The kitchen cleaning kit essentials you really need – and here’s the thing… you don’t need quite as many chemical cleaners as you think!
Kitchen Cleaning Essentials
Get the kitchen cleaning kit you really need to keep on top of a busy family house.
By keeping a few kitchen cleaning essential in stock at home you’ll always be ready to tackle whatever cleaning job comes your way as well as keeping your home fresh, clean and lovely to live in.
And… with a family home I always think it’s a great idea to cut down on the amount of chemicals you use! Unless there’s someone at home with a lowered immune system or health issue you really can reduce chemical cleaners and just save them for just a few dirty jobs rather than everyday cleaning of everything!
Kitchen Cleaning Kit
- Dishwashing Liquid – I use Ecover
- Soda Crystals
- White Vinegar
- Pure Castile Liquid Soap
- Basic bar of cheap white soap
- Antibacterial Surface Spray
- Mop and Bucket
- Washing Up Bowl
- Scouring Sponges
- Soft Cleaning Cloths (you can re-purpose old t-shirts)
- Paper Towels
Our Guide on which product to use for which cleaning job
Pure Castile Soap
I buy this either in the peppermint scent or citrus scent – the Dr Bronner’s castile is excellent value – it’s quite concentrated so you really do only need a little squirt! I use this in hot water to clean down kitchen work tops, cupboard fronts and the dining table/chairs. I also use it for mopping the floors.
As well as being great for getting dishes sparkling, we also use dishwashing soap to clean the sink, wash kitchen accessories like the storage pots, trays and the fridge shelves and compartments. You can also put a squirt into a bucket of water and mop the kitchen floor, it works well on tiles, lino or laminate (always test a discreet patch of floor first if you’re worried)
I also use soda crystals to clean the washing machine. It just keeps the washing machine nice and clean and smelling fresh.
White vinegar can be used to make excellent homemade window cleaner and stops the windows streaking.
You can also use white vinegar or lemon juice to clean the microwave quickly and easily – this is so effortless, honestly if you don’t already clean the microwave using this method you really should try it out.
Basic cheap bar of white soap
We’re talking the cheap bars of toilet soap you can get in the supermarket, go for the basic value range they cost around 15-20p a bar. This soap is ace at getting pretty much anything squeaky clean! We love it for cleaning stainless steel it leaves it super shiny – it’s also pretty fab at getting stains out of laundry.
Antibacterial surface cleaner
There’s a few jobs in the kitchen I’m only happy with if I know 99.9% of all germs are dead! If I’ve been prepping raw chicken, meat or fish then I always clean down the surfaces with antibacterial surface cleaner. It’s the best way to avoid cross contamination which can lead to food poisoning.
Additionally at maybe once a week there’s some kitchen germ hot spots that need some attention so I use antibacterial cleaner to clean the fridge and freezer door handle, light switches, door handles and bin lids.
Used sparingly but one I consider an essential to have in. I soak dishcloths/sponges in cold water with a squirt of bleach over night. According to the Hygiene Council study dish cloths are “bug superhighway of the kitchen” so keep them clean! Really clean!
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