Picture of Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, 26 ounce bottle, front view.

Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen Review

Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen smells citrusy great, and you don’t have to worry about splattering it on your clothes, as it contains no bleach.  It’s excellent for removing mildew, grease, limescale, and soap scum in the kitchen and bathroom.

We’ve used Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser since 2013, and find it quite the versatile and effective, though not terribly abrasive liquid cleanser.  It’s easy on the skin as it contains no harsh chemicals like bleach, emits virtually no odors or fumes (except for the lemon aroma), and a single 26 ounce bottle has enough cleaner to keep a bathtub sparkling clean for a year or more in our soft water environment.  The entire line of Soft Scrub cleaning products is economical, pretty safe on surfaces, tough on dirt and grime, and simple to use.  It saves lots of elbow grease that you’d otherwise spend scrubbing.  However, without bleach, this product is much better known for its scouring capabilities as an abrasive cleaner, than for its anti bacterial properties.

Picture of Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, 26 ounce bottle, front view.
Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, 26 ounce bottle, front view.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features of Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser

Creamy lemon cleanser consistency.   Thin enough to poor, but thick as natural maple syrup, this lemony cleaner features micro-fine scrubbing particles, with a slippery feel when rubbing it between the fingers.  The grit here is too small to feel however, which helps it clean dirt without scratching much.  This opaque white liquid visually resembles heavy dairy cream.  It’s dense, but still thin enough to poor and spread with ease.  Not a gel; neither clear nor transparent.

Versatile bathroom cleaner.  We most use this Soft Scrub lemon cleanser product in our small bathroom, for removing soap scum and mineral deposits from the bathtub, sink, soap dispensers, and occasionally the toilet whenever a stubborn rust spot appears under the rim.  Soft Scrub works particularly well at removing the most common bathroom dirt and scum.

Excellent kitchen cleaner as well.  We keep a bottle near the sink when a particularly dirty pan arrives.

Gentle, non intrusive scent.  This lemon Soft Scrub has a gentle but not overpowering citrus aroma.  So you need not open windows or turn on exhaust fans while using it in confined spaces like a small bathroom.  Plus, the scent does not hang around until becoming obnoxious.  Within five minutes of rinsing away, its smell disappears as well.

Scratches and etches very little.  We’ve never scratched any bathroom or kitchen surface with Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser.  Yet it has effectively cleaned almost every surface tested.  However, this product is not well-suited for cleaning aluminum, copper, brass, silver, wood, painted surfaces, and rubber items.  Avoid cleaning these with this product as discoloration and other damages might happen.

Use rags or sponges.  Works just as well when applied with a rag as with a sponge.  We prefer rags, just because we can better feel, through the rag, the state of what we’re scrubbing, and can more rapidly tell when all stuck on food and grime has been scoured away.

Quickly rinses clean.  rinses away completely, and quickly.  Today’s formula rinses even faster and more easily, with its smaller, less perceptible particles.

Excellent pot and pan grime remover.  We’ve found the lemon scented Soft Scrub to work particularly well on pots and pans.  However, do not use it on nonstick cookware, as you may rub away or damage its no-stick surfaces.

Easy to find.  This household cleaner is a snap to find in just about any grocery or home improvement store.  We get ours at Walmart or Giant Eagle.

No expiration.  Remains effective as long as you keep the lid tightly closed when not using, although you may have to shake up the bottle if you let it sit for too many months.  And you may notice that the lemon citrus aroma weakens after years of storage.

Picture of Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, 26 ounce bottle, back view.
Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, 26 ounce bottle, back view.


Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Limitations of Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser

May scratch in certain circumstances.  Can indeed scratch if you rub too hard while cleaning certain surfaces; particularly, soft metals.  So, rub no harder than necessary, and do test the surfaces that you’re cleaning first, in a non conspicuous location on said surfaces, to get a feel for how much this cleaner will scratch.

Disinfecting properties uncertain.  I’m not sure how good a disinfectant this Soft Scrub cleanser is, as it contains no bleach.  So I do not rely on it for actual disinfecting.  If I must clean a surface that also requires disinfecting, I follow up the Soft Scrub with some Lysol or spray bleach cleaner.  Fortunately, Soft Scrub cleanser is also available with bleach for situations like this.

Can dry out.  With the lid not tightly closed, this product can thicken and become too dry to squeeze out of the bottle and use.  So, to head off this problem, store unused portions of it in original containers, in a cool, dry place, and make sure the caps are tightly screwed onto bottle heads and that the snap top lids are clean and tightly snapped shut.  If it does dry up, you can generally and effectively reconstitute this product by adding some water.

Our Rating

We like Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser, and can’t think of a day since 1980, where we’ve not kept at least one bottle around the house, ready to use.  The initial releases of this cleanser may have been somewhat more abrasive than today’s versions.  But this modernized product, even with its dissolving, smaller scrubbing particles, still cleans effectively, and without nearly as much risk of scratching, and does so with a pleasant lemony aroma that whispers, “clean.”  Love it.  Today’s Soft Scrub is engineered for today’s delicate appliance surfaces as well.  Indeed, they’ve kept up with the times, thus.  Would therefore rate this cleanser at 95 out of 100.

Look for it in the white plastic bottle with the blue label with yellow lettering, at Lowe’s, Walmart, Weis, Hometown Market, Giant Eagle Market District, or most other larger grocery centers and home stores.

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Revision History

  • 2018-02-24: Revised the tags list.
  • 2015-10-20: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2015-09-13: Originally published.