Streamline your cleaning routine with the best, multi-purpose cleaners which you can get at German stores
With a myriad of cleaning supplies currently available, you might face difficulties making the right choice at the store. On top of that, you probably want to avoid having a designated product for each surface, and instead use multi-purpose products to save your money, time, and space.
At SPIC AND SPAN. we believe that efficient cleaning begins with effective cleaning products, and that’s why we put together this easy guide to universal cleaners available in Germany. In addition, our choices are all biodegradable, not tested on animals, and have recyclable packaging.
The article was originally published in 2018, but we have added some findings from 2019 which we put here, hope you will find them useful.
Conventional Cleaning Products
Meister Proper All-Purpose Cleaner
€1.35 per 1 l
Mr Proper is for sure one the best multi-purpose cleaners in terms of easiness of removal, price and convenience of buying it from a near-by store or an online shop. It easily breaks grease and grim on any surfaces, be it walls, floor, bathtubs and many other surfaces you can think of. One thing you must consider is that the solution is used up pretty quickly so you may consider buying more packages of it, also you need to use gloves on, because it contains chemicals that damage skin cells. This one is the favorite choice of our cleaning services in Berlin because of its versatility, price and availability.
Sagrotan All-Purpose Cleaner
€6.90 per 1 l
Sagrotan is a multi-purpose cleaner most suitable for kitchen and bathroom surfaces which removes 99.9% of bacteria, at least this number is claimed by the manufacturer. It is a little bit more health-friendly then Mr Cleaner, using some biocidal substances which are less dangerous for your skin or lungs if being inhaled. Many choose this product, because of its smell, which is not bitter like in case of many other cleaners. One other thing to mention is that it doesn’t make the surface sticky which ca be annoying and at the same time does its job as a powerful cleaner which easily removes stains of all types.
Oranex HT Universal Cleaner
€22.91 per 1 l
Oranex is one the best-smelling solution out there, which is especially helpful if you have a pet that may make a little surprise on the floor one day, it has a natural pleasant smell of orange. One thing to mention that solution is very concentrated and you need to use a couple of drops, also don’t move solution to other plastic bottles, because it may degrade that plastic.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Poliboy Organic Soil Care
€11.96 per 1 l
Poliboy makes all its bottles out of recycled material, which makes it one of favorite choices when it comes to purchasing vegan-friendly products. It has a wonderful smell of grapefruit and lemongrass, which will leave a pleasant feeling in your house for a long time. You don’t need to wear gloves while using it, because it is completely safe for you skin cells, the feature you can’t say about most of the cleaning solvents in the market. The last thing to mention is that it doesn’t contain methylisothiazolinone, a substance found in 99% of market cleaning products, this ingredient can cause a strong allergy so be aware of it.
Planet Pure Universal Cleaner Paste
€2.33 per 100 g
If you are looking for a brilliant shine, this natural and multifunctional paste is the solution you may be looking for. It can literally be applied on every surface and will prevent steaming up and soiling, which makes it perfect for removing stains from marble surfaces. Also it makes the surface shiny and non-water adhesive as the paste forms a protective layer which will make the liquid disperse.
Almawin Orange Oil Cleaner
€24.07 per 1 l
This product absolutely lives up to its promise. You can call it an SOS helper for difficult cases, grace of its concentrated formula. I have used it for cleaning wallpaper and panels in my kitchen which had stains accumulated for like 8 years, it is amazing how it removed the stains without destroying the surface of it. One last thing to mention it smells amazing with a sweet and bitter orange perfume lasting for a long time.
Frosch pH-Neutral Cleaner
€1.85 per 1 l
This cleaner has a nice, neutral scent and can be used on all surfaces in your home. It works gently yet effectively and is particularly great for cleaning the floors. Its hypoallergenic formula will ensure that even your hands won’t be irritated after cleaning, even if you forget to wear rubber gloves!
Ecover All Purpose Cleaner Lemongrass & Ginger
€2.60 per 1 l
Ecover products are biodegradable, and this one smells beautiful on top of that. You can tackle your entire household with 2 caps diluted in a bucket of water, and a pleasant, fresh scent will linger long after you’re done the cleaning.
Sodasan Ecological Glass & Surface Cleaner
€9.60 per 1 l
Not all multi-purpose cleaners have a soap-like formula – this one has a spray bottle which makes it easy to apply to all surfaces. You can clean your windows, mirrors, and counters in one go without switching between cleaning products.
Frosch Aloe Vera Dishwashing Lotion
€2.90 per 1 l
You might be surprised why a liquid dish soap made it to the list of top multi-purpose cleaners, but its uses stretch beyond just doing the dishes. For example, you can use it to clean really dirty windows. Just dilute it with water, clean the surface with a sponge, and then remove the excess with a squeegee. If you have natural stone surfaces at home, you can skip all special cleaners and utilize dish soap in your regular cleaning routine.
Homemade Cleaning Products
Vinegar is a product you can easily get at any grocery store and has multiple uses around the household. Vinegar AKA the cheapest one of multi-purpose cleaners is perfect for tackling the bathroom and kitchen mess and had disinfecting properties. If you’re one of those people who can’t stand the smell of plain vinegar, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil: lavender, tea tree, or lemongrass are perfect for this purpose. Just remember to never use it on natural stone surfaces and you’ll be fine.
All Purpose Disinfectant
You need to mix up 1 part of distilled white vinegar and 1 part of 3% hydrogen peroxide, put the mix on a sponge or cloth and after using it on the surface, leave it for couple of minutes to do its effect, note that you need to use it fast, because the solution won’t last a lot of time. It can be used to disinfect the kitchen, bathroom or any other surfaces you want germ free.
Abrasive DIY Cleaner
Mix up ½ coup of baking soda with 1-2 table spoons of dish soap, this is to make a pasta, it is great to be used for cleaning shower doors as the soap and hard water on it is usually hard to remove. This mix works best on glass surfaces, you can give it a try to see how it works for you.
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