Making bathroom tiles look fresh and shiny is as simple as using an effective, easy-to-apply, and sometimes disinfecting tile cleaner. In most cases, you can use a standard all-purpose bathroom cleaner, but if you have specialty tiles or glazes, you should check with the manufacturer, or do a spot test in an inconspicuous area to prevent any discoloration or damage. In addition, keep your bathroom as dry as possible. That's key to preventing mold and mildew from building up in the first place, says Christine McNerney, Senior Director of Merchandising, Non-Food at Thrive Market. Plan to clean thoroughly once per week, too.
We researched the best shower tile cleaners, evaluating each for its cleaning power, compatibility with different surfaces, and disinfecting properties. Our top pick is the Scrubbing Bubbles Grime Fighter Spray that can be used on a variety of surfaces and has a fresh, citrus scent.
Here are the best shower tile cleaners for your bathroom.
Scrubbing Bubbles Disinfectant Bathroom Grime Fighter Spray
Scrubbing Bubbles is a household name when it comes to bathroom cleaners, and the brand's Bathroom Grime Fighter Spray is worth adding to your cleaning closet. The spray is not only easy to apply to the vertical walls of your shower, but is also made with alcohol that helps it remove germs and soap scum from your tiles. Plus, this cleaner has a fresh citrus scent that won't leave your bathroom smelling too harsh, despite its sanitizing skills. (It also comes in lavender, rain shower, and floral fusion scents, if you prefer.)
It comes in a 32-ounce bottle that's sure to get you through multiple cleaning sessions. To use it, simply spray the cleaner onto the surface from about 6 to 8 inches away, until it's thoroughly covered in it. Wipe it away and then rinse the surface with water. For heavy-duty tasks, you can let the cleaner sit on your surface for several minutes before wiping it off.
Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Grime Fighter Spray is safe to use on glazed ceramic tile, stainless steel, chrome, fiberglass, vinyl, glazed porcelain, glass, laminate, and more. In a pinch, you can also spray a little on a cloth to use on high-touch surfaces, such as toilet handles and sink faucets. Notably, the spray also comes in aerosol form. However, we believe the spray is nice and easy to use and best for targeting tough areas—like near your shower's hardware. It also comes at a great price, especially given its effectiveness, making it hard to beat as a shower tile cleaner.
Price at time of publish: $10
Great Value White Vinegar
Costing as little as 2 cents an ounce, this pantry staple offers serious value for money. You can mix a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water, and use it to clean ceramic shower tiles. But don't use it on natural stone materials like granite, soapstone, or marble because its acid content can be damaging.
If you have stubborn red-orange marks on your tiles or around fixtures, try dipping a soft toothbrush into undiluted white vinegar and rubbing gently. White vinegar can also be mixed with baking soda to help unclog a drain.
Price at time of publish: $4
Best Cleaning Paste
Pardo Naturals Scrubbing Paste
Pardo Naturals, a family-owned business based in Georgia, was started by Rita Pardo when she found herself looking for natural products due to her daughter's eczema. She began with skin products but now sells a wide variety of cleaning products, including toilet tabs, herbal-scented cleaning vinegars, dishwasher tablets, and carpet powders.
This scrubbing paste is made with baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils, and it comes in scents including lavender, citrus, lemongrass, peppermint, and "thieves" (a distinctive blend of rosemary, lemon, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus). An unscented variety is also available.
Price at time of publish: $7
Method Daily Shower Cleaner Spray
Made with mostly mineral and plant-based ingredients, this biodegradable daily shower cleaner has an invigorating smell that's really unique. The company calls it a mix of "bergamot, citron, lime leaf, eucalyptus, and wild mint," though shoppers describe it as "lightly minty."
"We believe that biodegradable cleaners are very important in order to help minimize the impact that chemicals can have on aquatic life," says McNerney. "A lot of cleaning products wind up going down the drain, which is why we believe it’s an important consideration to keep in mind while selecting products."
To keep your shower clean, just spray it on your moist shower walls after you've showered. Though scrubbing isn't required, for best results you'll want to start with clean tiles. Method's products are safe to use in homes with furry friends, and the company doesn't test on animals or use their byproducts either.
Price at time of publish: $16
Best with Bleach
Clorox Plus Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner
To keep your shower tiles clean, you might want to invest in a daily cleaner that prevents the buildup of soap scum and mildew. Clorox Plus Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner is a great option that's affordable and easy to use. As the bottle says, you just “spray and walk away.” Left behind is a protective barrier that keeps soap scum, mildew, and other grime from sticking around and clinging to your tile and grout.
You'll have to use another product for a deep shower cleaning, but after that this product will help keep it that way. We recommend spraying it after the last person in your home showers for the night, so you can make sure it doesn't get rinsed off too quickly.
Price at time of publish: $4
Best for Grout
Soft Scrub All Purpose Surface Cleanser
Even if you're cleaning your shower on a regular basis, grout has a tendency to discolor over time. And regular grout cleaning doesn't always fix things. This squeezable formula can be applied either directly onto the surface or a damp sponge.
Its foamy texture does require a fair amount of rinsing, but you'll get real results for your efforts. It's especially good at removing stains—you can also use it to remove coffee and wine from kitchen countertops—and making white grout look new again.
Price at time of publish: $5
Best for Natural Stone
Granite Gold Shower Cleaner
Unlike many bathroom tile cleaners, this spray-on product is safe to use on natural stone materials like granite, marble, or travertine. You can use it by itself to keep the natural shine of your shower tiles strong, or pair it with the brand's shower cleaner and a sponge to tackle soap scum.
The formula contains no ammonia or phosphates and can be used on food-contact surfaces, too. You can spray it on stone countertops in your kitchen but will want to make sure they're completely dry before you place any food on them.
Price at time of publish: $13
Why Trust The Spruce?
Lexi Dwyer has written about dish scrubbers, laundry whiteners, and soap dispensers for The Spruce. She loves all things Mrs. Meyer's and would put the brand's geranium hand soap on her list of things she'd bring to a desert island.
For additional background on shower tile cleaners, we spoke to Christine McNerney, Senior Director of Merchandising, Non-Food at Thrive Market, who spoke about how to prevent mold and mildew in your bathroom.