If you want to fill the pantry with cleaning products to thoroughly wash the house, you have to dig deep into your pockets. Abrasives, polishes and sponges are now more than 25 percent more expensive than a year ago.
A large number of cleaning products have risen in price much more than the daily groceries. This is evident from figures that NU.nl requested from market research agency Circana (formerly IRI).
“On average, all types of cleaners have become 7 percent more expensive,” says Sjanny van Beekveld of Circana. These are products such as all-purpose cleaners, abrasives and so-called special cleaners. “Specifically for the bathroom, for example,” explains Van Beekveld. With a price increase of 24 percent, abrasives are the outlier here.
Polishes, such as furniture polish, carpet, tile and parquet cleaners, were more than 25 percent more expensive in the first months than in the same period last year. The same goes for sponges. “It should be noted that people may buy more bulk packaging,” reports the Circana researcher. “If more of these are sold, the average price will also rise.”
Products that you put in the dishwasher for less limescale and more shine have become 27 percent more expensive. “The cubes that you put in to wash up with are not.” They have risen in price by less than 4 percent. This product is often on sale.
The same goes for laundry detergent. But those who want to give the curtains a wash now pay almost 6.5 percent more for it. Air fresheners appear to be the cheapest solution for a fresh-smelling house. “They are an exception and have become slightly cheaper.”