Ceramic Tile Cleaner Products
Bathroom Tile Cleaners
The following list was compiled by a simple visit to a grocery store. These are all common off-the shelf cleaners that you have access to. I tried to go one step beyond just getting a name. I wanted to be able to tell you what the active ingredient was in each product. As you might imagine, some products list the ingredients and others keep it pretty much a secret.
There is little worry when using these products on ceramic tile. Virtually all hard fired tile has a shiny glaze on it that is basically a very thin layer of glass. The cleaners will not harm this kind of tile. If you have a soft tile with a dull glaze or no glaze at all, then you need to test a cleaner to make sure it will not harm the tile.
The biggest danger that these cleaners pose is the threat of harming things that are near the tile. Some shower door finishes, faucet finishes and metal trim in fine bathrooms can be harmed by highly reactive cleaners. If you are buying a new home, it is really important for the builder to save all of the product care manuals that outline safe cleaners to clean shower doors, faucets and the like.
- Mildew Remover with Bleach
A Lysol Product
Non-abrasive formula; power of bleach.
- Scrubbing Bubbles - Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach
A S.C. Johnson & Sons, Inc. product
This product contains chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and surfacants.
- Comet - Bathroom Cleaner with Disinfectant
A Prestige Brands, Inc. product
It states non-abrasive, bleach-free disinfectant. Active ingredient is Citric Acid.
- Dow Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner
A DowBrands product
It has some strange ingredients and detergents, but no phosphates.
- Tilex - Fresh Shower
A Clorox Company product
It contains weird chemicals as well and no phosphates.
- Arm & Hammer Clean Shower
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
no ingredients listed
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|Message from Tim:
Years ago while researching a column about cleaning decks, I discovered the wonders of Oxygen Bleach. It is perhaps the 'greenest' cleaner I know of as it uses oxygen ions to break apart stains, dirt and odor molecules. There are no harsh chemicals, and it works on just about anything that is water washable.
I decided to create my own special blend using ingredients made in the USA. In fact, the raw materials in the active ingredient are food-grade quality registered with the FDA. I call my product Stain Solver. I urge you to use it to help clean your ceramic tile and grout. You will be amazed at the results!