21 Kitchen Cleaning Products That People Actually Swear By
A sensational skillet scraper, foaming garbage disposal cleaner, and multiple multi-surface cleaners to get every dang corner of your kitchen looking and smelling its best.
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All you gotta do is run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Then, kiss all the ickiness that's been living down there goodbye! No wonder it's got over 1,000 5-star reviews.
Promising review: "WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE???! Holy cow, I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. I didn't know that there was an actual disposal cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. I had to try it. The instructions are very simple. It literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! you have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Any time I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of these packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus, the blue foam bubbling in the sink was amusing to watch. Worth every penny!!" — VadersGirl
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strong scraper with the right ~skills~ to ~let~ you get every last piece of crusted on grease and grub off your beloved cast-iron skillet (and other cookware too).
It's got over 3,400 positive reviews!!!
Promising review: "I have been told I cackle wildly when using these. Where there used to be frustration and curse words, there is now glee and sweet satisfaction. Scraping pans, tins, and tray sheets has become a breeze since I bought these. Originally bought for my cast-irons, but the other cookware wanted in on that non-scratch, sweet sweet scrape action." — Amazon Customer
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Natural, cleansing, and odor-eliminating
Bottle Bright tablets to make one of your least favorite chores — cleaning out your gross water bottle or travel mug — unbelievably easy, not to mention to eliminate coffee and tea stains in there you thought were permanent.
Several reviewers also recommend this for stainless steel coffee pots! All you have to do is fill your bottle with warm water, drop a single tablet in, and let it fizz the gunk away. The tablet dissolves completely, so once you dump out the water, you can use your bottle again right away! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on Bottle Bright. Promising review: "Can I give Bottle Bright 10 stars? This is a MIRACLE product. I saw it on Shark Tank last week and was really surprised that Lori was the only one that made them an offer (the other Sharks must not use Contigo travel mugs). I immediately ordered it to try and save my Contigo mug that I thought was too far gone. One 10 minute go-round with this product in warm water cleaned the dark brown layer of crud off the bottom of the mug, revealing perfect, shiny, good-as-new stainless steel underneath! I'd tried everything to get that off, but the shape of the bottle made it nearly impossible to scrub. With this product, it rinsed right off like it was nothing. I decided to try one more tablet with hot water and leave it overnight to get the stains off the sides of the bottle. This morning when I rinsed it out, I was absolutely blown away by how perfect it looks. I almost didn't want to put more coffee in it! Also, as the product was sitting and doing its thing in the water, there was no odor whatsoever, and there is absolutely no residual taste. I don't know how they did it, but this incredible product is a MUST-HAVE if you have a mug that you find impossible to clean!" — Erica C.
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dish squeegee with a straight side and a curved side so it can clean all the icky leftovers from both plates and bowls. It's good for countertop spills, too!
It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe! Here's to never having to touch gross wet food (especially off someone ELSE'S plate) again.
Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment, with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" — Elizabeth
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It's dishwasher-safe and even has a little hooked part to allow you to store it on the edge of the sink or counter!
Promising review: "Surprisingly durable. This is a much more solid hand tool than I expected. It works perfectly for the application it was designed for. Both the squeegee side and the brush side work well and if you're in the middle of a cooking project, it hooks nicely (by the handle) on the edge of the sink so it's out of the way but quickly available. It's far superior to using a washrag or hand towel to mop up counter water or crumbs." — DGB
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And a handy
bottle brush set you can use along with the above tablets or with good old fashioned soap and water to give your bottle the cleaning it deserves.
The set includes a big bottle brush, a straw brush, and a round detail brush that's great for mouthpieces.
Promising review: "We have several bottles we use for water and I occasionally put iced tea in mine, so they get dirty. This tool is perfect for cleaning all of them. We use Hydro Flask water bottles, and one had a plastic straw that was impossible to clean before we has this tool. The big brush fits down all of our bottles and reaches the bottom. The straw cleaner works great with any straws, and we use the last tool to clean the mouth pieces and it works for that. This is a great little kitchen tool to have around if you use reusable bottles. It definitely helps us not throw away a couple hundred plastic bottles of water a month!!" — WolfHunter1043
Get a set of three from Amazon for
$9.99 (available in two colors).
Super absorbent and multipurpose
microfiber cleaning cloths with over 4,000 (yes, you read that right) positive reviews — probably because they can do all the dirty work without leaving any streaks or scratches behind.
They're machine washable and can even be used to wash your car!
Promising review: "These are amazing for cleaning and a great price! I’m mad at myself for not purchasing sooner. In an effort to reduce the huge amount of paper towels we go through, I decided to purchase these. I use one to two a day for kitchen cleanup and put them in the laundry. They pick up little crumbs easily and don’t leave my quartz streaky. I have a super messy 10-month-old and I clean his highchair with these and they work wonderfully. I also use these for dusting — they pick up everything. The only thing that was a negative was that the first time I washed them in warm water (per instructions), the yellow color bled onto the white and turned them an off white color. Not a big deal, but be careful not to wash the yellow rags with anything you care about! Last thing, but don’t use fabric softener with these or they won’t be as absorbent!" — Meg R.
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dishwasher cleaning tablets that are septic-safe, made for busting mineral buildup and odors, and beloved by over 2,700 (!!!) reviewers.
Just pop one in for a full cycle and let it work its magic. Plus, you only need to use it once a month, so a single, $6 six-pack will last you a while!
Promising review: "Worked very well! We’ve lived in our home a while, and small remedies haven’t done much to help clean the dishwasher. I finally decided to give a cleaner a try, and this one worked exceptionally well. The pics above are after one use of two packs (as per instructions for a particularly dirty washer). I'll definitely be getting more when I run out to help maintain a cleaner dishwasher!" — chocobeanie
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silicone dish gloves with scrubby bristles on the inner palm and fingers, because why bother reaching for sponges and brushes when you can ~hand~le all the gunk on your dishes with your own digits?
They'd work great for cleaning tasks outside the kitchen, too!
Promising review: "These gloves make cleaning and washing dishes much easier and more efficient. They foam up quite well and scrub dishes just as well as any sponges. They'll save me a lot from buying sponges. The silicone is nice and thick, and the bristles are nicely compact and scrub well. Definitely worth the price." — Joseph Ho
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$10.99 (available in three colors).
Keurig cleaning cups that can be used with any Keurig single-cup machine and will keep your homemade brews tasting their best, without any residue from old batches to make them taste like the crappy cup of coffee Buddy buys Jovie in Elf.
"Brew" one of these in your machine about once a week or when switching between regular coffee and tea and sweetened drinks so that you can make the
actual world's best cup of coffee. Promising review: "Tried this on the office machine that hadn't been cleaned in forever, and I couldn't believe the disgusting brown/black water that came out. But, holy moly, what a difference! It even cleaned the tea stains out of the cup I used to catch the water running through the machine. And everything now tastes so much better!" — Batzone
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Elizabeth Lilly loves this stuff! She says: "I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout instead of cooking. But as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas in, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well." Promising review: "It cleans so well my dishes squeak! Really loving this! I feel like I’m not wasting so much detergent. Plus, I love that I can squirt it directly into the plastic straws on my reusable travel cups!" — Gma
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Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaning kit, which has everything you need to ensure that those stains on your smooth-top range will be ~cooked~ — just ask the over 1,500 folks who've left a ~range~ of praise.
It comes with a bottle of cleaner, a scraper, and a cleaning pad.
Promising review: "Works amazing! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years, only wiped it down with random multi cleaners that never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product...AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said, it will leave your cooktop shiny and new. Even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off — 98% better. The key is to use very little product. Let it dry to a haze and wipe with a clean dry cotton towel (just like waxing a car). If you aren't getting a mirrored finish, it's because you've used too much product and not enough elbow grease to polish it off." — B. Swartwood
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Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner, a beeswax and orange oil formula that's basically like a spa treatment for your wood surfaces, be they your kitchen cabinets or floors. In addition to polishing, it adds a protective layer and helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading.
BuzzFeed's full write-up on this wood polish! Promising review: "We are working on remodeling our kitchen, but we love our cabinets. I had been wiping them down with wood oil, but I felt like the wood oil left them sticky and dull. I tried Pledge and that was worse. So I bought this based on reviews and I'm so glad I did. This stuff is amazing. It is not sticky or tacky. I brings out the luster and shine of the wood. I use it on everything! Like my dining room table, because that gets wiped down a few times a day. I had an antique cherry server that was started to look more walnut with age. A swipe of this and the cherry comes shining through again. This product is also great at covering water marks." — Diana
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Bar Keepers Friend, an all-purpose cleaner that looks seemingly "permanent" stains on your stove, sink, fridge, or even cookware in the eye and laughs in their faces.
Just look at the difference it made on BuzzFeed Shopping editor Kayla Suazo's stove! Check out her full
review of Bar Keepers Friend. Promising review: "As of late, my seven-year-old Le Creuset has been looking anything but appetizing. It had a lot of black stains from constant use, and I've never been able to find anything to get rid of them. However, Bar Keepers Friend managed to make it look like new! And the scrubbing pad worked like a charm. I was left with a clean Dutch oven and absolutely no scratches or damage to the enamel. I wish I had taken a before picture to fully illustrate the difference. I will definitely purchase this product again." — Carrie M.
Get the liquid formula and a two scrubbing cloths from Amazon for
$17.99. You can also get a powdered version from Amazon for $7.39.
A reusable, stink-proof
dish cloth that scrubs super well without retaining all the grossness that regular sponges do. Oh, and unlike said basic sponge, this can last for months and months...and months.
The holey texture makes it easy to rinse out food residue that would be left rotting in a dense sponge. They can also be tossed in the dishwasher or washing machine when you want to give them a more thorough cleaning (though they may shrink in the dryer).
Promising review: "I have been using this same cloth daily for almost seven months. I lathers like a dream with very little soap and scrubs well without damaging the finish on delicate items. It dries quickly, and is in great shape even after so much use. I throw it in the washer once a week to keep it fresh and clean. I used to go through one sponge a week. It has paid for itself many times over. These hold a lot of water, so use a separate rag for cleaning counters. Update: I now use these cloths exclusively. I replace them roughly every five or six months, and retire the old one to household scrub duty. To get the most life out of these cloths, I lay them flat on a dish towel and roll it up to remove the excess water and lay it over drain rack to air dry. I do this every day and they don't sour." — Shaida Ehlert
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Pur Home multi-surface scrub cleaning powder, an eco-friendly, nontoxic, and paraben- and cruelty-free option that'll clean pretty much anything just as well as its far less natural competitors.
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In addition to being friendly to animals and the planet, this awesome brand is Black woman-owned!
Promising review: "Works perfectly. Everything just sparkles after I use this scour powder. This plus a little water and my bathroom and kitchen are spotless and shiny. I also love that I don't have to work really hard to get things clean — the product is great at breaking down dirt, grease, and oil." — Shanae Jones
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$9.99 (available in five scents). You can also get the brand's liquid multi-surface cleaner here.
stainless-steel bar that over 1,900 reviewers swear by for de-stinking the things that get grossest in the kitchen tbh — your hands! You use it just like you would a bar of real soap, and odor molecules bind with the steel molecules to leave your hands stink-free!
Note that it doesn't clean or disinfect, so you still should use regular soap first! But this baby never needs to be replaced, and some people even say it works under their arms for busting B.O.! And honestly, if it works in the situations the reviewer below describes, it can definitely handle the aftermath of your grilled shrimp recipe. Check out
BuzzFeed's full write-up on this bar. Promising review: "Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen, and I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you're trying to eat lunch. I originally got one of these because it's safe to use in a zoo facility since it's just steel, not something involving harsh chemicals that could harm the animals. It's been working very well. Once I had success, I bought more for people who often cook with garlic, onions, meat, etc. I highly recommend this product!" — CamilleElise
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$7.99+ (available in three shapes, including a fish and a garlic clove).
penguin fridge deodorizer you can pour baking soda right into instead of wasting a whole box to keep your leftovers from stinking up the place. ~Waddle~ you do without him??
This also means you'll be able to use the rest of that box of baking soda for other purposes, like you know, actual baking!
Promising review: "I was a little worried the quantity of baking soda would be insufficient to absorb odors; I was wrong, as it works GREAT! For us, no problem with spilling or leaking. If you knock it over, it might spill out a little. But as all guides on how to stock a fridge point out, you are supposed to leave space for air to circulate. I placed it in a back corner and it absorbs odors VERY well for me — fresh fish, etc. Maybe a garlic marinade would be a bit much, but that's only in there overnight, and shortly after removing the marinade the penguin does its thing! No more wasted money buying boxes of baking soda that occupy much more room in the fridge. Those disposable plastic baking soda discs that you suction cup stick on the inside wall, in my opinion hold much less baking soda than this penguin, so this lasts longer. And emptying/refilling is easy. I would definitely buy again. I would suggest someone with tipping-over problems (kids or RV users?) stick a bit of Velcro on the bottom and that should keep it in place and still allow you to easily remove it for eventual refilling." — T. Dalton
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A low-key miraculous
sink cleaner to polish all sorts of sink surfaces, from porcelain to acrylic to granite, and help eliminate stains and scuffs you thought you were just gonna have to live with.
It also creates a shiny, water-repellent surface that water will just bead off.
Promising review: "I've been looking for a cleaning product that would remove the stains from my acrylic sink without damaging the surface. I FOUND IT!! This product is unbelievable. Yes, it does require an investment of time and elbow grease, but the results were amazing. I t removed stains that had been in my white acrylic sink for quite some time and left the surface squeaky clean, smooth and shiny, without a scratch. If you have an acrylic sink, this is the product for you. I HIGHLY recommend it!! I'm going to try it on my mother's enamel sink next, and definitely intend to buy Hope's Perfect Sink again. It DOES live up to its name!!" — Beckett
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silicone sponge that resists odor and microbes, because it only makes sense that your cleaning tools should actually be clean themselves.
One reviewer even said it worked amazingly to de-tarnish silver! Promising review: "If you want something cheaper than cellulose sponges, this is not it. But if you want a product that really does the job, look no further. The product is exactly what it advertises: no odor, no funky dye leaking out, and it cleans better than any scrubber or sponge I have ever used. I am still on the first one in the three-pack, and it has been several weeks. I can see some wear, but a cellulose sponge would have been in pieces by now. It has lightened slightly in color, but there is absolutely no odor. And what impresses me most about this scrubber is that it gets everything clean in no time. It doesn't scratch any surface. I managed to easily remove coffee and tea stains from my grandmother's cups in no time — even the heavy-duty scrubber sponges had not managed this task. And the old porcelain was undamaged. I find that because it doesn't hold onto soap as tightly as cellulose sponges do, I might be using more dishwashing liquid than before, but my dishes come clean the first time so I am saving water and time. I will definitely purchase this product again." — The Epistolary Dilettante
Get a three-pack from Amazon for
$9.95. Get a version specially made for cooktops here.
And finally, a simple-but-brilliant
clean/dirty dishwasher magnet so all your cleaning won't be in vain because your S.O. or roommate threw their icky cereal bowl in with the dishes you JUST. FREAKING. WASHED.
Promising review: "This holds really well to the door of the dishwasher and I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's very simple and no-frills, but it does the job and didn't cost a lot. It makes our lives much easier not having to worry if the dishes are clean, and it saves water that way!" — brooke
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