Kitchn Love Letters

I Tried Good Housekeeping’s Favorite Multi-Purpose Cleaner and I’ve Never Cleaned My *Entire* Kitchen So Fast

published Oct 7, 2023
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Mr. Clean Clean Freak spray bottle on kitchen countertop.
Credit: Meg Asby

My adolescent children are in their


complete kitchen “closing duties” after dinner, leaving a pristine space ready for a new day, and we wake to bowls of soggy ramen and hot cocoa splatters. I’m sympathetic to the hardships of teenagehood, but I’m also not. There is only one thing that makes this rage-inducing situation better:

The name “Clean Freak” brings to mind anxiety- or rage-induced cleaning sprees (also a fan of these), but this experience is nothing like that — using the lavender mist almost makes me feel like I’m at the spa, instead of wiping peanut butter off my marble island.  

Credit: Meg Asby

Yes, marble — this spray is mind-bogglingly multi-purpose. You can use it on granite, chrome, marble, nickel, finished wood, tiles, bathtubs, glass, and stainless steel — in fact, it actually won in Good Housekeeping’s “Bathroom” category. It feels like the only place you can’t spray it is in your eyes. (Okay, you also can’t spray it on brass, copper, or untreated wood, either, but still.) The versatility of this spray also keeps me from micromanaging my kids. I can just hand them the bottle and a microfiber cloth, and walk away without saying a word. 

Credit: Meg Asby

I can’t tell if the soothing properties of this cleaner have more to do with the light lavender scent or the mist. The power nozzle has two settings: You can squeeze the trigger for targeted coverage or keep pumping it for continuous mist. The mist keeps me from over-saturating one area of the counter, and the wide angle of the spray is efficient, covering a large space in one calm, delightfully-scented spray. 

I’ve found there to be many good-smelling products out there that don’t actually work, but Clean Freak isn’t one of them. I cleaned every surface of my kitchen, and all the muck and mire was gone in one mist and swipe. I didn’t even let the spray “marinate,” per the instructions to wipe dry immediately — there’s no extra rinsing or wiping necessary either. 

Credit: Meg Asby

Clean Freak even tackled the dog nose smears on my windows. I’ve tried a variety of all-natural glass cleaners, and nothing has ever been good enough to replace my (one “toxic” cleaning holdout) Windex. Not only did this magic mister clean my windows effectively, but it also meets U.S. EPA Safer Product Standards, so I feel much better about breathing it in than the blue stuff. 

Credit: Meg Asby

All of this is to say: I’m not at all surprised that Good Housekeeping chose Mr. Clean Clean Freak Deep Cleaning Mist as a winner in their 2023 Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards. They described it as the “most convenient, effective, and versatile multipurpose cleaner we have ever tested.” Same!

My next plan is to see if I place this spray, a cleaning cloth, and a definitely not passive-aggressive note on the kitchen counter — if I wake up to a clean kitchen. Maybe I’ll write something like, “This lavender mist is much more pleasant than a breakfast lecture!” We’ll see how it goes.