It seems like every season has its own potential stains, doesn’t it? In the summer your clothes and (hopefully not) carpets get ketchup and mustard spills from grilling. We can’t seem to get enough of pumpkin spice and candle wax in the fall. Winter is filled with cookie decorating and soil from hiking (if you live in Arizona). Spring, there is dirt everywhere from repotting plants and gardening. We know what you’re wondering…How to clean these common household spills. 

Well, you’re in luck! Zerorez® Phoenix has put together a list of common household spills and how to clean them! 


A note about pH

pH is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration in any water-based element. The more hydrogen the higher the pH. It is measured from zero to fourteen with seven being neutral. Anything below seven is acidic and anything above seven is alkaline. 

The best thing to remember when cleaning common household spills is to focus on the pH. In order to clean anything, it needs to be neutralized. Or brought back to seven. That is why we typically use alkaline degreasers in kitchens and acids in bathrooms. Kitchens have acidic soils like lemon juice, grease, and coffee. Bathrooms have alkaline soils like soap scum and hard water buildup. 

In order to properly clean everything, we attack it with the opposing pH. 


A Note About Cotton Towels 

A good thing to remember when cleaning is microfiber is where it’s at! Cotton towels are good for drying off, but they don’t clean very well. Unlike cotton, microfiber is designed to trap and hold dirt using van der waals force. Similar to how geckos can crawl across walls. 


Getting Down to Business

Here is a list of some common household spills and the best way to attack them we will start with the acids: 


  • Stomach acid


  • Battery Acid
  • toilet bowl cleaner. 


  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar 
  • Grapes
  • CLR. 


  • Cola
  • Cheese
  • Whiskey 
  • Pineapple 
  • Pomegranate 
  • Honey 
  • Mustard
  • Blueberries


  • Beer
  • Beets
  • Ketchup
  • Butter
  • Cherries
  • Apple juice
  • Nectarines
  • Iron


  • Beef fats 
  • Maple syrup
  • Pumpkin
  • Horseradish
  • Beans
  • Coffee.


  • Vodka
  • Coconut
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Black olives
  • Urine


  • Water
  • Milk 
  • Tofu
  • Salt


  • Baking soda
  • Eggs
  • Sea water


  • Toothpaste
  • Handsoap
  • Borax
  • Windex 
  • Natures Miracle


  • Milk of magnesia
  • Soap scum, 


  • Ammonia 
  • Scrubbing bubbles, 


  • Dish soap 
  • Calcium


  • Oven cleaner 
  • Bleach, 


  • Drain cleaner 
  • Sodium hydroxide


Notice anything? For the most part, the potential spills are acidic and the cleaners are alkaline. Although some acids such as lemon juice, vinegar, and toilet bowl cleaner do very well at attacking alkaline-based soils like calcium and soap scum. On the opposite end of that, if you spill lemon juice or vinegar the best thing to use to clean it up is Zr Water since it is the opposite pH. 

Another thing to note is you need to neutralize with the closest opposite pH. For example, stomach acid is on the very end of the acidic spectrum so it needs to be neutralized with the most extreme alkaline. Be aware of what the surface is that you are trying to clean. Some things like wool for example are extremely sensitive to excessive pH on any end of the scale. 

A 13 pH such as lye will neutralize something like battery acid that is 1. Are you starting to see the pattern here? Hopefully, you never have to deal with cleaning up battery acid though! 


The Problem with Cleaning Solutions

There are two major problems with most household chemicals. One is what we pointed out earlier, that using harsh chemicals on specific surfaces are liable to damage the surface. Fabric, especially…  although certain countertops are very sensitive to pH. Check out our blog on countertops to learn more about that! 

The other major problem is chemical residue. When using chemicals you need to make sure you are removing not just the soil from the surface you are cleaning but also the detergent you used to clean it. If that detergent isn’t removed then over time it attracts more dirt to the surface because that is what soap is designed to do! 

The Solution

The best thing to use on acid-based soils is Zr Water. It is high alkaline water that acts like a degreaser because of its alkalinity but unlike anything else up there, it won’t leave behind a chemical residue! 

Leaving all of the surfaces in your home clean and residue-free. 

Give Zerorez® a call today at 480-507-2419 to try it out for yourself! It is a great multi-surface cleaner and the best part is that it’s safe for kids and pets! 

We zerorezify® your carpets, tile, upholstery, and many other surfaces with it. You can try it out for yourself in so many areas around your home! 

  • Stovetops
  • Microwaves
  • Mirrors
  • Pet Toys
  • Glasses
  • High touch areas
  • Countertops
  • Fresh fruit
  • Mopping floors

You don’t need to worry about overspray, it’s so safe you can even spray it in your mouth! Check out our website at to find out more about Zr Water and the other surfaces of your home we can zerorezify®.