The Surprisingly Useful Amazon Cleaning Tools That Kitchn Readers Loved in 2021

published Dec 23, 2021
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2021 was another challenging year, but one thing remained constant: We all spent quite a good amount of time at home! With so much time spent indoors working, cooking, and lounging, it’s no wonder that our readers added quite a few popular cleaning items to their Amazon carts to keep their living spaces neat, tidy, and fresh. From top-selling reusable dish cloths to a durable scrub brush that tackles even the toughest cookware cleaning tasks, a few clear frontrunners emerged from the Amazon cleaning products Kitchn readers loved most.

In no particular order, here are the 10 best Amazon cleaning products our readers couldn’t live without in 2021.

1 / 10
was $24.99

We promise that once you try these Swedish Dishcloths, you'll find yourself giving up paper towels completely (or at least partially). They're a joy to use — and reuse, since you can just toss them in your dishwasher or washing machine for easy cleaning.

2 / 10

Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this simple brush for cleaning cast iron skillets. We tried it out, and we were very impressed. It's responsibly made, thoughtfully designed, and does a great job of keeping our cast iron in tip-top shape.

3 / 10

At just $14, this five-piece set contains a mini nesting dustpan and brush, along with three multipurpose grout brushes. They are all ergonomically designed to keep your hands out of the way while the durable, flexible polypropylene bristles get down and dirty. And go ahead, let them get as dirty as you want, because they clean easily with soap and water or on the top rack of the dishwasher. 

4 / 10
was $25.99

These kitchen towels are an editor favorite and have a massive following on Amazon as well. They're 100 percent cotton and have a light weave that's very absorbent, yet allows for quick drying. Plus, they look nice and are one of the most affordable options out there. Nothing like chef-worthy towels to help you embody your inner Julia Child!

5 / 10

Looking to add a little bit of fun to you dishwashing duties? Not only are these German-made sponges colorful, but these unexpected scrubbers are also miracle workers for cleaning greasy pots and pans. Lasting more than six months, these reusable sponges are a cute and practical no-brainer.

6 / 10

With a four-star average based on over 1,600 reviews, this Amazon find has special flagged bristles to cover more surface area as it efforlessly whisks dust and debris off of your kitchen or living room floor. With a comfortable grip, this affordable broom makes sweeping a true joy.

7 / 10

This vacuum is truly feather-light. Affordable, compact, and effective, this vacuum fits the bill for messes big and small! With the Crevice Tool, reaching under the oven, atop the counters, and into the nooks and crannies around the fridge is a no brainer – imagine just what you'll find in those hard-to-reach places. Plus, with its sleek build, it takes up very little storage space, so it works for every kitchen.

8 / 10
was $5.97

Technically, The Pink Stuff was created in 1938, so it’s not exactly a new product. However, it reached new levels of fame in 2021, thanks to TikTok advertising just how well it works in cleaning everything from oven doors and baking sheets, to kitchen sinks, stovetops, grill grates, and more. Your kitchen will be the cleanest it's ever been.

9 / 10
was $22.99

If you’re looking to upgrade your tattered dish towels, you won’t find a more beautiful option than these 100 percent organic cotton Turkish hand towels which have racked up over 8,000 Amazon with a solid 4.7-star rating. The special weave of these pretty towels makes them highly absorbent and quick-drying, so they'll never get musty or smell funky.

10 / 10

Have a mosquito problem? Turns out you can prevent the pesky bugs from showing up in the first place. This eco-friendly solution is so effective, it has an impressive 4.5-star rating on Amazon. These dunks are non-toxic, so they can even be safely used in ponds, pools, or garden troughs.