Awesome used to be my favorite cleaner/degreaser, but it got upstaged by a new find that reader Tammy Swart told me about --

Krud Kutter

Nearly a year and a half ago, reader Tammy Swart (see her blog about becoming a cruiser) told me about a great degreaser called Krud Kutter.  It was in the comments on an article I had posted about cleaning that gunky area between the side of the stove and the cupboard.

Some time ago, I bought a bottle of Krud Kutter to try and forgot to write a follow up on how I liked it. Oops!

The answer is simple:  I LOVE IT!!

Two reasons:

  • It is simply the best cleaner I’ve used for greasy gunk around the stove and oven, as well as those areas that just seem to always collect dirt, such as around door handles, latches, power switches and so on.
  • It’s non-toxic and biodegradable, with no petroleum solvents, bleach or ammonia (it was only after writing about using ammonia for laundry that a reader told me that it’s very toxic to fish, causing severe problems with their gills).

One note of importance on a boat:  the directions specifically say not to use it on varnish (or on leather).

It comes in several different sizes but the quart spray bottle seems the most convenient.  That’s what I have.  And while the directions say you can dilute it for all but the toughest jobs, I take the easy way out and just spray it on full strength.  For textured materials, I use a small scrub brush (a nail brush or, for really tight areas, a tooth brush) to get in down into the crevices where grease likes to hide, then wipe it off with a rag.

I’ve used “Awesome” for the last 10 years or so, but I have to admit that I have a new favorite.  Awesome is great and I still recommend it if you can’t get KK, but Krud Kutter is even better.  It got a few places clean that the Awesome hadn’t (and nothing else had, either).

I haven’t had a need to try it on any exotic stains yet, but it says it will clean grease and oil, tar, crayon, and even mildew stains.  Even better, it should not stain or remove color from surfaces (always test first in a hidden spot!).

Tammy said that she’d gotten it at an Ace Hardware, but the one near me didn’t carry it nor did anywhere else in town that I looked.  So it was off to Amazon:

  • See all Krud Kutter products on Amazon — they have several different sizes and a variety of products including “red dirt stain remover” and a special mold and mildew remover, amongst others

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  • Jan Alexander
    Posted at 21 January 2014 Reply

    Not to be used on varnish…bummer. What to use, then, for the varnished fiddles and locker doors that are subject to greasy stove spatter?

    • Jan Irons
      Posted at 22 January 2014 Reply

      Hi Jan – while Carolyn’s out sailing, I can tell you what I use on the varnished louvered locker doors above my stove — diluted Murphys Oil Cleaner – same thing I use on all the other louvered doors and staved teak paneling. Here’s a post I did on cleaning our interior teak: I’m sure Carolyn will have more input when she returns.

  • Jan Alexander
    Posted at 22 January 2014 Reply

    Thanks Jan. I do use Murphys with some limited success. I’ll have to see about lemon oil.

  • Margot Partridge
    Posted at 13 January 2016 Reply

    Have you used Krud Klutter on interior teak. We have a mold haze on our interior teak. I oil this teak with teak oil annually. We are presently cruising south on the ICW. We closed up the boat in St Augustine for about two weeks. The surfaces had been wiped down with beach and water before we left. It came right back in our absence.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 13 January 2016 Reply

      Krud Cutter isn’t designed to remove mold. There’s a product called Concrobium — get it on Amazon or buy at Home Depot in the PAINT (not cleaning) department — that’s designed to kill mold. I’ve used it on fabric and interior teak and other surfaces with no problems. You can also use white vinegar. Bleach does not kill or prevent mold and mildew I’ve learned, unfortunately. Vinegar does, although not as effectively as Concrobium. Tea tree oil also supposedly works but I’ve had little luck with it.

  • Jo Barnes
    Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

    I did try this and did not find it that effective. I used up the bottle and decided not to purchase another.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

      Sorry about that . . . it’s my go-to cleaner for just about everything. What do you prefer?

    • Jo Barnes
      Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

      I like Serious Marine Clean by Shurhold or Simple Green depending on the situation

  • Donna Lynn
    Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

    Is it safe to use as a bildge cleaner?

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 05 March 2017 Reply

      The company says that it is totally safe in the water.

  • Anne Driver
    Posted at 07 March 2017 Reply

    Tammy Swart! You’re famous!

    • Tammy Swart
      Posted at 07 March 2017 Reply

      Haha! Love to spread good tips and tricks!

  • KL
    Posted at 30 April 2017 Reply

    You can also use Krud Kutter to remove latex paint…used it on kitchen cabinets in our land home and it’s amazing!

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