Krud Kutter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Krud-Kutter-bigNearly 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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  1. 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?

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

  3. Margot Partridge says:

    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.

    • 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.

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