Is toilet cleaner an acid

Do you want to bring your apartment up to scratch again? Great idea! There is only one problem when gathering all cleaning agents: Which ones do you actually use for what? And do you even need them all? Here we introduce you to the most important utensils, explain the differences and how to use them. With this knowledge, you can safely and systematically tackle your apartment cleaning in the future. Your apartment will shine, damage will be avoided and you will also save a lot of time. Here we go!

1. The basics are sufficient


  • Dishwashing liquid
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Scouring milk
  • Acetic or citric acid cleaners
  • Toilet cleaner


  • Feather dusters or cloths
  • Microfibre cleaning rags (various colors)
  • Gloves

2. What for what: The pH scale reveals it!

To understand what the different detergents do and where they are used, you can use the pH scale of each detergent as a guide. It sounds complicated, but it is very simple and can be found on every label. The scalegoesby the wayfrom 0 to 14, so the neutral pH is 7.


The lower the pH, the more acidic the detergent. The acidic ones, such as the citric acid / vinegar essence and the toilet cleaner, are suitable for removing limescale. Conversely, the following applies: the higher the pH value, the more basic or alkaline the agent. These include, for example, the pipe and grill cleaner, or the floor cleaner. These loosen fat.


These are among the neutral cleaners (pH value around 7) Handsdetergent and the Glass cleaner. It can be used on all glass surfaces such as mirrors, glass tables and windows. In principle, however, you can also do without the glass cleaner, because ordinary washing-up liquid is also suitable for lightly soiled glass surfaces. Despite its fat-dissolving power, most hand washing-up liquids (approx. 6) are pH-neutral as they often come into contact with the skin. Simply put a little washing up liquid in water and use it to clean the panes, then rub dry with a microfiber cloth. Also the All-purpose cleaner (approx. 9) is somewhat basic, i.e. fat-dissolving, but still relatively pH-neutral. This makes it ideal for use in the entire household. Whether wall and floor tiles, furniture, doors or the wash basin. For everything that can be wiped off.


3. Acid against lime, base against fat

As already explained above, you can recognize an acidic cleaning agent by its low pH value (approx. 0-5), while a basic cleaning agent is characterized by its high pH value (approx. 9-14). So far so good. But which products exactly are the acidic and basic cleaning agents? And for which areas in the home are they suitable? Of course we have an answer for that too.


The acidic cleaning agents remove limescale and are therefore suitable for surfaces that frequently come into contact with water. The is very suitable in most of the bathroom Bathroom cleaner (approx. 4), which removes limescale stains and soap marks on surfaces, fittings, tiles as well as in the shower and tub. By the way: In the case of light soiling, you can always use the All-purpose cleaner use to wipe all surfaces! If there are more severe calcifications, you can use them Scouring milk or the Vinegar essence (about 2.5). Since the latter is very acidic, it is ideal for stubborn limescale deposits, such as in the kettle or on the sink. Finally, there is the ultra-acidic Toilet cleaner (approx. 1), which not only removes limescale deposits in the toilet, but also urine stones.


Now we know how to dissolve lime - but what about fat? You can often find that in the kitchen. A very strongly basic agent is, for example, the Pipe and grill cleanerthat removes particularly stubborn fat deposits, such as those on cooker hoods, hobs or the grill. Also a few Floor cleaner can have a very high pH value, but like any other cleaning agent, this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. The is generally suitable for heavy encrustations in the kitchen and bathroom Scouring milk preferably. For both fat and lime incrustations. Lime and fat dissolving at the same time? Yes, because the actual cleaning power is not the pH value, but the contained one Abrasive particles. The scouring milk can be used on many surfaces. However, depending on how coarse the particles are, you should be careful with some surfaces (e.g. with sensitive fittings). Therefore: Read the application description before use in order to avoid bad scratches!

Attention: If something is strongly acidic or strongly basic, caution should always be exercised and should not be used for certain materials. Very sensitive materials require special cleaning agents.

4. Less is more

The rule of thumb for cleaning and therefore also for the dosage of a cleaning agent is: less is more! Chemical cleaners usually cause unnecessary streaks and thus ensure even more cleaning work and a higher expenditure of time. So it's best to focus on the above classicwhich are basically suitable for cleaning all rooms. Also pay attention to the amount of the respective agent. Unfortunately, there is no fixed rule for this, but must be determined at your own discretion. When it comes to the mixing ratio with water, the saying often applies: one cap to one liter. If you are unsure about the application or dosage despite everything, just have a look as always Application description on the label.

Attention: The motto “less is more” does not apply to cleaning cloths and sponges. You should have enough of these in stock to tackle the cleaning of the apartment hygienically. That will help you with that 4-color system: red towels and sponges for the toilet, yellow for the rest of the bathroom, green for the kitchen and blue for the bedroom and living room. This prevents germs and bacteria from spreading from room to room. Even if you don't have all the colors in stock, just always use separate cleaning cloths for different areas.

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Do you know of a certain cleaning agent that is particularly effective in removing limescale, grease or other dirt? We look forward to your tip in the comments.