My tried and true house cleaning supplies list comes from 18 years of cleaning up after 5 kids. I need safe and effective products, especially with my kids helping with the cleaning chores. Cleaning is a daily task in my home for our family of 7. We go through a lot of house cleaning supplies thanks to spills, dirt, and grime.
Having the right cleaning supplies for emergencies is equally helpful. I can’t imagine life without my pile of rag towels and Bissell carpet cleaner. Who wants to run to the store 10 pm at night to rent a carpet cleaner to clean up vomit? Not I!
Yes, I do include ammonia and bleach in my supplies for weekly and zone cleaning. Since our kitchen doesn’t have a ventilation fan over the stove, grease buildup on the cabinets is an issue. I also have to deal with boys and men who often miss the toilet. Bleach is the best way to get rid of the odor in my experience. I hate to use it, but it’s a necessity.
Daily Cleaning Supplies (Daily Cleaning List)
Rags and Rag Towels
One of my best purchases were the 2 packages of white washcloths I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond 6 or 7 years ago. I used a 20% off coupon to buy the washcloths. I keep a stack of these white washcloths on the kitchen and bathroom counters with a green basket for collecting the dirty washcloths in the kitchen. We use the washcloths for about 99% of our cleaning and cleaning up messes. We keep a roll of paper towels for those few messes I don’t want to wash out of the washcloths.
We use the rag towels for the bigger messes like spilled water bottles and broken glasses. When our towels get too ratty for daily use, I recycle them into rag towels.
One of the best products for cleaning I ran across during a stint as a Shaklee distributor was the Basic H2. This cleaning product is a concentrated product. I think I’ve been using my first bottle for about 4 or 5 years. I let my kids use the Shaklee Basic H2 to wipe counters daily.
Our kitchen back door is the main entry into our home, allowing lots of dirt and pollen to be tracked in daily. I or one of the kids swiffers the kitchen floor at least once a day. I can get about 2 to 3 weeks out of each microcloth for the Swiffer before tossing them.
Vacuum: Dyson DC40 Vacuum Cleaner
My vacuum needs to be an effective workhouse; I use it 3 times a week during the school year, and almost daily during the summer. After trying several vacuums, the Dyson DC40 I bought last spring has become my all-time favorite vacuum.
The Dyson is bagless. I never worry about running out of bags, or trying to find the bags. The Dyson Tangle Free Turbine does a fantastic job on our carpeted stairs and in our cars. I can maintain the vacuum myself monthly. My only complaint – the cord is shorter than on my other vacuums.
Weekly Cleaning Supplies (Weekly Cleaning List)
I use baking soda for scrubbing soap crud off the tube, cleaning the kitchen sink, and cleaning the bathroom sink. I also keep some on hand in the kitchen to remove burned bits on pans.
When we renovated our bathroom 7 years ago, we decided not to put a ventilation fan in the outside bathroom wall. It’s a decision we’ve come to regret. 7 people taking showers almost daily means lots of moisture in the bathroom = mildew. For me, bleach is a necessary evil to keep the mildew at bay.
Again, with 7 people using the toilets in our home daily, I swish the inside of the toilet with a little Comet weekly. I probably could do the Comet every other week; our toilets stay relatively clean, especially during the school year.
Zone Cleaning Supplies (Zone Cleaning Lists)
We have no ventilation in our kitchen. The grease collects on everything in the kitchen. While I try to wipe the spills up immediately and clean the cabinets every month when I do the kitchen zone, the grease builds up. The Basic H2 works okay in the concentrated spray. Straight ammonia works perfectly.
Steam Cleaner: BISSELL DeepClean Carpet Cleaner
I’ve had a Bissell Carpet cleaner for almost 20 years. At $250, to me, the Bissell is a cost-effective tool for zone cleaning and cleaning up messes. When I’ve hired someone to do all the carpets in our home (about 70% of the floors), I’ve paid $185 to do 3 floors. The Bissell pays for itself in one year, not to mention the convenience of having a machine to clean our cars and any messes the kids to make.