Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster, £3.81
If cleaning your bathroom grout or shower screen fills you with dread, a bottle of this mould and mildew blaster will help you get rid of stains and build-up in a flash. Fans will remember when Mrs Hinch, aka ‘clean-fluencer’ Sophie Hincliffe, posted a video of her using this product to clean up a scummy plughole, too. She recommends you use it with a Sonic Scrubber (£14.99, Amazon) to get picture-perfect results, or a Minky cloth for larger surface areas.
"This stuff works miracles in my bathroom. My tile grout has never looked so new.” – Mrs Hinch, author & influencer
E-Cloth General Purpose Cloth, £5
Not only do these cloths help to eliminate thick grease and dirt from hard surfaces with just water – no chemicals required – the microfibres work to remove over 99% of bacteria in the process. Safe and efficient to use on all worktops, they can also be used to remove marks and dust from walls, and even work on glass for a streak-free clean. Just wet the cloth with warm water, wring out the excess, and start wiping. In between uses, rinse them with warm water and hang dry, or machine wash in hot water weekly.
“Reusable microfibre cloths are soft and keep their shape. Then, when you’re done cleaning, toss them into the washing machine – just keep them separate from your loads of regular clothes, as clothing fibres can get trapped within the microfibre and make them less effective.” – the Molly Maid team
Bicarbonate of Soda, £6.97
While it’s commonly used in baking, there are multiple ways to use bicarbonate of soda – or baking powder – to clean your house and the team at Merry Maids claim they’d never be without it. When using it to clean – be it in your kitchen or bathroom – simply sprinkle about half a teaspoon on a damp sponge or cloth. Then, wipe your surfaces clean, rinse thoroughly, and dry. Baking soda is actually safe enough to clean and disinfect counters, sinks, cutting boards, major and minor appliances, plastic containers, and so much more.
“Our cleaning specialists have been using this multipurpose solution for so long, and it can really come in handy when you’re fighting difficult soap scum, cleaning chrome or trying to remove rust stains from your tub.” – the Merry Maids team
BioMex Miracle Cleaning Paste, £12.99
A secret of the hotel trade for years, this miracle paste can be used to clean worktops, bathroom surfaces, hobs, sinks and pans. Made from 100% natural, biodegradable ingredients, think of it as a one-pot cleaning wonder that will get a huge variety of surfaces looking like new.
“Our customers love Bio-Mex and use it to clean all kinds of things, from the more standard stuff – baking trays, ceramic sinks, stainless steel saucepans – to a whole host of things that hadn’t occurred to us, like the greasy film on the top of kitchen cupboards, cat footprints off windowsills and grubby trainers.” – the Lakeland team
Earthworm Pet Stain Remover and Odor Eliminator, £17.95
This pet stain and odour eliminator penetrates upholstery fabric, carpet fibres, bedding and other porous materials to break down the source of the odour. It’s also suitable for use on semi-porous or non-porous surfaces, such as ceramic tile, vinyl or wood flooring, as well as litter boxes and other pet areas. Making use of a naturally-occurring process to break down food, grease and almost any other organic material, means that once the task is completed, there are no harsh chemical residues left behind.
“If you have pets in your home, you know how difficult it can be to neutralise odours and keep your house smelling fresh and clean. However, this eliminator uses enzymes to break down a whole host of pet stains. Highly rated by the Environmental Working Group, it’s fragrance free, so it’s less likely to cause potential allergies, too.” – the Why Bother Cleaning team
Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum, £179
With its DuoClean technology, this Shark upright vacuum cleaner works with two brush rolls to remove dirt from different floor types with ease. It means you can move from room to room, cleaning carpets and hard floors without stopping to switch heads. The soft brush roll is ideal for removing dirt and fine dust from hard floors while the bristle bar cleans deep into your carpets to help you keep floors around your home in pristine condition.
“One of the beauties of this Shark model is that it can instantly convert from an upright vacuum to a portable vacuum cleaner – so it’s like getting two hoovers for one. Plus, the Lift-Away Hoover Technology allows you to comfortably clean carpets, stairs and hard to reach places – good for households and also those that don't want something too heavy.” – the Professional Cleaners team
Kinn Lavender Eco Glass & Steel Cleaner, £4.50
Free from petrochemicals, phosphates, enzymes, synthetic fragrance and animal by-products, harsh chemicals and dye, this glass cleaner promises to leave your windows and mirrors clean and scented with fresh lavender. The bottles are also fully recyclable and vegan – plus, the entire range is manufactured right here in the UK.
“This plant-based cleaner will leave your windows and stainless-steel surfaces crystal clear. Made with only pure essential oils, it’ll leave your home will a beautiful lavender scent, too.” – Marie Lavabre and Sophie Lavabre-Barrow, co-founders of KINN
Murphy Oil Soap Multi-Use Wood Cleaner, £11.99
Whether it’s picking up dust or removing sticky fingerprints, knowing how to clean your wooden surfaces properly is worth its weight in gold. Natural wood soaps safely clean away grease, grime and wax, while this one comes with a natural orange oil scent to leave a lasting freshness behind. Ideal for quick and easy cleaning of counters, furniture, cabinets and more.
“When wood is properly sealed, as virtually all contemporary wood floors, cabinets, and furniture items are, you might choose a specialty wood soap, but it’s also fine to use mild, all-purpose cleaners too; polish is rarely (if ever) needed, except where severe etching is causing dullness.” – the MaidPro team
Seventh Generation Cleaning Spray All Purpose Cleaner, £3
This all-purpose cleaner is made with 86% plant-based ingredients, and is also free from bleach, colourants, synthetic fragrances and VOCs. And yet it effectively cuts grease, grime and dirt, while the bottle is made with 100% recycled plastic and is fully recyclable. A Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free product, it’s never been tested on animals and contains zero animal ingredients, making this the ideal choice for eco-conscious types.
“It’s great if you’re looking for something plant-based without harsh ingredients – plus it’s free of chlorine bleach and fragrances, too, so it won't leave your home smelling like chemicals.” – Dawna Boone, founder of Valet Maids