September 28, 2020
Everyone’s heard of spring-cleaning, but have you experienced the deep satisfaction of a good fall-cleaning? You’ll probably want to give your home a deep general cleaning before the holidays begin, especially if there’s a chance you’ll be hosting loved ones. (Socially distanced, of course.) To do that, you need a thorough cleaning supply list that will make your home sparkle and smell fresh.
We pulled together a list of our favorite household cleaning products, from multipurpose cleaners that are earth-friendly but tough on grime to disinfectants sure to kill any germs hanging out in your home. With these cleaning supplies in hand, you’ll be sitting in a sparkling, fresh-smelling home in no time.
We think Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner is a must for any cleaning supply list. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day prides itself on producing earth-friendly household cleaners that are made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils. Their multi-surface cleaner is biodegradable, smells deliciously lemony and scrubs off grease. Fans rave that it makes cleaning simple and leaves a fresh, clean scent in the air.
This is another grease-busting powerhouse that’s also eco-friendly. Made with renewable, plant-based ingredients, Seventh Generation Dish Soap, Free & Clear, is a USDA Certified Biobased Product 95%. For those of us with sensitive skin, it doesn’t contain any added dyes or fragrances and is hypoallergenic.
The same quality that makes vinegar a lip-smacking salad dressing ingredient also makes it a powerful natural cleaner: Acid. Vinegar’s acid content bites through all kinds of tough stains without harsh chemicals. Vinegar and water are also a great choice for mopping hardwood floors.
Tide has been a bestselling laundry detergent for more than 70 years, and for good reason. It gets out stains and keeps clothes colors bright. Tide Original also smells oh-so warm and comforting. Walk past a neighbor’s while their dryer is going and you’ll know who uses Tide.
“This product smells like it was made from unicorns,” one genius reviewer wrote. We agree. Add a little water and imagine you’re cleaning with your own power team of neat-freak magical creatures.
There’s a reason why there’s an adorable duckling on the front of the Dawn Ultra bottle. Dawn has long been the go-to pick for wildlife rescuers who need to scrub oil off birds. International Bird Rescue Research Center Founder Alice Berkner once said an interview, “I hate to sound like an advertisement, but I won’t allow any substitutes for Dawn.” Just think what Dawn can do for your grease-covered pots & pans.
You’re going to need a strong disinfectant as we grapple with a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Many U.S. stores struggled to keep Lysol’s disinfectant products stocked in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic because they kill up to 99.9% of germs. If it’s back in stock where you are, buy it.
Crusty food bits, be gone. We all have that one family member who cannot bring themselves to rinse their plates. Cascade is great at cleaning their yuckiest dishes, from old baby food to cake frosting that’s practically turned into cement. These pods also dissolve without leaving any residue behind.
Sometimes you don’t have the energy to sweep and mop your floors, but you’re itching to do something about the grime underfoot. Behold, the Swiffer Sweeper Dry + Wet Kit that combines the power of both. The dry cloth pulls up dirt, dust and hair while the wet cloth washes the rest away.
Windex has been a staple in many homes since it was invented in the 1930s, but it’s real star turn came in 2002 when the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding claimed Windex could fix any ailment. Despite what he said, do not put it on your rashes. Do put it on any glass objects you want to shine without streaks or residue.
11. Sponges, Scrubs & Paper Towels
You’re going to need to use something to wipe, scrub and dust!
12. Trash Bags
Once you’ve finished cleaning and are done with your paper towels or unsalvageable sponges and scrubs, toss them in a trash bag and take them out. You did it!