Written by Lisa Truesdale. Reviewed by cleaning expert Sean Busch.
It’s cleaning day at your house. You’re trudging all over the place, trying to eliminate messes in the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms, family room, and everywhere else your family and pets hang out. It’s tiring enough doing all that hard work -- who needs the added frustration of lugging around a heavy basket of supplies filled with multiple cleaning formulas, plus sponges, rags, and brushes?
Luckily, you really only need two things for effective everyday cleaning around the home -- clean microfiber cloths and a good all-purpose cleaner.
Perhaps a better question here might be, “What doesn’t all-purpose cleaner do?”
A good all-in-one cleaning formula like Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner effectively removes dirt, dust, grease, grime, caked-on foods, and much more, from virtually any non-porous surface. That means chrome, stainless steel, floors, wood, marble, granite, sinks, electronics, furniture, toys, mirrors, and glass.
Yes, one formula does all that!
Besides the fact that one good multi-surface cleaner can clean nearly every surface in your home, there are other important benefits:
Want to use an all-purpose cleaner throughout your home, but hate when it leaves streaks behind? We’re with you. Follow these easy step-by-step directions for cleaning just about any surface in your home without leaving unsightly streaks or residue behind.
1. Spray the surface* with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner using a sweeping motion. You need only one spray (trigger pull) per 2-foot-by-2-foot surface area; don’t accumulate too much cleaner in one spot. If you’re cleaning the stove or the counter next to it, make sure the surface has cooled completely before cleaning.
*NOTE: Don’t spray electronics or leather directly; first spray the cleaner onto a clean, dry microfiber cloth. For tips on cleaning a computer screen, see How to Clean a Computer Screen Without Leaving Smudges. For tips on cleaning coated leather, see How to Clean Coated Leather.
2. With a clean microfiber cloth, wipe in fast-moving, overlapping “Z” patterns. Use medium pressure, which creates the friction you’ll need to remove all of the cleaning solution from any given surface. As you wipe, you will see the wetness patterns evaporate after you pass over; this confirms you are creating the right amount of friction and heat with the pressure you’re applying. In the following video, Sean Busch, Puracy’s co-founder and resident cleaning expert, demonstrates how to apply our multi-surface cleaner using fast-moving, overlapping “Z” patterns…
3. For heavily soiled areas, such as stuck-on food on the countertop, spray the surface and then wait 30 seconds before wiping. This gives the formula a chance to really cut through the grime.
4. If you’re seeing streaks or residue after you’ve cleaned, then it’s likely due to one of the following reasons:
A liquid spray cleaner comes ready to use; just turn the nozzle to the desired setting (“spray” or “stream”) and you’re ready to tackle all of your cleaning tasks.
With a concentrate, you make your own cleaner at home by mixing the correct amount of concentrate with the correct amount of water in a clean spray bottle. Here at Puracy, we’re proud to be an industry leader in eco-friendly refill pouches and concentrated formulas. They’re an easy choice for your wallet and for the planet.
When it comes to all-purpose cleaner, we offer a 16-oz concentrate bottle. It makes a full gallon of solution, which is the equivalent of more than five of our regular multi-surface cleaner bottles. In the process, our concentrate saves more than 90% in plastic packaging. It’s also much more affordable per ounce -- about half the cost.
When mixing your cleaner according to the directions on the label, Sean recommends using the highest-quality water you can find, ideally distilled or deionized water. You can purchase this type of bottled water at a local store, but if you’re in a pinch, then some refrigerators and sink faucets also dispense water that first runs through a filter.
“I don’t recommend tap water, but if you must use it, always use cold water. Cold water comes directly from the source. If you use hot or warm water, it runs through your hot water heater, which can add hardness or scale to the water.”
Sean Busch, Puracy Co-Founder
Not sure if you live in an area with hard water? See the handy map included with our article How to Remove Hard Water Stains Quickly & Easily.
Plants are biodegradable, so it makes sense that plant-based all-purpose cleaners made without chemical additives, like Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, are completely biodegradable. In fact, if you went out and dumped some in your backyard right now, it would be fully broken down within 28 days, without harming the surrounding vegetation or the kids and pets who play there. (But we know you won’t pour it out, because you need it for your next cleaning day!)
There are some pretty nasty chemicals lurking in many common all-purpose cleaners:
Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is made with plant-based ingredients and water. It gets the job done without the use of harmful chemicals or animal by-products. It’s hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and gluten-free -- gentle enough to use on your baby’s high chair but powerful enough to rid the entire bathroom of dirt and odors.
Here’s what Puracy Co-Founder Sean Busch has to say about Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner...
“We designed this product to be an incredibly versatile daily or regular cleaner. As I've said many times before, frequent care is easy care. Using the gentlest cleaner possible to get a job done will ensure longevity to the surface and greatly reduce health and environmental risks since you aren't using a harsh cleaner. This product will not be your friend if you have nothing but extreme messes to clean up. This is for regular maintenance of all surfaces in your home and will quickly become your best friend once you work it into your normal cleaning routine.
“Our product is also much easier to use and is more versatile than most of our competitors’ all-purpose cleaners. Why? Well... I won’t name names, but our competitors (including many of the natural ones) typically overload their cleaners with surfactants (soap). There is a 0% chance you can effectively clean granite, glass, or stainless effectively with those types of products. Frankly, anything you clean with it will leave a soapy residue afterward.
“We've developed the perfect balance of water and surfactants in our multi-surface cleaner. This allows you to use the same product for all of your daily household surface cleaning. We've actually tried to tweak this formula in the past and failed. This is the one formula that has remained relatively unchanged since 2014.
“Over the course of many years of doing product R&D alongside our chemist, who holds a PhD from MIT, I've found that chemistry has a harmonizing point where ingredients marry together beautifully to produce your desired outcome. We aim for that point with every product we make; we just happened to hit it a long time ago with our multi-surface cleaner."
Now that you know just about everything there is to know about the magic of all-purpose powerhouses like Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, your cleaning days will be quicker, less frustrating, less expensive, and gentler on the environment.