For homes that need to be cleaned regularly & consistently, all-purpose cleaning solutions will usually suffice for the majority of cleaning requirements and is typically the safest option for use around pets, people, and on different home surfaces, including countertops, sinks, hard floors and tile. Here are a few things to take into account when buying an all-purpose cleaner.
Acidity/Alkalinity: We call a cleaner all-purpose if it falls in the middle of the 0-14 pH scale. Alkaline all-purpose cleaners are better at cleaning organic grimes like oil and greases, whereas acidity solutions are better at cleaning inorganic stains such as rust, calcium deposits, or soap scum.
Safety for people & pets: Because of their pH neutrality, all-purpose cleaners are usually the safest option to use around kids, pets, allergy sufferers and asthmatic. Solutions that come outside of the 6–8pH range can burn eyes, skin, and internal respiratory tissues. When it’s about other risky chemicals including carcinogens and endocrine disruptors – it is critical to know that manufacturers are permitted to integrate a wide array of chemicals & not needed to mention each ingredient in labeling. All the usage guidelines such as recommendations to ventilate well, put on gloves, limit exposure time, avoid contact with skin, etc – are great sign of how chemically unkind a solution actually is.
Synthetic vs. natural or plant-based: Cleaners that work well are basically chemical in nature; some are made of synthetics whereas others made from chemicals produced in nature. Cleaning solvents that are marked as natural are not essentially safer than synthetics. A good cleaning solution – be it plant based or synthetic should be capable of picking up dirt and leaving no remains behind when used as directed. A bad cleaning solution – be it plant based or synthetic – can break down chemically when suspended in water. Besides falling short to bond with & take off dirt compounds, such cleaning solutions can leave behind hazardous remains that are not always noticeable to the naked eye.
Streaking/residue: Streaking is an excellent sign that your all-purpose cleaner is leaving behind unnecessary remains, which can discharge hazardous chemicals into the air or become breeding grounds for germs. When a freshly cleaned surface looks to get filthy quickly, it is a strong indication that your cleaner is either not free rinsing or that you are doing the rinsing process wrongly.
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