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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Make it Easier to Want to Clean
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 favorite 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 favorite essential oils.
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.
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.
- Spray bottles – Pick different colored tops so you know what’s what
You can get a free download of these homemade cleaner recipes here. It’s just one page and handy to keep with your cleaning kit.
- All purpose cleaner | 1 teaspoon dish soap: 1 litre/ 4 cups water
- Disinfectant | 1 part rubbing alcohol: 1 part water. This is a surface disinfectant but does not kill bacterial spores.
- 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
- Sponges | Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponges. They work really well and can be machine washed many times.
- Microfibre cloths | Zwipes microfiber cleaning cloths. I don’t really like how these cloths feel, but they sure grab dust!
UPDATE: After learning that these cloths leave traces of synthetic fiber residues in wash water, I have switched to other cloths from natural materials.
- Polishing cloths | Microfiber polishing cloths. These safely remove grease, grime, and dust from screens: tv, laptop, mobile phone…
- 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.
- Rubber gloves (2 pairs) | Heavy duty lined rubber gloves (for toilets only) | Lined rubber gloves (for all other cleaning)
- Tooth brush | For scrubbing hard to reach areas
- Knife | for scraping gunk
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 upholstery vac as well. Call me a geek, but having a cordless vac I can grab and use at anytime has changed my cleaning life!
- 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.
Realistic Cleaning Plan
- Tasks that must be completed on particular days are assigned to a schedule (such as preparing the recyclable 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 favorite cleaning products or tips, I’d love to hear about them.
But first, make time to play outside!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛