All-Purpose Cleaners Vs Disinfectants

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All-Purpose Cleaners Vs Disinfectants

Our house is always clean with all-purpose cleaner. This is the standard cleaning agent. What is a multipurpose cleaner? How is it different from disinfectant? What is the best multipurpose cleaner, what is the best disinfectant spray, and how do you make your own DIY multipurpose cleaner?

We have received so many questions from Clean My Space members. Fortunately, we know the answers. Our DIY all-purpose cleaner may be familiar to those who follow us for a while or have heard us talk about cleaners vs. disinfectants. For more information about all-purpose cleaner, or if you’re new here, please feel free to contact me. 

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An Overview of All-Purpose Cleaners

The all-purpose cleaner we use every day might confuse you, so let’s find out what exactly it is. Cleaners that are all-purpose are defined by their ability to lift dirt and germs while being gentle enough to clean most surfaces. Not all cleaning products fit this description. 

Although all-purpose cleaners should be gentle, their nontoxicity doesn’t necessarily imply that they are not dangerous. Any cleaning product should be carefully used around small children and pets, and you should always read the label before using it. 

You should also avoid using all-purpose cleaners on your skin. In the case of sensitive skin, or if you’re using a harsher product, rubber gloves are always recommended. 

When I clean with chemicals, I frequently use old dishwashing gloves. Putting them to further use is a great way to extend their life. Don’t forget to throw them away after you’re done. 

Almost any simple cleaning task can be performed using an all-purpose cleaner. However, if your surfaces are greasy, bacteria-laden, or stained, you may need a stronger cleaner. Cleaning well and efficiently is made easier with knowledge of the best all-purpose cleaner and how all-purpose cleaners work. 

Comparing all-purpose cleaners vs. disinfectants 

Cleaner and disinfectant aren’t the same, as a lot of people use them interchangeably. Disinfectants kill germs, while cleaners remove them. The two may seem the same, but they’re not. 

Cleaners do not disinfect, and disinfectants do not clean. I was shocked by this. Cleaning products remove dirt. Furthermore, germs are also removed in this process, which enables a thorough cleaning of a variety of surfaces. However, when you want to kill all those germs and bacteria, you’ll need a disinfectant. Alternatively, disinfectants kill germs and bacteria, but they don’t actually remove dirt from surfaces. In other words, you could disinfect without cleaning. 

As a result, following a thorough cleaning, you may want to break out your disinfectant (similar to cleaning the bathroom). Cleaning the bedroom would be easiest if you used an all-purpose cleaner. 

All-Purpose Cleaner (DIY)

We’re sure you’ve heard of our homemade all purpose cleaner recipe . It is a staple in our home, and a tried-and-true recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • The amount of dish soap is 1 teaspoon
  • Two cups of water
  • Adding ten drops of your favorite essential oil is optional

It’s just a way to make the scent more unique, and it’s not required for making this recipe. If you don’t like the scent, don’t use it. Simply put all ingredients in your spray bottle and shake to mix. DIY all-purpose cleaners are easy to make! This recipe is one I use on a regular basis to clean my kitchen. 

Furthermore, it’s a great cleaner for non-toxic surfaces. Making this recipe instead of buying store-bought items that are most likely to contain harsh chemicals is a better alternative if you need to clean baby or pet items.

Here are the best store-bought all-purpose cleaners

It’s okay if you don’t like DIY cleaners. Perhaps you like to have store-bought cleaners on hand. It’s totally fine! One of the best all-purpose cleaners available in stores is Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner. 

Whether you are sensitive to scents or don’t want to use fragrance, this all-purpose cleaner is a great choice! 

Moreover, it is non-toxic, so there are no harsh fumes. The non-toxic Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner can even be used if you have pets because it is non-toxic. 

Finally, I am happy to note that this is a Climate Pledge Friendly Amazon product. We should always choose products that support the environment. We are thrilled to learn this. 

Disinfectants You Can Make At Home (DIY)

A bottle of disinfectant can cost several dollars at the store, but you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.

  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup
  • The essential oil of thyme (optional): 15 drops

My favorite essential oil for this recipe is thyme. Mix all of the ingredients together in a spray bottle. When you’ve cleaned a surface with the appropriate cleaner, you can use this product as a mist. What’s even better, rubbing alcohol dries fast and is safe for surfaces, so there’s no need to wipe it up. Surfaces that you are not able to spray directly with disinfectant (such as light switch plates) should be misted with disinfectant and then wiped with a microfiber cloth.

Disinfectants You Can Buy at the Store

We love Clorox Disinfectant Mist as a disinfectant spray. It is a multi-purpose disinfectant that kills 99.9% of bacteria and is safe to use on a variety of surfaces, so it can be used to clean your carpet and couch as well. 

Cloxy Disinfecting Mist is an excellent environmental choice since it is aerosol-free. Also, the plastic bottles can be refilled with Clorox refill bottles, preventing landfill waste. 

Cleaner and disinfectant for all surfaces

As soon as you finish reading this article, you’ll be a master of everything that’s all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant! We use so many products in our house without actually knowing what they are. Understanding products is the key to making the most of them. 

Please leave a comment down below if you have questions about all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants, or other cleaning products. Please also share your favorite recipe for DIY all-purpose cleaners. Best of luck with your cleaning (and disinfecting) endeavors.