The Essential Cleaning Supply List

Your fast-track to a sparkling home without breaking the bank.

Your living space can’t get clean if your tools and supplies can’t clean it. But with so many options out there, it's not always easy to tell the difference between the essentials and everything else.

We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re moving into your own space for the first time or just looking to spruce up a place you already call home, this essential cleaning supply list will put you on the fast-track to a sparkling home without breaking the bank (or filling your space with more tools than you actually need).

Cleaning Tools 101

Not even sure where to begin? You’re in the right place. Before we get to your essential cleaning supply list, let’s run through some of the tools you’ll find there, what they’re for, and how they can help make your home shine.

Microfiber cleaning cloths Better than a traditional rag, microfiber is actually designed to pick up dirt, dust, and debris — meaning you’ll actually remove that stuff instead of shuffling it around. Microfiber won’t streak (good for windows and mirrors), is incredibly absorbent (take that, spills!), and will be back for more after a turn in the laundry.

These versatile cleaning cloths are often able to clean on their own, or you can add a touch of water or cleaning solution. You’ll literally use these in every space in your home.

Sponges Another simple, yet indispensable cleaning tool. Yes, they’re the go-to for hand-washing dishes, but don’t underestimate just how important a great sponge can be — and not just in the kitchen. Opt for one with an abrasive side for extra cleaning power against caked-on dirt and grime, and your house will be shining in no time.

Squeegee Yes, they work (streak-free) wonders on mirrors and windows, but a squeegee will go a long way in the bathroom as well. In tile and fiberglass showers, a quick squeegee of the walls after your shower will keep grime (and water spots) at bay.

Broom and dustpan Some things are classics forever. For non-carpeted areas of your home, the classic pair of a broom and dustpan is your first line of defense against crumbs, hair, leaves, and everything in between. There are lots of models and options to choose from. All you need to worry about is finding one you’ll actually use. It’s a classic for a reason. You’ll likely have this tool in your hands nearly every single day.

Vacuum For the spots the broom can’t clean, you’ve got back-up. Enter the vacuum. Even if you don’t have carpet, you’re going to want a vacuum to help you manage the debris, dust, and dirt the broom misses. Opt for one with hose attachments, and your vacuum can also be used to clean your chairs, couches, and other upholstered furniture. With a long enough extension cord, it can even keep your car in tip-top shape.

Swiffer Wet-Jet Mops are, well, gross. To get the hard floor surfaces of your home clean, go with the Swiffer Wet-Jet. It’s easy to use, doesn’t require a bucket and a dirty mop head, and the disposable cleaning pads absorb dirt and grim (so it ends up in the trash, not a different part of your floor).

Scrub brush Every home has problem areas, so every home needs a good scrub brush. While the cleaning cloths and sponges can tackle most jobs, a sturdy scrub brush will help you get the most from your grout, tile, tubs, and extra tough stains.

Toilet brush There’s no shame in learning how to clean properly, but there is shame in toilet stains. A good toilet brush will help you keep the inside of your toilet bowl clean, and save you embarrassment when that surprise visitor pops in. Your essential cleaning supply list. Now that we’ve covered some of the basic cleaning tools, check out the master supply list below for everything you’ll need to keep your space clean.

General cleaning tools

The tools you’ll need to get the jobs done.

  • Microfiber cleaning clothes
  • Sponges
  • Squeegee
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum with hose attachments
  • Swiffer Wet-Jet (or traditional mop and bucket)
  • Scrub brush
  • Extendable dusting brush (we prefer Swiffer Dusters)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray bottles (for the DIYer who wants to make their own cleaning solutions)

Cleaning solutions Area-specific solutions to make your home shine.

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