Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, I always prefer to use cleaning products that can be used to clean multiple different surfaces. It just makes things so much simpler, and it’s a more cost-effective way to clean the house too. That’s why all-purpose cleaning products are always at the center of my cleaning arsenal! I have a few favorites that I gravitate towards, but I was curious about what cleaners other people were using and loving. So I scoured the comments from here on my blog, comments on my Facebook page, and Amazon customer reviews, and I came up with a list of all-purpose cleaners that are very highly thought of. And that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today!
Here’s a list of 13 of the best all-purpose cleaning products out there. There are plenty of store-bought options for those who prefer to buy their cleaners, and a couple of homemade options if you’d rather make them yourself. Either way, I think you’re sure to find your new favorite cleaning product somewhere in this list! :-) (If you already have a favorite all-purpose cleaner and it didn’t make this list, I’d still love to hear about it! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and tell me all about it, and we can keep the conversation going!)
13 Of The Best All-Purpose Cleaning Products
If you’ve never given Bar Keepers Friend a try, I highly encourage you to do so! It’s pretty astonishing what this powdered cleaner is capable of. It’s perfect for cleaning and erasing marks and stains on porcelain, stainless steel, copper, fiberglass, tile, and more! The secret behind its seemingly magical cleaning ability is oxalic acid, which breaks up rust, lime, and other stubborn stains at the molecular level. You’ll never know how amazing this stuff is until you try it for yourself! :-)
Powerizer detergent is a relatively new discovery of mine, and I couldn’t be happier that a product like this finally exists! It’s the world’s first two-in-one laundry AND dishwasher detergent, but that’s not all it can do! You can use this powdered detergent to clean tile, mirrors, stovetops, and more! See my blog post about Powerizer below to get the inside scoop on this money-saving powerhouse cleaner!
3. Magic Eraser
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a perennial favorite of the entire OGT Team (and many of our readers!) Everyone raves about these nifty melamine sponges, because they’re so useful in so many different situations! We use them to remove scuff marks from walls and floors, to clean shoes and purses, to clean baseboards, and so much more! Check out the post below to read about even more amazing uses for Magic Erasers!
4. Castile Soap
Castile soap is derived from vegetable oil, resulting in a concentrated soap that’s both gentle and biodegradable. But just because it’s gentle doesn’t mean it isn’t effective! Castile soap is gentle enough to use in homemade bath and body products or to use as a fruit & veggie wash, but it’s tough enough on messes to clean your toilet bowl! Check out the post below to learn even more useful things you can do with castile soap!
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the least expensive cleaners you can buy, and it’s readily available at most supermarkets! The oxidizing power of hydrogen peroxide can help lift stains out of clothes, whiten teeth, and clean and brighten all kinds of surfaces around your home. Check out my list of 30 uses for hydrogen peroxide below! (I’ve also written a whole eBook on the topic of hydrogen peroxide, which you can read for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!)
Microfiber cloths aren’t just a useful cleaning tool—they’re actually a pretty powerful cleaner in their own right! Just dampen a microfiber cloth with some water, and you can use it to wipe down countertops, dust surfaces and knick-knacks, clean your walls, and so much more. The microfiber structure of these cloths locks in dust, dirt, and grime like nothing else does! Find them on Amazon here.
This non-toxic and biodegradable cleaner has a dedicated following of fans who rave about how good it is at breaking down greasy and oily messes. You can also use it to clean fabric, carpet, tile, metal, stone, and more! Find it on Amazon here.
Method products like their all-purpose surface cleaner are naturally derived, and get their cleaning power from plants like corn and coconut. This handy cleaning spray is available in 10 delightful scents, including pink grapefruit, ginger yuzu, and honeycrisp apple. Find it on Amazon here.
If you’re interested in the cleaning potential of white vinegar, but would prefer a convenient store-bought option, this is a great option! This Windex multi-surface spray contains vinegar rather than ammonia, so it’s a bit gentler than standard Windex. You can use it to clean glass, appliances, stainless steel, plastic, vinyl, and more! And the vinegar will leave behind a brilliant shine too! Find it on Amazon here.
For a versatile cleaning product with a fresh scent, look no further than this Mr. Clean multi-purpose cleaner. It comes in a liquid form, and can be diluted with water to make a cleaner for various surfaces around your home. Many people like to use it as a mopping solution, because it’s great at cutting through grease on hard floors! If you love the scent of Gain and other fabric softeners like it, you’ll love this cleaner. Find it on Amazon here.
My daughter Britta has been raving about the Pledge multisurface cleaner that she picked up on a recent Target run. She used it to help do some spring cleaning in her living room, and she said it was the perfect tool for the job! Cleaning a living room tends to require a combination of dusting and cleaning, and this multisurface spray can do both very effectively! And not only does it help clean up dust, but it also helps keep surfaces dust-free for longer. Find it on Amazon here.
If you’re looking for a more natural cleaner, or would like to find an inexpensive alternative to expensive store-bought cleaners, this is a great option. It’s my homemade all-purpose cleaning spray, and there’s no shortage of different ways you can use it! Use it to wipe down surfaces, clean walls, shine appliances, and more! And the essential oils in the spray leave behind a fresh, natural scent.
Sometimes a homemade cleaner can do a job that store-bought cleaners can’t, and that is definitely the case with my “miracle cleaner!” This simple mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can erase stubborn messes you thought would never go away. I’ve used it to lift armpit stains from white shirts, to remove baked-on residues from my baking sheets, and so much more! Check out the post below for all the details.