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Essentials for the kitchen and what to avoid

The kitchen is one of the messiest rooms in the house. Between food spills and splatters, baking disasters, pet and human traffic, and dirty dishes, you’ve got your work cut out for you trying to keep it clean.

Here, we outline the top kitchen cleaning tools we believe you MUST have if you want to keep your kitchen sparkling.

With so many options on the market, we recommend buying the best quality you can afford. Whenever possible, opt for sustainable cleaning products made from natural ingredients.

Scrubbing brush

You’ll need this brush for scrubbing your dishes, and it’s also good for getting into the corners of your sink.

Cloths for wiping

Use these for wiping down countertops, tables, and cabinets.

Rubber gloves

These are great for doing the dishes while the water is still boiling hot, or protecting your hands when you use harsher cleaners. (If you use all-natural cleaning products, they may not be necessary, but they’re definitely a nice-to-have).


While cooking, you’ll often need to wash your hands between jobs. Keeping hand soap near the sink will save you running to the bathroom every time.

A dish rack

Even if you use a dishwasher, being able to pull out a handy dish rack will always be handy for when you need to hand wash a few things.

Steel wool

You need this magical stuff to get baked on grease and charcoal off the bottom of your pots and pans. Steel wool also works wonders on stovetop grates and your oven’s interior.

Non-abrasive scrubbing pads

Steel wool is amazing stuff, but it won’t work on your non-stick or enamel pots and pans. Get something that will work for stubborn dirt on these surfaces.

Cloth or paper towels

Perfect for messy foods or to quickly clean up a spill.

Dishwashing liquid

You’re going to use this laundry product more than anything else in your kitchen. We recommend one of the all-natural products from the Living Green range.

Multi-purpose cleaner

A good natural all-purpose cleaner (like Living Green) that can be applied to all the surfaces in your kitchen for daily wipe-down.

Brush and shovel

No matter how careful you are, you’ll occasionally break a glass or plate. When this happens, it’s important to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible so someone doesn’t cut themselves. Keeping the brush and shovel handy will save you a ton of stress.

What kitchen cleaning tools and products do you recommend?

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