The Best Kitchen Cleaning Tools from Our 2024 Cleaning Awards

published May 7, 2024
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The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home, which means that messes can pile up fast. That’s why having regular cleaning routines — daily, weekly, monthly, and so on — can help you keep things as tidy as you need it to be. Another key ingredient to a clean kitchen? Having the right tools to get the job done.

Luckily, we’ve gathered all the cleaning essentials you need, including the very best kitchen tools, in our 2024 Cleaning Awards program. See below for the winning finds you’ll want to have right now.

Best Kitchen Cleaning Tools

What Makes Up This Category of Winners

In this Kitchen category, we found the best cleaning tools for the kitchen, including gloves, a bottle brush, a dish rack, and even a trash can. See the very best kitchen cleaning tools here.

Kitchen Winners

1 / 8
Gloves
Amazon
$8.99

Cleaning with gloves makes the experience far better than cleaning without them, and these Casabella Premium Waterblock Reusable Gloves are our go-to. They’ll keep your hands free from germs as you tidy around the home and safe from hot water burns as you wash dishes. We love that this reusable option is sturdy, easy to take on and off, and prevents water from getting inside with its water-blocking cuffs.

2 / 8
Sponge
Home Depot
$3.98

We could go on and on about the iconic Scrub Daddy sponge. What makes it truly great is its versatility and that it doesn't hold onto odors. It alters its texture and function based on the water temperature, so if you need a soft and flexible sponge, use hot water on it; for a tougher scrubber, use cold water instead. And the smiling face? Use the eyes for grip to get into glasses and the mouth to clean utensils.

3 / 8
Dish Brush
OXO
$11.99

This OXO Good Grips Soap Dispensing Dish Brush is our pick to get your dirty plates and glasses sparkling clean. This game-changing tool allows you to comfortably dispense soap as you scrub away and features durable nylon bristles that are safe to use on nonstick surfaces. It also comes with a scraper on the back to remove any caked-on food.

4 / 8
Bottle Brush
OXO
$7.99

If you're the proud owner of a reusable water bottle, you know just how important (and difficult!) it is to get every nook and cranny clean. Enter: the OXO Good Grips Bottle Brush, which will be the only bottle brush you need to get the job done. This one has a specially shaped head with dual-action bristles to give your bottles the heavy-duty clean they need. The comfortable handle is a major plus, too.

5 / 8
Dish Rack
simplehuman
$100.00

Meet the Rolls-Royce of dish racks: the simplehuman Steel Frame Dishrack. We rave about this stunning dish rack and its large capacity to hold dishes, utensils, mugs, stemmed wine glasses, and more. The swivel spout allows for great water drainage (no matter how you place it), and the hydrophilic coated tray evaporates water quickly. Have a smaller counter to work with? No problem. This dish rack is also sold in a compact version.

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Scraper
Amazon
$3.99

Every kitchen needs a scraper, and this is the one to get. The Double Edged Plastic Razor Blade Scrapers can remove even the most stubborn messes without damaging surfaces, so you can go all out on your dirty stovetop or those stuck-on foods on your pots and pans. It’s inexpensive and a truly valuable tool.

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Double-Duty Tool
simplehuman
$70.00

We love a tool that pulls double duty in its function, and the simplehuman Paper Towel Pump takes the cake. Hidden inside the paper towel holder is a pump that can dispense a cleaning solution. So, see a mess? Tear a paper towel (or replace it with reusable ones!) and grab the pump to spray, wipe, and voilà! Clean surfaces.

8 / 8
Trash Can
simplehuman
$200.00

​​Say goodbye to stinky trash! The simplehuman Dual Compartment Rectangular Step Can is our definition of a high-end trash can, and it’ll make all the difference in your kitchen. This dual trash can/recycler has a step pedal, soft-close lid, and a place to stash extra trash bags. The fact that it can be optimized with odor-eliminating add-ons (like simplehuman’s odorsorb pods and custom fit liners) is the cherry on top.

How We Picked Our Winners

The Cleaning Awards is our guide to the very best cleaning tools of 2024. There are 40 winners across five categories that our editors truly believe are the cleaning essentials you can’t live without. We spent months researching and testing — which meant a lot of dusting, scrubbing, and vacuuming! to create this must-have list of tools that’ll help you conquer everyday messes. 

To select the winners, we looked at how well each tool performed, keeping in mind how well it cleans and if it works as promised (or better). We took into account its durability, ease of use, and features it offers. What makes this item budget-friendly or worth splurging for? And finally, we factored in innovation and what made this product stand out from the rest.

2024 Cleaning Awards

Want to see more winners? See here for the full list of winners for the 2024 Cleaning Awards.

All prices were accurate at the time of publishing, but may have changed since then.