The Cleaning Supplies That Made Our Lives Easier in 2018

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As cliché as it sounds, it’s often true that you’re really only as good as your tools. This is especially true when we’re talking about cleaning your kitchen. The better armed you are, the more likely it is that your space will sparkle.

And while we rave a lot (like, a lot) about vinegar as a natural cleaner for the kitchen, you do need a few more helpers in your toolkit. These are the tools we raved about in 2018.

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When people talk about cleaning their floors, they almost always end up raving about the Swiffer. But contributor Dana McMahan begs to differ and says this tool is a million times better. Most importantly because it works with a heavy-duty microfiber pad that can be reused over and over again (whereas Swiffer pads get used and tossed).

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If you’ve ever bought plates, serving dishes, or cookware from a store like HomeGoods, you know that those giant stickers can be a pain to remove. That’s where Goo Gone comes in. A staple for prop stylists and photographers, the solution will get all that sticker residue off — quickly.

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3. Cameo Copper, Brass & Porcelain Cleaner, $9.50 for two 10-ounce bottles

Got a stained porcelain sink that just won’t come clean no matter what you do? Try Cameo. Our gear pro, Sharon Franke, turned me onto one of Cameo’s cleaners for pots and pans (see: The $8 Product That Totally Transformed My Cookware). Then I found this stuff from the same brand and my sink has never looked better.

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4. Bottle Bright, $8 for 12

Sadly, there are no magical elves on standby waiting to do your dishes for you once you head to bed. But Danielle Blundell, one of our contributors, has found that these cleaning tablets are the next best thing. If she finds herself with an especially bad burnt-on mess in an expensive piece of cookware, she just pops a tablet into the pot with a bit of hot water. She leaves the mess overnight and, in the morning, the mess is always lifted.

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5. Bar Keepers Friend, $8 for 12 ounces

Is there anything BKF (as we affectionately call it) can’t do? It can de-scuff scratched porcelain dishes, clean greasy stovetops, get rust off knives … the list literally goes on and on.

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6. Murphy Oil Soap, $8 for 16 ounces

Mostly known (and marketed!) as a floor cleaner, Murphy Oil Soap can actually do so much more than shine up hardwood floor boards. For example, did you know you could use it to get your stainless steel sink to sparkle? Or clean your wooden cabinets? Both are true! And we have 12 other alternative uses if you keep reading the story below.

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War was all but declared on the sponge this year, leaving home cooks everywhere (Kitchn editors included) on the hunt for a dish-cleaning alternative. These aren’t new, but they do seem to be increasingly popular. They cut way down on the amount of dish soap you need to use and they don’t get as gunky as regular sponges do over time.

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When it comes to sterilizing, there’s no such thing as something that works too well! Our Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand, uses these bags for sterilizing baby things like bottles to pump parts to pacifiers. She’s gotten really into them, and she’ll put anything that’ll fit into these bags now!

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Everyone we talk to about cleaning supplies (fellow editors, readers, professional cleaners, etc!) swears by microfiber cleaning cloths. “They last forever, dry quickly and don’t harbor bacteria,” says Melissa Maker, a Toronto-based cleaning expert and founder of Clean My Space.

What are some of the cleaning products you loved in 2018? Share them in the comments below!

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