Do you feel more stressed out or anxious when your home is messy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend nearly 40 minutes a day cleaning their home. Keeping our homes clean and tidy is an easy way to reduce daily stress. Who doesn’t feel better coming home to a clean, organized, clutter-free house? The best way to set yourself up for cleaning success is to make sure you have the right tools for the job. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of expensive products to keep your home clean.
1) A Good Mop: O-Cedar Easy Wring Microfiber Spin Mop
The spin mop features hands-free wringing thanks to the foot pedal spin mop design. The foot pedal on the bucket allows for hands-free wringing, so you have less mess when mopping. Control the level of moisture of your mop with the built-in high-quality foot pedal designed to activate spin wringing. With over 13,000 review on Amazon this is the #1 best seller in mops.
2) A Multi Surface Cleaner: Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Breeze
Let me first start out by saying I LOVE this product. If I could only choose one cleaning product to use for the rest of my life this would be it. I use this on everything in the kitchen and bathrooms. It is a virus and bacteria germ killer and leaves no residue on counter tops or stainless steel appliance. It's cheap, works wonders, and has a great clean lemon scent. I advise buying in bulk.
Everyone hates a moldy, smelly, dirty, wet sponge. This simple suction cup sponge drain rack is the perfect solution to get your sponge off your counter or the bottom of your kitchen sink. ABS BPA Free Plastic.
Next up, sponges. There are a huge variety of sponges out there. This powerful, yet gentle Scrunge cleaning sponge uses the only durable non-scratch scrubbing surface recommended by Teflon quality nonstick coatings. Rated "The Best Kitchen Sponge" by Cooks Illustrated for 2019.
4) Microfiber Cloth: Buff Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Pack of 12
Most cleaning experts name microfiber cloths as their favorite go-to cleaning tool. “Not only is microfiber better at cleaning surfaces than sponges, paper towels and the like, but it’s also machine washable and quick-drying, which means they are far less likely to hold onto germs,” says Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids. An all-purpose, multi-surface towel, you can dust, scrub, and clean your entire home with no added chemicals. Rated a 9.9 out of 10 by Amazon customers.
5) A Squeegee: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee
This tool is a must-have for keeping showers mold and mildew-free. This lightweight squeegee is perfect for tiled surfaces, fogged mirrors, soapy shower doors, and of course, windows. To get the most life out of your squeegee, make sure you protect the blade from being damaged while you use and store it. The squeegee stores on the wall with an included suction cup.
6) A Vacuum: Bissell Swivel Cleanview
No need for explanation here. If you have any carpet, rugs, or pets in your home you need a vacuum cleaner. This Bissell is an Amazon's Choice and currently just under $100.
7) A Scrub Brush: OXO Good Grips All Purpose Scrub Brush
Keep an all-purpose scrub brush on hand to use on tile, tubs, fixtures and tough stains. OXO has a number of different size, heavy duty brushes for tough cleaning. If your cleaning calls for something in a tight spot (grout) I recommend using a toothbrush. When it's time to retire your tooth brush toss it into your cleaning bucket. You will need it at some point, I guarantee it!
8) A Spray Bottle: Glass Spray 16 oz Container
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. I stand behind water and white vinegar for cleaning as well as baking soda. You may ask, why a glass bottle over plastic? Plastic is composed of a number of chemicals. When certain ingredients come in to contact with plastic, it can cause the plastic to break down and infiltrate the contents of the container. Glass does not react with any DIY cleaning ingredients or essential oils so you can always be assured of that.