Picture of a 24 ounce bottle of Comet Scratch Free Soft Bleach Cleanser, front horizontal view.

Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach Review

The creamy, thinner texture of Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach means that you need not shake it as much as thicker preparations from other manufacturers.  However, the creamy texture is none too abrasive.

In fact, they call it Scratch Free, because it’s little more abrasive than dish detergent.  But for lighter, non baked on messes, this cream cleanser works pretty well.

We’ve tested various versions of  Comet Cleanser for decades.  Our experience is that this, along with all the other no-scratch cleaners and cleansers in the Comet brand line, is quite the versatile and effective, yet nearly risk-free liquid cleanser.  It removes odors and disinfects well anywhere you need low scouring capabilities yet decent grime removal powers, including the kitchen, bathroom, and nursery. Comet liquid also removes little stains from counters, tables, potties, and floors, leaving them virtually germ free too.

Picture of Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach, 24 ounce bottle, front view.
Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach, 24 ounce bottle, front view.


Benefits, Features, Advantages, and Pros of Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach 

Bleach aroma fades rapidlyThe scent lingers not.  Soon after you rinse this disinfectant cleanser down the drain, its smell disappears as well.

Reduces dangerous bacteria in under five minutes,  including staph,  salmonella, athletes foot fungus, and strep.

Does not normally scratch  as long as you do not rub too hard while cleaning some surfaces.  So, conserve the elbow grease where possible, and test surfaces to be cleaned prior, on an obscured part, to test how much this cleaner will scratch the subject surface.  We’ve never seen it scratch glass, though it might dull shiny stainless steel and aluminum finishes.

Removes stubborn baked on, dried on food.  It works particularly well on non stick pots and pans, at removing baked and burned on foods, without damaging their delicate stick-resistant cooking surfaces and finishes.

Not too “bleachy.”  Has a definite but not overbearing aroma.  But you’ll probably want to apply this product mainly in well-ventilated areas; especially when the area resembles small spaces like little bathrooms, galley kitchens, and no-window basements.

Okay for removing gunky glass stovetop stains.  We most use this Comet cleanser product in kitchens for removing spilled soups and sauces from our glass cooktop range, as well as our casserole and serving dishes when soaking them in soap water just won’t do. Comet liquid soft cleanser also effectively cleans stubborn soap rings in the bathtub.

Decent disinfectant.  Works okay at removing the most common bathroom dirt and scum as well as disinfects those surfaces. It’s disinfecting thinner consistency makes this product reasonably well suited for cleaning commodes.  Just squeeze several ounces onto the inside of the bowl, above the water. Then, use your toilet brush to evenly spread the Comet evenly around the above-water bowl surfaces, including underneath the rim.  Then, leave it sit in the bowl for at least ten minutes, and then flush to rinse away.  Swash the water around with the brush, to rinse and disinfect it too.  It may not cling as well to bowl surfaces as well as other, thicker liquid cleansers.  However, it still removes stains and deodorizes the bowl effectively.

Does not scratch most surfaces with proper use.  We’ve never scratched any bathroom or kitchen surface with this.  Yet it has effectively cleaned almost every surface upon which we’ve applied it.

Rags and sponges.  Works just as well when applied with a rag as when applied with a sponge.

Clean rinsing.  Flushes away completely, and quickly, as this versio of Comet liquid cleanser contains very little grit, and what it does have, dissolves during cleaning, and if not then, then while rinsing.  Rinses almost as quickly and thoroughly as hand soap.

Sold almost everywhere.  Is very easy to find in just about any grocery or home improvement store.

Recyclable plastic bottle.  Just rinse thoroughly inside and out, prior to depositing in the recycling bin, so that collectors do not spill remnants of this cleaner on clothing.

Priced reasonably.  We picked up the bottle in the pictures here the other day at Walmart, for under $2.00.

Contains bleach.  We like the bleach in this product, as it helps pump up the disinfectant qualities, as well as to increase this liquid cleanser’s cleaning effectiveness as a stain-remover.  It’s the bleach that adds disinfecting qualities to this product, and further strengthens its stain-removing powers.  However, this soft cleanser does not claim to be antibacterial.

Available in liquid and dry cleanser versions.  Just be careful not to allow the liquid to dry out (causes lumps), nor the dry powder to become damp (promotes globing and clogging).

Picture of Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach, 24 ounce bottle, back view.
Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach, 24 ounce bottle, back view.

Disadvantages, Cons, Limitations, Problems, and Concerns for Comet Scratch Free Soft Cleanser with Bleach 

Not for really tough, messy cleaning jobs.  Since Comet Soft Cleanser has virtually no grit, it primarily relies on the bleach to do much of the stain removal.  Without substantial grit, this cleaner does not scour clean as well as the Comet dry cleanser version, which offers plenty of rough, abrasive grit.  This soft cleanser on the other hand, opts for damage-free cleaning over fastest, deep cleaning.

Bleach can discolor clothing and surfaces.  Do not drip this cleaner on your clothing or other sensitive, non color fast surfaces, as it could cause color fading at the points of contact. Take all handling precautions with this product that you would observe with straight liquid bleach.

Not thick enough for some jobs.

Can dry out.  Be sure to tightly snap integrated cap into the closed position when not using this product.  Otherwise, the liquid part can evaporate too quickly, leaving you with a dry, rocky mess.  However, if this happens, you can add water or a little bleach to reconstitute this product.

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Our Rating

We like this disinfectant and cleansing cleaner, and would thus, highly recommend it to anyone wanting to do a decent job at cleaning their kitchen sinks and appliances, as well as their bathroom fixtures.  Thus, we’d rate this liquid version of Comet Soft Cleanser with bleach at 94 out of 100.  Hard to top, unless and until the cleaning task itself becomes obsolete.


Revision History

  • 2017-03-29: Revised the tags list.
  • 2015-10-18: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2015-09-12: Originally published.