My Best House Cleaning Supplies List

This house cleaning supplies list has products you will use on a daily & weekly basis to keep your home tidy! Includes products for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, living area, carpet/floors, and even a car.

My Best House Cleaning Supplies List - Intro

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A few years ago (the day before the first edition of Journey to Clean was released, as a matter of fact), I published a list of cleaning supplies that I used at the time. As the years have rolled on and as I have fine-tuned Journey to Clean's system of maintaining a home, those items have changed slightly. Some items have hung around and some have exited the list; I think that's the case for most people that care for a space they love.

My Best House Cleaning Supplies List - Intro

Don't Overcomplicate Your Cleaning Supplies List!

My go-to house cleaning supplies list isn't complicated; it's a collection of a few items that I truly do use on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis to easily maintain my home. I don't have any big secrets for keeping a clean house; I use Journey to Clean and these supplies. That's it!

My Best House Cleaning Supplies List

Instead of making one big, confusing list of cleaning products, I thought I'd break it down by day. If you follow my cleaning system, you know that there are certain things you'll do every single Monday, every single Tuesday, etc. Let's take a look at those tasks and what supplies I use to carry those tasks out.

My Go To House Cleaning Supplies List

Monday Cleaning Supplies Checklist – Outside Areas

On Mondays, I tackle the outside areas of the home. I tidy up the porch, garage, and car for about 10 minutes. This might include sweeping the ground, picking up trash in the car, cleaning minor spills, etc.

I use the following cleaning supplies for these tasks…

  • An inexpensive push broom and dustpan – doesn't have to be fancy, friends. You're not going to be sweeping for hours at a time, so you don't really need one of those heavy-duty push brooms meant for commercial use. This one works just fine!
  • A blower – this is an easy way to “sweep” those leaves away if you live under a lot of trees.
  • Totally Awesome cleaner – You will see this product over and over in this post. I've sung the praises of this time and time again. It costs a little over $1.00 (yes, only a dollar) for a concentrated bottle that lasts forever. I get mine from the Dollar Tree! It's an all-purpose cleaner that can be used anywhere; floors, hard surfaces, upholstery. You name it. I use this every single day. For outside areas, I use it to clean up and car messes or minor spills in the porch/garage.
  • Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner – I also love these multi-purpose cleaners – they have so many scents to choose from and are quality, very versatile products. I get mine through Grove Collaborative – it's a great way to save on these products and make sure your supplies are consistently stocked. You can even get a free $35 gift set on your first order by clicking this link!
  • Armor All – I use this to treat my car surfaces. The leather one is good for seats and the original is great for plastic surfaces.

Tuesday – Surfaces

On Tuesdays, I go through the whole house and wipe down surfaces that might collect dust and spills. To do this, I use these cleaning supplies…

  • Microfiber Cleaning Towels – These are amazing and really inexpensive microfiber cloths that have lasted us for years now. I use these everywhere…for cleaning, minor spills, wiping down counters, making windows streak-free, you name it. Microfiber is great at getting out set-in gunk and has the ability to remove germs.
  • Totally Awesome cleaner / Mrs. Meyer's
  • Swiffer Duster – I like to wipe down dusty surfaces with one of these. It very easily collects dust!
  • Extendable Duster – This is wonderful for cleaning fans, higher light fixtures, and crown moulding.
  • Glass cleaner – I really just use this one surfaces that are likely to streak…windows, glass tabletops, etc. And, someone told me years ago that it's great on stainless steel – this is my secret to getting a streak-free fridge!
  • Granite sealer – This is not an everyday thing, but a couple of times a month, I like to use this to clean my granite countertops. It cleans and seals them at the same time – something that is super important to maintaining any kind of stone surface! Plus, I love the way this cleaner smells. (And yes, it is a little pricey, but a bottle lasts forever. I've only had to purchase two for the five years we've lived in our house.)

Wednesdays – Fridge/Pantry

Wednesdays are the day I dedicate to tidying up the fridge and pantry – throwing away old or expired food, cleaning up minor spills, organizing food by type, and inventorying what we need to buy or need to use up. No fancy supplies are needed for this…

Thursday Cleaning Supplies List – Vacuum/Mop

This is the most time-consuming of the daily tasks. Once a week, I vacuum my whole house and mop half of the hard surfaces (alternating what I mop every other week). For this, I need these cleaning supplies…

  • Dyson Animal – Friends – I love. this. vacuum. We bought the older version of it during a Black Friday sale a few years ago and I've been so incredibly pleased with it! It's cordless (but maintains enough of a charge to vacuum most, if not all, of the house at one time), is so lightweight (so it's perfect for carrying up stairs), and has incredible suction. It's an investment, but I promise you won't regret it!
  • OCedar Spin Mop – I had a go-to mop for years. It was the spray pad kind of mop that I thought was doing the trick. I was WRONG. I bought this mop and bucket combo after seeing a ton of people on social media raving about it and I can't tell you how disgusting my floors were after the first mop. Actually, yes, I can show you…
@lambertslately

I am SHOOKETH. 😱 This is now on my favorite cleaning products page for sure. #moptok #fyp #cleantok #clean #mopping #MMKx007

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

…WHAT in the world. I was disgusted and vowed never to not use this mop again. It's a game-changer.

  • Mr. Clean All-Purpose – Now, the spin mop people say that it kills 99% of the germs on your floor, but I've never totally believed those stats. Whether they're true or not, I add a little bit of Mr. Clean disinfectant into my water when I mop. (I've used Lysol in the past too, it's great as well.) I don't know how much of a difference it makes, but it does make my floors smell so clean! (I spent months testing my favorite cleaning products for mopping – you can see the full details of what I tested in this post!).
  • Shark Robot Vacuum – Technically we use this every day, but it makes my Thursday cleaning task so much easier. This is our go-to robot vacuum – incredibly low maintenance and it works really well!

Friday Cleaning Products List – Toilets/Sinks

Yep, gotta clean those too. Fun fact: I originally put toilets/sinks down as my Friday cleaning task because I hate doing it, so doing it on a Friday makes it a little bit more tolerable. 😂

  • A simple toilet brush – I have one of these in each bathroom so I don't have to carry it around to each toilet. This is the kind I use – it has that extra little scrubber that comes in really handy!
  • Clorox Clean-Up – While Totally Awesome is my go-to for general cleaning, the bathrooms require a little bit more love in the germ elimination department. This is what I use on toilets and sinks weekly. This is also a place where I don't use my trusty microfiber cleaning cloths; go with paper towels instead.
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner – This is my favorite toilet cleaner. I've tried a lot and just keep coming back to this. Simple, inexpensive, and no-fuss!

Saturday Cleaning Supplies List – Laundry and Catch Up

While I do have a couple of laundry favorites, this is probably the area where I change it up the most.e

  • Tyler Diva Detergent – This laundry detergent is a splurge, but one I absolutely make room for in the budget. When I tell you it is the best smelling detergent ever I'm not kidding. We constantly get asked what kind of detergent we use. It's highly scented – so much so that I can mix it with All Free and Clear and still get the same great smell.
  • Tyler Dryer Sachets – same concept, just for the dryer. These sachets give you an even bigger boost of scent in the dryer. I usually pop in an All Free and Clear Dryer Sheet with it too.
  • Oxi Clean – if this isn't in your life, put it there. I use this to get out deep-set stains by making a paste out of it and rubbing into clothing. I also soak my stained clothing in a concentrated mix of it sometimes, and add a little bit in each load of laundry.
  • Speed Queen Washer and Dryer – Yes, they're pricey. Let's put that out there. But it was an investment we made when we bought our current home that i couldn't be happier about. These washer/dryer sets last forever and rarely break (mainly because they're super simple; instead of focusing on bells and whistles, this company focuses on a solid, simple machinery that works). I couldn't recommend these more. (These usually aren't available online – we have the equivalent of the TR3 washer and the DR3 dryer. I recommend finding a local retailer to get the best deal on these.)
  • Blue Dawn Detergent – This isn't just for the kitchen! I use Blue Dawn dish soap to get out oil stains on clothing. Just rub a little in before washing and the grease stains will come out like magic.

Household Cleaning Supplies List to Use for Room of the Week Chores

Now, if you're a Journey to Cleaner, you know there's also a Room of the Week list that's completed throughout the month (check out my cleaning system post to see it). Here are a few items I use for those that didn't make the lists above:

  • Melamine Sponges – You can't beat these for scrubbing stubborn stains and surfaces (say that five times fast). I don't buy the name-brand Magic Erasers; they're available on Amazon for so much less!
  • Odo Ban – I have kids. Kids can be stinky. So, I fight it the best way I can think of: Odo Ban. It's great for getting smells out of carpet or upholstery. Before our beagle, Hardy, passed away, I would spray this on my couch often to get rid of “old dog smell.” It works!
  • Scrub Brush – great for knocking out any mold or mildew that loves to sneak into that shower grout. If you have an old toothbrush, that can be handy for smaller grout lines!
  • White Vinegar – If you don't mind a little bit of a vinegar smell, this is a great all-purpose cleaner. I used to use this all the time to safely clean high chair tops and any surface my children might eat off of (which was a lot of places in our house a few years ago). Now, I use it to safely clean our oven and microwave, without worry that fumes might hurt us. Just mix half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle.
  • Baking Soda – Another great natural cleaner. You're not going to find a better, less exensive abrasive for everyday use! This is a wonderful way to clean and deodorize the kitchen sink and garbage disposal.
  • Fuzz Shaver – As your furniture gets older, you'll notice that little fuzz balls start to pill up with continued wear and tear. Get rid of them with this! I typically use this on my furniture cleaning days to quickly make my couch look like new.
  • Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner – If you have a dog and/or kids, this might just be the best investment you ever make. It's fairly inexpensive (much less then renting a commercial grade carpet cleaner every few months) and works just as well as the big ones in my opinion. We use this all the time to clean couches, upholstered kitchen chairs, and carpet stains. I alternate cleaning our big sectional and my kitchen chairs every other month on the “spot clean furniture” task of Journey to Clean. (More about that process here.)
  • Goo Gone – You never know when you'll need it, but I guarantee that you eventually will. This is great for stubborn stickers, stuck-on messes, and the occasional gum incident.
  • Bar Keeper's Friend – I talked about this in my sink cleaning post. It is amazing for getting really difficult scratches out of porcelain! This is one of those things I didn't know you needed until I tried it…now I couldn't live without it.
This list of everyday household cleaning supplies has products you will use on a daily & weekly basis to keep your home tidy! Includes ideas for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, floors, and home exterior.

Summary

And there you have it – no complicated list at all! This covers probably 95% of the cleaners I use in my home. With the combination of these tools and Journey to Clean, I am able to keep my home clean with such little effort. I'd say that's my secret to a clean house, but I almost feel silly calling it a secret – it's such a no-brainer!

What tools am I missing? Comment with your favorite cleaning supplies below.

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6 Comments

  1. I strongly agree with this article. Thank you for taking the time to discuss this. I could conclude that this is very beneficial. says:

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  2. Donna Marie says:

    Simple Green is a great product too. It is an all-purpose cleaner. Also use Fels-Napa on your clothing stains.

  3. Leslie,
    I see where you use Blue Dawn for laundry stains. I read somewhere a few years back to use about a teaspoon of Blue Dawn in with your laundry detergent when washing towels and sheets. It works on grease so it will also get the body oils out of your sheets and towels. Ever opened your linen closet and smelled sweat – yuck! This eliminates that problem unless your linens are too old and the smell is baked in already.

    1. That’s a great idea – thanks for sharing!

  4. Johnston Jennifer Stellfox says:

    Which extendable duster do you recommend? Seems the link is only to an extension pole. Definitely need one for molding, above appliances and ceiling fans.