Cleaning the bathroom is probably not high on your list of favorite household chores. The tub is awkward to reach into, the shower is painstaking to scrub, and the tile gets dirty in no time at all — and oh, those cleaning solution fumes! But if you want to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying a sparkling shower stall or bathtub, there are dozens of excellent tools, sprays, scrubbers, gadgets and mold removers on the market that make this dreaded chore much easier to tackle on the daily.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we evaluate shower cleaning products by first assessing them for safety: Scanning labels for appropriate eye and skin irritant warnings, and confirming the product is registered with the EPA — an assurance that it will actually eliminate the bacteria and viruses it claims to. Then we look at how well sprays dispense and how sturdy scrubbing tools are. Finally, while there is an industry standard recipe for creating artificial soap scum, we prefer to test on the real thing by placing the products in consumer testers’ homes to see how well they remove the soapy build-up, limescale and mildew stains that