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Bathroom cleaner reviews

Last updated: 08 February 2016

No one enjoys cleaning a bathroom, so you want the right bathroom cleaner to make this chore as pain-free as possible. We lab test and review the latest products to help you find the best bathroom cleaner for you.

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Our test covers a range of bathroom cleaners on the market, including sprays, gels, foams and wipes. Our expert testers put each product through its paces to help find the bathroom cleaners that:

  • perform best when following manufacturers' instructions
  • are best if you live in soft water areas
  • are best if you live in hard water areas
  • are best value for money.

We also tell you how many sprays you'll get in a bottle, and test how these bathroom cleaners compare to a simple home recipe of vinegar and bi-carb soda. Our list of CHOICE Buys will help you to quickly see which products come out on top.

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Hard soap scum score
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Hard soap scum is calcium stearate combined with carbon black (which provides the dark colour so soil removal can be measured). Calcium stearate is the most common hard soap scum and is created by the reaction of soap ingredients with calcium ions in tap water. In hard water areas, deposits are more likely to be mostly hard soap scum. The solution is applied to tiles and baked on at 180°C for one hour to simulate a tough soap scum. It is then scrubbed with 20 strokes of the scrub tester before soil removal is measured.

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Soft soap scum is a combination of a variety of hard soaps, synthetic sebum (bodily oils) and carbon black (which provides the dark colour so soil removal can be measured). This is to simulate the effect of hard soaps combining with body oils to form sticky deposits (important in soft water areas and bathtubs). This is applied to tiles and baked on at 80°C for one hour. It is then scrubbed with 10 strokes of the scrub tester before soil removal is measured. 

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