Different Types of Cleaning Supplies and How They Work

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There are a lot of different types of cleaning products out there. Do you know the differences between them? Most people don’t! If you understand the differences between common cleaning products and when to use which ones, you can step up your cleaning game and make sure you are using the right product for every job. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common cleaning supplies and what they do.


This is the most common type of cleaning product. Detergents break dirt and debris apart, making them easier to wipe up and wash away. Common household cleaners like dish soaps are under the category of detergents. Detergents come in various forms, including liquids, gels, and powders.


Abrasive products are those that scrub dirt away and can damage some surfaces. Abrasives come in both powder and liquid forms and are usually used for very tough cleaning jobs. Make sure you do not use abrasives on surfaces like stainless steel or plastic because they can scrape and leave scratch marks.


Disinfectant contains an antimicrobial agent in order to kill bacteria and microbes on a given surface. These agents are often pine oil, sodium hypochlorite, or quaternary ammonium compounds. Disinfectants should be used in areas that are most prone to bacteria, such as bathrooms and high-touch surfaces.


Degreasers contain methyl spirits, which work to cut through grease. These are usually used for surfaces where grease builds up, such as on stovetops, inside microwaves, and on counter surfaces in commercial kitchens.

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