Compare disinfectants from brands including Pine O Cleen, Dettol Glen 20, Dettol, Strike, ALDI Power Force, White King, Domestos, Woolworths Essentials and Coles Ultra on effectiveness, smell, ease of use, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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It’s not just muddy shoes we should be worried about bringing inside the house. Various types of bacteria such as E. coli and faecal matter are commonly found under the soles of our shoes, with different types of germs also potentially clinging onto other items we usually take outside, such as backpacks. Airborne bacteria are also common, especially in households with pets or with poor ventilation. Indeed, our homes can be breeding grounds for microbes, which is why it’s important to have a good disinfectant on hand to keep surfaces clean and your family healthy. But which products are worth stocking up on and which are not?
To find out, we surveyed more than 1,600 Aussie consumers for their feedback on the disinfectant(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last 12 months. Respondents compared and rated brands on effectiveness, smell, ease of use, environmental friendliness, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
Pine O Cleen came out sparkling clean in our latest ratings, picking up five-star reviews for effectiveness, smell, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
Here are the best disinfectants in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Pine O Cleen rated best in our latest disinfectants review, being the only brand to achieve five stars for overall satisfaction. Most other brands achieved four stars, while supermarket private labels Woolworths Essentials and Coles Ultra ended on three stars for overall satisfaction.
Dettol Glen 20 took the lead for ease of use and achieved full marks for effectiveness. It got the same result for packaging design, as did Strike. Several brands additionally scored five-star reviews for value for money, including Strike, ALDI Power Force and Woolworths Essentials.
Pine O Cleen ‘nose’ what’s up when it comes to smelling fresh. The brand offers a large selection of disinfectant wipes, floor cleaners and multipurpose cleaners in both spray bottle and wipe varieties. You can usually score these for anywhere between $5 and $15.
Pine O Cleen’s hospital-grade disinfectants can be used on surfaces such as floors, walls, countertops and tables. Some products are said to contain 1.5% benzalkonium chloride and are said to kill germs and eliminate grime and dirt. Different scents include Lemon, Eucalyptus, Pine, ‘Crisp Apple’, Lavender and Lemon Lime. Products are usually available in 400ml, 500ml, 750ml, 1L and 1.25L. Its wipes alternatively come in packs of 90, 120, 180 and 540.
To leave a bathroom smelling like flowers, or for any other place in the house for that matter, Dettol’s Glen 20 Disinfectant Spray is designed to neutralise bad odours and disinfect both hard and soft surfaces. The product can additionally be used to remove bacterial odours on fabrics.
The Dettol Glen 20 disinfectant is claimed to kill up to 99.9% of germs and viruses, and to eliminate sources of mould allergens and control the growth of mould and mildew. Dettol’s Glen 20 Disinfectant Spray comes in several scents, including Lavender, ‘Country Scent’, ‘Crisp Linen’, ‘Citrus Breeze’ and Original.
When it comes to anything clean, the brand Dettol just rolls of the tongue. It provides a large variety of household cleaning products, such as multipurpose sprays, disinfectant wipes, washing machine cleaners, laundry sanitisers, kitchen sprays and bathroom sprays. Dettol is also popular for its personal hygiene range, which includes instant hand sanitisers, hand wash, body wash and first aid & antiseptics. Dettol products usually check out for anywhere between $3.60 and $5.
Strike is another easy supermarket pick, with all products exclusively available from Woolworths. From floor cleaners and glass cleaners, to bleach toilet gels and multipurpose disinfectant wipes, Strike has a wide variety of cleaning products to spruce up your home for $4 and under. The brand also sells mops, mop refills, scrubbing brushes and drain cleaners for $10-$12. Plus, there are a few scents to help keep your house smelling fresh, such as Vanilla & Pomegranate, Eucalyptus and Lavender. Strike spray cleaners usually come in 750ml containers, while bottled disinfectants are usually available in 500ml, 750ml and 1.25L varieties. Carpet cleaners are additionally sold as either 300g or 500g cans.
For affordable cleaning products that won’t soak up too much of your hard-earned cash, ALDI Power Force has a couple of options. Available in a 300g can, the Anti Bac Plus Surface Spray Disinfectant is said to be effective against viruses such as Influenza, and can supposedly kill up to 99.9% of E. coli and S. aureus bacteria. The product is also stated to use odour neutralising technology to remove bad odours.
ALDI Power Force’s range also includes the Pro Heavy-Duty Cleaner, another hospital-grade disinfectant that comes in a 1.25L bottle. Other products include disinfectant wipes and multipurpose cleaners. All items usually cost under $4.
White King is arguably one of Australia’s leading cleaning brands with over 40 products on offer. The brand stocks various disinfectant products for your home, bathroom, toilet, laundry and powerful bleach products. The White King Original Disinfectant Cleaner comes in various concentrations and forms, including a 500ml spray bottle, and 1L and 1.25L bottles. These check out at about $4.60 (1L) in most supermarkets.
The Domestos cleaner is an all-rounder, providing a hospital-grade disinfectant designed to kill germs, dirt and mould around your home. This product can be used on most things, including toilets, showers, bathroom surfaces, waste pipes, drains, kitchens and even for soaking nappies! The Domestos disinfectant is typically available for $5.50 and comes in a 1.25L bottle.
The Woolworths Essentials Disinfectant is suitable for floors, walls, toilets and bathroom areas. It comes in a Eucalyptus Scent 2L bottle which retails for around $1.40. The supermarket also offers the Domestic Cleaner, which checks out at $2.30 for 1.25L.
Coles Ultra is the supermarket’s budget-oriented line of household cleaning products, which includes air and surface disinfectants. Coles offers various options including disinfectants in Eucalyptus and Pine scents, which are claimed to kill up to 99.9% of germs and provide 24-hour germ protection when used undiluted. These retail for just $2.50 for 1.25L bottles. The supermarket’s Coles Ultra range additionally includes the Disinfectant Bleach Cleaner, which is similarly available in a 1.25L bottle for $2.30.
How do Aussies scrub up when it comes to keeping the home clean? Our survey revealed one in three (32%) respondents purchased and used disinfectants more regularly since the onset of COVID-19. Nearly a fifth (19%) even changed their habits to now use a disinfectant on a daily basis.
When picking the best option on the shelf, two-fifths (40%) of adults said they have tried multiple disinfectants and nearly a quarter (24%) simply opt for whichever is the cheapest or on special. However, a handful of consumers worry their cleaning product isn’t strong or effective enough (7%).
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a disinfectant for household cleaning purposes in the last 12 months – in this case, 1,606 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
Below is the past winner of Canstar Blue’s disinfectant review: