Picture of SC Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles anti bacterial bathroom cleaner, 25 ounce can, front view, shown horizontally.

Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner Review

The SC Johnson company bought the rights to manufacture this Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner product from the Dow Chemical company in the late 1990s.

But the great performance of this tub, shower, and sink cleaner did not suffer.   I’ve used various versions of Scrubbing Bubbles for over twenty years, and found it to work wonders on removing tough soap scum, hard water and rust stains, and pot marks from my kitchen and bathroom sinks.  It leaves behind a fresh scent that shouts “very clean” to anyone walking into the bathroom.

Picture of Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner by SC Johnson company, showing the front of the 25 ounce can.
SC Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles Anti Bacterial Bathroom Cleaner, 25 ounce can, front view.

Scrubbing Bubbles Benefits, Pros, Features, and Advantages

Purchase most anywhere.  I never have trouble finding this mainstream bathroom cleaner. I see it all the time at Walmart, Giant Eagle, Hometown Market, Cub Foods, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, and other major grocery stores.

Sprays even upside down.  Application can by done while holding the can at any angle, which is a marked improvement over earlier versions of this product, that required you to keep the can upright and slightly tilted.

Cleans well the first time.  Rarely must this aerosol cleaner be applied a second time, as it almost always removes even the toughest soils in the bathroom after the first application.

Eliminates most bathroom cleaning toil.  Once this product softens the grub in the tub, simple wiping with a damp cloth is typically all that’s needed to completely clean the surface, unlike the Soft Scrub cleaners, that can require significant elbow grease for this sort of soapy dirt.  Once applied, I wait until I no longer hear the bubbles scrubbing before wiping away this cleaner.

Particularly suited for tubs and shower stalls.  I’ve found this product to work very well on glass shower doors that tend to become quite dirty with coated layers of soap scum.

Versatile.  I’ve also used this cleaner to remove cigarette smoke stains from suspended ceiling tiles with success.  However, when cleaning any surface other than those found in typical bathrooms, be sure to test clean hidden area of the surface first, to make sure that this product will not damage or discolor it.

Antibacterial agent.  As a declared antibacterial cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles yields near-sterile surfaces, and thus, reduces the possible spread of bacterial infections when used regularly.  So you needn’t follow up with a disinfecting spray after using this bathroom cleaner.

Leaves bathroom smelling clean and deodorized.  The can says that it kills 99.9 percent of all bacteria, including the odor-causing ones, along with Staph, Klebstella pneumoniae, and E. coli.  You get the best antibacterial performance on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Watch it working.  You can hear its foaming action at work once you spray it on.

Will not scratch or etch shiny metal surfaces.  It does not scratch or otherwise harm chrome faucet finishes.  So I can spray it with reckless abandon on just about all of my bathroom surfaces on the sink or shower.  I do not use it on the bathroom mirrors though, as the dirt that accumulates on these is easily removed with a cheaper glass cleaner.

Citrus aroma.  I buy the lemon scented version of this product, which smells nice and none too overpowering once the cleaning is actually finished.

Rinses off with water.

Recyclable packaging.  The spent can may be recycled.

Environmentally friendly propellant.  This aerosol contains no CFCs to harm the ozone layer of the atmosphere, which makes this cleaner a more environmentally friendly product.

Economical.  I get anywhere from seven to fourteen bathroom cleanings from one 25-ounce can, and at approximately $4 per can currently, this cleaner is inexpensive as well as effective.

Picture of the back of the 25 ounce can of SC Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles Anti Bacterial Bathroom Cleaner.
SC Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles Anti Bacterial Bathroom Cleaner, 25 ounce can, rear view.

Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner Disadvantages, Cons, Limitations, and Concerns

Intense fumes.  The very strong odor while the bubbles are scrubbing can be overpowering.  So be sure to turn on the bathroom exhaust fan and / or open a bathroom window while applying this product.  Keep them open until after you’ve rinsed away the spent cleaner.

Should leave the area being cleaned.  It’s also prudent to leave the room once you’ve applied this spray, while it’s dissolving the soap scum and grime.  Spray it on, and then leave the area immediately for fifteen minutes or so, while the scrubbing bubbles work their magic.

Can take a bit of time to loosen dirty deposits.  I wish you didn’t have to wait so long, and that the scrubbing bubbles would work a bit faster; say immediately or within two or three minutes.

Requires gloves.  Scrubbing Bubbles can burn or otherwise irritate the skin if left on it for more than a minute or two.  So wear gloves while using this cleaner.

Near constant can shaking required during application.  You must shake the can thoroughly prior to spraying as well as throughout spraying.  When spraying, I stop and shake it every ten seconds or so, to make sure I’m getting the highest proportions of the actual cleaning agents out of the can throughout my bathtub.

Our Rating

All in all, Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner is a real time saver compared to the days of having to use cleansers and abrasive cleaners to complete bathroom cleanup tasks.  So I’d highly recommend it, and regardless of the strong odor it creates and the skin irritation I experienced occasionally, I’d rate ths cleaner at 88 out of 100.

Where To Buy Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner

Look for the lemon-scented version in the green, yellow, and white can with the yellow cap at your favorite grocery stores and home centers.  The regular scented version comes in a green can with a green cap.

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Revision History

  • 2017-03-18: Revised the tags list and added a featured image.
  • 2015-12-06: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2015-09-07: Added tags, pictures, and a Suggested Reading section.
  • 2014-12-26: Moved this to the   Tom’s Tek Stop    blog, revised content, added whitespace, and adjusted ad placement.
  • 2012-04-18: Original publication.