The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Bathroom Cleaning Tips


Bathrooms are where the cleaning challenges can really get tough. There are so many surfaces: chrome, brass, glass, porcelain, fiberglass ... plus a wide variety of soils: hard water deposits, soap film, rust stains and mildew, not to mention germs. An assortment of effective cleaning products is available for these jobs.

Cleaning Tips

Rinse the tub after each use to keep soap film and hard water deposits from forming. Keep a small sponge handy for wiping down the tub walls after bathing. Use a towel or a squeegee on shower walls. Dry faucets and handles to prevent water spots.

Keep shower doors and curtains open after use to allow them to air dry and prevent mildew. If mildew does appear, use liquid household bleach or cleaners with bleach to remove stains.

Use a daily shower cleaner to keep shower and tub surfaces free of soap scum, mildew stains and hard water deposits. Mist surfaces right after showering while the walls are wet and warm - no rinsing, wiping or scrubbing is necessary. For best results, start with a clean shower. Check label directions to be sure the product is suitable for your bathtub/shower surface.

To clean vertical surfaces where cleaners can run off quickly (bathtubs, showers, toilet bowls), spray foams and thick liquids are effective.

Consider using a disinfectant cleaner for toilet bowls, tubs and showers.

Only products that have an EPA registration number on the label have met government requirements for killing germs. It's important to follow label instructions to be sure you are getting the germ-killing benefits.

Avoid using products containing bleach to remove rust stains as they may intensify the color. Use only a rust remover for such stains.

Bathtub and Sinks

For stubborn stains or soap film buildup, allow the cleaner to thoroughly penetrate the soil, then rub or scour.

  • tub/tile/sink cleaner
  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner
  • disinfectant cleaner
  • mild abrasive (liquid or powdered) cleanser
  • hard water mineral remover to remove mineral deposits


Glass shower doors and mirrors require nonstreaking cleaning products for best results.

  • glass cleaner
  • glass and multi-surface cleaner
  • tub/tile/sink cleaner for heavily soiled shower doors



are susceptible to the buildup of hard water deposits. Use a long-handled toilet brush to clean the rim holes and as far into the trap as possible.

  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • in-tank (continuous) cleaner will maintain the freshness of the bowl every day Don't mix different types of toilet bowl cleaners together. For example, remove an in-tank cleaner and flush toilet before using another type of cleaner in the bowl. Don't use a toilet bowl cleaner to clean any surface other than the inside of the toilet bowl.

Exteriors can be scratched.

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner
  • disinfectant cleaner

Plastic toilet seats can be scratched.

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner
  • disinfectant cleaner

Thoroughly rinse and dry hinge areas and bumpers.