Although making a universal cleaning supply list that ticks the boxes of every home’s cleaning requirements is next to impossible, given that each household has different cleaning needs -making listing every cleanser and cleaning tool on the market rather pointless- we can certainly mention the basic supply list!
That said, a house needs to have:
1. An Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Upright vacuum cleaners take up significantly less space than the canister models and combine a reasonable price with high-efficiency. Two of the best models in the current market, based on customer reviews, are the super durable Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum and the Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean. Considering their features, they are definitely the closest to vacuum perfection one could get right now. They clean the floors much better than any other stick model and are totally worth their price tag.
However, besides cleaning, vacuum cleaners are also packed with health-related benefits, especially those with a dedicated HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. What does this do? It helps trap and remove more than 99% of harmful allergens (e.g. dust, smoke, mold, etc.) from the air. So, if you have allergies or asthma, or just want the air you and your loved ones breathe to be of high quality, a vacuum cleaner with an HEPA filter (or similar counterparts) is a must-have.
2. A Mop
Keeping your house clean and sanitized is a focus on the majority of households across the globe. One of the many household products that can help you get there is the mop, which could be either wet or dry, and make great investments. The modern models come handy, with durable heads and washable pads that can get any surface inside the house (and outside) perfectly cleaned, from hardwood floors to tiles and stone laminate.
One of mop models that we have highly recommend is the Bissell Homecare International 18677 Bissell Steam Mop that cleans had-floor surfaces with the power of steam to clean hard-floor surfaces -and kills bacteria/allergens, etc.- providing a natural cleaning effect without the use of fumes, chemicals, or residues that may put your health at risk, especially for those of you suffering from asthma or allergies. The particular model can easily clean hard-to-reach surfaces, thanks to its 360-degree swivel head and you also get an internal water filter, 2 washable microfiber mop pads, and a cord pad for easy release that will make house cleaning a piece of bake.
Hardwood floors and other surfaces are also cleaned without the need to scrub the stains or dirt off with the Vileda Ultra Max Mop and Bucket Kit, which also comes with a 360-degree swivel head and machine-washable pads and microfiber cloth (attached to its head), plus the Powerzone technology that offers you 150% more pressure, enough to remove stubborn dirt. Its wringer system is sufficient to wring the pad thoroughly without getting your hands dirty in the process. With freshly washed pads every time you use the mop, you can rest assured no bacteria will bother you no more!
3. An All-Purpose Cleaner
All the load of the housework is carried by all-purpose cleaners and clean enough of the surfaces in the house to be a staple of your household chores routine. The best all-purpose cleaner is the one that can work on multiple surfaces, so you get more types of cleaning needs addressed with the minimum products required.
An all-purpose that doesn’t leave a sticky residue and smells lovely while working like a charm on grease is the hypo-allergenic, non-toxic Seventh Generation’s Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner. It is particularly effective on most washable surfaces (e.g. metal, marble, sealed wood, tile, etc.) and on stuck-on debris and contains no dyes or fumes, making is an ideal choice for people with breathing problems or skin sensitivity issues. This natural product will miraculously leave the area smelling clean and fresh, without overpowering the senses.
Now, if you want an antibacterial all-purpose cleaning product, Mr. Clean’s Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Spray should be your pick. It comes in a variety of scents and also kills germs, besides cutting dirt and grease. It can be used on all surfaces, your patio furniture included.
The best thing about all-purpose cleaners is that you can use them to clean the floors, the kitchen, and bathroom, among other areas, with just one product, making the use of separate bathroom and kitchen cleaning products optional.
Cleaning wipes are great if you are in a hurry and clean quickly. They speed up your cleaning routine and combine cleaning power and convenience so you are always rest assured you have done the best you could to keep your house perfectly clean and hygienic.
There are several types of cleaning wipes, depending on the surface you want cleaned and sanitized. That noted, you can find wipes to clean smear marks and fingertips from glass surfaces (e.g. Windex Wipes), flushable bathroom wipes to clean the dirty and soap scum from your bathroom, leaving a lovely scent (such as Method Flushable Wipes), cleaning wipes that shine and polish your wooden furniture (i.e. Murphy Soft Wipes), or all-purpose cleaning wipes that deal with dried-on dirt and disinfect at the same time (e.g. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes).
Don’t give dirt a chance and reduce your cleaning routine’s time with the use of the proper type of cleaning wipes, allowing yourself some extra time for you!
5. Laundry Detergents
The race against endless piles of dirty clothing has to end, and it will, with a laundry detergent. We need something that will remove dirt and stains, clean, and refresh at the same time, without irritating the sensitive skin (or, in fact, any skin type). Now, if they also leave us with a mesmerizing aroma to follow us all day long as we wear freshly cleaned clothes, the better.
Some people use a pretreater laundry detergent to soak stains and remove stains easier. Take Tidy Simple Pleasures, for example. It is a fine soaker that meets almost every laundry need and comes in a variety of enchanting scents. Other liquid laundry detergents from the same brand also have additives, such a color-safe bleach, fabric softener, and fabric refreshers, perfume-free formulas (perfect if you have sensitive skin), and as a powder. Combine all that with the fact that Tide is one of the cheapest laundry detergent and certainly on top of the list of detergents best at removing stains, grease dirt, and grime, and you’ve got yourself a fine choice!
To top up your laundry experience a simple, yet equally effective product will save you from lots of unnecessary trouble and concerns. Throwing a flexible sheet into the washer, like the Purex Complete 3 in 1, can do an amazing job in regards leaving your clothes clean, soft, and wonderfully scented. Just think that one sheet contains laundry soap, anti-static solutions, and fabric softener! No more worries about spilling solutions and measuring!