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Testing reveals plain water outperforms many cleaners: CHOICE

How do Dettol, Ajax, Pine O Cleen, Windex and others stack up in our testing?

The latest CHOICE testing results for a number of cleaning products are in - and some of the findings are pretty dismal.

CHOICE found that many multipurpose cleaners failed to outperform water in our testing.

"Many of these multipurpose cleaners are not up to standard at all," says cleaning product expert, Ashley Iredale. "They are just not worth wasting your money on. You're better off using plain old water to scrub the area clean."

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Best multipurpose cleaner:
If you're looking for a good multipurpose cleaner, we recommend Nifti Hardworking New Look, which scored 88%.


Worst multipurpose cleaner:
The 30 Seconds Multi Surface Cleaner scored just 39% and fared worse than water, which scored 40% in our tests.

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Floor cleaners

Floor cleaners also performed very poorly in our tests. In fact, CHOICE is not able to recommend a single one of the 17 floor cleaners tested.

The top performing floor cleaners scored only 41% in our testing, with the worst scoring 39%. Plain water scored 40%.

"You really might as well not use floor cleaners. A bit of scrubbing and water will do the job just as well, if not better," says Iredale.

Pine O Cleen Disinfectant Floor Cleaner received a score of only 41%.

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Ajax Floor Cleaner with Baking Soda performed worse than water, with a score of 39%.


Glass cleaners

"When it comes to cleaning windows and mirrors, you really need to buy a glass cleaner. You can't really get away with anything else, otherwise you'll likely end up with smeared and streaky surfaces," says Iredale.

Best glass cleaner:
If you're after a good glass cleaner, look out for Windex Multi-Purpose Surface & Glass It scored 74% on our tests.


Worst glass cleaner: 

Coming in last was ecostore Ultra Sensitive Glass & Surface Cleaner, scoring only 33%.


Kitchen cleaners

Best kitchen cleaner: 

Dettol Healthy Clean Kitchen scored first place, receiving 84% in our testing.


Worst kitchen cleaner:

McLintocks Vanilla Fresh Fridge & Kitchen Wipe was at the bottom of the heap, receiving a score of 40%.


Check out the full reviews here.

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Media contact: Katelyn Cameron, 0430 172 669,