Cleaning the bath is a chore no one enjoys. My back hurts just thinking about all that scrubbing! There must be some bathroom cleaning sprays that can make the job easier and faster!
Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Rakuten for the best bathtub cleaners available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
We focused on 3 things:
We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese tub cleaners available online.
We picked out some of the most popular products and tested them for how well they cleaned, how much area the spray covered, and how easily they rinsed away.
Then, based on our tests, we ranked the top 14 Japanese bathtub cleaners available online.
Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.
|Japanese||ライオンルックプラス バスタブクレンジング クリアシトラスの香り|
|Ease of Rinsing||4.0|
|Ease of Rinsing||1.0|
|Ease of Rinsing||1.0|
|Ease of Rinsing||3.0|
|Ease of Rinsing||5.0|
|Ease of Rinsing||0.5|
|Japanese||花王バスマジックリン 泡立ちスプレー SUPERCLEAN|
|Ease of Rinsing||4.0|
Look Plus Bathtub Cleansing
Ultra Hard Bath Cleaner
Bath Magic Clean Foaming Spray
Kihon No Ki Bath Detergent
Twinkle for Bath
Daiso Bath Detergent
Bath Magic Clean Super Clean
mybest's Top Choice! Our Favorite Bathtub Cleaner!
The Bathtub Cleaner with the Best Cleansing Power
An Excellent Bargain With Strong Cleaning Power
A Decent Choice for Those on a Tight Budget
Our Top-Ranked Acidic Cleaner
Recommended to Wash Small Areas
Use This if You Hate the Smell of Other Cleaners
|Japanese||ライオンルックプラス バスタブクレンジング クリアシトラスの香り||リンレイウルトラハードクリーナー バス用||花王バスマジックリン 泡立ちスプレー||西友きほんのき おふろ用洗剤||大日本除虫菊お風呂用ティンクル||ダイソーお風呂の洗剤||花王バスマジックリン 泡立ちスプレー SUPERCLEAN|
|Type||Weak Alkaline||Alkaline||Neutral||Neutral||Mildly Acidic||Neutral||Neutral|
|Ease of Rinsing||4.0||1.0||1.0||3.0||5.0||0.5||4.0|
And why they didn't quite make it.
TopValu brand bathtub foaming spray had excellent cleaning power, but the bubbles didn't form well or cover much area.
Ofuro no Look by Lion didn't clean well enough. We were impressed with how the bubbles spread out sideways over a large area, but those bubbles took forever to drain away.
Seven Premium and Bath Magic Clean Deoclear might remove odors, but they don't remove dirt so well, and most of all, the bubbles were really hard to rinse away.
Pax Naturon was the only one we tested that's made from orange peels, and the foam spread very well and rinsed away quickly. Unfortunately, it just didn't clean!
Utamaro Cleaner is a multi-purpose cleanser, so it might be good somewhere else in the house, but not for the bath; and Bath Pika made a nice foam, but it turned our stainless steel plates white instead of cleaning them.
We put each product through 3 tests to check how well it cleaned, and how the spray spread out and rinsed away.
We made a solution of shampoo, lard, and hard water to replicate the scum and oils found in the bathroom. Then we sprayed it on a steel tray, let it dry, and repeated the process 10 times.
Next, we sprayed each bathtub cleaner on a dirty tray 10 times. We let it sit and work for 10 minutes and rinsed it off. Then we evaluated how much grime was removed.
Our test results showed that alkaline cleansers were the most effective overall. Our top choices left our test trays shiny even without scrubbing. Products marked as weakly alkaline were similar to neutral-pH products in their effectiveness.
Using the same height and angle each time, we gave each cleaner one spritz onto the floor. Then we measured how much area the spray covered.
Our tests showed that a horizontal-spreading foam saved time! Since the cleaning foam will drip down due to gravity, the wider the area you cover horizontally, the more efficiently the whole surface gets covered.
For the last test, we sprayed each product 30 times all over the tub, and left it for 5 minutes.
We rinsed it using the showerhead 10 times. Then we visually judged how many bubbles remained in the drain and rated it on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0.
There are three points to consider when buying a bathtub cleaner.
There are four types of bathtub cleaners: neutral, alkaline, acidic, and chlorinated. The kind you need depends on how often you clean, and what kind of dirt you want to remove.
This is a mild cleanser that can be used in any place in the bathroom. It shouldn't damage most materials and is gentle on your skin. It can handle any kind of dirt as long as it's not caked-on. Neutral cleansers also have the advantage of being safe when mixed with other products.
For stubborn dirt, you need an alkaline or acid-based cleaner. The one you choose depends on the kind of dirt: soap scum and hard water scale can be tackled with acidic cleansers. Oil, which is itself acidic, should be removed using an alkaline cleanser.
These products are more likely than neutral cleansers to damage materials, so use them carefully. Be especially wary of using them on marble, and they may discolor some plastics. They also can produce toxic gases when mixed with certain other products containing chlorine bleach.
Mold can best be killed by using products which contain chlorine. Foaming products work better than bleach because they get into the tiny cracks where the roots of the mold are. But never mix them with other detergents, and be sure to use adequate ventilation.
We all want to spend less time cleaning! So look for products that spray over a wide area with one push. It's not always possible to tell how it will work just by looking at the sprayer, so we've evaluated it for you!
You want something that foams well, rinses away quickly, and doesn't leave any residue behind. This will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck and not have to spend a ton of time waiting for it to clean.
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mybest looked at 14 of the most popular Japanese bathtub cleaners available online and tested them all. We found that there were big differences in how the products performed, but:
Choose the right product for the job to make your chores easier!
Author: Ayumi Sato/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki
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