Everything You Will Ever Need To Know About Cleaning – Part Two

Cleaning Agents

Green Cleaning Supplies
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Dish-Washing Liquid

Can clean a wide array of surfaces. Anything that needs a mild cleaning such as counter tops, toilet seats, floors, childrens toys, and much more. All will require a thorough rinsing with water after using dish-washing liquid as a cleaning solution..

All-Purpose Cleaner

All purpose cleaners have a variety of useful applications when it comes to house-hold cleaning. If you need to mop, clean up counter-tops, bathroom surfaces, faucets, smudges, small messes, stains, or sticky spots an all-purpose cleaner will be able to get the job done. All purpose cleaners don’t necessarily clean all surfaces but they clean sufficiently enough that you will want to add one of these to your arsenal of cleaning supplies. Before purchasing an all-purpose cleaner, as with all cleaning supplies, make sure to read the label for any precautions that should be taken before application.


I often find that surface-wipes do a very thorough job at cleaning surfaces when in need of a quick clean. They’re simple, reliable, easy to use and can be thrown away just as easily. They can clean anything an all purpose cleaner can but don’t pack as strong a punch.

Abrasive & Non-Abrasive Cleaners

When in need of a more heavy duty cleaning agent, abrasive and non-abrasive cleaners will work best when it comes to cleaning calcium or lime scale buildups, rust, and hard-water marks you may find in sinks, drains, or bathtubs and showers.

What Is The Difference Between Abrasive And Non-Abrasive Cleaners?

If you find yourself asking this question, it’s OK; I had no idea what it meant when I first began cleaning house either. Here is the difference between the two, and what you will need for your own tub or shower:

  • Abrasive cleaners use friction (from small grit like particles) to “scrub” the surface of your tub. This means its “harsh” when cleaning a surface.
  • Non-Abrasive cleaners contain no “grit” like particles in its chemicals so it’s not harsh when cleaning a surface.
  • If you have an acrylic tub you will want to use a non-abrasive cleaner to avoid scratching the surface.
  • For enamel tubs a mildly-abrasive cleaner is what you will need. Enamel is tougher than acrylic and fiberglass, but can still scratch. It’s best to use a mildly-abrasive cleaner.
    Note: Check product description for this information.
  • For a Fiberglass tub you will need a non-abrasive cleaner to prevent scratching.

Note To Reader: Please be advised when you purchase any kind of chemical cleaner that you make sure to read the label for any safety precautions you might need to take when using it. While chemical cleaning agents are made to clean they are not always safe for you or your family’s general health and can be hazardous. Caution is advised.

Window Cleaner

There are many different types of window cleaners out there and which one you prefer to use is based on your own personal preference. In my honest opinion most of the generic based window cleaners do just as good a job as the expensive window cleaners. White vinegar and water also form an excellent window cleaner.

Powdered/Spray Disinfectant

Recommended for cleaning areas like the inside of toilet bowls. Powdered and Spray disinfectants are good for removing tough stains.

Spot Cleaner

Used for cleaning up stains on fabric and carpets quickly. It’s highly recommended to test a spot cleaner in an inconspicuous area first, before using thoroughly. If not checked the product may not be colorfast, so make sure to read all labels and instructions first before purchasing.

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