Staying true to the philosophy of "detailing made simple", all purpose cleaners fit right into the concept of simplification.
Instead of filling your garage shelves with endless dedicated cleaners of every kind, now you can eliminate many of the dedicated cleaners by choosing a quality cleaner that is suited for many car cleaning and detailing tasks; hence the label all-Purpose, multi-purpose, or even multi-surface cleaners.
Of course the industry has gone to great lengths to convince you that dedicated cleaners are the "real" way to go and the more professional approach. And if you are enamored with the idea of filling your garage with countless cleaners, polishes, and waxes as some form of badge of honor, then the concept of simplification is likely not part of your world.
Personally, I am always looking for easier and simpler!
When it comes to an all purpose cleaner, you have two basic choices:
Now regardless of your demands, you have a choice that can be ideally suited for your needs. Some people have extremely limited need for a product and simply want a ready to use product that comes complete with sprayer and cleaner. No worrying about dilution ratios, spray bottles, sprayer heads, etc. But everything in life comes with trade-off's as I like to call them. The ready to use all purpose cleaners are as easy as easy can get, but they are not as economical as a concentrate that will make much more, and ultimately costing much less than a ready to use cleaner.
Like I said; "Trade-off's"...
Many guys will want an all-purpose cleaner that is specific to auto detailing and cars in general (see below). But when it comes to all purpose cleaners, I really don't overthink this area of life or car care for that matter. So see my reviews below and you can decide for yourself.
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I discovered Simple Green products years ago and are available at countless retail outlets. But now with the amazing convenience of Amazon, I pretty much go to Amazon first for virtually anything (If I had bought stock in Amazon years ago I may not be writing this right now). I now use this all-purpose cleaner on so many jobs of the auto detailing process.
Almost endless uses with the ability to custom blend for exact desired cleaning power:
Darren's Tip: Experience has taught me that people will become nervous when using a traditional all purpose cleaner on or in their car rather than what is labeled as a dedicated car upholstery shampoo or cleaner. I understand this concern.
Just know that all purpose cleaners do not have to be over-thought. (The very same chemicals are used almost universally regardless of the application: house cleaning, car cleaning, office cleaning, carpet cleaning, etc.) With that said, because this is a concentrate, you can dilute this product to be as aggressive as you want, or as mild as you want. If you are fearful about using this on a particular area of material of your car, then you simply dilute it down to be more mild until you become familiar with it and you are comfortable to make adjustments to your dilution ration.
I accept that there are those of you that simply want to stick to dedicated car care products. I completely understand.
For this reason I include the following options for you.
Any of the ready to use all purpose cleaners (all purpose cleaners are essentially the same as carpet, upholstery, or fabric cleaners) can be used to clean virtually any water safe material. And "water safe" means virtually most anything other than un-coated leathers. And with that said; any leather in your car is what is consider coated or treated leather which means it has been coated with a clear protective layer that makes these leathers so friendly for cleaning and long term durability.
The simple answer for you and your world really comes down to two options:
Since every product on this page will work and be safe for virtually any cleaning requirements of your car, you really don't need to overthink it when it comes to an all purpose cleaner for your car. Everyone is different and has a different perspective on products to clean with. I hav given you plenty of options; you simply need to decide which seems to be the best fit for you and your world:
Based on your world, you will either need just the spray heads above if you already have bottles at home to mix the all purpose cleaners in, or in many case you will need both the spray bottle and spray head. Use the link below to get the highly rated sprayer bottles and spray heads to use with any and all the cleaners you decide to use.
If you would like to see me in action, make sure to check out my YouTube channel where I use the all-purpose cleaners in action in the real world of professional detailing.
You can see the link to my YouTube channel at the bottom of every page of this website.
I wish you much success in your detailing efforts!