COVID-19 has turned us all into semi-professional housekeepers. Make sure these 5 essential cleaning products are part of your home cleaning kit.

Cleaning can be a daunting task. Just walking through the cleaning aisle you'll find it stocked with all sorts of products. Some say they can do everything while others are specifically designed for one purpose. It feels like you could walk out of the store with an entire cart full of just cleaning supplies. But, fear not! You really only need a few items to keep your home clean.

All-purpose Cleaner

The all-purpose cleaner is like the Swiss Army Knife of cleaning products. It can be used to clean most hard surfaces throughout your home because it has a neutral pH level of around 7. Water also has a neutral pH level so essentially, you can use an all-purpose cleaner anywhere that water can be used without damaging a surface. But, it's still good to check the instructions on the cleaner and make sure it can clean all or at least most of the surfaces in your home.

We like the ones that have Hydrogen Peroxide in it. The peroxide acts as a natural substitute for bleach. It's much healthier for you and the environment. And it still kills germs!

A Disinfectant From The EPA’s List N

Now more than ever disinfecting is becoming the norm. Make sure you know the different between disinfecting and cleaning by reading our article What Disinfectant Will Kill COVID-19? This article will explain why the EPA believes these cleansers are effective against COVID-19 and how to check if your disinfectant is on List N.

Disinfecting wipes are quick and easy to use and can be stored in every room that needs them - mostly the bathrooms and kitchen. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are a great choice because of how convenient they are to use. It's good to keep a container of these in each bathroom and in the kitchen. That makes it easy to access which makes cleaning less of a hassle.

If you prefer to look for a different cleaning product, make sure you know how to look it up on List N. Read the article above for instructions on how to verify that the cleaner you want to purchase meets the EPA’s requirements for this list.

Read the directions on it though. Many people don't realize that in order for the product to properly disinfect an area, it needs to sit for a few minutes. The kill time is what allows the product to kill 99.9 percent of germs.

Mop & Mop Pads

Look for a mop that allows you to switch out the type of pads used to clean. This gives you more flexibility to attach a dust mop or a wet mop to the same mop frame. We recommend finding a mop that will use mircofiber pads because these pads are washable. This will save you money in the long run, produces less garbage, and just overall will clean better than disposable products.

We also love the mops that come with spray attachments. It allows you to keep two hands on the mop and you don't have to carry around an extra spray bottle as you clean through your home. These mops don't take up much more space than a Swiffer and they will clean with much less effort. You can even find mop pads with scrubby bristles that will help to get stubborn spills off the floor.

Bona and eCloth are two brands you can easily find at Target or Amazon.


Dedicated cleaning towels are a must and we recommend microfiber cloths over any other kind of towel. These are washable, great at absorbing spills, grabbing onto dust and can be used on any surface in your home. Color code your towels so you know which ones belong to the bathroom versus the kitchen or if you’re using more than one cleaner at a time, it will help you keep track of which towel you’re using for each cleaning product.

eCloth has a fantastic starter kit of towels. This variety pack gives you normal towels, ones for glass, and even ones for in the kitchen with scrubbing bristles to help with those stuck on food spills.


Vacuums are life savers. They make it so easy to clean up a mess. And for allergy sufferers or pet owners, a good vacuum is a must! Vacuums range from all sizes and costs. And a good vacuum can run a couple hundred dollars. But don't let that scare you away. A good vacuum will last you years so it's really an investment into your home health. We use Shark Vacuums because they build a great product and because we can buy parts for it when they eventually wear out instead of having to purchase a whole new vacuum.

Choose a vacuum that is right for the size of your home . For small spaces we recommend going with a hand vacuum. If you have a larger home a upright vacuum with a larger dust cup is the way to go. There are several other things to consider like corded, cordless, HEPA filters, stick vacuums, what attachments you need.

Cleaning Gloves

Cleaning is a yucky, dirty chore and you'll want to make sure you've got a good pair of cleaning gloves to protect yourself from all the germs and grossness that comes with using a home. Rinse these off using warm water and soap every so often to keep them clean as well. You can even use hand sanitizer on most of them when it’s needed.

Rubber, nitrile, or latex gloves can also be used to do the dishes and even remove pet hair from furniture! If you’re allergic to latex, look for nitrile gloves.

Honorable Mention: Sponges

This cleaning tool didn't quite make the list because not all homes will need it. In fact, a good microfiber towel can take the place of a sponge. But for those homes that don't have a dishwasher, this can be an indispensable tool. eCloth actually has some great substitutes for sponges that come in a variety of abrasiveness. And, these are all machine washable, which means you won't have to deal with the smell that comes with a sponge over time and will cost you less in the long-run as well.

Spring Into Clean is a professional housekeeping service in Alameda, Emeryville, Oakland and Berkeley, CA. We specialize in the following cleaning services:

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