virus-free) for 24 hours — even after touching it. It kills 99.9% of germs, including cold, flu and SARS-CoV-2 viruses, keeps mold and mildew at bay for seven days on hard surfaces and cuts through soap scum. It’s also bleach-free so your clothing is less likely to be damaged if you happen to get some on your shirt and you won't have any of that uncomfortable bleach smell. One thing to note: Microban advises not to use this on unsealed marble, granite, stone or wood.


    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Toilets
    Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
    Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Toilets
    Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
    Now 16% Off
    Credit: Clorox
    Pros
    • Requires minimal scrubbing
    • Child-resistant cap
    Cons
    • Hard to see the cleaner in toilet bowl

    Product Specs

    FormGel
    Disinfectant?Yes
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach

    This product snagged the top spot in our toilet bowl cleaner roundup, cleaning up messes more quickly and effectively than 11 other toilet cleaners tested. In our tests, it took very little scrubbing to make the toilet bowl sparkle. This cleaner contains bleach, so it kills 99.9% of germs and deodorizes the toilet, though the manufacturer recommends allowing the product to sit for 10 minutes before flushing for best results. The angled nozzle helps target this liquid gel under the rim, but the color is light and we found it hard to see where it was applied and ended up putting on more to make sure the entire toilet bowl was covered.


    Best Daily Bathroom Cleaner for Showers
    Sensitive Home Daily Shower Spray
    Daily Shower Spray
    Best Daily Bathroom Cleaner for Showers
    Sensitive Home Daily Shower Spray
    Credit: Sensitive Home
    Pros
    • EPA safer choice certified
    • No strong odor
    Cons
    • A lot of product is required to fully cover shower surfaces

    Product Specs

    FormLiquid Spray
    Disinfectant?No
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    A winner from our most recent Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning and Organizing Awards, this shower spray from Sensitive Home prevents soap scrum and hard water stain buildup in your showers, making cleaning quicker and easier. You'll have to remember to spray your shower every day to get the best results, but when we used it consistently, this shower spray noticeably prevented soap scum and hard water stains on shower doors, tiles and tubs. It was a favorite amongst our consumer testers, earning a 4.4 out of 5 score for ease of use and performance. Many testers appreciated that there were no strong odors when using this shower cleaner and that it cleaned as effectively as other products without harsh chemicals. The Daily Shower Spray is part of the EPA Safer Choice program and a USDA Certified Biobased Product.


    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Soap Scum
    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber
    Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber
    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Soap Scum
    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber
    Now 17% Off
    Credit: Mr Clean
    Pros
    • Convenient to use
    • No bathroom cleaner liquid necessary
    Cons
    • Can be difficult to store after use

    Product Specs

    FormSponge
    Disinfectant?No
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal because of how well it cleans a variety of surfaces and it’s convenient to use, so it’s no surprise the Magic Eraser bath scrubber works just as well on glass shower doors, the tub and tile. It has the same microscrubbers as the original Magic Erasers and requires no other bathroom cleaning gels or sprays as the scrubber has soap built into it that foams up when you wet and squeeze it. Note that after wetting them, it is a little difficult to find where to store the scubber and some reviewers online complain of them falling apart too quickly after regular use. Its scent is light and pleasant.


    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Mold and Mildew
    CLR Mold and Mildew Clear Stain Remover Spray
    Mold and Mildew Clear Stain Remover Spray
    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Mold and Mildew
    CLR Mold and Mildew Clear Stain Remover Spray
    Pros
    • Odor-less
    • Works quickly
    Cons
    • Doesn't cling to walls

    Product Specs

    FormFoaming Spray
    Disinfectant?No
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    Mold and mildew stains are not easy to get rid of, even with the best advice and instructions from experts. But, another winner in our most recent 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards, the Mold and Mildew Stain Remover Spray from CLR impressed our judges and panel of consumer testers. One of our consumer testers used this cleaner spray to eliminate mold and mildew stains on their boat, finding that it required a lot less scrubbing than their usual boat cleaner. "It worked and I didn't have to use my whole body weight to scrub." It does not cling to surfaces like gel-formula cleaners do, but it does foam up so it stays on vertical wall surfaces a little longer than non-foaming sprays. This stain remover spray only needs to sit for 10 minutes to work and is odorless.


    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Grout
    CLR Brilliant Bath Foaming Action Cleaner
    Brilliant Bath Foaming Action Cleaner
    Best Bathroom Cleaner for Grout
    CLR Brilliant Bath Foaming Action Cleaner
    Credit: CLR
    Pros
    • Works with minimal scrubbing
    • Continues to whiten grout as it dries
    • EPA Safer Choice certified
    Cons
    • Can only be used on white grout

    Product Specs

    FormFoam Spray
    Disinfectant?No
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    Topping our list of the best tile grout cleaners and our expert pick for the best foaming bathroom cleaner is the CLR Brilliant Bath. In our Lab tests, we found this spray zapped stains fast and the grout became noticeably whiter as it dried. It also cuts through dirt, calcium, lime, hard water deposits and soap scum — all without bleach. While it works well on white grout and other surfaces like stainless steel, glass and ceramic, it should not be used on grout of any other color as it can cause discoloration. Like many other CLR cleaning products, Brilliant Bath is also part of the EPA's Safer Choice Program which includes products that are safer alternatives to traditional chemicals.


    Best Cleaner for Bathroom Tile
    Clorox Scentiva Wet Mopping Cloths
    Scentiva Wet Mopping Cloths
    Best Cleaner for Bathroom Tile
    Clorox Scentiva Wet Mopping Cloths
    Credit: Clorox
    Pros
    • Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses
    • Disposable
    Cons
    • Scent may be strong for some people

    Product Specs

    FormFloor Mopping Pads
    Disinfectant?Yes
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    Wet mopping cloths are a great way to skip the mop and bucket when cleaning the bathroom. These wet mopping cloths from Clorox disinfect your bathroom floors while you mop. Loaded with the same germ fighting power as other Clorox bathroom products, these cloths kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including the flu and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. We haven't tested these mopping cloths yet, but have tested dozens of products from Clorox and trust their products' performance. Each wet mop cloth is designed to fit on a mop like our pick for best disposable mop in our best mops roundup, GH Seal Star Swiffer Sweeper, and the cloth has a textured surface to trap dirt and debris. When finished mopping, just throw the used wet mopping cloth away. They come in several different scents, but can be a little strong for some people.


    Best Cleaner for Bathroom Mirrors
    Stoner Invisible Glass with EZ Grip Sprayer
    Invisible Glass with EZ Grip Sprayer
    Best Cleaner for Bathroom Mirrors
    Stoner Invisible Glass with EZ Grip Sprayer
    Credit: Stoner
    Pros
    • Streak-free cleaning
    • Mist spray with no drips
    • Does not leave residue behind
    Cons
    • Cannot be refilled like other glass cleaners

    Product Specs

    FormAerosol Spray
    Disinfectant?No
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    Sometimes it seems like bathroom mirrors get foggy the second you run warm water in the shower. Keeping mirrors clean is just one small part of cleaning the bathroom, but an equally important one. In our tests, this Invisible Glass Glass Cleaner cleaned mirrors and glass without leaving unsightly streaks. It was effective against fingerprints, dirt and grease and does not have additives that can leave residue behind so surfaces look clean when dry and don’t attract dust and grime. When we tested this cleaner, we liked the fine mist it released. It made cleaning easier and neater as we weren’t chasing drips down the glass as we wiped. This cleaner can also be used to clean other glass surfaces like stovetops and patio doors, and chrome surfaces too.


    Best Bathroom Cleaner Wipes
    Lysol Dual Action Wipes
    Dual Action Wipes
    Best Bathroom Cleaner Wipes
    Lysol Dual Action Wipes
    Credit: Lysol
    Pros
    • Only needs to sit for four minutes to disinfect
    • Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria
    Cons
    • Can dry out

    Product Specs

    FormWipes
    Disinfectant?Yes
    Bleach v. Bleach-freeBleach-free

    Wipes are a quick, disposable solution to cleaning up messes around the house. These Lysol Dual Action Wipes take it one step further, packing the disinfecting ingredients of the Lysol brand into a double-sided wipe that can scrub stuck-on messes with no need for other cleaning products or tools. One side of the wipe is textured for scrubbing and the other side is soft for wiping surfaces. It cleans and disinfects, killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria in four minutes and also helps remove allergens. It helps prevent mold and mildew growth, too. As a bonus, according to the Lysol website, you can also use these on electronics such as smartphones, tablets and remotes and we did so with success, but, for safety, it's always best to follow the cleaning recommendations of your device's manufacturer. Like other cleaner wipes, these may have a tendency to dry out as you reach the end of the canister, especially if you leave the lid open or keep unopened canisters stored for a long time.


    How we test bathroom cleaners

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    In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we've tested every bathroom cleaning category you can think of, from toilet brushes to shower cleaners and tools for cleaning the grout in between your floor tiles. No bathroom surface is too small. It's difficult to mimic the mold, mildew, hard water stains and soap scum that build up in our home bathrooms in a Lab setting, so we test bathroom cleaning products in our own homes, taking careful notes on everything we evaluate. This includes how easy each product is to dispense, how well they remove the stains they claim to clean and how long each product takes to work. Additionally, we carefully inspect each product's label to verify that every product we recommend has the proper safety and use instructions. When required, we also reach out to brands for their in-house lab data to verify the claims on the label and to confirm that they are registered with the EPA if they claim to kill any viruses and bacteria.

    Products that are submitted for consideration in our Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning and Organizing Awards are also sent to our panel of consumer testers who use the products in their homes and submit feedback on their experiences. All of our consumer's notes are carefully considered, as are consumer reviews online.

    What to look for when shopping for the best bathroom cleaners

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    ✔️ All-purpose v. dedicated cleaner: An all-purpose cleaner can work well on things like counters and floors, but for toilets, mirrors, showers and tubs, a dedicated cleaner specifically formulated to clean up those items will be necessary. Dedicated cleaners contain ingredients that can more efficiently eliminate the messes that are commonly found in the bathroom.

    ✔️ Disinfectant: Bathroom cleaners with disinfectant ingredients are always a good idea for the bathroom. It's a high traffic shared space where a lot of germs can be exchanged. If you're buying a bathroom cleaner that claims to kill viruses and bacteria, make sure that they are registered with the EPA.

    ✔️ Form: Liquid and foam spray cleaners are great for cleaning large surfaces like tubs and showers, but require a tool to work the product into the surface being cleaned. If you prefer a product that has the tool and cleaner built into one product, pre-moistened wipes and scrubber sponges like our best for soap scum pick from Mr. Clean, are great options, though you'd likely have to go through many wipes to get your whole shower clean. Clinging gels are especially helpful for shower walls and toilet bowls as they can remain on the surface for longer, giving ample time for the formula to penetrate stains.

    ✔️ Surfaces to clean: It is important to make sure that the product you are using is safe to use on the materials in your home. Products with bleach can usually only be used on non-porous, white surfaces to avoid damaging the color and finish. Many manufacturers warn against using harsh chemicals on stone counters and stainless steel can also be easily damaged by strong cleaners formulated for porcelain toilets and ceramic sinks. The safest option is to carefully read all precautions on the label of the product you choose and contact the manufacturer if you are unsure.

    How often should the bathroom be cleaned?

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    Every home has different cleaning needs, but because the bathroom is such a (ahem) busy place in our homes, more frequent cleanings are best to keep the area as germ-free as possible. You should deep clean the entire bathroom at least once every two weeks, but high traffic areas like the toilet and sink should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a week. If someone at home was recently sick, it's even more important to disinfect the area even more frequently to avoid the spread of viruses and bacteria in shared spaces.

    What bathroom cleaning products shouldn't I mix?

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    You should never mix any cleaning products together, but it is especially important not to mix any bleach bathroom products with any other types of cleaner in your home (not even other types of bleach cleaners). Mixing cleaning products together can cause harmful fumes to develop, potentially harming you and your home's occupants and can also cause serious issues in your plumbing. Cleaning products are formulated to work just as they are so you shouldn't have to mix them to get the best result.

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?

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    Jamie Kim has over 17 years of experience developing products and researching and writing about consumer products in the home, textiles, media and technology categories.

    Jodhaira Rodriguez has been researching, testing and writing about cleaning products in the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab since 2021. She recently tested 12 toilet brushes to put together a list of the best toilet brushes and tested several bathroom cleaning products that were submitted for the 2022 Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards.

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