If ever there was a time to invest in the best cleaning products, it surely is now. For those concerned about bringing germs into their home, having the right products in your arsenal to clean every surface is important. Welcome to Real Homes' ultimate cleaning products guide, where you'll find all of the most effective cleaning sprays, powders, pastes and more, as rated and in most cases actually tested by our wider team. Rest assured that the cleaning products in this guide are our personal favourites.
From the best kitchen cleaners including something to leave your hob sparkling and your wooden worktops shining, to the best bathroom cleaners for a squeaky clean tub, toilet and sink, it's all here. Not to mention that we've even listed products that will make cleaning upholstery and furniture a breeze, as well as fab laundry products that ought to leave your clothes looking new and smelling great.
Make sure your cleaning arsenal is stocked with the best cleaning products around, and get your pad out to start taking notes. Click through to stock up.
The best cleaning products
1. Zoflora disinfectant
Our favourite product for cleaning all around your home
We are totally obsessed with Zoflora, especially their new Raspberry and Juniper scent, and yes we fully blame it on Mrs Hinch, but this Instagram sensation has gained its cult following for a reason. It has a ton of uses, is pet friendly and kills up to 99.9 per cent of germs. Stick it in a bucket with some hot water to clean your floors, mix it up in a spray bottle to clean your surfaces or splash a bit in your sink to get that sparkling, too. We tried it in our home and can't get enough of the lovely scent it creates.
'I use Zoflora Disinfectant Liquid when washing the floors in my home as it cleans and leaves an amazing smell' Zara Stacey, Content Editor, Homes & Gardens
We love it so much we have a whole article dedicated to the many, many Zoflora uses.
2. Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster
Our favourite mould spray
A highly effective, fast-acting Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster is our pick of the best cleaning product for getting rid of mould. For use on walls, UPVC window frames, glass, plastic shower curtains and much more, a little goes a long way to remove mould stains and most of all, kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Just spray it on the affected area, leave for around 10 minutes and wipe clean. Zero scrubbing required.
'This is the best mould spray out there in my opinion, and I've tried my fair share to get rid of pesky mould in my windowless bathroom. It also works a treat on my exterior bedroom wall that gets reoccurring mould every winter. It's easy to pull trigger makes banishing mould an easy job, plus it's cruelty-free and vegan' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
Have a read through our guide on how to get rid of mould and mildew for more tips.
3. Stardrops The Pink Stuff
Our favourite buy for cleaning stubborn stains
One of Mrs Hinch's favourite cleaning products, The Pink stuff is our top cleaning product for removing stains. It's a multi-purpose paste that you can use to deep clean anywhere in your home, from your kitchen to your garden.
'I don't have much cupboard space so I love a multifunctional cleaner and The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste can be used on the stovetop, patio furniture and greasy appliances, to name a few. It also does a great job on grill racks and is lightly abrasive so you can get rust and even split paint off things with it. The job I use it for most often is cleaning the oven door and it means I don't have to buy a standalone oven cleaner anymore. It takes a little elbow grease but if you pair it with a scourer it is pretty much unstoppable." Lindsey Davis, Editor in Chief, Real Homes
4. Method Antibacterial Spray
Our favourite all-purpose cleaner
Cutting through grease and dirt in seconds, this Astonish(ing) kitchen cleaner is definitely one of our faves. It leaves a zesty lemon and grapefruit scent behind, as well as a streak-free shine. To use, simply spray on your surfaces and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge.
'I know I'm not alone in loving the Method peach surface spray (much better than the rhubarb). It does the job and makes me feel a bit more enthusiastic about a big cleaning session' Millie Hurst, News Writer, Real Homes
5. Oven Pride Complete Oven Clean Kit
Our favourite oven cleaner
Get really stuck into a deep clean with this kit which is perfect for making sure you get your full deposit back at the end of a tenancy. This is a staple for us to banish all of the nastiness within every section of your oven, though be warned, it does take a few hours to complete the whole process so it's not one to use an hour before you start cooking your Sunday roast.
'This easy to use oven cleaner makes an affordable job of the dreaded chore of cleaning your oven. It comes with bags for cleaning your trays and racks inside, plus gloves are included and you'll definitely want to wear those. Roll your sleeves up and using your favourite scrubber, work the solution into the interior of your oven, covering every inch. Leave it on for as long as you can (we left it overnight) and then remove the residue with a sponge or some kitchen roll. Wipe your oven over with a damp cloth to reveal sparkling results, and rinse your trays and let them dry before popping them back in your oven' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
Tackle your oven with our step-by-step guide to how to clean an oven – we've got some clever ways to clean yours with natural products, too.
6. Method touch wood almond polish
Our favourite wooden worktop cleaner
This non-toxic, plant-based daily cleaner works amazingly on sealed wood surfaces, wooden furniture and cabinets. Cleaning away any dust and dirt leaving wooden surfaces with a protective, non-greasy, shine. To use just spray this Method product on a soft cloth, wipe down your tree-based possessions and buff with a clean, dry cloth.
"This is the only cleaner I've found that is super effective on wood and doesn't damage it at all" Millie Fender, Small Appliances Editor, Real Homes
For a full guide on how to clean wooden worktops check out our step-by-step guide.
7. Ecover camomile & marigold washing-up liquid
Our favourite washing up liquid
What's going on inside this bottle is brilliant but, first, let's just mention that it comes in a 100 per cent recycled plastic bottle made from completely biodegradable plant-based ingredients. In terms of the actual product, the Ecover washing up liquid does a great job on tough stains but is mild, so good for those with sensitive skin, plus a little goes a long way.
"I've used Ecover dishwashing liquid for over a decade, won't use anything else as it's less harsh than others." Anna Cottrell, Content Editor, Real Homes
Check out more of our best washing up liquids.
8. Smol Dishwasher Tablets
Out favourite dishwasher tablets
Our favourite dishwasher tables have to be the Smol dishwasher tablets. These work by subscription, although you can get your first box for free so that you can try before you buy. These pink tablets will leave your glassware shining and your plates clean as ever. Plus, they're eco-friendly and cruelty-free. We've used these in our own home, and love the convenience of them being posted through your letterbox, with no need to pick them up at the supermarket.
'I've been subscribed to these dishwasher tablets for as long as I can remember, and they do an incredible job of not just cleaning my dishes, but ensuring my glassware comes out of the dishwasher sparkling. Plus, they look lovely on display in a glass jar on my kitchen shelves. And they are super convenient as they're delivered to my house every month' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
If your dishwasher is in need of a more stealthy clean then check out our advice on how to clean a dishwasher.
9. Seep Compostable Kitchen Dishwashing Sponges
Our favourite kitchen sponges
These kitchen sponges made from eco-friendly materials are the tool you need to get your washing up done, with even the most stubborn of dishes.
'I spent ages trying different natural sponges, ones made from coconuts and jute and all sorts. These are amazing. The scourer is good and the sponge acts like a sponge' Lindsey Davis, Editor in Chief, Real Homes
10. Astonish Bathroom Cleaner
Our favourite bathroom cleaner
This bathroom cleaning product can remove limescale, soap scum and tough stains, leaving your surfaces bright and clean. A great product for deep cleaning your bath, we like this one in particular as it removes watermarks with ease. Simply spray some Astonish Bathroom Cleaner onto your surfaces and leave for one or two minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge and you're all done! Just as an FYI, this can't be used on marble, enamel baths, limestone and porous surfaces.
'This bathroom cleaner is without a doubt the best one I've tried. I use it everywhere from my sink to my bathroom ledge, to clean my shower and for pretty much everywhere in my bathroom. It's cruelty-free and vegan, too' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
11. Bloo Fragrance Switch
Our favourite toilet cleaner
What we love about this toilet cleaner is how incredibly low maintenance it is. Clip the Bloo Fragrance Switch to the side of your toilet bowl and every time you flush, no only will you get a fresh scent, but they clean the toilet too, preventing lime-scale and getting rid of any grime. With the Fragrance Switch you also get a different scent when you flush to when the bowl is dry so you will always notice the clean fragrance. This is basically the ideal product for keeping everything looking fresh between deeper cleans.
'The best way to keep your loo clean (and looking pretty), these Bloo toilet bowl cleaners won't just ensure your bathroom smells nice, but they worked wonders on removing tough limescale from my toilet. We have really hard water, and using one of these always ensures our toilet looks its best' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
For more tips on how to clean your toilet head over to our guide.
12. Mr Muscle 5 in 1 Window And Glass Cleaner
Our favourite window cleaning solution
This window cleaner cuts through tough grease and grime to leave a streak-free shine, plus it has added vinegar to give windows and glass extra shine. For the best result use the Mr Muscle 5 in 1 Window and Glass Cleaner with some kitchen roll.
'I use this window cleaner obviously to clean my windows, but also for my shower screen and to clean my glass-topped coffee table. It also makes an easy job, paired with a few sheets of kitchen roll, of cleaning my internal glass doors and my glass hallway divider. It's always effective' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes
13. Bower Collective Grapefruit Washing Up Refill
For cleaning your dishes - and being eco-conscious
Bower Collective are the place to go if you're looking to shop more sustainably with your cleaning products. Their service allows you to pick up reusable packaging and then simply order your refills when you need them, with gorgeous packaging and enticing scents. We tried these refills out and loved how convenient they were, as well as how great they smelled.
14. Purdy and Figg Eco - Concentrate Surface Cleaner - Starter Kit
For eco-friendly cleaning in general
Start cutting down on your plastic use with this wonderful starter kit from Purdy and Figg co. Including one glass bottle that you can reuse far into the future, all you need to do is add water to the included concentrate, and you'll be spritzing this gorgeous scent all around your home.
15. HG Grout Cleaner Ready-to-use
For cleaning grout
Cleaning grout is an incredibly satisfying job, especially when you have a product that makes it so easy. This HG Grout Cleaner quickly removes even the most persistent dirt; just spray the product over the area, leaving for a few minutes, then use a hard scrubbing brush (or an old toothbrush for those tricky-to-get-to areas) to remove the dirt. Wipe the surface over with a warm cloth to remove any odd bits of dirt and job done.
16. Cillit Bang Limescale and Grime cleaner
For removing limescale
Your in-laws are coming over and you have all of five minutes to clean the bathroom. Which single product do you reach for? That would be Cillit Bang Limescale and Grime cleaner. It gives super results and will work on just about any bathroom surface. It removes soap scum, watermarks, limescale, dirt, grime and even rust in no time. Bang! And the dirt is gone (or similar).
17. Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray
For cleaning wooden floors
Specially formulated for sealed wooden floors, this Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray is great for quick and easy cleaning. It doesn't leave streaks or residue just a soft sheen. Just make sure that before cleaning floors, you vacuum or sweep first to remove any loose dirt or grit from the surface.
18. Dr Beckmann Stone & Tile Cleaner
For cleaning tiles
Designed for all types of tiles including ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone, Dr Beckhmann Stone & Tile Cleaner adds a protective layer to your tiles to stop them from staining or being subject to wear and tear. One of the best patio cleaners around, It leaves a soft, natural shine and is also super easy to use; just dilute it with water and use a scrubbing brush to clean your tiles.
Find more of the best floor tile cleaners with our help.
19. HG extra strong stain spray
For cleaning carpets
If your carpet (and by your carpet we clearly mean you) is susceptible to getting red wine spilt on it, it's always a good idea to have something a bit stronger on hand. While the HG Extra Strong Stain Spray is particularly potent and should be handled with care, it works wonders on stubborn stains such as coffee, grease, blood or wine, making it our pick of the best carpet cleaning products for removing stains.
20. E-cloth Window Cleaning Cloth
21. Lakeland Magic Eraser Stain Remover Cleaning Blocks
For cleaning walls
Perfect for getting rid of scuff marks on walls, this genius little product basically works like a rubber. When damp, the microscopic fibres develop a strong, eraser-like quality, cleaning surfaces and tough stains like magic. Made from melamine foam, the Magic Eraser Stain Remover Cleaning Blocks can be snipped to any size that suits – perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach places. It can also be used on ovens and cookware.
22. Dr Beckmann Carpet Cleaner Brush
For upholstery stains
This is one of the best upholstery cleaners works just as well on soft furnishings as it does on carpets. With its powerful oxy formula and built-in brush, Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover effectively removes heavy soil and unsightly spills such as red wine, coffee, fruit juice, grease and other common household stains from upholstery. The cleaning brush gets deep into the stain, whilst the special oxy-powered formula also eliminates any odours.
23. Lakeland Leather Furniture Care Cleaning Kit
24. Fairy Non Bio Washing Powder
For cleaning laundry
When you want a detergent that is gentle on clothes and skin, you can't go wrong with Fairy Non Bio. You get 65 washes out of a big box of the stuff and it keeps your laundry smelling fresh for up to a week.
See more of our best washing powders in our guide.
25. HG Liquid Drain Unblocker
To unblock your sink
Not sure we can say anything particularly exciting about a drain unblocker, other than the fact that the HG Liquid Drain Unblocker does the job with minimal fuss. Just pour three cups of this stuff down your kitchen or bathroom sink and let it work its magic for 30 minutes, then wash it away with clean warm water. Simple and effective.
If you are having sink troubles, check out our guide to how to unblock a sink.
26. Method Shower Cleaner Spray
For cleaning your shower
Literally the easiest shower cleaner out there, just spritz it around your shower (when it's wet) and it just gets on with its job: dissolving watermarks, soap scum and residue. Oh, and it's free from toxic chemicals. The Method Shower Cleaner is brilliant.
And, of course, we've got a guide to tell you how to clean a shower fast (and thoroughly).
27. Fabulosa Cleaning Sprays
The best smelling cleaning sprays around
I use Fabulosa sprays in every room of my house when any surface needs a quick clean thanks to their incredible scents. My current favourite for my kitchen is the Lemon Lavender but it's always changing. They also have an excellent range of polishes, and the packaging for the entire range is so fun.
28. Homethings Cleaning Products
The best looking eco-friendly products
Getting a package from Homethings was genuinely a gamechanger, with eco-friendly products that look the part too. The washupthings formula is amazingly powerful, and the resuable bottles, refill pouches and boxes will all upgrade your under-sink situation in an instant.
29. Smol Stain Gel
The best bleach-free stain gel
As always, eco-friendly brand smol is leading the way when it comes to sustainability, now expanding its range into laundry. This gel uses a bleach-free formula to work its magic on even the harshest of stains and has a super-efficient pump for ease of use. Plus, you can also send your empty bottle back for re-use, making your purchase a little bit greener. The gel is available for existing customers on the smol website.
30. Tincture Introductory Set
The best luxury cleaning products
If you want to really splash out on your next set of cleaning products, or you have a loved one that would go wild for a high-end cleaning product, TINCTURE should be your first shopping destination. With stunning understated branding and divine scents to match, this set is also 100% natural and made with essential oils. Toxic-free and the ultimate stylish cleaning product, what could be better?
31. Ecovibe Compostable Sponges
The best large sponges
These sponges from Ecovibe are excellent for all of those pots and pans that need a little more love, to avoid having to leave them for a dreaded soaking period. From a brand championing all things eco-friendly when it comes to cleaning, these 100% biodegradable wood pulp sponges will be sure to last you for a long time.
How we tested these cleaning products
Cleaning products are so important when it comes to making your home sparkle, which is why we've gone to lengths to test the majority of these products out first hand as a team at Real Homes. We asked our whole team what their favourite products are (and their reasons why) so that you can show you why we really think these products are worth your money. Those that we haven't had a chance to test in our homes just yet are next on our list, with this list being updated as soon as we can give them our stamp of approval. The cleaning products we have tested are listed as our favourites, and the ones we've not we chose based on customer reviews.
What to consider when buying cleaning products online
There's plenty to consider when you're building up a cleaning selection for your home, from where you're going to stash it all to what kind of scents you favour. These are the essential things we keep in mind when restocking your cleaning caddy.
We know there's more to a spray or toilet cleaner than its scent, but at the end of the day, it is still important to like the smell of whatever you're spritzing in your home. Work out which scent profile you like, whether that's fresh cotton, a citrus burst or something more specific like lemongrass and try and line your products up with that smell, to avoid a headache when you're deep cleaning.
For a lot of us, it's becoming increasingly important to ensure that the things we buy for our homes are certified as being good for the planet in the long term. There are so many great brands you can invest in that have starter bundles featuring glass bottles and cheap refill programs for when you run out of your favourite cleaners so that you can overhaul your whole set of products.
Investing in a cleaning product that you can only use once always feels wasteful, and isn't good for those who forget to pick another one up next time they're in a store. Using microfiber cloths or mops with washable heads is great for ensuring longevity, as you can throw them into your machine and use them again once they're nice and clean.
Understandably, people have different viewpoints when it comes to using chemicals to clean their homes. While some won't mind using a stronger cleaner to shift bleach or mould, some want to avoid it entirely. Always check the hazards involved when it comes to cleaning supplies, and prepare yourself with rubber gloves and protective clothing if necessary.
Where to buy cleaning products online
Here's where we suggest shopping for your cleaning products online. In some cases, it might be best to bulk buy as prices may work out to be cheaper, so long as you've enough storage space.