Things to Have for Your At-Home Cleaning Kit
Sometimes cleaning can seem like more of a chore than it really is. You’d be surprised how fast you can get work done when you stay organized and take things one at a time. The point of this guide is to give a list of the items you’ll need to make an easy-to-carry cleaning kit that you can take around the house without hassle. First of all, start with a cleaning caddy to carry all of your things in.
The sponge is a well-used tool used in a lot of light cleaning. It is much more eco-friendly than paper towels, as it is reusable and a lot more durable. And while sponges are known for carrying lots of germs, they can also be cleaned.
To clean your sponge, rinse it in hot, soapy water then put them in the microwave for a minute. Doing this will kill 99% of the germs in the sponge, so you don’t have to worry about spreading around those dirty germs.
A toothbrush is a really handy cleaning aid. They’re nice because, when your toothbrush is past it’s prime, you don’t have to throw it away; you can repurpose them to scrub places that other cleaning supplies can’t get into.
Whether it’s scrubbing away limescale or soap scum, a toothbrush makes the perfect handheld fixer upper.
You probably use a feather duster or dusting cloth, but one thing that’s good to remember is that dusters need to be cleaned too. By not cleaning out the dust, you’re actually making it harder to pick up more. I suggest vacuuming your duster after each job. This way it will be ready to go next time. You’ll pick up more dust this way too.
Along with a regular duster, you might want to consider picking up a specialty duster. You don’t absolutely need it, but getting dust off of your mini-blinds, ceiling fans, and such will be much easier. These dusters are shaped to reach those places where dust loves to hide, so with just a quick go-over with a specialty duster and you’re done.
The Only 3 Cleaners You Need
There are only 3 cleaner that you will need for your cleaning kit, and below I’ve explained the uses for each.
All Purpose Cleaner: All purpose cleaners are a housekeepers dream. You don’t have to keep switching cleaners every time you change surfaces. All-purpose cleaners can be used for a number of things: counters, floors, sinks, oven, toilets, windows, tile and more. While you may not want to use an all-purpose cleaner on all surfaces, this cleaner will usually get the job done.
Wood Polish Cleaner: Wood polish is great for keeping your wood looking clean, new, and dust-free. Use wood polish on sealed wood furniture, cabinets, wood floors, banisters, etc.
Scrubbing Cleanser: If you can’t seem to get tough stains out, that’s when you switch to a scrubbing cleansers. Scrubbing cleansers get tough dirt and grime off of sinks, toilets, bathtubs, ovens, pots, grout/tile, and more.
The Natural Alternative
If you’re looking for more natural alternatives to the commercial cleaners, then look no further. There are many supplies you probably already have in your kitchen that can get the job done.
Vinegar: Vinegar kills 98% of bacteria and germs, and you don’t have to worry about it being toxic.
Baking soda: Baking soda is naturally abrasive, so it can remove dirt and grime. It also absorbs odors.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil can polish naturally, and it doesn’t dry or leave sticky residue.
A handheld vacuum is great for doing small jobs that don’t require the attention of your full-sized vacuum cleaner. If you keep a handheld vacuum on hand, then it will be much easier to keep from doing those jobs that you’d otherwise leave for next time.
Special eraser sponges make dirt and grime disappear like magic. They’re made of a soft but strong material called melamine foam that can get to that dirt embedded in your wall or floor without using abrasive action that could damage your surfaces. They take care of scuff marks on your floor, and even get crayon off the wall; all without you having to use tons of elbow grease. All you have to do is add a bit of water and scrub.
Microfiber fabric is specially made to be good at grabbing and holding onto dust. It’s great for cleaning electronics, which always seem to attract a lot of the dust in the air. Microfiber cloths are handy too keep around for dusting purposes. They are available in both washable and disposable varieties.
Now that you’re well-equipped with the right tools, grab your cleaning kit and tackle those tasks!