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Cleaning Supplies Checklist

It’s almost impossible to make a universal cleaning supply list that fits every home. Every family and house is different, making their cleaning needs also unique. Instead of a list of every cleaning tool and cleanser on the market, our basic cleaning supply list is broken down in to 6 categories of tools. Use these categories as a starting point for creating your own basic cleaning supply list. If you’re still a list person, try the more basic supply list.

Dusting Supplies

Dusting is an important job whose frequency will depend on your lifestyle, d├ęcor, and any breathing and allergy issues family and friends may have. Tools for dusting will also vary with personal preference although I recommend having the following types:

  • Microfiber Cloths (for general and intricate dusting)
  • Vacuum Cleaner Dusting Attachment (for high ceilings, walls, corners)
  • Dusting Spray and/or Furniture Polish


Even the smallest household generates quite a bit of trash and waste. The tools to take care of trash are simple, yes, but a necessary component of making your household run smoothly. these tools are great to consider:

  • Trash cans (for every room or area in the house)
  • Trash can liners (these can be reused grocery sacks, or store bought liners)
  • Baking Soda
  • Recycling Bins(labeled for easy sorting)

General Surface Cleaning

The fact is that every surface in our homes gets dirty. We need a good cleaner to keep all the smudges, spills, and sticky spots clean. Our best friend is a good all purpose cleaner, but you may want an extra cleaner or two for general cleaning around the house. I suggest:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Kitchen Cleaner or Wipes
  • Bathroom Cleaner or Wipes
  • Sponges, Paper Towels, Cleaning Cloths
  • Scrubbers
  • Gloves

Special Surfaces

If you’re like most homes, you have several surfaces in your home that need a little extra TLC when it comes to cleaning them. These specialty surfaces give our homes variety and spice, but knowing what to clean them with can be especially frustrating. I recommend the following products where applicable:

  • Oven Cleaner
  • Stone Cleaner
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Detergent
  • Wood Polish
  • Upholstery Spot Remover
  • Leather Cleaner
  • Laundry Soap
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Laundry Additives
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Soft Scrubbing Cleaner
  • Air Freshener
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Silver or Metal Polish


Our floors bear the brunt of the dirt that comes into our home. Things are spilled on, tracked across, and smeared through our floors on a daily basis. Cleaning supplies needed to clean floors will depend on the type of floors that a home has. If you are like a lot of people, your home has a few different floor types. Consider the type of floors you have before purchasing supplies. I would considering the following needs:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Mop
  • Mop Bucket
  • Mopping Solution for floor type
  • Polish

Storage and Organizing

Even when everything is clean, we need ways to organize and store items in our home. It’s amazing how dirty a home with storage issues appears to be. Organizing and storing items properly in your home makes a big difference in how neat and orderly it appeasrs to be. Although storage and organizing needs will vary, consider the following:

  • Storage Containers (clear, plastic, stackable, with handles)
  • Labels or a labelmaker
  • Filing System

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