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    22 Before-And-After Photos That'll Help Prove The Clean Bathroom Of Your Dreams Is Actually Attainable

    A clean bathroom is my #1 (and #2) goal.

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    1. An eco-friendly hard water stain remover you'll want to pour on every surface in your bathroom. It's biodegradable so the scent won't singe your nose hairs and make you gag, plus it's safe enough to use on just about anything — including shower glass, tile, granite, stainless steel, marble, brass, and porcelain.

    Promising review: "I put on some gloves and smeared this stuff around the glass shower door with my hands. Without any elbow grease, the white calcium and soap scum just dissolved on contact and rinsed away effortlessly. I didn't need to scrub anything — Bio Clean did all the work and made everything clear again. It was like I had a brand new shower!" —Reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    2. A tub and tile refinishing kit for when you've given up on cleaning and would rather just paint over the mess. This'll require a bit of your time and some patience, but the result is a smooth porcelain finish that no one will suspect is just paint.

    Reviewers say it's quite smelly, so we highly recommend buying reusable heavy-duty cleaning gloves that'll protect your hands and that are more eco-friendly than disposable versions. You may also want surgical masks if you're working in a bathroom that's not well ventilated.

    Promising review: "This product was very easy to use. I have no background in any renovation work and I had no trouble using it at all. It was easy to put on and creates such a smooth finish. It covered up all the stains from our old almond color tub. It looks like a totally new tub now. Absolutely love it. I used two kits to complete my tub and shower and had a little left over. It does have a strong smell but we opened a window and put a box fan in it to blow the fumes out and you barely notice it now." —Angela W

    Get it from Amazon for $24.67.

    3. A grout paint pen that'll cover up years of dirt and grime that's fallen into the cracks. It works like a regular marker, so even the people who failed art can use it.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying two to three layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don't end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side." —regalle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    4. A Clorox Toilet Wand to power through tough rust, lime, and calcium stains. Give your tired arms a break and let this little guy scrub away discoloration with ease. Each abrasive head has soap built in and is disposable so you can toss it when you're done.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this system!!! It is very easy to use and eliminates the gross out factor of cleaning the toilet! We have hard water where I live and it leaves horrible brown stains. This took care of that in just minutes! The kit comes with six heads and it makes cleaning so easy that I just ordered refills! I will no doubt be ordering a second system for the basement bathroom in the near future. I totally recommend this. It makes cleaning the toilet the quickest and easiest of the bathroom clean up." —Melissa Cline

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88 (also available in a four-pack).

    5. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser, a multi-use cleaner that clings to vertical surfaces, making it an effective glass shower door cleaning agent. That said, it has no trouble lifting soap and rust stains and mineral deposits on tile or polishing tarnished faucets.

    We recommend picking up some reusable cleaning gloves before you begin your disinfecting. If you want to save yourself from getting down on your hands and knees to scrub, one reviewer suggested using a broom so you can both stand *and* clean a larger surface area.

    Promising review: "We’re on a well so we have very hard water. Recently the water got super rusty and left horrible stains in the shower that would not come out. This was the only thing that worked and it worked GREAT! I just used a damp sponge to scrub it in and all of the rust stains came out. For the lighter spots it took maybe one swipe to clean which was incredible. For the super dark spots it took a little elbow grease but it got it out. I am absolutely amazed and will always use this from now on. I highly recommend it for tough-to-clean hard water stains." —Amanda A.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in packs of one, two, and four as well as a cleanser and powder kit or a cleanser and spray kit).

    Read our review of Bar Keepers Friend and how one writer used it to deep clean her new apartment.

    6. A jetted tub cleaner so you're not unknowingly chillaxing in dirty water. This cleanser is made to flush out soap scum, body oils, and those black flakes that gunk up your tub's jets.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often and always get grossed out if I don’t. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! The first photo (above) is with my tub running with the solution. Then I drained it (second photo) and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up, and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! See for yourself in the last photo! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A soap scum remover that'll dissolve the crud that's taken up residence on the bottom of your bathtub. Here's your chance to serve it an eviction notice. 👋🛁

    Promising review: "Our tub/shower has a grippy bottom and scum and dirt cakes on it so easily. The only way I've been able to get it off before was literally scraping it inch by inch. I've spent hours and all it ever got was somewhat clean — never enough for me to want to take a real bath in it. This stuff is expensive but with the good reviews I decided to try it. It works amazingly!! I sprayed it on (it came with a great spray nozzle and a lid) and left it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then I took a brush with hard plastic bristles (I believe a soft brush would have even worked) and with less than 20 minutes of scrubbing the entire tub and walls it was cleaner than when we moved in. The grime and scum almost like melted off. It smells pleasant. It's not crazy-strong smelling, but in an enclosed space I still felt the need to wear a mask while cleaning." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88 (also available in 128-fluid-ounce bottle).

    8. A FlexiSnake to catch the globs of hair you shed before they clog your drains. It's collapsible and covered with 4,000 tiny hooks that snag the strands that have collected in your plumbing.

    Promising review: "For a $5 item, this can solve a major cloggage issue! I managed to clean out my bathtub drain and now it works great. I also cleaned out my bathroom sink, which was drawing fine, but since I was already grossed out by the slimed hair I pulled out of the tub... I'm so happy to have found this little tool and suggest everyone have one on hand for clogs." —Tammy Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28+ (also available in dark yellow).

    9. A TubShroom for trapping your loose hairs before they enter your drains and create a furry monster. There's a reason this little guy has 12,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I am a woman who SHEDS hair while taking a shower (and just throughout the day). Spend the money on this so you don't have to spend any more money on liquid drain cleaners/uncloggers. I actually have two of them. When one gets too full, I switch it out and put the other one in. Once I'm done cleaning the dirty one (paper towels and spray cleaners or put in bleach) I place that one in a draw until I'm ready to switch them out again. If you do not have one of these already, get one!" —Jennifer Paulk

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

    10. A pumice cleaning stone that'll obliterate those caked-on hard water deposits without scratching your porcelain throne.

    Promising review: "I have very hard water that leaves hard water buildup and nasty stains. It’s embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets are so gross! I have tried so many products and cleaning solutions — from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was lightheaded for the rest of the day. Well, I tried out this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing, light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple years at least. So if you have embarrassing toilets, try this!" —Stephanie Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in a two-pack).

    11. A rust-remover spray so you're no longer embarrassed to have guests over because they could see your toilet bowl stains, which are definitely rust marks (and you tell them that), but now you're convinced your friends think you're a slob.

    Promising review: "When we bought our home, there was no water softener and years of iron buildup. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. The Iron Out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible." —M. Gilardi

    Get it from Amazon for $3.80+ (available in two versions).

    12. A drill brush kit that comes with three different heads that'll seriously take the work out of cleaning your bathroom. No more furiously scrubbing your tub; instead, just attach the brush head and flip the switch on your drill. Why work harder when you could work smarter?

    Promising review: "I let my tub get extra dirty on purpose because I knew this brush set was coming. In five minutes my tub was sparkling clean. This item is no joke. The flat brushes are awesome for big surfaces and the cone brush hits the hard to reach corners. I liked them so much I bought a set for my mom." —Jason B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in soft, medium, stiff, and ultra stiff bristles).

    13. A mold and mildew remover so you can finally be free of those unsightly black splotches on your tile grout.

    Don't forget the cleaning gloves unless you want your hands to reek of bleach.

    Promising review: "Easy to apply. No scrubbing. Mold was gone in a few hours. The directions say to use rubber gloves. I didn’t and my hands smelled like bleach for few hours, so be advised. This beats the heck out of anything I’ve ever tried to take mold off of grout. Worth the price. The bottle is small, so I bought two. But, one was enough for one shower enclosure with mold on maybe 25% of the grout." —Darbelob

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A brush set you'll find yourself using to clean all your messes, be they big or small. The large brush works best for scrubbing grout and shower door tracks while the smaller brush is ideal for cleaning fixtures and tight spaces.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these cleaning brushes! I have found SO MANY uses for them: laundry, dishes, bathroom, tiles, and even my fingernails after a particularly dirty day. They are super easy to clean, as well. I simply put mine in the dishwasher, and they come out perfect every time. The two sizes, along with the soft tip on the opposite end of the smaller brush, have all come in so handy all over my house. I have had these little brushes for months now, and have never been disappointed by them. I have probably washed them at least 20 times in the dishwasher, and they have come out looking great, with no melting or damage. They have tolerated every solvent I have used them with beautifully. Even though they will probably never break or wear down, I'm going to buy a back up set soon, only because I can't live without them! I'm so happy I decided to buy these!" —Melinda Marshall

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A power scrubber for anyone who wants a low-effort clean with wow-worthy results. It's basically an electric toothbrush but for cleaning tile grout and hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

    Promising review: "I just spent two hours scrubbing the ceramic tile floor in my second bathroom. This is a room where my elderly, incontinent cat lives so... use your imagination. I leave pee pads and towels down, but she still does her thing. I clean her room consistently, and every few months I do a heavy duty scrubbing by soaking the floor and grout in Nature's Miracle and start scrubbing. It takes hours because I can't get the corners well, and the grout is such a pain to clean. Well, this product is amazing. I used this for the grout lines, and I used the corner attachment for... corners. It was amazing. It got gunk and grime off the grout that has been there for years (I haven't resealed this floor since it will have to be taken out when the cat dies). I even used these to scrub the cabinet doors, around the toilet, etc. and they were really, really great. you have to put the right amount of pressure on the brush, but once you do, it's *wonderful.*" —None

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    16. A rotating organizer to hold all the clutter on your bathroom counters. It has built-in shelves so you can utilize every inch of vertical space.

    Promising review: "I love this makeup organizer. At first, as I was filling it up, I thought I would have to buy a second one to fit all my stuff. That was not the case. I filled up everything and even had an extra little shelf to put somewhere with an empty compartment that I decided to just put my spare razor heads in. I love that it rotates and seems very durable considering it is made out of plastic. I like that you can customize the shelves to your own height requirements. Setting this up is a breeze and now my bathroom counter wont be so cluttered as it is easy to put things back in its place. This can be used by men and women. It is for more than just makeup. I have all my face cleansers, moisturizers, and masks in this as well." —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three styles).

    17. An expandable two-tier under-sink shelf for bringing a little organization to your life. No more rooting around on your hands and knees for your bottle of nail polish remover.

    Promising review: "Great product for a great price. Very sturdy, but lightweight and small; under my bathroom sink is *very* small and the metal frame is thin enough that it doesn't take up much space. And, of course, it allows me to utilize the empty vertical space instead of shoving things all the way to the back wall. I might rearrange the shelves, but it's just held with screws on each end so that's easy enough to do-comes with two supports for two shelves, but you can choose from four heights/positions. 👍🏻 Might need to order a second for under the kitchen sink..." —Jennifer Mowry

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two colors).

    18. A granite cleaner that'll leave your bathroom counters shining, shimmering, splendid.

    Promising review: "This was recommended to us by a friend when we were looking for a product to clean our granite counters. We really like it. It seems gentle and leaves it shiny but there is no waxy feel to it. Highly recommended." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. A gallon bottle of CLR PRO, a calcium, lime, and rust remover so you can finally feel like your tub is clean enough to bathe in.

    Promising review: "Throw away your other bathroom descalers and shower cleaners and use this. I get mineral spots on the glass wall and mineral buildup on the shower head causing the shower to spray water to the sides, and a quick soak in this product clears the shower head of minerals, cleans the glass completely, and leaves your shower looking brand new." —R. English

    Get it from Amazon for $21.38+ (also available in five-gallon bottle).

    20. A cleaning paste that'll restore the shine of your stainless steel faucets and shower handles.

    Promising review: "I’ve been trying to switch all my cleaning products over to biodegradable or biocompatible, but I still expect them to work. I bought this because my shower stall doors are supposed to be transparent but were actually a mess of fog, hard water deposits, and other foul substances. Nothing I used cleaned the doors at all. I tried this and scrubbed my doors twice with it. Not only did it actually clean my doors but it lacks gross fumes and smells quite pleasant." —A. Via

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    21. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers that already contain all the cleaning power you'll need. Your dirty tub doesn't stand a chance.

    Promising review: "If you just can't seem to get your tub clean you have to try these! I tried so many things and finally this Magic Eraser for the bathroom was the trick. I had to use three sponges and my arms feel like jelly, but I am so happy so far with the results. I think I will go over it one more time with a fresh eraser once my arms have recovered, but I could not be more pleased with the results of this product!!" —Stacey Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    22. A two-pack of Tilex Mold & Mildew spray that contains the stain-fighting power of Clorox bleach. Spray it anywhere that needs some cleaning, let it sit, and wash away your mess — no scrubbing needed.

    Promising review: "I am almost in tears writing this review right now. For almost two years I've been dealing with mold and mildew in my bathroom. It's covering the walls, the caulk in the bathtub, and the baseboards. I've spent so much money on bleach sprays and mold killers that didn't work. I almost gave up and moved out. I can't afford to hire a professional and my landlord is a corrupt jerk so I've been stressing by myself. I bought this two-pack as a last resort and I can't believe how well it's working!!! My tub is nearly spotless and the walls are coming clean as well. Hopefully I can paint and get this nightmare over with! I've been avoiding having people over because I've been so embarrassed but now I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am so grateful to this brand and product." —Jessica N

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.78.

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