Keeping your home clean is crucial to your health. So whether you are getting into a new apartment or you’re just trying to maintain your current home, these 10 essential cleaning tools are a must-have.


Sponges come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s nothing wrong with having the classic sponge lying around. They are incredibly versatile, offering an abrasive side that’s sure to tackle those grimy surfaces with ease. 

 White Towels

Don’t shy away from white towels; they aren’t as high-maintenance as you think, and they are an excellent cleaning essential to have. You don’t have to worry about matching colors, and you’ll undoubtedly notice when they are dirty. Keeping them clean is easy; just use bleach to wipe away the dirt stains and give them an excellent disinfecting too.

Microfiber Cloths

You absolutely can’t do without a microfibre cloth. These super absorbent cloths are great for soaking up any spills, leaving windows sparkling clean, and getting rid of dirt on your precious surfaces. Keeping them clean is very easy; a simple machine wash will have your microfiber cloth looking fresh and new.

 A Squeegee

Showers are a breeding ground for many nasty things such as mold and mildew. Not to mention keeping that shower glass streak-free is a hassle. This is where the squeegee comes in. This tool works great on shower windows, getting rid of water droplets and saving you tonnes of cleaning time.

 A Bucket

It might sound trivial but having a bucket on hand is essential. Your cleaning routine would not work well without the good-old bucket. A bucket can act as storage for your cleaning supplies. You use it with virtually any cleaning process you can think of. Want to be miserable on cleaning day? Try doing it without a bucket.

A Spray Bottle

These nifty little items are a cleaning essential. Want to clean off your child’s Elmo plush toy without getting it wet? Hello, spray bottle! Need to clean up a small section of your carpet without saturating it? Hello again, spray bottle! Okay, you get the picture.

 A Scrub Brush

Sometimes you need something a little tougher than a sponge or microfiber cloth. A scrub brush has hard bristles that can clean tough stains on tiles, tubs, and fixtures.

 A Toothbrush

Those nooks and crannies can hide a lot of dirt, and you need a small tool that can get to those hard-to-reach places. Enter your old toothbrush. Instead of throwing used toothbrushes away, disinfect and repurpose them for cleaning.

 A Broom, Dustpan, and Mop

You absolutely cannot run a home without these three. They are the holy grail of cleaning essentials in any household. There are thousands of varieties and styles at your disposal, but if you have a unique set of floors, you might need to do your research before you purchase any old broom or mop.

A Vacuum

A vacuum does all the heavy lifting for you, especially if you have carpeted floors that need a deep clean. You definitely need a vacuum cleaner to keep your floors clean.