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We Tested It: Cleaning With Only One Product

Published on NewsOK Published: November 7, 2012

The clincher was the bathroom floor's tile grout, which is supposed to be off-white but typically ranges from a sickly tan up through the earth tones and into a rich, brownish gray. I tested some homespun remedies on this very same grout for an article awhile back, trying out vinegar, baking soda and Borax. Clean Day—in regular diluted strength—put them all to shame. Previously, only the Borax was effective at whitening the grout, and this required a full-strength application of the gritty powder.

Custom Blend

The liquid formula of Clean Day calls for 1/4 cup of soap for 1 gallon of water. This dilution was strong enough for every surface I tested (using full strength on the kitchen sink was a rookie mistake; just a lot more soap than I needed). For tough cleaning situations, the label says you can apply it full-strength and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping. I tried this on some deeply grease-stained grout on my tiled kitchen counters. It worked well, perhaps not as well as the strong bleach-water solution I use every once in awhile, but the Clean Day didn't fumigate the entire kitchen or make my eyes sting, like the bleach does. The regular dilution of Clean Day worked well on all other surfaces, including a laminate floor, painted cabinets, toilet, tub and an enameled stovetop.

Final Cleanup

Having test-driven Clean Day on all of the above surfaces and more, I highly recommend it for general household cleaning, especially for those of you who like to just git 'er dun by lugging around a bucket and scrubby sponge. The Clean Day label warns against using the soap full-strength on wood floors and stone, and I second that opinion. I won't be using it, diluted or full-strength, on my hardwood floors because they're polyurethaned. My floor finisher (and several other experts I've interviewed over the years) say not to use oil-based soap on polyurethane, as it leaves a residue that could preclude the option of recoating the floor (as opposed to sanding and refinishing). Diluted Clean Day doesn't leave an oily feel on any surface, even without rinsing, but it does contain natural oils, which probably is why it works so well.

Linger No Longer

I actually like the smell of my "Lemon Verbena" Clean Day, mostly because it's authentic; I can't stand artificial odors. But when I entered our bathroom a short while after a thorough scrubbing and mopping with Clean Day, the lemon scent was all but gone. This was icing on the cake for me. The last all-purpose cleaner I bought was Pine-Sol, which has a wickedly phony odor that pervades and lingers like nuclear fallout, alerting your neighbors three doors down that you've finally cleaned your bathroom.

Philip Schmidt writes for

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