Top 5 Important Cleaning Tools For Your House

Recently a reader, who is setting up her first home, asked for my recommendations of cleaning tools everyone should own. It’s an excellent question because having the essential cleaning tools makes staying on top of messes so much easier.


When it comes to basic cleaning tools, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. In fact, if you’re first starting out, it’s a good idea to learn how to clean properly before you invest in more expensive gear.


As you build your cleaning arsenal, be sure to look for tools that can be used in multiple ways. This will help you save money as well as space.

A Vacuum


Whether it’s a Roomba or a Dyson or a sturdy workhorse passed down to you, you need one of these machines to keep floors clean and allergies at bay.

A Broom, Dustpan and Mop


If you have any hard surfaces like wood, tile, cork, and linoleum, you’ll need tools to get them clean. You should check out different instructions for different types of floors, but most people can get along with a broom and dustpan and/or a dust mop. If you have pets or kids, you may want to get a wet mop as well, which will give you more power to clean up after spills or scrub grime from the floor.

A Scrub Brush


A sponge or cloth isn’t always going to work, so keep an all-purpose scrub brush on hand to use on tile, tubs, fixtures and tough stains. You can use an old dish brush that you’ve retired from dish duty, or buy a heavy-duty cleaning scrubber. We love this one from OXO and it’s only $7.

A Spray Bottle (or 6)


Keep spray bottles on hand if you ever need to rinse something off with water, or to try your hand at making your own cleaners. Glass bottles will hold up to anything, and you can buy them one at a time for less than $10 or in multi-packs for a savings boost.

A Bucket


A nice sized bucket can not only stow your cleaning supplies, but also be used for mopping and a multitude of other household tasks. An essential for sure. You can buy one online (this $15 one from OXO is great), but most people just pick ’em up from the local hardware store.

John Bauer

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