Home Made Simple All Purpose Cleaner

Last updated date: August 26, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3

Home Made Simple All Purpose Cleaner

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Overall Take

This surface cleaner can tackle even the toughest jobs, handling everything from doorknobs and kitchen counters to bathroom shower grime. The formula is made from 80% plant ingredients, but it's free of phosphates, dyes and other chemicals. The scent is a combination of lemon, lavender and rosemary to make your home smell like a fresh summer day. In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the Home Made Simple Home Made Simple All Purpose Cleaner placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Surface Cleaner for a detailed review of all the top surface cleaners.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
108 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Multi-Purpose Cleaner is made with plant-based ingredients. It will clean well everything from the kitchen counters to doorknobs to accidental spills. Just spray on surfaces and wipe with a kitchen paper towel or cloth. In these delightful scents of lemon, lavender, and rosemary, spring cleaning just might become a daily event.
- Sandra's Easy Cooking
What I love most is that you don’t have to scrub hard, so a simple task for children that can lessen your load. Made without fluff or frills, this multi-surface cleaner gets the job done and is safe on hard surfaces that you want to see sparkle around your home.
- Modern Day Moguls
I used the multi-purpose spray on the shelf since I couldn't remove the glass. I didn't even let it sit like I usually do -- just wiped it up and it came up immediately. I was impressed that it cleaned glass so well. No streaking and it worked easily and quickly.
- Thrift Decor Chick
What experts didn't like
Unable to use on unfinished wood.
- Modern Day Moguls

From The Manufacturer

Homes get dirty. We get 'em clean. Made with plant-based ingredients, Home Made Simple Multi-Purpose Cleaner gives grime a run for its money. Made without any fluff or frills, this cleaner gets the job done and is safe on hard surfaces that you want to see sparkle around your home (but please, no unfinished wood). From kitchen counters to doorknobs to accidental spills: simply spray on hard surfaces and wipe with a paper towel or cloth. Plus, with this delightful lavender scent, spring cleaning just might become a daily event.

Overall Product Rankings

Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
1. Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
VEO Active-Probiotics All Purpose Cleaner
2. VEO Active-Probiotics All Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 3
Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Concentrate, Basil Scent
3. Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Concentrate, Basil Scent
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
GreenWorks Multi-Surface Cleaner
4. GreenWorks Multi-Surface Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
Melaleuca Tough & Tender All Purpose Cleaner
5. Melaleuca Tough & Tender All Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
Home Made Simple All Purpose Cleaner
6. Home Made Simple All Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Pledge Multi-Surface Citrus Cleaner
7. Pledge Multi-Surface Citrus Cleaner
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
PUUR Home Natural All Purpose Cleaner
8. PUUR Home Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
303 Products Multi Surface Cleaner Spray
9. 303 Products Multi Surface Cleaner Spray
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
Capri Essentials Lemon Verbena All Purpose Cleaner
10. Capri Essentials Lemon Verbena All Purpose Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Surface Cleaners

Few things feel as good as a squeaky-clean house. When surfaces are smooth and everything smells nice, being home is enjoyable. But getting your home to that point takes some work. At the very least, you’ll need cleaning supplies like surface cleaners, rags, a mop and paper towels.

The amount of work your housekeeping venture takes starts with the supplies you use. A good surface cleaner can cut down on your work considerably. At one time, household cleaners were packed with chemicals that filled homes with an unpleasant scent, often injected with an artificial smell like lemon or orange, but not anymore.

One way today’s cleaners keep those smells more pleasant is by reducing and eliminating chemicals. Using organic ingredients like plant extracts, these products can clean just as efficiently as their chemical counterparts without the unwanted odor.

But scent isn’t the only reason to choose an organic cleaner. Since you’ll be inhaling the fumes from your cleaner, along with other members of your household, you may find plant-based products a safer alternative.

Environmental friendliness is another benefit of many of today’s cleaning products. Cleaning products make their way down the drain, so plant-based cleaners are easier on the water supply. If you’re eco-conscious, also make sure to look for a cleaner in a recyclable bottle, as well as one made from recycled plastic.

Of course, one of the most important features in a cleaner is how effective it is at doing its job. You’ll need to look for one that’s multi-surface unless you plan to buy separate cleaners for your floor, countertops and shower stall. But there may be instances where you need a cleanser that does some of the work for you. If you have a heavy-duty cleaner on hand, you can handle built-up grime and gritty stains without having to scrub for long time periods.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you run out of cleaning products, don’t worry. There are a few things you already have around the house that can handle the job. If you have a stubborn spot that needs steel wool, for instance, aluminum foil works almost as well. Vinegar can help with those greasy dishes. Just add a few drops to your dishwashing soap and start up your dishwasher. Perhaps one of the most interesting cleansers, though, is vodka. If your mattress needs disinfecting, simply put some vodka in a spray bottle and spritz the mattress before putting the sheets on. Vodka is highly flammable, so only do this if you’re sure there won’t be a flame in the area at any time in the future.

The Surface Cleaner Buying Guide

  • Some cleansers are provided in concentrate form, which means you dilute the contents in water. This can reduce your carbon footprint while also saving you money since one bottle will last a long time.
  • Some surface cleaners are labeled as antibiotic. However, experts have cautioned against using antibacterial cleaners, as too much can lead to antibacterial resistance. Studies also have concluded that they’re no better than plain soap and water at fighting bacteria.
  • It’s a big misconception that cleaners made from organic materials can’t work as well as those filled with chemicals. Many are just as effective while also being more pleasant to use.
  • Scent is a huge priority for many when choosing cleaners. Today’s products are often designed with that in mind, providing more natural scents, including lavender, gardenia and rosemary.
  • Some cleaners require rinsing, making them better for sinks and bathrooms, while others are simply sprays you can wipe off with a dry paper towel or cloth.
  • Packaging is important. You’ll find some cleaners that come in multi-packs with a spray nozzle that you can move between bottles. Then when it’s time to order refills, you can buy more multi-packs and save money.
  • Some cleaners can leave a residue, even when they advertise that no rinsing is necessary. Keep an eye out for that when you’re browsing reviews.
  • If you’ll be using your cleaner in areas like bathrooms, make sure the one you choose includes disinfectant to get the clean you need.
  • For areas like kitchens, a cleaner that lets you spray and wipe can be especially useful on a daily basis. When you have a spill, you just have to spray that area, saving you the trouble of wiping the entire area down.
  • Although many cleaners promise to be great for all types of surfaces, glass often needs a product specially designed to reduce streaking.