Spring is here, and aside from fresh flowers, warm weather, and continued success with the vaccine rollout, it’s also the perfect time to clean.
Messy spaces have no place in our lives in 2021. Studies have shown that aside from being eyesores, they can even impact our creativity, productivity, and general wellbeing.
Because of that, it’s essential that you have the tools necessary to get your house or apartment back in order. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of essential cleaning supplies that you’ll want to have at the ready.
So what do you need?
Keep reading to learn about essential cleaning supplies that everyone should have.
1. A Cordless Vacuum
If you’re still using a vacuum with a cord, you might want to consider upgrading to a cordless variety. Aside from getting the chance to use a cleaning tool that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, you’ll also get some serious cleaning power.
Cordless vacuums excel at cleaning all sorts of surfaces, from hardwood floors to carpets. Most cordless vacuums only run when you push a button and provide you with several hours of battery usage.
These vacuums can be a bit expensive, with some of the more powerful models costing hundreds of dollars. That being said, they’ll work with you to help get the situation in your home under control.
2. Clorox Wipes
Clorox wipes are the unsung heroes of the cleaning cabinet. They’re thick, durable, and do a fantastic job at killing 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria. During the time of COVID-19, that’s something that we can all get behind.
Aside from being powerful, Clorox wipes are also versatile. You can use them on many different surface types, from stainless steel to finished hardwood.
They come in three different scents and are cheap and easy to find. Stock up on a few canisters of them and you’ll thank yourself later.
3. Hand Dusters
Hand dusters are the key to removing dust from awkward or hard-to-reach areas. Countertops, the tops of cabinets, furniture, and tables can all benefit from you taking five minutes to run a hand duster over them.
You can buy a quality microfiber hand duster for as little as $10. Get one that’s lightweight to ensure that you don’t have any problems using it in awkward places.
You can also buy hand dusters that come with extension rods. These are great for reaching areas like ceiling fans, the tops of bookshelves, and tall window ledges.
4. A Mop
Mops might seem basic, but there’s a reason why they’ve stood the test of time. They’re one of the best cleaning tools that you can have in your entire cleaning arsenal.
While you can still buy a traditional mop, you might want to consider getting a more modern one. The mops of today come with a variety of features that make using them easier than ever.
You can find mops that wring themselves without you having to touch them, mops that prevent water from splashing out of the bucket, and mops in unique shapes that are more effective at cleaning. Consider how much you’re willing to invest and buy one!
5. All-Purpose Cleaner
If you’re someone who currently has 20 different types of cleaners shoved under their kitchen sink, consider streamlining everything down into a single, powerful bottle.
All-purpose cleaners work well on wood, tile, granite, and other types of materials. They do a great job of removing dirt, grime, and anything else that you don’t want to see on the surfaces of your home.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose cleaner that won’t harm children, pets, plants, or any other living creature, look into using natural cleaners. These are safer than standard all-purpose cleaners but are just as effective at cleaning.
6. Cleaning Gloves
Is the idea of touching gross surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom keeping you from cleaning? If it is, look into getting a pair of rubber cleaning gloves.
Having a pair of cleaning gloves is the easiest way to keep your hands from touching gross substances, as well as harsh chemicals in cleaners. They’re also cheap and easy to find—most dollar stores sell rubber gloves.
Make sure that the pair you get can hold up over time. You don’t want to have to toss them after an intense scrubbing session.
7. An Appliance Cleaning Tool
Ovens, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances are some of the most annoying things to clean. Nobody wants to stick their head in to remove the crumbs that have been there for years, but sadly, that’s what most people end up doing.
Make your life simpler by buying a tool that experts designed to make cleaning microwaves and other appliances a breeze.
Load these tools up with warm water and joy dish soap, and watch the built-up residue melt off of the interior of your appliances like butter.
8. Liquid Clog Remover
Most people only think to clean the messes that they see, but in many homes, some of the most insidious messes are actually in the pipes.
Showers, sinks, and bathtubs can all have buildups of hair, food, and other unsightly objects. If you start to notice that the water isn’t going down as fast at it used to, odds are you have a buildup of debris.
Unless you plan on reaching in there to see what you can find, look into purchasing a bottle of liquid clog remover. All you do is pour it into the drain and wait for it to clear away everything in its path.
9. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Instead of using entire rolls of paper towels to get the situation in your house under control, look into buying microfiber cleaning cloths. These are cheap and machine-washable, ensuring that you’ll be able to use them for years to come.
A few dollars will get you a pack of several clothes. If you enjoy organizing, look into getting a pack that comes in different colors. You can then use different colors for different tasks.
These cloths work great for dusting, scrubbing, and wiping away dirt and grime.
10. A Pet Vacuum
Most pet owners adore their dogs, cats, and other furry friends, but they do tend to shed a lot. If you’re tired of your carpets and furniture looking like a different color than they actually are, you might want to consider purchasing a special pet vacuum.
Like regular vacuums, these tools do a great job at sucking up dirt and debris. However, they have a few unique traits that set them apart from regular vacuums and make them great for pet owners.
Manufacturers design pet vacuums to specifically target hair and pet dandruff. Many of them also come with antimicrobial protection, helping your carpets to look and smell cleaner than ever before.
11. Shower Spray
Shower spray is the kind of thing that many people have but doesn’t use. After all, do you really have to take the time to spray the walls of your shower each time you use it?
The short answer is no, but if you don’t, you might wish you did later on.
Shower spray works to prevent grime and dirt from building up in the first place. This prevents you from having to clean your shower as often, saving you time in the long-run.
Look for non-toxic or natural shower sprays so that you don’t feel guilty when it goes down the drain.
12. A Toilet Wand
Last but certainly not least, no list of essential cleaning supplies is complete without a toilet wand. This little piece of magic will make cleaning your toilets as quick and painless as possible.
Toilet wands come with sponges full of Clorox. This keeps you from having to buy separate bottles of toilet bowl cleaner. The shape of the sponge also makes it easy to get into crevices of the basin that a regular toilet brush can’t.
Once you finish cleaning, a button lets you release the sponge into the trash. This keeps you from having to touch it, and also means that you don’t have a filthy brush occupying space in your bathroom.
Make the Most of These Essential Cleaning Supplies
Whether you’re planning on tackling a massive spring cleaning project or just want to improve your weekly cleaning sessions, it’s never a bad idea to grow the number of cleaning products you have on hand.
We think that the twelve items mentioned in this guide are some of the most essential cleaning supplies. Consider adding them into your house today!
Did your list of essential cleaning supplies get a bit bigger? If it did, spend some time checking out the rest of our site. You’ll find a number of other great posts that can help make spring cleaning a breeze.
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– Green cleaning tips for eco-conscious householders