I could probably make a humongo list of different cleaning supplies for different jobs and literally make you insane with overwhelm, trying to pick which ones you should buy. While I realize there are certain items that can be made for much less money, I also realize that my time is quite valuable too, and cleaning supplies are just one place I choose to spend (carefully). I don’t buy the most expensive stuff, and I don’t buy organic-y, chemical-free cleaning supplies (except for laundry detergent), because I want my house to be clean and I only feel clean when I use this stuff.
Instead, I’m going to share with you what’s in my shopping cart when it comes to cleaning supplies. Yep, I buy all my cleaning supplies (along with a bunch of other stuff like diapers) through Amazon because we received the Amazon Fire TV for Christmas, so I bought Amazon Prime for the year. This gives access to Prime Pantry. Fill a box, and for $5.99 (plus the cost of the items, of course) it gets shipped to your door. Which means pretty much less stuff I have to buy at the store, which means less stuff I have to lug in from the car with my toddler in tow, which means I love life just a little, tiny bit more. It also means I can budget a little easier by knowing what we’ll need in advance and adjusting accordingly. You can even get groceries that way… good deal!
So without further ado, here’s what goes into my cart every time I shop for cleaning supplies:
1. Clorox wipes, because germs. I use the wipes for everything, every day, no lie. Fridge handles, doorknobs, lightswitches, toilet/tub/sink fixtures, backsplashes, countertops, appliances, the shower… the liquid bleach (which you can’t buy with Prime Pantry, but you can still buy via Amazon) is mostly for the laundry and sometimes for disinfecting toys and such (fill the sink with hot water, add 1/2 – 1 cup bleach, dump full of plastic toys and let sit 5 minutes, drain the sink, let the toys air dry).
2. Pine-Sol. Because floors get grimy (especially in winter) and I like that it cleans and disinfects. Get the one for hardwood floors if you can find it, but as long as you rinse and do the towel dance (put a dry towel on the floor and shuffle it around with your feet) you should be fine with regular. I also use this in place of toilet bowl cleaner. Just pour it in, swish with the brush, let sit for 5 mins while you wipe down counters and fixtures with your Clorox wipes, and then swish again and flush.
3. Swiffer Wet Pads. Because I don’t feel like scrubbing my floors every day, but I also don’t feel like looking at the dirt and mud and cat hair.
4. Clorox Glass Wipes because when you factor in the cost of paper towels and spray, it works out about the same. We don’t get the newspaper so I can’t use that (but if you’re so inclined, make your own spray with equal parts white vinegar and water, and use newspaper – works great).
5. Tide Free & Gentle Laundry Detergent. My daughter has super sensitive skin, and certain detergents meant for babies and children just smell… weird. This has no scent and cleans really well for the whole family. I also get the free & clear dryer sheets.
6. Soft Scrub with Bleach because porcelain. Our tub is an antique, plus there’s the bathroom sink and the outside of the toilet. And bleach. Yes, I’m a little obsessed with bleach, I know.
7. Method Wood for Good – An alternative to the Pine-Sol option mentioned above, and if you have a lot of wood trim, furniture, and flooring, probably the better buy.
So there you have my top 7, can’t-not-have-em cleaning supplies. What are some of your favorite household cleaners?