List of cleaning products

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This is a list of cleaning products and agents. Cleaning agents are substances (usually liquids, powders, sprays, or granules) used to remove dirt, including dust, stains, bad smells, and clutter on surfaces. Purposes of cleaning agents include health, beauty, removing offensive odor, and avoiding the spread of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others.

Cleaning products[edit]

A bottle of Swarfega and a dispenser


a 1922 newspaper advertisement for Clorox bleach


A UV-emitting gas discharge lamp for the sterilization of water, an example of a germicidal lamp
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer in a hospital

Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to the surface of non-living objects to destroy microorganisms that are living on the objects.[1]

Laundry detergents[edit]

Laundry detergent, or washing powder, is a type of detergent (cleaning agent) that is added for cleaning laundry.


A bar of carbolic soap
A puck of shaving soap in a ceramic bowl

In chemistry, a soap is a salt of a fatty acid.[2] Household uses for soaps include washing, bathing, and other types of housekeeping, where soaps act as surfactants, emulsifying oils to enable them to be carried away by water.

Soap brands[edit]

A 1937 advertisement for Mysore Sandal Soap
A 1907 advertisement for Sapolio soap

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Division of Oral Health – Infection Control Glossary". U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version: (2006–) "soap". doi:10.1351/goldbook.S05721