The last time I tackled the soap scum and limescale problem on my shower doors, I confidently declared a winning cleaner. Bar Keepers Friend, specifically the cooktop cleaner version, was the best at cleaning the soap scum and hard water spots off my shower doors.
After I published my post, a reader named Kimberly commented about another shower cleaner she liked: Shower Power.
“I liked to call it ‘miracle in a bottle,'” Kimberly wrote. “NOTHING worked better to clean showers and tubs/enclosures, and it was EASY. No fumes, in fact it smelled kind of nice. (Not a ‘recreational use’ kind of nice, just … pleasant.) You just sprayed it on, waited a bit, wiped (maybe a little scrubbing was needed) and I swear, the shower SPARKLED LIKE NEW. It was actually kind of creepy in a way.”
Kimberly said that Shower Power wasn’t available in stores anymore, but after searching online, we found it was still being sold directly to consumers. She purchased two bottles, and gave me one to test.
It took about six weeks for my shower doors to get dirty enough to merit another cleaning. I put Shower Power up against the reigning soap scum and limescale champ: Bar Keepers Friend. Let’s take a look at the results:
Shower Power worked well, but it couldn’t knock out the champ. Even if both cleaners worked the same, I would still turn to Bar Keepers Friend. First, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. A 13-ounce bottle of Bar Keepers Friend costs $3.29, and I only used a couple tablespoonfuls to clean both shower doors. Shower Power is only available directly from the manufacturer, and two 32-ounce bottles (the smallest size available) cost $14.99, plus another $7.99 for shipping.
Bar Keepers Friend is also a lot easier to use. In thick liquid form, it’s easy to spread around the shower door with a sponge. This keeps the smell down, too. Shower Power sprays on, which means it’s much harder to breathe in the confined space of the bathtub.
Thanks so much to Kimberly for giving me the Shower Power to test. There’s no question it’s a good product that works well – it just doesn’t work as well as Bar Keepers Friend.