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The Ultimate Checklist for Buying Cleaning Supplies

Buying new cleaning supplies for your home or business? Not sure where to start or what to get? Read on for tips on what you should buy. Cleaning a house or a business means that you will need to have a certain amount of cleaning supplies on hand. Having the right tools and products on hand is necessary for keeping your home or business clean and making the job as easy as it possibly can be. This is something you know all too well if you’ve ever tried to clean up a mess without having the right cleaning products on hand. This checklist exists so you can make sure you have everything you need to clean every room in your house or every area of your business.

The Essentials

  • Cleaning bucket or portable storage container. The best ones to buy are those with at least two dividers or separators to keep supplies in.
  • A good all-purpose disinfectant spray on cleaner
  • A good glass cleaner
  • Scrub pads, hard and soft sponges, and a holder
  • Plastic scrapers (to scrape hard to remove gunk from counters or floors)
  • Cleaning apron (the more stylish the better)
  • Feather dusters (great for blinds and baseboards)
  • Paper towel
  • Heavy duty vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths and rags (regular or microfibre depending on your preference)
  • Bucket, tote bag, or carrying case for carrying clean and dirty cleaning rags
  • A couple of good pairs of rubber gloves or disposable vinyl, nitrile, or latex gloves
  • Laundry bags (for easy washing of cloths, rags, and other such items)
  • Trash bags (for all that dirt and grime you’ll be getting rid of)
  • Heavy duty laundry detergent (pods, liquid, or powder for cleaning cloths)

Kitchen Must Haves

  • Food safe all-purpose spray on cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Microfiber flat floor mop
  • Microfiber wet and dust mop pads
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar (useful for all sorts of things)
  • Glass top cleaner for stovetop (for glass tops only)
  • Stainless steel cleaner (if you have stainless steel appliances)
  • Descaling agent or chemical descaler (removes limescale in kettles)

Bathroom Necessities

  • A good spray on soap scum remover
  • A spray on tile cleaner
  • A spray on cleaner that contains bleach for disinfecting
  • Regular bristle toothbrushes for those hard to reach places
  • Toilet bowl brush (with or without refills depending on your brand)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Regular sized or mini grout brush for shower grout (depending on what your shower looks like)
  • Tile brush (if the bottoms of your tiles are exposed)

Living Room Essentials

  • Lint roller (great for getting hair off of carpets once you’ve vacuumed)
  • Furniture polish (depending on the furniture you have)
  • White Magic Eradicator Sponges (great for getting marks off of walls)
  • Carpet cleaning spray (for those hard to get out stains)
  • Hardwood floor polish (if you have hardwood)
  • Mini portable vacuum or autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner
  • Wood cleaner (you can buy or make your own)

Optional Products to Consider

  • Microfiber scrub pads (good for bathroom and kitchen sinks)
  • Colour coded microfiber cloths (for bathrooms and kitchen)
  • Microfiber damp dusting cloths
  • Microfiber glass cloths
  • Shoe covers
  • Microfiber dust mitt
  • Knee pads
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Air freshener (spray or plug in for areas with a lingering smell)

You can find the essentials, kitchens must haves, bathrooms necessities, living room essentials, and optional products listed here at Checkers Cleaning Supply, Your Clean Resource™.