Every Tuesday I clean my bathrooms. And one week I was sick of hauling cleaning products up and downstairs and decided to get a cleaning caddy to make my job a little easier. And not only did I put everything in a caddy, but over time I’ve simplified my cleaning products to the bare-bones but most effective items to clean your whole house with the least amount of chemicals. (In this case none!) So here are my favorite cleaning caddy essentials.
Cleaning Caddy Essentials
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1. Baking soda & vinegar.
Some cleaning minimalists will say, along with rags and a scrubber, these are the only two products you need. And to some extent, they’re right. Baking soda can be used to scrub everything from kitchen sinks to toilets while the vinegar disinfects. But adding a few other products can make your life a lot easier too.
To use: pour baking soda over the area you need to clean and then spray with vinegar. Scrub until shiny clean! You can also add essential oils to help offset the vinegar smell.
2. Multi-purpose spray.
If you’re not into DIYs, there are plenty of clean multi-purpose sprays on the market. One of my favorites is Puracy Multi-Purpose spray which is all-natural and can be used on granite, glass, floors, countertops, and my favorite – high chairs!
Often though, I prefer to make my own DIY all-purpose spray. I re-fill glass bottles to cut down on waste. Plus, it takes just seconds to make.
Want to make life even simpler? This pack of cloths from E-cloth clean everything from countertops to granite to mirrors with NO cleaning products – just water. They also kill 99.9% of bacteria and are guaranteed to last three years of 300 washed. They’ve been a huge game-changer for me personally.
If you’re thinking about buying them they are way cheaper on Amazon than the company’s website so take advantage of that deal.
What comes in the set?
- 1 large waffle-weave Window Cloth
- 2 Glass & Polishing Cloths
- 1 Stainless Steel Cloth
- a Kitchen Cloth
- 1 Bathroom Cloth
- a Range & Stovetop Cloth
- 1 Dusting Cloth
4. Toilet bowl cleaner.
I’m currently testing out natural cleaners, and as I mentioned, you can use just baking soda and vinegar to clean your toilet. But during cold and flu season I confess I use bleach toilet cleaners. Something about the bleach gives me peace of mind when viruses are rampant!
5. Steam mop.
OK. This won’t fit in a cleaning caddy. But it’s a cleaning essential in my home. I got this exact Bissell steam mop for Christmas and let me tell you, I use it all the time. I’m obsessed! It cleans and disinfects my floors with just water and is safe on my hardwood floors. My floors not only look shiny and clean, but I know they’re disinfected so I feel OK when my toddler drops food and eats it from the floor. haha.
Make sure to buy a few extra pads so you’re not constantly washing the one it comes with.
6. Cleaning caddy.
Duh..can’t fill a caddy if you don’t have one! haha. But first, check around the house and see if you have something you can use first before you buy..a container…bucket..anything you can easily carry around. If not, check out your local thrift store for one!