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Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach Review

Ajax powder cleanser with bleach disinfects, scours, rinses quickly and completely, and safely removes soap scum, dirt, and grime from porcelain sinks and bathtubs, ceramic tiles, grout, mortar, glass top stoves, pots, pans, griddles, and pressure cookers.

On the patio, this product powers away burnt on grease from grill racks, grates, and lids, and can remove oily stains from concrete.  They modernized this  cleanser for safety on today’s delicate yet shiny appliance and fixture surfaces such as chrome, porcelain, Formica (trademark of the Formica corporation), imitation marble, and enamel coatings.  With light scrubbing force, this Ajax dry cleanser is safe, smells like it’s disinfecting, and is highly economical at under $3 for the 28-ounce can we tested for this review.

Picture of Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach, 28 ounce can, front view,
Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach, 28 ounce can, front view,

Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages of Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach

Works its Way into Cracks and Nooks

Easily removes mildew from most ceramic tile grout and other “nitchy” places.  Just rub it in with a damp cloth or sponge, let sit for a bit, and then scrub with the same cloth, brush, or Q-tip.

Removes Fingerprints on Painted Walls

We use this cleanser with bleach on tough stains like dirty hand prints on basement walls and floors. We do not recommend this though.  Why not?  Because this cleanser can strip away the paint as well as the dirt.  Still though, when all else fails, try this on your dirty walls.  But scrub with a gentle force.

Great Cookware Scrubbing Agent

Work well on grimy pots and pans. But though the label shouts, “scratch free,” we avoid routinely using Ajax on nonstick cookware.  These delicate coatings can  strip away, even with gentle cleansers like this one.

Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach Has a Subtle, Clean, Fresh Scent

Features a gentle, not too strong bleach citrus fragrance.  So you need not open windows or turn on exhaust fans while using in small spaces like a small bathroom.

Scent Fades Quickly

Plus, the scent does not linger. Soon after you rinse, its smell washes away too.

Cleans Soap Scum, Rust Stains, and Limescale

We most use Ajax in the bathroom for removing soap scum and hard water deposits from  bathtub, sink, and the toilet when stubborn under-the-rim rust spots show up.

Works with Sponges, Rags, and Pads

We find that this cleaner works just as well when applied with a rag as with a sponge. We prefer a rag though, as rags tend to cost less than sponges.

Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach Gives Easy Yet Full Rinsing

Rinses away completely, and fairly quickly.  Sometimes though, an extra cupful or two of water are needed to completely wash away the residual powder grit, that sometimes accumulates in bath tubs and sinks. Not difficult however.

Easy to Find

Look for it in just about any grocery or home improvement store.

Low Cost

It’s priced quite reasonably, and you can often find larger cans of this cleanser cleaner at dollar stores and discount markets for next to nothing.

The Bleach Makes Ajax Powder Cleanser Clean Better

We like that they put a little chlorine bleach into this product. The bleach turns it into a good disinfectant as well as a great cleanser.

Less Scratchy Grit

The powder feels a bit finer than that found in cleansers of decades past. This is probably one step they took to make this scratch-free modern day version of the cleanser.

Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Limitations, and Concerns with Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach

Powder Turns Blue when Moistened

This normally presents no problem, but can leave a blue cast behind when cleaning porous surfaces such as tile grout and non sealed concrete.  It’s not a very dark blue.  But it can change the color of a bright white surface.  Not sure why they’d design this cleanser to turn blue when you mix it with water.

Avoid Mixing with Other Cleaners

This is a chemically active cleanser (bleach), not just rough grit, that can produce dangerous gasses if mixed with certain other cleaners; particularly those that contain ammonia.  So be sure to use this product by itself, and not in concert with any other cleaner.

Scratch Free, Almost

Ajax powder cleanser might scratch if you rub too hard while cleaning certain surfaces such as stainless steel, copper, and nonstick pots and pans. So, test the surfaces before you scrub, in hidden spots, to see how much scratching will occur. Then rub as softly as you can but still with enough force to clean. Watch for scratching while you scrub.

Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach Has No Sealing Lid

Removing the sticker seal from the top of the can exposes the shaker-top holes. But you cannot re seal Ajax cleanser powder without some sort of lid accessory not included with the can.  This makes it non child-safe and very easy to spill.

May Fade Clothes and Non Colorfast Surfaces

Spillage is of critical concern with this bleach-containing product, as it can discolor carpet or other fabrics.  So store this cleaner in a cabinet or on a shelf, well away from foot and toddler traffic, where it is less likely to be toppled.

Some Powder Caking Happens

Sometimes, the powder clumps up inside the can into pieces that are too big to fit through the shaker top holes.  A resealable can would keep more humid air out.  Then, this would help ward off this caking.  So to reduce clumping, store Ajax in a cool, dry place. Plus, keep it well away from spraying water while using.  Water droplets can fall through the holes into the cleanser itself, and cause caking.

Our Rating for Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach

Ajax dry powder cleanser with bleach is a highly affordable yet top notch cleaning product.  So, we highly suggest it to anyone looking to do an exemplary job of cleaning their kitchens, bathrooms, patio and deck equipment, and garages.  It has saved many a grill rack for us, and it’s having survived in the market place for more than six decades is testament to its historically and consistently fine performance.  So we rate Ajax disinfecting cleanser cleaner at 99 out of 100.

Look for Ajax Bleach powder cleanser in the metallic-looking bright blue, tall can with the red, yellow, and white lettering at just about any grocery store or supermarket.

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