To have a house that is actually clean, without having to spend tons of time cleaning, you need to have the best cleaning products for your home. All commercial products claim to be better than all the others at their jobs, so how do you determine which truly are best?
What even makes a cleaner the “best” anyway? Here are some tips for choosing the best commercial cleaning products, as well as some specific products we think are worth buying.
How to Find the Best Cleaners
When looking for great household cleaners, you will typically want to focus on versatility, value, and safety.
Versatility vs. Specialty
Although there will be some specialty products you will want for certain extra tough or delicate cleaning situations, most cleaners should be able to do more than just clean one or two things. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a specialty cleaner unless the area or item needs a specialty cleaner.
Just because it’s a specialty cleaner doesn’t mean it cannot also be versatile within its tasks. For example, if you want to clean your stainless steel stove, a good cleaner should be able to clean anything that’s stainless steel, and possibly other types of metal, not just stoves.
When your homemade silver cleaner is not working well enough and you do need a specialty cleaner, like for polishing or to clean jewelry, look for one from a respected brand known to perform well for that particular task. If you are going to buy specialty cleaners, also make sure you will use them enough to make them worth it.
How much cleaner are you getting for your money and how much do you need to get the job done? If you are paying $10 and only getting an 8 oz bottle, for example, you better be able to use a droplet to clean a large area and clean it well. Likewise, spending $5 for a gallon of cleaner may seem like a good idea, but if it takes cups of the stuff to clean anything you end up wasting both time and money.
Don’t just consider the size of the bottle when you are determining how much cleaner you are getting or if there is a homemade cleaner alternative. Learn whether you can mix it with water to stretch it. Most good cleaners will still work well when diluted.
Is it safe?
Many commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals, so you don’t want to buy something that may make you sick with repeated use. Sometimes it is better to opt for homemade cleaners, like a DIY grill cleaner, where you know exactly what’s in it and how it will work.
Harsh chemicals, like ammonia, bleach, or phosphate, can be harmful or damage certain areas. Look for safety sheets for products you are considering buying. If no safety sheet is available, you may want to reconsider the product.
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Although all these products are worth buying, if we had to choose one “Must-Have” cleaner it would, of course, be the Mr. Clean Liquid Cleaner. It has far more uses than any other of the specialty cleaning products.
Since it can be used diluted, but still is safe to use at full strength, a little goes a long way, and with an affordable price tag, this all-purpose cleaner may save you money. Add it to your housekeeping checklist to be sure you always have it on hand when you need it for spot or deep-cleaning.