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, Ajax powers away burnt on grease from grill racks, grates, and lids, and can remove oily stains from concrete.  Ajax has been modernized to minimize damage to 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

Penetrates cracks and crevices.  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 finger prints on painted walls.  We’ve applied Ajax to tough stains like dirty hand prints on basement walls and floors, though this is generally not recommended as this cleanser can strip away the paint as well as the dirt.  Nonetheless, when all else fails, try this on your dirty walls as a last resort.  But scrub with a gentle force.

Excellent cookware scrubbing agent.  Work well on grimy pots and pans. However, though the label shouts, “scratch free,” we avoid routinely using Ajax on nonstick cookware, whose delicate coatings can be easily stripped away, even with gentle cleansers like this one.

Subtle, clean, and fresh scent.  Features a gentle, non overpowering bleachy citrus aroma.  You need not open windows or activate exhaust fans while using this mildly abrasive cleaning agent in small spaces like my mother’s small bathroom.

Scent disappears quickly.  Plus, the scent does not linger. Soon after you rinse Ajax cleanser down the drain, its smell washes away too.

Effectively cleans soap scum, rust stains, and hard water deposits.  We most use Ajax in the bathroom for removing soap scum and hard water deposits from  bathtub, sink, and occasionally, the toilet whenever extraordinarily stubborn under-the-rim rust spots appear.

Sponges, rags, and scouring pads.  Comet in my experience, works just as well when applied with a rag as with a sponge. I’d rather use a rag though, as rags tend to be cheaper to acquire than sponges.

Easy yet complete 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.

Cinchy to buy.  Ajax brand products are very easy to find in just about any grocery or home improvement store.

Economical.  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.

Bleach herein raises cleaning effectiveness.  We like that they put a little chlorine bleach into this product, to make it into a decent disinfectant as well as a great cleanser.

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

Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, Limitations, and Concerns

Powder turns blue when wetted.  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.  However, it can modify 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 combining 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, but not perfectly so.  Can still scratch if you rub too hard while cleaning certain surfaces such as stainless steel and nonstick pots and pans. So, rub as gently as practical, and test the surfaces that you’re scrubbing beforehand, in hidden locations on said surfaces, to see how much scratching will occur.

No sealing lid included.  Once you remove the sticker seal from the top of the can, exposing the shaker-top holes, Ajax cleanser cannot be re-sealed without additional lid accessories not included with the original can.  This makes it non child-safe and very easy to accidentally spill.

May cause fading in clothes and other 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.

Occasional caking noted.  Sometimes, the powder clumps up inside the can into pieces that are too big to fit through the shaker top holes.  A reseal able can would keep more humid air out, and help ward off this caking.  Store in a cool, dry place when not in use, to keep the cleanser powder soft and easily shaken out.  And, when you are using this product, keep it well away from spraying water, which can drop through the holes into the cleanser itself, and accelerate the caking.

Our Rating

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 dry 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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Revision History

  • 2015-10-17: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2015-09-15: Originally published.