Surface Cleaners – Checking out their cleaning and disinfecting claims
A Consumer Voice Report
|Rank||Total Score out of 100 (rounded off)||Brand||Description||Fragrance||MRP (Rs)||Net Quantity (ml)||Price (Rs)
|Best before (years)||Manufactured/ Marketed by|
|Quaternary ammonium compound-based|
|1||91||Lizol||Disinfectant surface cleaner||Pine||89||500||17.8||2||
Reckitt Benckiser Ltd
|1||91||Clean Mate||Disinfectant floor cleaner||Pine||69||500||13.8||2||Future Consumer Ltd|
|2||90||Vow||Disinfectant surface cleaner||Floral||89||500||17.8||2||Aditya Birla Retail Ltd|
|2||90||Patanjali||Disinfectant floor cleaner||Refreshing||125||1,000||12.50||Not marked||Patanjali Ayurved Ltd|
|3||88||Presto||Disinfectant surface cleaner||Citrus||164||975||16.82||2||Cloudtail India Pvt. Ltd|
|4||84||Mopz||Disinfectant surface cleaner||Lime||87||500+500
Buy 1 get 1free
|Other types of surface cleaners|
|See note*||Mr Muscle||Disinfectant floor cleaner||Floral||142||1,000||14.2||2||S.C. Johnson Products Pvt. Ltd|
|See note*||CIF||Disinfectant surface cleaner||Lemon||99||250||39.6||3||Hindustan Unilever Ltd|
Score Rating: >90: excellent*****, 71–90: very good****, 51–70: good***, 31–50: average**, up to 30: poor*
Lizol | Clean Mate
Value for Money
• Based on the overall test findings, Lizol and Clean Mate are the top performers and are followed by
Vow and Patanjali.
• The value-for-money brand is Patanjali.
• All brands passed in tests for cleaning properties and stability.
• QAC content in all the QAC-based brands met the minimum requirement specified in the Indian
• All QAC-based brands met all requirements specified in the standard except in the case of pH.
• Mr Muscle met the specified limit for pH.
WHAT THEY CLAIM
|Lizol||Removes 100 types of stains and germ strains, kills 99.9% germs||Floor, kitchen and bathroom surfaces|
|Clean Mate||Kills up to 99.9% germs, effective stain cleaner, safe on hands||Kitchen and bathroom surfaces|
|Vow||Kills 99.9% germs, cleans tough stains||Floor, kitchen and bathroom surfaces|
|Patanjali||Kills germs, hypochlorite-free disinfectant||Floor, kitchen and bathroom|
|Presto||Kills 99.9% germs, safe on hands, removes stains||Floor, kitchen and bathroom|
|Mopz||Effective germ kill, long-lasting shine||Floor, kitchen and bathroom surfaces|
|CIF||Tough cleaning, minimum effort||Kitchen, bathroom and around the house|
|Mr Muscle||Kills 99.9% germs||Floor tiles, kitchen sink|
FOR PHYSICOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS
QAC Content | Cleaning Properties | Non-Volatile Matter | Stability | pH | Odour | Colour
QAC content in surface cleaner shall be a minimum 0.40 per cent.
• All QAC-based brands had more than the minimum required amount of the compound.
• As for the other types of surface cleaners, Mr Muscle was found to have 0.16 per cent QAC. CIF did not claim to have QAC.
The material, when applied either neat or diluted with water by means of a clean lint-free cloth or a cotton mop, will clean as described in the Indian Standard.
• All brands were found to clean the surface effectively.
Determination of non-volatile matter or residue is an important qualitative test for products in which the presence of any residue may affect product quality and performance, or process efficiency. Non-volatile matter is the soluble, suspended, or particulate material remaining following evaporation of the volatile solvent that contains the material. For surface cleaners, this shall be a minimum four per cent as per Indian Standard.
• Clean Mate and Lizol scored highest among the QAC-based surface cleaners.
• Non-volatile matter in all the QAC-based brands was above the minimum requirement. As for the non-QAC brands, it was 1.51 per cent in Mr Muscle and 45.32 per cent in CIF.
his is to know if the product will remain effective during its life period.
• All brands cleared the test.
pH value of surface cleaners shall be in the 5–7 range. This is considered to be neutral value since it will not adversely affect either the surface or the person who is using the cleaner.
• All brands except Mr Muscle were above the specified limit (5–7).
The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, 7 being considered neutral. Anything below 7 is considered acidic and anything above 7 is considered alkaline.
Odours and Colours
The material shall be odourless or with a pleasant fragrance.
• All tested brands had acceptable odour and pleasant fragrance.
The material shall be colourless or with a suitable colour. The product, when applied for cleaning and subsequent wiping out with wet mop, should not leave any coloration or stain on the floor or any other surface. On dilution with water as recommended, the colour shall be faint to colourless.
• All the brands were light-coloured.
|Quaternary ammonium compound-based||Other types of surface cleaners|
|Parameter ¯||Weightage (%)||Lizol||Clean Mate||Vow||Patanjali||Presto||Mopz||CIF||Mr Muscle|
|QAC content||40||35.52||35.52||36.56||40.00||33.68||31.92||Not claimed||0.16%
Packing and Marking
Packing should be proper because it protects the product from deterioration and increases its shelf life. The material should be packed in glass bottles or suitable plastic containers, provided with a pilfer-proof cap made of either metal or plastic. The size of the container should be 200 ml, 500 ml or 1 litre.
Each pack should feature the following details about the product:
a) Indication of the source of manufacture
b) Net content of the material
c) Name of the material
d) Month and year of manufacture, and Batch No. and Code No.
e) Direction for use
f) Cautionary label stating ‘do not mix with household soap & detergents’
h) Customer-care details
• All the brands were packed in plastic bottles.
• Patanjali did not feature both cautionary label and the ‘best before’ date.
QAC-based surface cleaners versus phenolic compound-based floor cleaners
|QAC-based surface cleaners||Phenolic compound-based floor cleaners|
|Active ingredient||Cetylpyridinium chloride, cetalkonium chloride, benzalkonium chloride, or any proven quaternary ammonium compound, suitable for the purpose||Emulsions consisting of coal-tar acids or similar acids derived from petroleum with or without hydrocarbons, or other phenol compounds including substituted phenolic compounds or a mixture of these|
|Uses||Floor, kitchen and bathroom surfaces||Floor/bathroom|
|Environment effect||None or very less||Yes, high|
|Price||Rs 120–Rs 170 per litre||Rs 40–Rs 60 per litre|
|Cleaning and disinfectant||Both||Both|