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Our tester scrubbed their way through 216 tiles to test more than 20 bathroom cleaners that claim to remove and/or prevent soap scum buildup.

Bi-carb soda, a self-proclaimed natural sanitiser and deodoriser, along with mould-killing white vinegar was also included in our trial as a natural cleaning alternative.

A high 29% of bathroom cleaner sales are for bleach cleaners, so we purchased four popular bleach-based bathroom cleaners to compare to soap scum removers.

How we test

A special blend of soap scum as per the American Standard ASTM D5343/06 - A Standard Guide for Evaluating Cleaning Performance of Ceramic Tile Cleaners - is baked onto white ceramic tiles (there’s no Australian Standard or equivalent). The light reflectance is measured before and after scrubbing the tiles to determine the scum removal score. Each cleaner is tested on 8 tiles. To fairly compare the products, we scrubbed each tile 20 times with a specially designed mechanical scrubber.

Brands tested

  • Ajax Professional Ultra Bathroom
  • ALDI Powerforce Bath & Shower Cleaner Lemon Fresh
  • Baking Soda + Vinegar
  • Coles Bathroom and Toilet Wipes Flushable 3in1 Citrus Fresh
  • Dettol Power & Pure Bathroom
  • Domestos Thick Original Liquid
  • Earth Choice Anti-bacterial Bathroom Wipes Natural Clean
  • Earth Choice Bathroom & Shower Natural Anti-bacterial
  • Easy Off BAM Active Foam Soap and Scum Shower
  • Easy Off BAM Power Cleaner Grime and Soap Scum
  • Eco Store Shower and Bathroom cleaner
  • Exit Mould
  • Home Brand Bath and Shower Cleaner
  • Mr Muscle 5 in 1 Total Bathroom
  • Orange Power Shower, Bath & Tile Cleaner
  • Pine 'O Cleen Scrub’n’wipe Citrus Scent
  • Pine 'O Cleen X-press Bathroom Cleaner Citrus Scent
  • Select Scrub & Wipe Multi-purpose
  • Selleys Rapid Mould Killer
  • Seventh Generation Green Mandarin & Leaf Natural Shower Cleaner
  • Shower Power Amazing Bathroom Cleaner Citrus Fresh OZKleen
  • Sparkle for Showers
  • Viva Wipes Shower Fast (A)
  • White King Power Clean Bathroom Foam, lemon
  • White King Power Clean Bathroom Gel
  • White King Power Clean Flushable Wipes Lemon
  • Windex Shower Mr Muscle

(A) Manufacturer says will be reformulated at the end of this year. 

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