The 10 Best Kitchen Cleaners in 2021

These hard-working products will have your kitchen sparkling in no time

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The company claims it kills 99.9 percent of all bacteria.
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This pH-balanced formula can be used on all wood furniture and kitchen cabinets, as well as Formica and laminate surfaces.
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The formula is a thick foam that’s designed to cling to everything, including vertical surfaces.
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Formulated with a naturally-derived active ingredient, it won’t harm septic systems or municipal water treatment options.
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The gentle formula—it doesn’t contain any bleach—works to remove the toughest offenders.
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In a single mopping session, the product will dissolve any dirt and grime on the floors.
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A bottle of this concentrate makes cleaning spray, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, foaming hand soap, and laundry detergent.
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The cleaner leaves an invisible water-repellent barrier behind to help prevent future buildup and streaks.
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The cleaner is supposed to repel germs from non-porous surfaces for a full 24 hours after application.
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It's a highly absorbent material that’s extra soft, so it won’t scratch any delicate surfaces like stainless steel.
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If there’s any area of your home that takes a beating, it’s your kitchen. From tough grease splatters, to sticky juice spills, to raw chicken in the sink, to snack crumbs littering the floors, this room sees it all. But if you have an arsenal of great cleaning supplies at your disposal, you can tackle the mess in no time, leaving your kitchen sparkling (and more sanitary). Not all kitchen cleaners are created equal, though, and you'll want to make sure you check the label. Some cleaners can ruin certain surfaces and others include ingredients you may want to avoid.

Here, the best kitchen cleaners to add to your shopping list.

Best Overall: Lemi Shine Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner

What We Like
  • Natural, fresh lemon scent

  • Kills bacteria and germs

What We Don't Like
  • May leave a sticky residue if not properly wiped

This all-purpose cleaner is right at home in the kitchen, as the company claims it kills 99.9 percent of all bacteria without bleach. Instead, it harnesses the power of citric extracts to fight things that allow bacteria and germs to flourish, like grime, hard water buildup, and food waste and residue.

What’s more, since the active ingredient is citric acid, the product has a fresh lemony scent. Use this spray formula to clean the toughest grease and grime, remove stubborn stains and odors, and even neutralize common household allergens. You can use it on the vast majority of hard, non-porous surfaces in your kitchen, including countertops, fixtures, floors, tables, and even high chairs.

Best Cabinet Cleaner: Rejuvenate Cabinet and Furniture Cleaner

What We Like
  • Fresh lemon scent

  • Special formula won’t damage wood

What We Don't Like
  • Requires some elbow grease

Your cabinets attract everything from dust to grease splatters and need a good wipe down every week (or at least every other week). While you can use dish soap and warm water, a more powerful product like the Rejuvenate Cabinet & Furniture Cleaner will get the job done in a flash. 

Unlike standard all-purpose cleaners, this spray has a pH-balanced formula for use on all wood furniture and kitchen cabinets, as well as Formica and laminate surfaces. Simply spritz and wipe with a microfiber cloth to remove dirt, oil, residue, and grease from cabinets and other furniture in your kitchen. What’s left behind is only a fresh lemon scent—no residue. 

Best Grease Cleaner: Zep Heavy Duty Foaming Citrus Degreaser

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What We Like
  • Fresh lemon scent

  • Clings to vertical surfaces

  • Can be used on most surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Not suitable for heavy buildup

Grease is one of the most stubborn messes to clean and, unfortunately, your kitchen is full of it. To make quick work of a typically very dirty and laborious job, turn to this degreaser. The formula is a thick foam that’s designed to cling to everything, including vertical surfaces. 

Simply spray, let the natural citrus solvent penetrate the mess, then wipe away all of that gunk. It’s approved for use on most surfaces in your space, including metal, ceramic tile, and Formica. At the end of your cleaning session, all you’ll be left with is a fragrant lemon scent.

Best Drain Cleaner: Rockwell Invade Bio Drain Gel

Rockwell Invade Bio Drain Gel
What We Like
  • Sweet orange smell

  • Naturally derived active ingredient

What We Don't Like
  • So thick that it can be hard to rinse through

If the drain in your kitchen sink is sluggish, pour this drain down the pipe. It’s a great option for kitchens because it has a sweet citrus smell. Still, it effectively cuts through any and all gunk that’s causing the backup, thanks to a specialized thick formula that clings to the sides of your drain. It can even kill drain flies—and anyone who’s ever had drain flies knows how tough that is. And, as an added bonus, because it’s formulated with a naturally derived active ingredient, it won’t harm septic systems or municipal water treatment options. 

Best Polish: Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleanser

What We Like
  • Powerful

  • Multi-surface

What We Don't Like
  • Container is hard to squeeze

A cult-favorite product for a reason: This cleaning polish works miracles on dirty, grimey countertops, sinks, cooktops, appliances, cookware, and more. The gentle formula—it doesn’t contain any bleach—works hard to remove the toughest offenders. Think rust, lime, and hard water stains, and tarnish from copper and brass. It can even restore your beloved Dutch oven pots to their former glory. 

To use, apply the product directly to a surface or to a wet cloth or sponge, then rub and rinse. For more stubborn stains, you can let it sit for up to 60 seconds—that’s it.

Best Floor Cleaner: Aunt Fannie's Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash

Aunt Fannie’s Floor Cleaner Vinegar Wash
What We Like
  • Natural

  • A little goes a long way

What We Don't Like
  • Smells like vinegar

Whether you have tile, hardwood, or linoleum, one thing is constant in the kitchen: You want a cleaner that can do a good job. This formula is a vinegar wash concentrate that works in tandem with essential oils and other plant-based cleaning agents. In a single mopping session, the product will dissolve any dirt and grime on the floors. (Just be sure to properly dissolve the product before using it, since it is a concentrate.)

Best Counter Cleaner: Branch Basics The Concentrate

Branch Basics The Concentrate
What We Like
  • A little goes a long way

  • Creates many different types of cleaner

  • Greener solution

What We Don't Like
  • Have to mix it yourself

A single bottle of this concentrate makes three bottles of all-purpose cleaning spray, three bottles of streak-free glass cleaner, three bottles of bathroom cleaner, three bottles of foaming hand soap, and a bottle of laundry detergent. You’ll love them all, but the all-purpose cleaning spray is what you want for the counters in your kitchen. 

The concentrate is made with just seven plant and mineral-based ingredients. And, you’ll get that sparkling clean, germ-free finish you’re looking for.

Best Sink Cleaner: Hope's Perfect Sink Cleaner and Polish

What We Like
  • Cleans and shines

  • Helps extend time between cleanings

What We Don't Like
  • Waterproofing could last longer

If you have a stainless steel sink, you can keep it spotless with this special cleaning formula. It not only removes residue, hard water stains, and other grime, but it also works to polish and shine. The cleaner is designed to leave an invisible water-repellent barrier behind to help prevent future buildup and streaks to extend time between cleaning sessions. 

As a bonus, you can also use the formula to clean brushed stainless steel, cast iron, Corian, composite, acrylic, and vitreous china.

Best Anti-Bacterial: Microban 24-Hour Sanitizing Spray

What We Like
  • Works for 24 hours

  • Disinfects

What We Don't Like
  • Spray gets clogged sometimes

For the best defense against bacteria, germs, and viruses, turn to this innovative cleaning spray. The multi-purpose formula claims to sanitize surfaces, disinfect bacteria and viruses, deodorize, and prevent mold and mildew. But the real draw is the fact that the manufacturer says it's designed to repel germs from non-porous surfaces for a full 24 hours after application and inhibit mold and mildew growth for a full week.

Best Cleaning Cloths: Simple Houseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

What We Like
  • Highly absorbent

  • Super soft

  • Plenty of variety

What We Don't Like
  • A bit small

When it comes to messes, microfiber is the way to go, since it’s a highly absorbent material that’s extra soft, so it won’t scratch any delicate surfaces like stainless steel. Use these workhorses to wipe just about anything—your counters, your floors, or your appliances. You can get the cloths in packs of 5, 10, 15, 20, or even 150, so you’ll always have plenty on hand. The set comes with four assorted colors—green, yellow, orange, and blue—so you can even dedicate specific colors to certain tasks, if you prefer not to use the same cleaner on certain surfaces.

Final Verdict

The best overall kitchen cleaner is Lemi Shine All-Purpose spray (view at Amazon) since it promises to kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria without harsh ingredients, like bleach. For a versatile cleaning cloth, go with Simple Houseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloth (view at Amazon), which won’t scratch delicate surfaces, like stainless steel.

What to Look for in Kitchen Cleaners

Ingredients

In the kitchen, it’s important to consider the ingredients in your cleaning products. And always read the labels to be sure you’re using any products appropriately—particularly any cleaning products that contain harsh ingredients—as you don’t want to get these products on anything you might consume. 

Surface Safety

Double check what surfaces the product is suitable for. You don’t want to apply a product that may damage your floors or counters while you clean. 

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has spent the last 10-plus years researching the best home goods and kitchen items for various digital publications, including The Spruce and Good Housekeeping. Brigitt also has a degree in culinary arts. She’s always cooking, which means she’s always cleaning her kitchen, too. Though Lemi Shine is by far Brigitt’s favorite brand for everything from cleaning spray to dishwashing soap, she also has used (and loved) Microban 24, Branch Basics, and Bar Keeper’s Friend.

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