Power – Each of the bathroom cleaners we tested had the same general instructions – spray the solution on to the surface to be cleaned, scrub with paper towel, cloth, or brush until the offending substance or debris is removed. For tougher stains or scum, allow the solution to sit on the area for a few minutes — the tougher the stain, the longer the solution should remain in place. We tested each of the products according to the instructions to see which one worked best. According to the criteria we have set, power is the ability for the cleaner to tackle the scum and grime with minimal effort. The more power, the less scrubbing you will have to do to get an effective clean on any surface that you are focused on.
Application – No one wants to spend a lot of time in the bathroom scrubbing away. As a result, we opted to rate each of the products on how fast it could be applied, as well as the consistency of the product. Because of the variations in the type of nozzle used and the viscosity of the product, the most effective cleaners were the ones that featured a thicker gel or a foam-like liquid. This helped the product really penetrate the scum and grime present on various bathroom surfaces. While we note that some people prefer a thinner, more watery solution due to how easy it is to apply to surfaces evenly, we discovered these options don’t typically provide the same high-level of cleaning desired.
Odor – For quite a few consumers, the way a product smells is a huge deciding factor when it comes to selecting the right one. Our goal was to discover which one of the test products would offer users the least chemical-laden odors. We also discovered that while some light fragrances are fine, some products can overdo it, making the added fragrance worse than the chemical smell of other products. Be sure to consider this factor carefully if you have a sensitivity or allergy to certain scents.
Packaging – The packaging of the bathroom cleaner can have a huge impact on if one product is selected over another. Most consumers want a bathroom cleaner that is not only easy to use but also easy to carry from one room to another – especially if they have multiple bathrooms. Our conclusion is that the best packaging is secure until you want to use it, at which point you can simply twist the nozzle to begin spraying the liquid. Most customers want to avoid packaging that easily breaks, or that leaks or spills while in storage.