Make A Home Cleaning Kit

Want to make Cleaning your Home Easier?

This home cleaning kit changed everything for me. Filled with the best supplies to get the job done, it’s now much easier to quickly grab the kit and dust or clean. I’ll show you what I use and how I make my own homemade cleaners.

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12 Home Cleaning Kit Essentials: eco-friendly homemade cleaning recipes plus recommended supplies to keep your home sparkling clean

Make It Easy To Maintain A Clean Home
It only took me a few decades to figure out that a smartly-stocked cleaning supply kit is the key to making regular house cleaning a whole lot easier.

This kit would make a wonderful house-warming gift (for people like me who enjoy practical and useful gifts).

The items in my cleaning kit are good quality but still frugal, use gentle cleaning ingredients you can find at the supermarket (eco-friendly, non-toxic—of course!), and make it (almost) enjoyable to maintain a clean home.

I’ve provided the recipes for my favourite cleansers (glass, tile, disinfectant, and general purpose) and links to all of the products I like. I strongly suggest you invest in longer-lasting equipment (it doesn’t cost much more) because that difference in quality really speeds up a lot of cleaning chores.

By having all these little tools at your fingertips, you can deal with any problem areas you encounter right away.

If you like your cleaning products scented, you could add a few drops of favourite essential oils.

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12 Home Cleaning Kit Essentials: eco-friendly homemade cleaning recipes plus recommended supplies to keep your home sparkling clean

Clean As You Go

While it’s not always possible or realistic to keep up with regular house cleaning with all the obstacles life throws our way, I am a big fan of doing a little bit each day (whenever possible) so that big, deep cleaning is never required.

A lightweight cleaning supply caddy makes it really convenient to grab the kit and work on a few areas each day. I have no interest in perfection, but I do enjoy a nicely maintained home. Or that’s the plan, anyways. We all know life happens.

Make A Home Cleaning Kit includes recommended supplies and eco-friendly recipes

Cleaning Kit Supplies

It does not cost a lot to get better quality supplies and they last a lot longer (and are therefore more frugal). I’m linking to products through my Amazon affiliates account but always check department stores in your area in case prices are lower there.

  1. Spray bottles – Pick different coloured tops so you know what’s what
    • All purpose cleaner |  1 teaspoon dish soap: 1 litre/ 4 cups water
    • Disinfectant |  1 part rubbing alcohol: 1 part water
    • Glass cleaner | 1 part vinegar: 1 part water
    • Tub & Tile cleaner | 1 part vinegar: 1 part dish soap
      Plus: Degreaser | 1 part vegetable oil: 2 parts baking soda
  2. Sponges | Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponges. They work really well and can be machine washed many times.
  3. Microfibre cloths | Zwipes microfiber cleaning cloths. I don’t really like how these cloths feel, but they sure grab dust!
  4. Polishing cloths | Microfiber cleaning cloths. These safely remove grease, grime, and dust from screens: tv, laptop, mobile phone…
  5. Magic eraser | Mr. Clean magic eraser cleaning pads. These often work when nothing else will, but I always try other options first since these do disintegrate quite fast.
  6. Rubber gloves (2 pairs) | Heavy duty lined rubber gloves (for toilets only) | Lined rubber gloves (for all other cleaning)
  7. Tooth brush | For scrubbing hard to reach areas
  8. Knife | for scraping gunk
  9. Plastic scraper | I have no idea where I got it (it’s the white plastic thing in the photo), but I used it all the time.
  10. Mop and bucket | Vileda Pro mop | Quick wring bucket | Vileda mop head refill. I had always used sponge mops and then I tried this type and never turned back. They look kind of goofy but they really grab the dirt!
    I keep have two mop heads: one is usually in the wash. I know others love the new steam mops—which is another option if you want to spend the money on it.
  11. Vacuum | I use a Dyson DC45 and it is truly fantastic. It’s a cordless stick vac and fairly light weight. It works on all floor surfaces and the charge lasts about 20 minutes (which is as much as I want to vacuum at one time). It coverts easily into a car, stair, and upholstry vac as well. Amazon shows the DC44. Call me a geek, but having a cordless vac I can grab and use at anytime has changed my cleaning life!
  12. Basket | If you find items that belong in other rooms while you’re cleaning, just gather them in a basket and put them away later.

12 Home Cleaning Kit Essentials: eco-friendly homemade cleaning recipes plus recommended supplies to keep your home sparkling clean

Realistic Cleaning Plan

  • Tasks that must be completed on particular days are assigned to a schedule (such as preparing the recyclabe garbage for pickup).
  • There are a few tasks I try to do every day such as vacuuming, dusting, and keeping the bathrooms and kitchen in good shape.
  • All other cleaning tasks are put on a rotating schedule. On Day One, I clean A, B, and C. Day two: D, E, F. And so on.
    This way, when other stuff comes up, and I can’t clean on any particular days, I just resume the schedule when things return to normal.By following a plan like this, nothing ever gets so messy that it requires the big, long, annoying cleaning sessions.

If you have some favourite cleaning products or tips, I’d love to hear about them.

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Comments

  1. Winnie says

    Thanks for the simple, cheap, environmentally friendly recipes! If I focus on that aspect of cleaning, maybe I can get past the drudgery part! Don’t know why, but cleaning always feel like toil, while planting 10 big trees is like playtime!

  2. Julia Tilley says

    Hi! I was wondering where you found the spray bottles with different colored spray nozzles? I’ve looked high and low and can’t find any.

  3. Wilda says

    I’m not Cuban, but I use and swear by my Cuban mop. I’ve used it for years and the mop head is always clean. A lightweight bath towel is used for the mop head. Yes, you can cover that much space at a time.

  4. Kathleen says

    I think your ideas sound wonderful. My problem is trying to figure out what I should do on each day. I know I sound like a dunce, but would you pleas share what your A,B,C…D,E,F…etc. are? Thanks, I’m sure there are others who would like this info also.

  5. Marcie says

    Hi! I really enjoy your column and site, This was a very helpful article.

    One thing about it does kind of worry me, though. It’s your disinfectant. Rubbing alcohol — and hand sanitizers — don’t kill all the enterobacteria — “bathroom/potty” germs. However, plain, cheap bleach does. I have a sprayer bottle of a bleach & water mix that I use for everything in the kitchen — counters, faucet handles, sink , , , everything. It works great — and the bleach helps keep my battered old sink nice and white.

    • says

      Hi Marcie, It’s a personal choice, of course. I’m aware rubbing alcohol is less effective than bleach but much prefer it. I find bleach too harsh, I cannot tolerate the smell, and I do not want to add it to our water systems. We rarely ever get ill in our household so I’m confident what I’m doing works for us. That said, I know lots of people love their spray bottle of bleach.

  6. Marion Baghsaw says

    Hi there, I love your ideas….. I am a scatter brain at the best of time. I wondered if you could share you cleaning schedule…..
    Many thanks in advance.
    Marion x

    • says

      Hi Marion,

      A good cleaning scheduling really depends on one’s own home, the numbers of rooms and layout, how much stuff there is, and how messy the inhabitants are. If I ever figure out a formula that any one could apply to their own space, I’ll be sure to post it!

  7. Melissa says

    Hi, sorry this question may sound silly, but I’m from the UK and I just want to check – is ‘dish soap’ the same as washing up liquid?

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