Best cleaning products: 50 home cleaning essentials everybody needs

This sourcebook of the best cleaning products is the only reference point for getting your home sparkling clean you'lle ever need

Kitchen sink with cleaning products and storage from Garden Trading
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If ever there was a time to invest in the best cleaning products, it surely is now. Now that we're going to be indoors for a good few weeks, together with our kids, pets, with lots of cooking and washing going on, cleaning is sure to become a national pastime. For those concerned about bringing germs into their home, having the right tools to clean them from every surface is important.

And guess what? Cleaning can be surprisingly therapeutic: when the world is an anxious-making place, scrubbing the bath can be very stress-relieving. So, without further ado, dive into our comprehensive roundup of the most effective cleaning products out there.

If you are after any more cleaning product recommendations, cleaning hacks and advice, head over to our dedicated hub page. 

The best kitchen cleaning products

Ah, the kitchen. Probably the biggest cleaning mission you'll ever undertake. But it need't be a day-long task; getting your collection of cleaning products on point can make all the difference, helping you work quickly and efficiently. So what we looked for in the round up of our best kitchen cleaning products is this: 'Will this make cleaning my kitchen a whole lot quicker and easier (oh, and will it make it smell nice, too)?' 

Want advice on where to even start when tackling the trickiest parts of cleaning your kitchen? Check out these kitchen cleaning hacks

1. Best general kitchen cleaner: ASTONISH KITCHEN CLEANER ZESTY LEMON

2. Best cleaner for chrome: Bio-Mex Multi Surface Cleaner

3. Best oven cleaner: Astonish Oven and Cookware Cleaner 

4. Best on wooden surfaces: Method touch wood almond polish

5. Best on granite, marble and steel surfaces: Worktop Wonder Hard Surface Spray

6. Best stainless steel cleaner: Bar Keepers Friend Power Cream

7. Best sink unblocker: HG Liquid Drain Unblocker

8. Best washing-up liquid: Ecover camomile & marigold washing-up liquid

9. Best dishwasher tablets: Fairy Platinum All-in-One Capsules

10. Best all-round cleaning product: Zoflora 

11. Best cream cleaner: The pink stuff 

12. Best kitchen cleaning wipes: Ecover wipes

13. Best cloth for general kitchen cleaning: M Cloth Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Pad

14. Best for mixing your own kitchen cleaner: Spray bottles

The best bathroom cleaning products

Is there anything more satisfying than a squeaky clean bathroom? Alright, don't answer that, but a clean, fresh smelling bathroom is still nice. So make sure your bathroom cleaning arsenal is stocked with the best cleaning products around...

Go and check out these handy bathroom cleaning hacks too. 

15. Best general bathroom cleaner: Astonish Bathroom Cleaner

16. Best shower cleaner: Method Shower Cleaner Spray

17. Best shower cleaning essential: A squeegee

18. Best for cleaning toilets: Astonish Toilet Bowl Cleaner

19. Best for keeping toilets fresh: Bloo Fragrance Switch

20. Best for banishing mould: Astonish Mould & Mildew remover

21. Best for cleaning grout: HG Grout Cleaner Ready-to-use

22. Best for getting rid of limescale: Cillit Bang Limescale and Grime cleaner

23. Best bathroom cleaning wipes: Dettol Power & Pure bathroom cleaning wipes

24. Best bathroom air freshener: Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray

The best floor cleaning products

Tired of mopping the floors only to be left with a shallow lake where your kitchen floor used to be? Sick of pushing dust around your living room with a sighing vacuum? Sounds like you need some better floor cleaning products in you life, and, oh look, here is a list of the best floor cleaning products all conveniently rounded up for you.

Everything for the best mop for hard wood floors, to the best vacuum for pet hair, you will find it here... 

25. Best mop for cleaning hard floors: Vileda Easy Wring and Clean Turbo Mop

26. Best steam cleaner: Kärcher SC3 Easy Fix steam cleaner

27. Best for wooden floors: Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray

28. Best for cleaning tiles: Dr Beckmann Stone & Tile Cleaner

29. Best vacuum for pets and pet hair: Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 Vacuum Cleaner

30. Best robot vacuum: Dyson RB01 NB 360 Eye

31. Best handheld vacuum: Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

32. Best carpet cleaning powder: Dyson Zorb Carpet Cleaner 

33. Best carpet cleaning spray: HG extra strong stain spray

34. Best carpet cleaning machine: Rug Doctor FlexClean 93391 Carpet Cleaner

The best cleaning products for windows and walls

Cleaning windows is one of those jobs that you don't notice how much you needed to do it until it's done. Wait ,that grey blurry tinge outside isn't the British weather, it's just dirty windows? We recommend giving your windows a weekly once over with a spray and a microfibre cloth and a more serious clean every month or so. And here are the window cleaning products you need to do the best job...

P.S. If you want the full low down on how to clean your windows, check out our step-by-step guide. 

35. Best window cleaner spray: Mr Muscle 5 in 1 Window And Glass Cleaner

36. Best microfibre cloth: e-cloths

37. Best window vacuum: Kärcher Window Vac

38. Best for cleaning walls: Magic Eraser Stain Remover Cleaning Blocks

The best cleaning products for upholstery and furnishings

Regularly cleaning your upholstery and furnishings can really improve their longevity. Unless you can physically take the covers off of your furniture, the likelihood that they'll ever get properly cleaned is minimal, so make sure you are spot cleaning them on the reg. Here's our round up of the best cleaning products to keep your upholstery and furnishing looking fresh... 

39. Best for removing stains: Dr Beckmann Carpet Cleaner Brush

40. Best for cleaning leather: Leather Furniture Care Cleaning Kit

The best laundry products

Doing laundry is easy, right? Just separate your lights and darks, pop in some laundry detergent, and you're good to go. Well, it can be a bit more complicated than that. So make sure you take a look at our guide to how to do laundry and keep reading to find out the best laundry products...

41. Best freestanding washing machine: Samsung WW90J6410CX 

42. Best integrated washing machine: INDESIT Ecotime IWME147 

43. Best tumble dryer: Miele TDA 140C Condenser Dryer

44. Best DEHUMIDIFIER: ELECTRIQ 12 LITRE LOW ENERGY DEHUMIDIFIER

45. Best all round laundry detergent: Fairy Non Bio Washing Powder