Cleaning Tools

A checklist of home cleaning supplies

Maintaining a well-kept home requires a commitment to regular cleaning. To make the process easier, make sure that you have the right cleaning tools on hand at all times. This ensures that you can take care of accidents when they happen, rather than risking stains setting into your carpet while you run to the store to buy an emergency ration of cleaning products.

Dusting Products

While every home is different, most will require a basic set of tools and cleaning products that can be used to maintain tidiness and banish dirt and spills. Dusting is nobody's favorite task, but it's one of the easiest jobs to tackle when you have the right supplies. There are five basic types of cleaning supply products used for dusting:

  • Dusting supplies, which are of critical importance in homes with people who suffer from allergies
  • Dusting cloths (microfiber cloths are excellent)
  • Dust mop and/or vacuum cleaner duster attachment
  • Dusting spray
  • Furniture polish

Cleaning Tools for Every Job

The floor cleaning supplies you need may vary slightly, depending on the type of floors in your home. For instance, carpeting may require more advanced carpet cleaning tools, including:

  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Long-handled brooms
  • Whisk brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Mops
  • Mop buckets
  • Solution for mopping based on floor type
  • Tile and grout cleaners
  • Floor polish

General surface cleaning supplies can come in handy for almost every surface in the home:

  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaner or wipes
  • Kitchen cleaner or wipes
  • Scrubbers or scrub brushes
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Protective gloves

Specialty cleaning supplies, which depend on the appliances and furnishings in your home:

  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Oven cleaning products
  • Stone surface cleaner
  • Wood polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Window cleaning tools, such as squeegees
  • Leather cleaner
  • Upholstery spot remover
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Soft scrubbing cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Laundry additives
  • Bleach
  • Metal or silver polish

Since every household generates waste, garbage supplies are needed to take care of it:

  • Trash cans (one for each room in the house)
  • Trash can liner bags (reused grocery bags are fine)
  • Recycling containers
  • Baking soda

Everyone has methods for making the job of cleaning the house a bit easier. Some tried and true house-cleaning tips include:

  • Clean paintbrushes are helpful for dusting hard-to-reach areas
  • A bottle brush is an excellent tool for cleaning wineglasses, flower vases and other glassware with narrow parts
  • A steam cleaner works well to clean floors and grime in the bathroom
  • Roomba robotic vacuums are excellent for cleaning underneath furniture without having to move it
  • Goo Gone can remove just about any sticky residue, including gum stuck on the bottoms of shoes
  • Ostrich feather dusters have tiny "fingers" that wrap around breakable items, eliminating having to move them when dusting