The 8 Best All Purpose Cleaners of 2020

Versatile sprays, wipes and polish for nearly every surface in the home

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Our Top Picks
"Has no trouble tackling grease, dirt, and stains."
"Biodegradable, vegan, and hypoallergenic as well as non-toxic."
"Sprayable cleaner features scents like lemon verbena or basil for a more pleasant cleaning experience."
"With simple ingredients from plants, Method can tackle a variety of nonporous surfaces."
"This formula keeps killing germs for up to 24 hours after you clean,"
"Easily mixed with water to get rid of dirt, grime, and odors."
"A high-quality all-purpose cleaning spray."
"Designed to make metal shine like new."

Best Overall: Better Life Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Cleaning products that are affordable, don’t rely on harmful chemicals, clean a variety of surfaces well and are beloved by their users easily rank among the “best overall.” Better Life’s Natural All-Purpose Cleaner fits all of these criteria. The clear and unscented cleaning solution is free of petroleum, alkyphenol surfactants and VOCs, but it has no trouble tackling grease, dirt and stains.

Safe with kids and pets, and never tested on animals, this "green" cleaner can be used on just about any surface. It also smells great and does not require any rinsing.

Best Overall Natural: Puracy Organic Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner

Puracy offers another beloved solution on the market today. A popular choice, Puracy’s natural cleaner is safe with kids and pets. It is biodegradable, vegan and hypoallergenic as well as nontoxic and never tested on animals. It works on just about any mess on just about any surface, from finger smudges on quartz countertops to dirt on car dashboards. Combining cleaning power and a pleasant scent of green tea and lime, this natural cleaner is hard to beat. 

Best Green: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Green or eco-friendly cleaning products have become increasingly popular as people give more attention to the products we expose ourselves to and what chemicals are used to make a cleaning product. Most “green” products use plant-based active ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals altogether. Two of the biggest and best brands in green cleaning are Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Method.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner is made with plant-based materials and is never tested on animals. This sprayable all-purpose cleaner features scents like lemon verbena or basil for a more pleasant cleaning experience. Although this cleaner is biodegradable, it still gets the job done. Mrs. Meyer’s recommends this concentrated cleaner for any nonporous surface, such as bathroom walls, kitchen countertops and wood furniture.

Best Budget Green: Method All-Purpose Cleaner

Another popular and effective cleaning solution is Method’s All-Purpose Cleaner. Available in a number of scents, this affordable option is nontoxic and biodegradable and uses “green chemistry” (design of environmentally friendly chemicals). With simple ingredients from plants, including corn and coconut, Method’s all-purpose cleaner can tackle a variety of nonporous surfaces without using any harsh chemicals. Method also features 100-percent-recycled bottles and does not test on animals.

Best Long Term: Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Multipurpose sprays do a great job of killing germs on surfaces around your home, but Microban takes things one step further. This formula continues killing 99.9 percent of germs for up to 24 hours after you clean, even after you've touched a surface. That means things like your bathroom door knob and your faucet knob stay clean, even after they've been touched with dirty hands. In addition to killing germs, this cleaner stops mold and mildew from growing in damp areas of your home for up to a week after it's been sprayed.

Reviewers love this formula's cleaning power and the fact that, for such a powerful cleaner, it has a pretty subtle scent.

Best Tough: Mr. Clean Liquid Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Febreze

Need to scrub the floors, wash the tiles and clean the bathroom? You don’t want to be spraying and wiping all day long. Try out the classic Mr. Clean Multi-Surface liquid cleaning concentrate. This cleaner is easily mixed with water to get rid of dirt, grime and odors. Optimal for use with a mop on tile or hardwood floors, the old-school Mr. Clean Multi-Surface cleaner can also be applied to a sponge for cleaning countertops, sinks and other surfaces. Mr. Clean is particularly effective on big messes—perfect for spring cleaning or getting a home ready for moving out (or in).

Best Budget: Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner is a high-quality all-purpose cleaning spray that just happens to be inexpensive. The affordable cleaner uses Thymol as its activate ingredient. Thymol is derived from the herb thyme, which also gives the cleaner its natural scent.

Seventh Generation’s all-purpose cleaner compares favorably to other “green” cleaners and kills 99.9 percent of all bacteria. Seventh Generation explains that this spray need not be wiped or washed off and is safe to use on children's toys and food-contact surfaces.

Best Polish Cleaner: Shadazzle Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Polish

If you want to get rid of dirt and grime AND make your appliances shine, it's time to try Shadazzle. This multi-purpose cleaner removes dirt, grease and grime like any good all-purpose cleaner, but it's also designed to make metal shine like new.

Great on stainless steel appliances, grills, ovens or pots and pans, this polish can work on a variety of surfaces and is made from simple and natural ingredients, like clay and soap. Try it on your bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances, barbecue grill or even your car's metal rims. 

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