House cleaning tools every household needs

Cleaning may sometimes seem complicated, so here’s our list of house cleaning tools to make life that bit easier!

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Key steps

  • Always wear protective clothing like rubber gloves.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on any products you use.
  • Always test the product on a small area first to ensure it doesn’t cause damage.
  • Keep your work area well ventilated, especially when using chemical cleaners.
  • Never mix chemicals like bleach and ammonia.

Each room in your house requires a different cleaning method, and each surface needs different products. This can make choosing house cleaning tools      (and knowing how to use them) a little complicated. But don’t worry, we’ve put together an overview of house cleaning tools and equipment so that you can stock up your cleaning arsenal and tackle your cleaning confidently.

Remember, before using any new methods or cleaning tools in the house, make sure to test them on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure they won’t cause any damage.

Tools used in cleaning the house: the basics

Wondering which tools used for cleaning the house deserve a spot in your cleaning cupboard? These are our top essentials:

  • Bleach
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Anti-bacterial cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Washing-up liquid.

Using the right products to regularly clean your home will ensure it stays clean and hygienic. We recommend keeping products such as Domex, Surf, and Cif handy around the house. Don’t forget, always follow the directions on the label and test any cleaning product on a small area first to ensure it won’t cause any damage.

House cleaning tools and their uses: an easy-to-follow guide

As well as specialised cleaning products, there are other solutions to help you clean your home. Want to know more on house cleaning tools and equipment and their uses? Here are our top 6:

  1. A good quality multi-purpose cleaner can be used for most small house cleaning jobs. Use Cif or make your own using these steps:
    • Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar and a liter of warm water.
    • Shake to mix.
    • Add it to a spray bottle ready to use.
  2. A mildly abrasive cleaning agent works on stubborn dirt that your multi-purpose cleaner can’t clean. But, avoid anything too abrasive, as it could scratch surfaces, especially if they’re polished. Always read the label and product information before use.
  3. Baking soda is a great product for cleaning:
    • It’s good for dealing with bad odors, from sprinkling it on your sofa to adding it to your fridge to keep smells at bay.
    • You can use it for cleaning areas such as kitchen and bathroom grouting.
    • Mix 3 parts warm water and 1 part baking soda to create a perfect oven and fridge cleaner.
    • You can create a paste from baking soda and dishwashing liquid for bathroom cleaning. Use our advice for how to use disinfectants in the kitchen and bathroom to help with this.
  4. White vinegar and lemon juice are great for all the same tasks as baking soda. They’re also good for cleaning limescale, soap scum and cleaning and deodorising drains.
  5. Rubber gloves help you avoid getting your hands dirty and also prevent you getting cleaning products on your skin.
  6. Dish sponges and microfiber cloths can be used to clean up most surfaces. If you need a heavy scrub, use dish sponges. If you need a gentler clean a dampened cloth will do the job.

For more cleaning advice, you can check out our articles on how to deep clean your kitchen or easy bathroom cleaning tips.

With this information about tools in cleaning the house and their uses, you now have all you need to keep a clean and hygienic home.

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