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11 essential cleaning supplies you need at home


Looking to up your house cleaning game this year? Here are some of the essential cleaning supplies you should have at home. 

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Nothing beats the feeling of walking into a clean and tidy home at the end of the day where everything’s in order and not a speck of dust is found. Sadly, homes don’t clean after themselves and most of the time it’s up to us to upkeep the home so it doesn’t look run down, unless, of course, you can afford to hire a cleaner to do the job. 

We know, cleaning the toilet and mopping the floor is probably the last thing you want to do on your to-do list. While most house chores are not difficult to tackle, they are certainly not fun either. Who would rather spend the entire Saturday afternoon cleaning when they could be Netflix and chilling? 

Still, your house needs to be cleaned regularly unless you don’t mind living in a less-than-ideal environment. Don’t worry though, even the most daunting of house chores can be tolerable if you have the right cleaning kit with you. Here are 11 cleaning supplies that will have your home sparkling in no time.

1. Multi-purpose cleaner

As suggested in its name, the multi-purpose cleaner is so versatile, it can clean almost every surface of your home, from kitchen countertops to anything stainless steel or glass. These multi-purpose cleaners come in chemical-free options as well if you prefer to clean your home the “green” way. 

2. Baking soda and vinegar

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We’re sure by now you’ve heard tons of great things about this power duo. Not only can these cleaning products clean literally everything you have at home, but it’s also cheap and natural.

Mix the baking soda with water to form a paste and use it to clean tough stains in your oven and tile grout. Finish it by spritzing the area with white vinegar before wiping it down. Voila, we just saved you a ton of money with this method. 

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3. Broom, dustpan and mop

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The mere thought of stepping on a dirty floor is enough to send chills down our spines. To keep your floor clean from crumbs, hair, dirt and other unpleasant grime, you need these cleaning equipment: a broom, dustpan and mop. These items also come in handy if you have kids or pets at home. These essentials make life easier.

4. Toothbrush

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Surprise, surprise. A toothbrush is not only essential in keeping your teeth cavity-free, but it can also double as a scrub brush. You don’t have to buy a new toothbrush for this, just extend the lifespan of your old toothbrushes by disinfecting them before putting them to work. They’re effective in scrubbing places like tile grouts, sink rims and other nooks and crannies. 

5. Microfibre cloth

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Another must-have in your cleaning kit, a microfibre cloth is a reliable tool for cleaning surfaces with just a little bit of warm water, and the best thing is, they don’t leave scratches or streaks behind. It is also great for picking up dust and debris.

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6. Vacuum cleaner

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For days when you’re feeling a little slothful, just power up the vacuum cleaner to keep the floor debris-free. It’s effortless and it does the job twice as fast as the broom. You should invest in a good one that’s light enough to be carried and has a suction head that’s small enough to reach hard-to-reach spots. 

7. Bathroom cleaner

Let’s face it, nobody likes cleaning the bathroom, but it’s something that we have to do on a regular basis or it’ll become a breeding ground for bacteria. This is where the bathroom cleaner comes in. They cut through all kinds of grime and soap scum that’s found on the ring around the tub and more to give your bathroom a glistering finish. 

8. Spray bottle

Keep a spray bottle in your cleaning kit at all times, you never know when you need to rinse something off with water. It also comes in handy when you need to mix your own cleaning solutions. 

9. Glass cleaner

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Your windows and mirrors deserve some TLC too. Spray glass cleaner on them and use a clean towel or cloth to wipe from top to bottom. This will return them to their pristine state. 

Read more: How to deep clean a refrigerator

10. Sponge and scourer

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Aside from cleaning your plates and utensils, you can use a sponge to tackle grimy surfaces. Make sure you use the abrasive side or it won’t be as effective. On the other hand, you can also get a steel scourer to scrub stubborn stains on basins, stainless steel appliances and laminated surfaces. 

11. Lemon

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This pantry staple is not only a good source of vitamin C for your body, but it can also double up as a cleaning tool. Lemon produces natural acid and can be used for all manner of house chores. Lemon goes hand-in-hand with salt. Mix them together and you can use it to clean and disinfect cutting boards, stained appliances and countertops.

If you want to brighten up your white laundry, just add equal parts lemon and water into the washing machine and presto! A load of fresh laundry awaits. 

Read more: 10 laundry hacks to save time

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