Dr Chemical shares his top six power products that will make your cleaning regime easier.
1. Biozet Attack laundry powder
This remarkable product is the Rolls-Royce of laundry detergents and is the latest in the growing list of enzyme-based products.
These remarkable products have a very temperature-specific action. Their optimum performance is at about body temperature (as they are natural products) but drops off rapidly at hotter or colder temperatures.
This makes them the ideal prewash. Tip a bit on to the stain and rub it in with your fingers; because your fingers are at body temperature, this will activate the enzymes to release their remarkable stain-lifting properties. After this, toss it in a bucket of warm water for 30 minutes.
With this type of pre-treatment you don't need to use it in the washing machine but can get away with a much cheaper product (a 2.5kg tub of Biozet is an astonishing $35).
2. Mr Sheen
Mr Sheen has been around for years and, although it used to be marketed as a furniture polish, it is now sold as a general- purpose cleaner - and general purpose it certainly is.
A silicone emulsion gives that familiar sheen to anything you use it on and the white spirit gives it excellent mark-removing properties (armrest grime, inks or oils).
3. Kitten Cream Cut & Polish No. 2
Although this a car polish, it is the best stainless-steel polish on the market today. With just the right level of grit, it will remove stains or marks without compromising the finish.
4. Amway Laundry prewash
This is the only solvent-based prewash on the market today and is the closest thing to the old Preen, which had no peers as a laundry prewash.
It works best on inks and texta marks.
5. OzKleen Shower Power
This uses citric acid as the active ingredient and is a powerful and effective cleaner for soap scum.
6. Coopex powder insecticide
The only remarkable thing about this product is that it is cheap. It's essentially a powdered form of permethrin, one of the oldest and most effective surface sprays on the market today.
You can make it up in a garden sprayer for a fraction of the cost of Mortein and it will work just as well.
Available from hardware stores.