The best kitchen cleaners

Give your kitchen a good scrub with our pick of the best kitchen cleaners from Astonish to Waitrose and Vamoose

cleaning a stainless steel sink

On the hunt for the best kitchen cleaner? Aren't we all. Luckily for you, we've been trying and testing lots of cleaning products here at Real Homes, and we've narrowed down our favourite kitchen cleaners so your kitchen will look sparkling clean in no time. 

Interested in more cleaning hacks? Take a read of the Real Homes pick of the 50 best home cleaning essentials, or, head over to our cleaning hub page for more. 

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A KITCHEN CLEANER

Application

While the majority of kitchen cleaners are usually sold in a spray bottle, there is one on our list that is a cleaning block, meaning it's a solid that works into a froth once water is added.

Remember:

As with all cleaning products, it's a good idea to open your windows during use to circulate the air in the room.

THE BEST KITCHEN CLEANERS

Astonish Kitchen Cleaner Zesty Lemon

1. Astonish Kitchen Cleaner Zesty Lemon

The very best kitchen cleaner to make your worktops shine

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Type: Spray
Size: 750ml
Reasons to buy
+Cruelty free+Vegan+Smells great
Reasons to avoid
-Not for use on unsealed wood, porous surfaces or unglazed tiles

Cutting through grease and dirt in seconds, this Astonish(ing) kitchen cleaner outshines the rest. 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. For tough stains and grease, leave for two minutes before wiping. It should be noted though, it can't be used on unsealed wood, porous surfaces or unglazed tiles. You should also avoid leaving the product on paintwork, gold plating and lacquered or varnished wood for long.

Waitrose Ecological Multi Purpose Cleaner

2. Waitrose Ecological Multi Purpose Cleaner

The best smelling kitchen cleaner you'll find

Specifications
Best for: Scent
Type: Spray
Size: 500ml
Reasons to buy
+Smells lovely+Comes out more of a mist

Not just designed for kitchens, this eco-friendly cleaner can be used on all surfaces in your home. It leaves behind an oh-so pleasant grapefruit and eucalyptus scent which lasts for quite a while, and it's very affordable. We'd like to (quietly) rave about its spray nozzle (really), which doesn't drip during use, unlike those of many other spray cleaners. To use, simply spray on your surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth. This product can be used on pretty much any surface in your home, but it's smart to do a patch test beforehand if you're tackling a delicate material.

Vamoose kitchen cleaner

3. Vamoose kitchen cleaner

Looking for something for tough stains? Opt for this foam cleaner

Specifications
Best for: Tough stains
Type: Spray
Size: 1ltr
Reasons to buy
+Minty fragrance+Tough
Reasons to avoid
-Can't be used on aluminium, marble, gold, brass or copper

No matter how tough the stain, this foam spray will remove it. Even though it doesn't emit the acrid chemical smell you’d usually associate with powerful kitchen cleaners, it does an easy job of quickly cutting through grease, oil, food spills and dirt. A little goes a long way, so there's no need to be over-generous when using; simply spray a little on your surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth. It can't be used on aluminium, marble, gold, brass or copper, though. In our opinion, this is the best kitchen cleaner for really tough stains.

Lakeland Power & Gentle ECOlogical Kitchen Cleaner

4. Lakeland Power & Gentle ECOlogical Kitchen Cleaner

Looking for an effective eco-friendly kitchen cleaner? Bingo

Specifications
Best for: Eco
Type: Spray
Size: 1ltr
Reasons to buy
+Eco-friendly+Gentle+Smells like green tea
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for use on marble or granite

Want spotless kitchen countertops? With Lakeland's Power & Gentle ECOlogical Kitchen Cleaner, you'll get just that (while still being kind to the planet). Despite being fume-free, plant-based and completely biodegradable, this cleaner offers incredibly effective results while leaving behind a lovely green tea fragrance. Shake the bottle, spray and wipe with a damp cloth – it's as easy as that. Those with marble or granite surfaces should avoid though.

Biomex Miracle Kitchen & Bathroom Multi Surface Cleaner

5. Bio-Mex Multi Surface Cleaner

A universal cleaner that leaves a great shine on metals

Specifications
Best for: Metals
Type: Cleaning stone
Size: 300g
Reasons to buy
+Lemon scent
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer a spray

On the hunt for something to clean your kitchen that isn't a spray? Not only does this multi-purpose cleaner work wonders on your taps, hob and any other metals in your kitchen, but it's an excellent surface cleaner. While it requires slightly more effort than the others on our list, the results are more than worth it. Use on your sink and draining board for a lovely shine, and your hob and pots and pans to make them look brand new. To use, wet the sponge included, rub it on the block, squeeze the sponge until it foams and you're set. Wipe down with a damp cloth, and for extra shine, wipe again with a dry cloth. Trust us, this is the stuff of cleaning dreams.

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