Home Ownership | Cleaning Supplies
Buying a house is rarely as simple as getting the keys and settling in. Even if you didn’t buy a fixer upper, you’ll most likely be spending some money giving your new place some level of customization, which is part of the fun of being a new homeowner. Below is a list of the most essential things you’ll need, including basic tools and cleaning supplies.
- Tape Measure
- Carpenter’s Pencil
- Screw Driver
- Speed Square
- Drill Driver
- Palm Sander
- A hospital-approved disinfectant
- An easy rinse liquid (Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner)
- For hard water stains, our cleaners recommend Lysol Complete Bowl Cleaner
- Wood cleaner (Murphy’s Oil Soap)
- Glass Cleaner
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Broom & dust pan
- Mop (OCedar Spin Mop)
- Microfiber rags that are made of polyester do not leave lint like cotton rags will.
- Store Your Cleaning Supplies in a Single Spot.No matter what cleaning task is at hand, storing all of your cleaning gear in one location makes it easier to start. Ideally, store your cleaning supplies on the main floor. Look for space in a utility closet or kitchen. A place with shelves, hooks and some floor space. If you can carve out a spot near a sink, it will be easier to fill and dump buckets of water and wash your gear when you finish cleaning.
- Organize Cleaning Essentials in a Handled Caddy. You’ll have all your supplies ready plus its easy to transport from room to room. No caddy, consider a five-gallon bucket.
- Hang Brooms, Dusters and Mops From Hooks. Maximize vertical space by hanging long-handled items like brooms, microfiber mops and telescoping dusters. Most come with a hole in the handle to make this easy.
- For natural cleaning supplies, always Label Bottles.
- Store Hydrogen Peroxide in a Spray Bottle. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfectant and an eco-friendly replacement for chemical disinfecting sprays. Be sure to label the bottle and choose an opaque bottle because hydrogen peroxide breaks down when exposed to light.
- Vinegar remains the most versatile cleaning staple. Mix equal measures of water and vinegar and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pour in a spray bottle and shake.