Fabuloso Vs Mr. Clean (5 Comparisons)

Fabuloso Vs Mr Clean

Both Fabuloso and Mr. Clean are brands that make great cleaning products, and it can be hard to choose between the two because they are both popular.

Both these brands have a range of products that cannot be compared head to head. For example, a magic eraser cannot be compared with a multi-surface cleaner.

In this article, we’ll be comparing similar products of both brands: cleaning solutions and wipes. Their strengths and weaknesses will be highlighted and compared.

Fabuloso Vs Mr. Clean

Fabuloso and Mr. Clean are both companies that produce multi-surface cleaners. Their cleaners are both effective at cutting through grease, and grime and they are both good at removing tough stains and hard water spots. Fabuloso and Mr. Clean also make disinfectant wipes.

The major difference between Fabuloso and Mr. Clean is that while Fabuloso makes mainly multipurpose cleaners and wipes, Mr. Clean has a range of products. Mr. Clean makes multi-surface cleaners, disinfectant wipes, magic erasers, sheets, spray cleaners, etc.

Fabuloso Multi-Purpose Cleaner vs Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Cleaner

1- Difference in Ingredients

Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaners come in different scents and has two range of solution: Fabuloso and Fabuloso Complete. While most of these solutions contain similar ingredients, some of them have extra ingredients to tackle deeper cleaning.

Mr. Clean also makes different multi-surface cleaners with different scents.

Here is a head-to-head comparison of the ingredients. Similar ingredients or the ones with similar purposes are listed first.

Water: A baseWater: Provides a solution for all ingredients
C9-11 Pareth-8: (A polyethylene glycol ether) used to remove dirt and grease and also create suds.C9-11 Pareth: For breaking and removing stains
Propylene Glycol Butyl Ether: Solvent, to lift stains from the surface
Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate: Surfactant
Sodium C12-15 Pareth Sulfate: Surfactant
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: A detergent and surfactant
Sodium C10-16 Alkylbenzenesulfonate: For breaking and removing soils
C10-16 Alkyldimethylamine Oxide: Surfactant
Citric Acid: pH regulator
Lactic Acid: ph regulator
Sodium Citrate: pH Adjuster
Sodium Carbonate: pH Adjuster
Fragrance: To proivde the smellFragrances: Proivdes the pleasant smell
Glutaral: Preservative & disinfectant.
BHT (Butylated hydroxytoulene): Preservative
Benzisothiazolinone: Preservative
Colorants: These are dyes used to differentiate different products and also create a brand identity.Colorants such as Polyoxyalkylene Substituted Chromophore
Hydrogen Peroxide: A bleaching-oxidizing agent, Disinfectant
Sodium Chloride: An anti-scaling and bleaching agent
Xanthan Gum: A Viscosity modifier
Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer: For a rich and thick creamy appearance
Carboxymethyl Inulin: Water softener
So we see that both brands have used surfactants, ph adjusters, colorants, and fragrances. ButFabuloso has more ingredients when it comes to bleaching and disinfecting. So here Fabuloso seems to be the winner.

You should note that both Fabuloso and Mr. Clean’s multi-purpose cleaners aren’t toxic but they can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, so be careful when using them.

2- Effectiveness

Both multi-purpose cleaners are great at removing grime, and dirt. You can use them interchangeably and still get similar results.

Mr. Clean however does a better job of removing tough stains, hard deposits, and build-up grime. Mr. Clean claims that the multi-surface cleaner will cut through 100% of grease, dirt, and grime. Fabuloso does not make such a claim.

None of Fabuloso’s multi-surface cleaners disinfects 99.9%, but Mr. Clean makes a special multi-surface cleaner (called Mr. Clean’s antibacterial summer citrus) that kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.

3- Difference in Scents

Both Fabuloso and Mr. Clean’s cleaners come in various flavors/scents. This gives you the advantage of choice. However, you will get more choices with Fabuloso.

Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaners have over 10 flavors/scents that you can choose from, which include, Ocean Paradise, Tropical Spring, Citrus and Fruits, Passion of Fruits, Lavender, Refreshing Lemon, Spring in Bloom, Spring Fresh with Bleach alternative, Sparkling Citrus, Cool Mist, and Floral Burst.

Mr. Clean multi-surface cleaners however don’t have up to 7 flavors to choose from, but they all smell lovely. They are Gain Original, Febreze Meadow and Rain, Gain Tropical Sunrise, Febreze linen, and sky.

Fabuloso scents tend to last longer than Mr. Clean scents. So if you want a cleaner with a last longing smell, fabuloso might be your choice.

In terms of scent life and variet, Fabuloso wins.

4- Difference in Surfaces Cleaned

Mr. Clean and Fabuloso are used to clean hard surfaces.

Mr. Clean’s Multi surface cleaner can be used almost on all the hard surfaces around the house: Toilet, shower, bathtub, floors (linoleum, tile, wood, etc.)

Fabuloso mentions that their product can be used to clean walls, floors, bathrooms, living rooms, and other hard surfaces in the home. When using it on wood surfaces, make sure it is only sealed wood.

So we see that both of these cleaners can be used on almost all hard surfaces. You can use them interchangeably to clean tile floors, bathrooms, toilets, countertops, finished hardwood floors, garbage cans, etc. They work similarly on these surfaces and do not require rinsing.

5- Costs

Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaners are about $0.1875 per liquid ounce, while Mr. Clean is about $0.11 per fl oz.

These rates have been calculated by taking the 128 fl oz can price of both products.

There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the price of these two products but Fabuloso is a bit on the higher side.

Pros of Fabuloso

1- It works on all hard surfaces, and does not stain or discolor the surfaces.
2- It is affordable. It comes in various sizes, so you can easily get one you can afford. It is also cheaper per liquid ounce when compared to many other multipurpose cleaners.
3- It does not leave streaks or residues. After using Fabuloso cleaner, rinsing isn’t necessary. It also cleans bathroom mirrors and glasses without leaving streaks on them.

Cons of Fabuloso

Here’s why people might not like Fabuloso:

1- The scents are strong and can be overwhelming for some people.
2- It is not pet-friendly. If your cat or dog licks a surface you cleaned with a Fabuloso cleaner, it may fall sick. Always rinse surfaces your pet frequents after using Fabuloso, or keep the pets away for about 2 hours.
3- It cannot disinfect. None of Fabuloso’s multipurpose cleaners disinfects fully because they are only designed to cut through grime and dirt.
4- Fabuloso is not cruelty-free, so if you avoid products like these, Fabuloso isn’t for you.

Pros of Mr. Clean

1- One of their cleaner which is an Antibacterial multipurpose cleaner can disinfect. It can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces while cleaning them.
2- The various scents of Mr. Clean cleaners are lovely and not too strong. They aren’t overwhelming even when used undiluted.
3- Mr. Clean cleaners come in different sizes, bottles, and shapes. So there are lots of choices for you.

Cons of Mr. Clean

1- The scents are pleasant but they do not last long.
2- The cleaners aren’t cruelty-free.

Comparison Table (Cleaning Solutions)!

FabulosoMr. Clean
The scent can make you fall sick.The scents are gentle and do not irritate.
May not clean surface build-up dirt well.They are suited for heavy-duty grime and build-up.
They can not disinfect fully (or even 99.9%) but can kill germs to some extent.They do not have disinfecting ingredients. One of the multi-surface cleaners specifically designed for this purpose can disinfect.
Scents last for 24 hoursScents do not last that long.
Has more ingredientsHas fewer ingredients

Fabuloso Wipes vs Mr. Clean Wipes

1- Differences in Ingredients

Both Fabuloso and Mr. Clean wipes are made of Octyl Decyl Dimethyl ammonium chloride, dioctyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, alkyl, and dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride.

The ingredients in both wipes are detergents, and disinfectants, and they are in small proportions so they won’t hurt your skin, eyes, or throat.

So there are no real differences in the ingredients of both these wipes.

2- Difference in Effectiveness & Scents

Since their ingredients are similar, they work the same way and produce the same results. You can use them interchangeably. Choosing one over the other will be a matter of choice and not effectiveness.

The difference you can notice between Fabuloso wipes and Mr. Clean wipes is their scent. Fabuloso and Mr. Clean manufacture their products with scents unique to their brands.

Fabuloso disinfecting wipes come in 2 scents: Lavender and Lemon, while Mr. Clean offers only 1 scent: Citrus.

3- Surfaces Cleaned

Mr. Clean says that these wipes are able to kill most germs, 99.9% of bacteria and viruses (such as flu viruses),* including the COVID-19 Virus.**

These are Pre-moistened, ready-to-use wipes that can be used on washable hard, nonporous, and non food surfaces such as:

• Counters
• Appliances
• Sinks
• stovetops
• doorknobs
• toilet seats
• bathroom sinks

The company specifically mentions a few viruses that these viruses are effective against:

1- Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
2- Salmonella enterica (Salmonella)
3- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
4- Listeria monocytogenes
5- Hepatitis C Virus Oregon [HCV] [C24v-genotype 1 Strain], *Human Coronavirus
6- Influenza A Virus H1N1
7- Rotavirus
8- SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 cause of COVID-19

Fabuloso Disinfecting Wipes are also said to kill most types of viruses and bacteria. The claim is 99.9%.

The company mentions that hard non-porous, non-food surfaces of bathrooms, kitchen, glass, and floor surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected with these wipes.

Both Fabuloso and Mr. Clean wipes are used to clean hard surfaces in the home. You can use the wipes on surfaces their cleaners can also be used.

There is not much of a difference between these wipes.


Fabuloso wipes cost about 12.99 dollars per 3 packs, each containing 35 wipes That’s about 0.1237 dollars per wipe. Mr. Clean however costs about 13.70 dollars per 3 packs, each containing 75 wipes. That’s about 0.06089 dollars per wipe.

Mr. Clean wipes are more affordable.

Comparison Table (wipes)!

FabulosoMr. Clean
Like the cleaners, there are many scents to choose from.Like the cleaners, there are fewer scents to choose from. Citrus is the most common.
They are more expensive, compared to Mr. Clean.They are more affordable, compared to Fabuloso.
There aren’t reusable ones.There are reusable ones.

The Verdict!

Although Fabuloso and Mr. clean cleaning solutions are similar, Fabuloso has more ingredients, can disinfect a little, and has a strong scent. So cleaning might be better with fabuloso or if you need a strong smell, then go for Fabuloso.

If you are looking for a cheap multi-surface cleaner or one with a less overwhelming scent, then go with Mr clean multi-surface solution.

We also have comparisons of Fabuloso with Simple Green, Fabuloso with Pine Sol, Fabuloso with Pinalen, and more.

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