It sounds like a wonder product: the all purpose cleaner (or multi-purpose cleaner) that typically does away with many of the hassles associated with cleaning. No need to store five separate bottles of expensive cleaning products, when just the one will do! No need to worry if you’re using the right cleaner for the task, just spray away. But are there any limitations to an all purpose cleaner? Read on to discover more.
What is an All Purpose Cleaner?
A multi-purpose cleaner is designed to be used on many different surfaces and for a variety of cleaning tasks around the house. There is no ‘standard’ set of ingredients for the cleaner, but they can typically act as a disinfectant, detergent, de-greaser, and solvent.
Different brands of cleaner will have a different balance of ingredients and might work better on some surfaces than others. If one brand isn’t as effective as you might like at cleaning one part of your house, then try another.
Your all purpose cleaner is likely to contain powerful chemicals to get rid of dirt. Be sure to follow the directions on the label when using any cleaning product.
Additional Cleaning Supplies to Use
Remember that your all purpose cleaner can’t do its job alone – you will still need to buy the following cleaning supplies to tackle most jobs:
- Rubber gloves
- Disposable cleaning cloths
- Face mask (for cleaning in poorly-ventilated areas)
- A 5-litre plastic bucket