How we test multipurpose cleaners


Here's how we get the results that help you choose the best multipurpose cleaner.

Getting an all-round clean


Whether you're doing a full spring clean or a quick whip around to spot-clean some daily messes, the job is made much easier with an effective multipurpose cleaner.

Our expert testers

We send multipurpose cleaners available from major supermarkets to a laboratory for testing. We also calculate in-house the value for money of each product by measuring how much detergent comes out with each pump of the trigger.

How we choose which multipurpose cleaners we test

With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one multipurpose cleaner to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most brands on the market and what you're most likely to see in stores.

We check in-store to see what's available across the range of products. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they're the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.

How we test multipurpose cleaners

Overall score

We've changed the way we test multipurpose cleaners. Lab experts put each multipurpose cleaner to the test by soiling PVC sheet with oily grime (the PVC sheet holds the soil better than the ceramic tile we usually use, giving us a better graduation of scores, rather than 100% across the board). Using a scrubbing apparatus with a sponge attached, the sheet is scrubbed 40 times. The reflectance readings are taken before and after cleaning to determine the overall score which is a measure of dirt removal.

Test criteria explained

Dirt removal accounts for 100% of the overall score.

Ready to buy?

Take a look at our multipurpose cleaner reviews for full test results.


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