General Cleaning Tools
The right tools can make all the difference, both in terms of utility and convenience. If you’re stocking up on essential cleaning products for the first time, it’s okay to purchase cheaper versions of some of the pricier tools on this list and then upgrade as you can.
Vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner is a definite must-have, even if you don’t have carpeted floors. Don’t have the space or budget for an upright option? Purchase a handheld, also known as a dustbuster, which is great for vacuuming problem areas like baseboards, couches, and errant pet fur anywhere it ends up.
Microfiber cloths. Microfiber cloths are gentle enough to clean all surfaces without leaving behind scratches, including stainless steel and glass. Buy a few, and toss them in the wash with your towels on a regular basis to keep them clean.
Bucket. You might not need a bucket every time you clean, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have it. When not using it for another purpose, utilize it for storing your cleaning supplies and carrying them from room to room.
Broom and dustpan. Any broom and dustpan will work wonders when it comes to taking care of dust, fur, dirt, and anything else that ends up on flooring that isn’t carpet. Similar to a vacuum cleaner, you can buy a small handheld option for tight spaces that offers the same capabilities with just a little bit more work required.
Flat mop. A flat mop, or dust mop, is a good alternative to the standard and unruly mops that a lot of people are used to.
Rubber gloves. A good set of thick rubber gloves is cheap to buy and a necessity for protecting your hands from cleaning chemicals and whatever grime you’re coming up against. As a bonus, they last a lot longer (and provide a lot more protection) than latex or nitrile gloves. And while you’re at it, pick up another pair too to keep in the kitchen for protecting your hands from hot water when you’re washing dishes.
Squeegee. Keep a squeegee in your shower to cut down on soap scum build up the tile, which will save you lots of time later on. Many come with suction attachments so you can attach them right to the wall and use them as needed.
Toilet brush and holder. A bristled toilet brush will help you get your toilet bowl sparkling clean with very minimal effort. There are one-use varieties, but for the sake of your wallet—and the environment—buy a reusable one and just replace it a couple of times a year or as needed.