Best All Purpose Cleaners

Should you replace your array of cleaning agents with an all-purpose cleaner? Learn what ingredients to look out for, which forms they come in and which surfaces you can safely use them on. Read more…

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Gumption Multi Purpose Cleanser

Gumption Multi Purpose Cleanser 🏆 2024

4.8  (96)
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  • Product TypePaste
Gary O
Gary OBenalla7 posts
 
Whoops, who has been playing with the formulaI am a big fan of Gumption. It is a great product with many applications.
Last tub purchased was only a couple of weeks back, and it has changed dramatically. It is almost to pour it out of the tub now as it is sooooo runny.
I have written to the manufacturer in the hope that they have an explanation.
Production date 21/12/2022
DutyBox Cleaning Starter Box Max

DutyBox Cleaning Starter Box Max 🏆 2024

4.6  (81)
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Kirra T.
Kirra T.
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Order not receivedStill haven't received my paid order and had no replies from their website, Facebook, or by email. Never had a problem before when i hv ordered till now Show details
Koh Universal Cleaner

Koh Universal Cleaner

3.9  (583)
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  • Product TypeLiquid and Spray
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Leona Norman
Leona Norman
 
It cleans everythingI use universal cleaner on everything floors kitchen floors and doors and the cooker top and counter tops it’s fantastic and I’ll never use anything else
CleanLIFE Surface Disinfectant Wipes

CleanLIFE Surface Disinfectant Wipes 🏆 2024

4.7  (40)
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  • Product TypeWipe
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Rani E
Rani EVictoria3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Perfect to clean with!I use the surface disinfectant wipes on kitchen bin covers, bathroom counters, disinfecting taps and door handles, and even the bathroom floors. They are amazing! Show details
Glassguard Miracle Mould Removal Gel

Glassguard Miracle Mould Removal Gel

4.0  (74)
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  • Product TypeGel
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Simon & Jacqui G.
Simon & Jacqui G.
 
Bosisto's Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Bosisto's Multi-Purpose Cleaner

4.2  (37)
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CAS32910
CAS32910QLD19 posts
 
Excellent non-toxic cleaning productMy new favourite & cannot live without cleaning product now. Cleans great, streak free on splash backs, nice natural scent & non-toxic. Show details ·  1
Selleys Original Sugar Soap

Selleys Original Sugar Soap

4.5  (22)
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  • Product TypeLiquid
Sienna W.
Sienna W.QLD
 
It is really original and eco-friendly!I appreciate that it is an eco-friendly option, and the fact that it is phosphate-free aligns with my commitment to using environmentally responsible products. The subtle fragrance was also a nice touch, making the cleaning process a more pleasant experience. Show reply
Earth Choice Multi Purpose

Earth Choice Multi Purpose

4.2  (29)
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GCE
GCEMelbourne31 posts
 
Nifti

Nifti

5.0  (15)
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Kerrie G.
Kerrie G.NSW2 posts
 
Unsurpassable!Have tried many products in the surface spray genre. I have even tried to go “green”. I always come back to Nifti. It works every time on just about every stain spillage or unwanted grease. The trump card is its Australian!
Stain Go Stain Remover

Stain Go Stain Remover

3.9  (29)
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Amanda C.
Amanda C.VIC2 posts
 
Leaves stain ring area, would not recommendI've tried this on multiple garments and it consistently ruins things.
It does help to remove the stain. However it also leaves a very noticeable strain ring around the edge and slightly discoloured areas inside.
I have unfortunately only used it on light coloured items and it is very visible.
I haven't tried it on darker fabrics.
Organic Choice Multi-Purpose Spray

Organic Choice Multi-Purpose Spray

4.6  (14)
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S M.
S M.QLD3 posts
 
Absolutely brilliantI love this spray, not only does it do a great job of streak-free cleaning, it has a gentle pleasant scent. Unlike other cleaners with overpowering smells. My favorite in this line of products was the lavender one, bit sadly I can't find that one anymore. Show details
Orange Power Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Orange Power Multi-Purpose Cleaner

4.3  (17)
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Scott Peters
Scott Peters
 
The best multi purpose cleanerThe best multi purpose cleaner with no chemicals aside from natural Show details
Jif Cream

Jif Cream

3.2  (68)
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  • Product TypeLiquid
Jason Dunn
Jason DunnNSW4 posts
 
Ajax Spray n' Wipe

Ajax Spray n' Wipe

3.5  (33)
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Fedup of Beingripped
Fedup of Beingripped
  Apple & Citrus 5 in 1 Multipurpose
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Hillmark Scalex Heavy Duty Home Descaler 375g

Hillmark Scalex Heavy Duty Home Descaler 375g

4.2  (14)
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  • Product TypePowder
Louise
Louise2 posts
 
Do not use this productStates it can be used in washing machines.
My 6 month old samsung washing machine is now ruined. Show details
Dr Beckmann Pet Stain & Odour Remover

Dr Beckmann Pet Stain & Odour Remover

4.2  (13)
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Rachael R.
Rachael R.NSW4 posts
 
Mclintocks Vanilla Fridge Wipe

Mclintocks Vanilla Fridge Wipe

4.6  (10)
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SpottyKat
SpottyKat5 posts
 
30 Seconds Spray and Walk Away

30 Seconds Spray and Walk Away

2.8  (52)
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  • Product TypeSpray
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Bunny
BunnyCaloundra9 posts
 
UselessHave used it at full strength on roof tiles to get rid of lichen.Applied four times over a month.Six months later the lichen is thriving.Also tried on pathway to get rid of mould, has not worked.Useless product. Show details
Diggers Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner

Diggers Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner

5.0  (7)
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Gail Brady
Gail BradyQLD
 
10 out of 10This is by far the best surface cleaner, I have ever used the lavender scent lasts for days, I have many people tell me my house smells amazing. What more can you ask for 10 out of 10 for a great product. Show details
OzKleen Spray & Polish

OzKleen Spray & Polish

5.0  (7)
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Greg and Michelle
Greg and MichelleQLD7 posts
 
Awesome productIve now used this product on multiple areas of my home & im impressed. Works so well with no effort required. This is definitely a product i will keep using. I do really like the Ozkleen products and especially that they are safe to use with the septic systems. Show details
Enviro Chemicals Multiklean EC-001

Enviro Chemicals Multiklean EC-001

5.0  (7)
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  • Product TypeLiquid and Spray
Sawsan A.
Sawsan A.NSW
 
Can't live without theseLove the service an products are amazing natural ..also most products are natural
Coles Smart Buy Cloudy Ammonia

Coles Smart Buy Cloudy Ammonia

4.5  (8)
Jamyson G.
Jamyson G.6 posts
 
Perfect for making touch powder with; (NI3)NH3 + I2 will make NI3 by dissolving the iodine granules in the ammonia solution. However, do not smell it as it gives you migraines. Anyway, you can also fractional distill it to give you gaseous ammonia. I did this experiment quite recently. Show details
CLR Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner

CLR Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaner

3.2  (16)
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  • Product TypeSpray
Sharon
SharonWA3 posts
 
What a load of rubbishDidn't do anything it said it would!! What an absolute load of rubbish dont waste your money ! Show details
Stone Benchtop Cleaner Quartz Refresh

Stone Benchtop Cleaner Quartz Refresh

3.5  (12)
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Petrus
PetrusQLD
 
minq Antibacterial Multipurpose Cleaning Tablets

minq Antibacterial Multipurpose Cleaning Tablets

4.4  (7)
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  • Product TypeTablet
Veronica
VeronicaQLD2 posts
 
Cleans so well and my little pup loves it tooI'm so glad i found this alternative! It's cheaper than regular supermarket cleaners and cheaper than those from my local refillable store. They work well and my little pup loves them too! Been using them for all parts of home, including cleaning after my puppy (when he pees/ poos at the wrong spot!) Show details
White King All Purpose Bleach

White King All Purpose Bleach

2.5  (30)
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Mark R.
Mark R.QLD5 posts
 
Expired before soldBought a bottle of it from local Coles. Quite obviius after opening that the liquid had turned into a useless chemical. No chlorine smell or lemon smell. All bleach should have the trademark chlorine smell or it is good for nothing but the garbage or to be flushed down the toilet as it has lost its potency.

Total waste of money.. Show details

Citro Clean Multi-urpose

Citro Clean Multi-urpose

5.0  (5)
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AnnieD
AnnieDTAS3 posts
 
Citroclean is the best!Love this cleaner! Really does clean everything. As stated on the bottle, don’t use on paintwork. Hard to find now though. IGA not stocking it now as they go for cheaper & inferior cleaners. Beautiful scent. Highly recommend!! Show details
Full Crystal Exterior

Full Crystal Exterior

5.0  (5)
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R.R. RICHTER
R.R. RICHTERQLD2 posts
 
This is perfect. Cannot live without itThis is perfect. Cannot live without it. It does an excellent job and will not harm any plants. Vey easy to use as well. Easy to attach to any garden hose too. Show details
Oomph Powerful Degreaser

Oomph Powerful Degreaser

4.2  (6)
Dianne
DianneWA5 posts
 
30 Seconds Mould Off

30 Seconds Mould Off

3.2  (10)
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Corinne L.
Corinne L.NSW2 posts
 

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What does a multi-purpose cleaner do?

Multi-purpose cleaners, otherwise known as all-purpose cleaners contain a cocktail of ingredients that often work as a disinfectant, a de-greaser, a detergent or a mix of all three at the same time.

Should you sack off all your other cleaning products for this one? Well, no. Because multi-purpose cleaners are not geared specifically for a certain surface, they might not tackle delicate materials as effectively as a specialised cleaner would.

A massive pro for these types of cleaners is that they contain a wider variety of cleaning ingredients for better performance across a multitude of tough stains.

All-purpose cleaners are extremely convenient since they can be used for multiple surfaces around the house and are a cost-effective choice.

What surfaces can multi-purpose cleaners be used on?

Because there is no one size fits all with multi-purpose cleaners, it’s important to read the label to see what is and isn’t recommended by the manufacturer. As a general rule, multi-purpose cleaners are suitable for use on these materials:

Tiles and linoleum

Many tiled flooring and kitchen countertops can be effectively cleaned with multi-purpose cleaners as they are durable, non-porous and can withstand harsh chemicals.

Steel

Laminate and steel surfaces can handle harsh chemicals and therefore multi-purpose cleaners are suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s useful to use a formula with disinfectant properties for both of these locations to keep your house sanitary and safe.

They are also great for use on steel appliances such as kettles, microwaves and the outside of fridges.

General use

These all-encompassing cleaners are particularly useful for places that require deep scrubs such as wastebins and driveways or even as a detergent booster to help get rid of stubborn leftover grease on pots and pans.

When shouldn’t you use multi-purpose cleaners?

It’s best to buy specialised cleaning products when cleaning raw wood, mirrors and windows, stovetops, fabrics and porous surfaces such as stone.

Glass and mirrors will require a cleaning product with vinegar or ammonia in it which cuts grease without leaving unattractive residue and marks behind. Mould or mildew should be tackled with specifically-targeted cleaners that contain acidic ingredients.

Unfinished and porous surfaces such as raw wood, concrete or unsealed stone can absorb the product and leave it discoloured. Upholstery requires a much milder solution that is suitable for porous fabric. Similarly, luxurious surfaces such as marble or copper can be cleaned with a simple vinegar and salt, or diluted soap, solution.

It’s important to always wear the appropriate cleaning gear before using harsh cleaning products including gloves and, in some instances, a mask.

Ingredients to look out for in all-purpose cleaning products

There can be many confusing words on the back of the label - so what exactly should you look for?

Water: This is a common ingredient used in spray cleaners to allow them to be sprayed, it acts as a great base to loosen debris and dust.

Surfactants: They dissolve in water and oil and help remove dirt and oil. Many of the surfactant ingredients will end in “glucoside” or “sulfate”.

Acid: Citric, lactic and acetic acid and vinegar are great ingredients to tackle stubborn limescale and rust.

Alkaline: Sodium carbonate, ammonia, bleach and potassium hydroxide help remove oily or waxy stains.

Alcohol: This acts as a solvent, de-greaser and disinfectant.

Essential oils and fragrance: Many cleaning products will include essential oils or other fragrances to cover the chemical smell and leave your house smelling fresh.

Preservatives: Potassium sorbate and other preservatives keep your product lasting longer.

Antiseptic: Chloroxylenol, triclosan and thymol are all examples of antiseptics which kill germs and bacteria.

Formula enhancer: Xanthan gum often thickens formula to make liquids more gel-like.

Common allergens: Some people have allergic reactions to these common allergens so watch out for: limonene, linalool, benzisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone.

Types of all-purpose cleaners

Cleaners can come in many different forms which can help tackle various types of cleaning surfaces. The application you choose to use with your cleaner can also make a big difference as to which form is the most suitable for you.

Sprays

Sprays are easy to use, store and come in eco-friendly options. However, those that use natural ingredients may not properly disinfect surfaces and these sprays could be incompatible with wood and acrylic surfaces. When using sprays, you should spray on the cloth or application and then wipe the surface/product rather than spraying directly onto the surface.

Liquids

Liquid cleaners are versatile and effective and can be used in conjunction with a bucket and mop or just a cloth. They can be diluted to suit your need, however, they are not eco-friendly and there are fewer choices on the market for cleaners in this form.

Wipes

When you’re on the go and need to disinfect your hands or belongings, wipes are a convenient product that allows for easy access, disposal and portability. Wipes are not great for scrubbing and cleaning on a large scale and tend to cost more than their spray or liquid counterparts.

Polishes and pastes

Many polishes such as Gumption’s Multi-Purpose Cleanser aim to avoid using harsh chemicals by using abrasive agents to help clean surfaces.

Other things to consider

Hypoallergenic: If you’re especially sensitive to certain chemicals, it’s worth investing in a poven hypoallergenic product which will be easier on your lungs and skin than a standard cleaner.

Eco-friendly: For those who are environmentally conscious, it’s worth considering the ecological impact of your product including the ingredients, how much plastic is used and whether the product packaging can be recycled.

Fragrance: It’s worth choosing a product with a fragrance that you enjoy as after you have cleaned, the room will smell of it for a while. If you prefer no scent, there are fragrance-free cleaners available on the market.

Disinfectant: If what you’re looking for is a cleaning product to get rid of bacteria, then you’ll need a multi-purpose cleaner with disinfectant properties - otherwise you’ll simply be getting rid of stains while the bacteria continues to build.

Ammonia-free: Ammonia is great for cutting grease, however, can be harmful when it comes into contact with the skin or is inhaled. It is also not very eco-friendly, therefore, many people opt to cut ammonia from their products. Ammonia should never be mixed with bleach as it will release toxic gasses.

Greywater & septic safe: If you intend on recycling water, to protect wildlife and plantlife, you should look for a ‘greywater safe’ label on your product to ensure it doesn’t contain chemicals which can pollute the environment.

You can read reviews on our website to get the inside scoop on the best all-purpose cleaners that others are raving about.

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