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Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleanser Not So Great

Reviewing: Sc Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner 25 Ounce  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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Those cute bubbles in the ad don’t deliver in real life on real scum. Put your money somewhere else.

I’ve tried Dow (now SC Johnson) Lemon Scent Scrubbing Bubbles several times, and I haven’t been very impressed. The only thing it really cleans well is messy bathroom sinks, and hot water and a little elbow grease will clean that, almost as well. It did not really even begin to remove built-up lime on the sink stopper.

The one good thing about the product is that the foam stays where you spray it. It will cling well, even to vertical surfaces. It is not abrasive, and claims to disinfect and prevent mold and mildew growth.

I don’t like spray products in general because you have to be careful of overspray, spraying painted surfaces or walls near the sink or whatever you are trying to clean.

The smell of this product is awful. They’ve covered it with lemon, but it makes me sneeze every time I use it anyway.

So I wanted to try it on something more difficult than a sink with toothpaste spatters and soap drips. The product claims to remove hard water stains and dirt. We have lots of that! The shower door was white with hard water stains, so I gave it a test, and sprayed a section of the door. The foam stayed right where I sprayed it, and did not slide down the door. But when I wiped it off, there was still a lot of the scum left. So I did a second application, and it was better, but still not clean. See the picture with a red towel behind the door for contrast of how well it did with two applications.

I also tested it on the fiberglass shower stall– moderately rust and hard water stained, and the picture shows the results after one application (according to each product’s directions) as noted. Each of the areas would need a lot more work, but the Scrubbing Bubbles did the poorest job.

An even harder test is the fiberglass utility sink with real buildup. Again, you can see the results after one application of each product. Again the Scrubbing Bubbles did the poorest job.

With the high price tag of this product I just don’t think it’s worth it.