Why It Matters To Use The Right Cleaning Solution

Jan 30, 2023 | General Cleaning Tips

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When it comes to household cleaners, there are countless different brands, recipes, and recommendations for cleaning solutions on different surfaces. So how can you best narrow down your options to stock up on cleaners that are essential for your home? 

An important rule of thumb to remember is that different surfaces in your home really do require different types of cleaners—but this doesn’t have to be stressful as long as you know the basics! 

House Cleaner Essentials And Where To Use Them

Here are a few staples to keep in your home cleaning kit, as well as recommendations for where they should and shouldn’t be used. 

Homemade Cleaners

DIY cleaners are a cost-effective and natural option for cleaning. Made from a mixture of water, lemon, or vinegar, they are effective at dissolving grease, soap scum, and hard water stains due to their acidic nature.

DIY cleaners are safe for use on tile, tubs, and showers, but may dull the appearance of natural stones like limestone, marble, or granite. They should not be used on knives, wood, or grout as they can erode these surfaces.


It’s key to note that not all cleaners contain disinfecting properties. When cleaning really nasty areas like countertops, tubs, kitchen sinks, or door handles, make sure to use a cleaner that is truly effective. 

You can’t go wrong with an all-purpose cleaner. Also, follow instructions to see if it’s required to let a cleaner sit for a period of time before wiping it clean in order for it to disinfect the area.

Acrylic And Glass Cleaners

To prevent scratches or streaks on glass surfaces, first wipe away dust with a damp or microfiber cloth. Then, use a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ammonia in 1 quart of water or a specialized glass cleaner.

All-Purpose Cleaners

All-purpose cleaners are available in liquid or powder form and can be diluted with water. They are suitable for cleaning countertops, tile, appliances, and linoleum or laminate floors.

However, they tend to leave streaks on steel appliances and should be avoided for hardwood floors. For tougher areas and stains, use a specialized cleaner instead of all-purpose. Use a stainless steel cleaner for steel appliances.

Abrasive Cleaners 

Abrasive cleaners come in powder, liquid, or pad form and have a gritty texture. They are effective on tough surfaces like utensils, pans, tile floors, ovens, stove burner pans, and bathtubs due to the small minerals they contain.

However, they should not be used on surfaces that can be corroded or scratched, such as metal.

Chlorine Bleach

Bleach is useful for removing mildew and restoring discolored surfaces, especially in toilets and tubs. However, it should not be used on porous surfaces such as grout, wood, or metal as it can cause corrosion.

Bleach is strong but must be used carefully. You need to keep in mind that while powerful, bleach can often just mask a problem without actually eliminating the mess.

Specialty Cleaners

Speciality cleaners are often the preferred choice. They are specifically formulated for different surfaces, such as bathrooms, kitchens, glass, stainless steel, and hardwood floors. These cleaners effectively remove hard water stains and mineral buildup without damaging the surface.

For carpet and upholstery, it’s best to use speciality cleaners with caution and minimal moisture. Consult a professional cleaner for the appropriate recommendations.

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