The 9 Best All Purpose Cleaners to Buy in 2018

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

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One thing that every homeowner, renter and resident have in common is the need to clean their homes. Dirt, dust and grime build up in every single dwelling no matter what you do. The best way to keep your space looking clean and tidy is to use a high-quality all-purpose cleaner. The best cleaners will let you sanitize your counters, shine your windows and keep your shower looking great — all with the help of only one bottle. Check out some of the best cleaning products on the market for every...MORE surface in your home to make your job of cleaning just a little bit easier.

  • 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, the Better Life All-Purpose cleaner can be used on just about any surface. It smells great and does not require any rinsing. This “green” cleaner is very popular among its users, garnering hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon praising its effectiveness. 

  • Best Overall Natural: Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner

    Puracy offers another beloved solution on the market today. With thousands of Amazon reviews and an average rating above 4.5 stars, Puracy’s natural cleaner is hugely popular. The clear solution 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.

    Amazon reviewers praise Method’s all-purpose cleaner for its versatility — easily cleaning glass and stainless steel appliances — as well as its superior performance compared to other traditional cleaners in head-to-head competitions.

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  • 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 Wipe: Lysol Disinfecting Wipes

    All-purpose cleaning wipes are a popular option for many people, especially those living in apartments or dormitories. These antibacterial, all-purpose cloths are great for quick pickups and wiping down surfaces. They’re certainly the simplest and fastest option. Many people keep a roll or two in the car, at the office or in the garage.

    Lysol’s Disinfecting Wipes have emerged as the popular go-to wipe option. Perfect for cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, wood furniture and even electronics, the multi-surface wipes kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and many allergens. If you'd like to try something other than the classic lemon scent, there are also Country Breeze and Early Morning Breeze.

  • 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 it's 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 Budget Bundle: Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner+Bleach

    While Seventh Generation offers an affordable all-purpose spray, Clorox features a great and inexpensive bundle of all-purpose cleaning supplies. The “value pack” includes two 32-ounce bottles of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner+Bleach spray as well as four SOS scrubber sponges. 

    This bundle is a great starter set for anyone who has recently moved or has simply run out of sponges and cleaner. It can tackle everyday spills as well as tougher jobs, like moldy bathroom tiles. Antibacterial and antiviral, this Clorox combo works on just about any surface indoors and outdoors.

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  • 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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