Knowing how to clean effectively and the products you need can be tricky. Here’s a comprehensive list of the products that could help with your next move.
Remember that some essential cleaning products may not be necessary for your home specifically, but many of them will be a lifesaver when you’re caught in a tight spot!
Prefer an eco-friendly solution? A lot of cleaning solutions are easy to make at home. Pick up simple ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, bleach and lemon juice.
Cleaning products to always keep on hand.
- All-purpose cleaner: A great multi-purpose cleaner will be one of the most essential items you’ll own. These cleaners will take care of grease, dirt and stains.
- Antibacterial spray or wipes: These cleaning products disinfect and sanitise to kill any germs at home. Use in combination with your all-purpose cleaner in areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
- Bin bags/liners
- Broom: A broom will take care of dust, fur, dirt and anything else that ends up on your floor.
- Dishwasher tablets
- Dishwashing liquid
- Dustpan: Will work wonders when you’re working on a non-carpeted surface.
- Laundry detergent
- Microfibre cloths: These are gentle enough to clean all surfaces without leaving behind scratches, plus they’re reusable!
- Rubber gloves: Protect your hands from cleaning chemicals and any grime. Good to get a pair for general cleaning and one for dishes.
- Rubbish bin
- Scourer: Great for tricky dishes
- Tea towels
- Toilet brush and holder: A bristled brush will get your bowl sparkling in no time. Buy a reusable one and replace it as needed.
- Toilet cleaner: A bleach-based toilet bowl cleaner will give you a clean toilet in a cinch. Use in combination with your toilet brush.
- Toilet paper
- Washing basket
Cleaning products to pick up as you go.
- Adhesive remover: Also called a goo remover.
- Baking soda: Baking soda is the king of absorbing and lifting odours! Consider leaving an open container in your fridge. You can also use it to freshen up your sink or take care of aromas from your carpets or bins.
- Bathroom-specific bin
- Bench cleaning spray: Most stores sell options for your kitchen and bathroom.
- Bleach: Soap scum, mould and rust build-up are unfortunately par for the course in high-use areas like your bathroom. Get a tile cleaner with bleach to help remove this kind of grime.
- Bucket: You might not need a bucket for every clean, but they also come in handy for storing cleaning supplies or carrying items from room to room.
- Glass cleaner: These cleaners are formulated especially for glass surfaces like windows and tables.
- Lint roller: Lint rollers are handy for clothes, rugs and furnishings.
- Mop: A flat mop is a good alternative and will splash less than the type most people are used to. Look at purchasing reusable mop pads you can throw in the wash after each use.
- Oven cleaner
- Paper towels (or reusable towels)
- Pest spray
- Recycling bin
- Sponges/sponge brushes
- Spray bottles: Great for making your own cleaning solutions.
- Squeegee: Keep one in the shower to cut down on soap scum that builds up on the tile and glass.
- Tissues (Kleenex)
- Vacuum cleaner: Consider picking up an upright or a handheld, depending on your budget.
- Watering can: Don’t forget your plants!
- White vinegar: Vinegar is great at dissolving grease and removing dirt. Keep this on hand for quick clean-ups instead of a chemical cleaner.
What else would you add to the list? Share your tips in the comments!