Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Top Products to Keep Your Home Clean and Germ-Free

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Top Products to Keep Your Home Clean and Germ-Free

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WHO wouldn't like a home that smells nice, is squeaky-clean and is devoid of unnecessary clutter?

A clean home takes effort and all those rows of products on the supermarket shelves are only as effective as the person pressing the nozzle.

In this first of a two-part series on choosing the best available cleaning products, we look at getting started in the kitchen and bathroom.

Kitchen

There are a number of products on the market (with chemicals and without) claiming to keep your kitchen germ-free and dirt-free.

Packaging often appears different but most have similar ingredients. Spray cleaners usually contain surfactants, solvents and a buffering system. Surfactants change the surface tension of liquids so the solvents or cleaning ingredients can penetrate and dissolve the dirt. Buffering agents help by balancing the acidity so the product can bond with and eliminate stains or dirt.

For surfaces and cupboards, look out for an all-purpose cleaner like Ajax Spray n' Wipe Lemon Citrus 5 in 1 spray, $4.25, which is designed to clean different types of washable surfaces. Read the directions - some sprays can damage surfaces like stone bench tops.

Choosing a multi-surface cleaner is a second option. They are a little bit like an all-purpose cleaner but can be used on fewer surfaces. You can often find multi-surface cleaners designed for use on glass that can be used on tiles, bench tops and in bathrooms (Windex Multi-Surface cleaner, $3.95).

Cleaning wipes can be used to easily wipe down surfaces and then be disposed of (Viva Kitchen Scrub Surface Wipes, $3.85). They can save time but remember to always shut the container tightly or they will quickly dry out.

One of the most challenging jobs in the kitchen is tackling the dirty oven. If you're not into elbow grease, use an oven cleaner that is sprayed on and left for an hour or overnight (Mr Muscle Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner, $4. …

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