House cleaning needs effort. You can achieve a high level of efficiency if you organise your time and cleaning material. From duster to rag to stain removing liquids, you must have everything you might need within arm’s reach. It will ensure quick cleaning. For example, if you are cleaning the side table, you can also wipe the mirror on the dresser and the wardrobe without postponing if all the cleaning material is with you.
We have compiled a list of versatile cleaning supplies to keep handy in your cleaning kit. So the next time you want to clean up something, you don’t have to invest your time in looking around for cleaning materials.
Here’s how you can create a versatile cleaning kit and become a pro at housekeeping.
1) Get a Utility Bag
Do not underestimate the usefulness of a utility bag. Even if your house is small, carrying cleaning tools from one space to another can be exhausting. A utility bag ensures that all the cleaning liquid, brushes and cleaning cloth is on you. You can carry them from one room to another hands-free. This helps you save time as well. You do not need to keep going to the source of your items every time there is need for a new cleaning equipment.
2) A Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray
Has your lifestyle during the Covid-19 lockdown affected the type of stains you get on your clothes?
A multi-purpose disinfectant spray helps kill germs from different kinds of surfaces such as shelves, tabletops, switches etc. Use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it’s recommended for soft and porous surfaces. If the original manufacturer’s bottle is too heavy to fit in your utility bag, pour a small amount of the disinfectant spray in an empty spray bottle and carry that around.
3) A Floor Cleaner
To clean and disinfect the flooring, use a good floor cleaner. You can use a sodium- hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner. It kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.
4) Disinfectant Wipes
Disinfectant wipes are also convenient to use. Just swipe the wipes on the surface and you are done. However, disinfectant wipes cannot be used on porous surfaces like granite. It damages the sealant on them. Check the pack to know correct usage instructions.
5) Window Cleaner
Wipe glass surfaces like windows, glass dining table etc. using a glass cleaner. You can use Cif Glass Cleaner which is available in the market. Always read pack for usage instructions and test on a small part before use. They can also be used for your kitchen cabinets and glass display shelves.
6) Kitchen Cleaner
To clean different surfaces in the kitchen such as the cabinets, shelves, etc; you can use a kitchen cleaner such as Cif Kitchen Cleaner, which is easily available in the market. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions.
7) Bathroom Cleaner
Your bathroom is a space which needs to be cleaned thoroughly to clean dust and dirt on the surfaces like countertops, walls, floor, tiles and so on. You can use Cif Bathroom Cleaner that cleans watermarks and soap sediments. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. And always test on a small part to check compatibility.
8) Dishwashing Liquid
A dishwashing liquid is a cleaning agent which can be used to wash utensils, cutlery and multiple other things in your kitchen. Our preferred choice is Vim Dishwash Gel, which is easily available in the market
9) Toilet Cleaner
Bathroom and toilet, being wet and moist spaces, are prone to attracting germs and bacteria. It is a good idea to not only clean but even disinfect them. The toilet bowl can be deep cleaned using cleaning agent and long handle angular brush. You can use products like Domex Toilet Cleaner. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on a small inconspicuous area first. Do not mix acid and bleach.
10) Baking Soda
Baking soda should be a staple in the list of your natural cleaning ingredients. It helps clean almost every type of stain. An advantage of it is that, it breaks the stains without being acidic or harsh on the surfaces. This quality makes it an ideal cleaning agent for cleaning multiple surfaces including tiles, flooring and so on.
11) White Vinegar
White vinegar’s cleaning properties are similar to those of baking soda. Even being mild, it can easily cut through grease and other kinds of stains. You can use it to clean glass and wooden surfaces among many other surfaces. It can also help unclog the clogged bathroom drains.
Bleach is a disinfectant. It also helps remove tough stains. You can use it to disinfect tile grout, toys, door knobs. It also helps to brighten up your glass dishware and much more. For safer cleaning, always dilute it in water. It’s best to follow the instructions on the pack and do a patch test first to check its compatibility. Always wear gloves while handling bleach. Keep the area well ventilated and children out of reach while using bleach.
13) A Microfibre Cloth
Make your cleaning eco-friendly by using a reusable microfibre cloth. These are designed for dusting, scrubbing and wiping surfaces such as kitchen countertops, tables and bathroom tiles. They do not leave behind watermarks or lint. So, you can be assured of spotless cleaning. What’s more, a microfibre cloth is easy to clean and re-use. This also helps you save on cost.
14) A Scrub Brush and a Toothbrush
Keep a medium-size scrub brush and a toothbrush in your kit to scrub hard to reach nooks and crevices. These will come in handy for cleaning your showpieces, cutlery and bathroom grout. Buy a brush that is easy to hold and ergonomically designed.
15) A Hand Duster
There are hand dusters available in the market with a removable microfiber pad. They also have extendable handles so they can be used to dust hard to reach surfaces like ceiling fans and corners of the walls. The microfiber pad can be machine washed.
16) Gloves and Safety Glasses
You may not want to clean your toilet bowl without wearing protective gloves. They help you avoid direct contact with disease-causing germs and allergic reactions. Similarly, keep safety glasses in your cleaning kit and wear them whenever you are removing cobwebs or layers of dust. Always wash your gloves and safety glasses to keep them clean. As these items will be in constant contact with your skin, you would need them cleaned as well.
Key Tip :
Along with these tips, there are also some things that may not be a part of the cleaning kit, but you should keep them in or near the cleaning closet like a broom and a mop. And remember to sweep and dust your house every day to remove surface dirt and dust. Along with a broom, you will need a dustpan to collect and dispose of the dust efficiently.
There you go! This guide should help you assemble a versatile cleaning kit for all your cleaning needs.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning. You can also use alcohol based hand sanitisers such as those available from Lifebuoy.