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Commercial Cleaners

These are made from a combination of one or more of the other types of cleaners: acids, alkalis, abrasives, bleaches, detergents, solvents. Most are low sudsing detergents or alkaline-based cleaners. They may contain extra ingredients that are more effective for certain cleaning jobs. For example, some all-purpose household cleaners contain petroleum-based solvents, to dissolve grease and greasy soils. Always read label and follow directions and cautions.

Types of Commercial Cleaners

Dissolve in water; use to clean large surface areas such as painted walls, woodwork and washable floors.

Cautions- May contain trisodium phosphate a moderately strong alkali. Most should be rinsed off.

Dilute in water; use for same cleaning jobs as powders. Use full strength for spot removal and touch-up cleaning.

Cautions- Follow label instructions; rinse if label indicates.

Use full strength from the bottle and wipe dry, usually no rinsing required; use for touch-up cleaning and spot removal.

Cautions- Generally more expensive to use than liquids.

Concentrated cleaners that you mix with water at home are usually the cheapest to use.

Don't buy a lot of different types and brands of cleaners that you never use up; they take valuable storage space, may be hazards if children can get at them, and may create chemical environmental hazards if disposed of improperly.


This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with references from MSU Extension bulletin Money Saving Tips on Household Cleaners.

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