Home Cleaning Tool Essentials

Whether you’re adjusting to your life on your own for the first time or simply upgrading your housekeeping kit at home, it’s great to have tools and supplies you can use to make your living space as clean and dirt-free as possible.

And the good news is that you don’t need the fancy labels when it comes to getting stuff done – in fact, these are the only cleaning tools and supplies you will ever need to clean your home:

Toothbrush
Don’t throw away your old toothbrushes! When you need something a little more detailed than a scrub brush, you can still use them to clean all kinds of surfaces at home, and you can even use them to apply polish for your leather shoes.

Broom, dustpan, mop
No Asian household is complete without them. Whether you live in a tiled HDB flat or an expensive condo unit in Singapore, you need to have these three most important household cleaning items for clearing any room or dust, dirt, and debris, as well as getting rid of wet stains on hard surfaces.

Vacuum
Whether it’s a sturdy workhorse or a smaller, handheld unit with a rather short extension cord, you need to have at least one working for you at home to keep the dust bunnies and the allergies at bay.

A vacuum cleaner also makes for a deeper and more thorough cleaning than simply using a broom, and when you use both, keeping your home dust-free will be so much easier.

Spray bottle
Need a quick mix of water and soap (or laundry detergent, etc.) to clean surfaces? If so, then having a spray bottle not only makes the work more convenient, but you can also give your home cleaning products a good shake to mix more evenly.

Towels
Microfiber cloths may be the go-to for a thorough cleaning that doesn’t leave any fibers on the surface, but you need something else when you want to get rid of carpet and clothing stains.

Having a stack of cheap white towels not only helps in absorbing stains, but they’re also easy to clean and can take a cleaning with bleach just fine.

Scrub brush
No need for special tire cleaners – a scrub brush is your best friend when it comes to removing mold and mildew off of hard surfaces, as well as removing any accumulated dirt, dust, and grime off of tire grout when paired with a bucket of soap and water.

You can also use a scrub brush for almost anything, even soot and dried mud at the bottom of your shoes, and dirt from your garbage cans.