I guess this would be my equivalent to a ‘what’s in my bag’ video for a makeup guru. Except I deal with cleaning products, and hardly wear a lick of makeup when cleaning. Yes, when I do videos I’m in makeup, but that’s because our cameras are beyond an acceptable level of HD and you know, I’ve got insecurities too.
OK enough about my personal issues, let’s see what’s in my ultimate cleaning kit! And if you live in an apartment, condo, or small house be sure to check out Cleaning Kit & Storage Solutions for Small Spaces for a comprehensive list of what I would recommend for small spaces and how to store and organize your cleaning products and tools.
What to use for the ultimate cleaning kit?
Most folks rely upon a cleaning caddy, and while I think they are useful to a degree, I don’t think they can store everything you would need in the most efficient manner if you’re going to be cleaning the whole house. Perhaps for smaller tasks they’re OK, but for the whole house, you need a real set up. And nothing says ‘real set up’ like a boxy, two-foot tool box! That’s right, I use a Stanley toolbox to keep my cleaning gear and man, has it served me well. I particularly like mine because it’s got a removable half tray which allows for tool storage and also for taller bottle storage on the opposing side. Finally, it’s got a couple of little extra compartments up top which I can store smaller items that won’t get lost in the larger mix below. The box cost about $20 at Wal Mart, and is made by Stanley. I’ve got links below for this exact model! I love that it is plastic, meaning it’s durable and easy to clean. It’s large, I know, but they also have smaller models which can serve the same purpose. All in all, tool boxes are super functional for compartmentalizing a set of tools and products and provides me with easy access to them as required throughout my cleaning.
I highly recommend you watch the video so you can see how I actually stocked and packed it!
Inside the box
I’ve got a full list below with links to everything – and for starters, here’s a description of what I have inside.
I keep small, 12 oz. spray bottles in the kit, which consist of homemade glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant and soap scum remover. You can either make your own like I do, or sometimes I’ll use products I have at home (store-bought) and transfer them into clean, empty small spray bottles and use them. It’s easier to tote around smaller volumes of liquid, which avoids schlepping gallons of product around the house unnecessarily. Then, I’ve got a can of compressed air to tackle any debris in delicate or tight spaces, including electronics. On the other side of the tool box under the tray, I’ve got rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and a box of baking soda.
I’ve got a collection of several cloths in the kit; including regular terry-style microfiber cloths – different colours help me differentiate between different zones in the house i.e. kitchen and bathroom to avoid cross-contamination. I’ve also got an extra plush cloth for drying and a flat cloth for glass and electronics. I’ve included a cotton rag for any jobs which I don’t want to use microfiber on, as well as about 10 half-sheets of paper towel for jobs where I don’t want to re-use the cloth again (i.e. toilet). Finally, I’ve got a little optical cloth which can be used for electronics and delicate glass.
I’ve got a squeegee, which fits nicely into my box, and I use that for glass cleaning occasionally but my favourite use for the squeegee is when I’ve finished cleaning a shower, I swipe the tiles dry and it makes them shine beautifully. I have a lint roller, which is a must have for any pet owner to quickly tackle blankets and upholstery laden with pet hair. I keep two cleaning ‘toothbrushes’ on hand, one for kitchen and one for bathroom (different colours of course). Then, I’ve got a dish and sink brush for other jobs which require a larger bristled-brush like cleaning sliding door or window tracks, grout and faucets. I’ve included the SKrAPr, one of my all-time favourite go-to cleaning tools for removing build-up safely. I couldn’t have a cleaning kit without sponges, and I am really liking Brillo estracel sponges of late, they are durable, dry lightning fast and don’t smell (yay!). I’ve thrown in a couple of soft paint brushes for detail cleaning such as delicate figurines, glassware or other speciality items. I’ve got this in my half-tray for easy access.
There’s a couple of cute little storage compartments on top (which we call ‘the penthouse’) where I keep a few of my essential oil bottles for good measure and to add a nice natural scent to rooms that may need a refresher, and then in the other compartment I’ve got some cut up scrub pads, some silica gel packs for areas which need to be dried out and finally, some disposable gloves.
Some tool box options:
Stanley Tools 024013S 24″ Series 2000 Toolbox With Tray – here’s the exact one I got
Stanley 019151M 19-inch Series 2000 Tool Box with Tray – this one is a little smaller than the one I got
Tactix 320020 4-in-1 Plastic Tool Organizer Set, Black/Orange – an option in case you prefer a different configuration
Items I’ve got in my ultimate cleaning kit:
I’ve done my best to place the exact item/brand I have at home in the list below, although I can’t always find it on Amazon, which I believe to be the most universal shopping destination which is why I try to link to Amazon as much as I can.
(3 Pack) Empty Spray Bottle Red, Green, and Blue 10 oz.
Fast Blast Duster 10 oz. Can Air Removes Dust and Debris
Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oil Gift Set
Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ
OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee
SKrAPr Heavy Duty Cleaning Tool
Hobby Paint Brush Set, 5 Assorted Brush Sizes
Brillo Wedge Edge Multi-Purpose Scrub Sponge
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-Pack) – Terry Style
Ultra Thick Plush Microfiber Cleaning Towels
Microfiber Glass Cloth 10-Pack
Premium Microfiber Optical Cloths (6 Pack)
Bag-A-Rags Reusable Wiping Cotton Cloths
Cotton Silica Gel Packet, Pack of 20
A Cleaning Kit is Not a Cleaning Storage Solution!
Now I want to make it very clear that my cleaning kit is not my cleaning storage solution, rather, it’s a containment device for all of my cleaning swag and I pack it according to what cleaning work I’ve got to do. By having it properly (and fully) stocked, I never have to run around the house mid-clean (and risk becoming distracted) to find something. It’s all conveniently packaged up and ready to rock. When I’m done cleaning, I clean what has to be cleaned (like sponges and brushes), I throw cloths in the wash and place all products back in their respecivte homes. Finally, I’ll give my cleaning kit a quick wipedown and let it hang out where the rest of my cleaning tools and products live.
Having a well-stocked cleaning kit means you can clean well; you have everything you need at your fingertips.
If you want to learn how to make your own cleaning products, visit this post: https://cleanmyspace.com/5-awesome-homemade-cleaners/
So, what do you have inside your cleaning kit? Let me know!
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I can’t find video of how you pack your toolkit
Hi Megan, we have a few videos on this but you might be looking for Cheap & Effective Cleaning Kit!
What a great cleaning kit you have. As an owner of cleaning products business Neatspiration I also own a cleaning kit have multiple of home cleaning tools and quipments. Mostly I have the ones same as you. This somewhat relates that we both have the similar taste.
Keep sharing dear 🙂
The problem with a big tool box is, it’s awkward to pick up and move unless you close it up. You’d really only want to leave it in one central place; at least that’s what would work for me. It may make sense to keep this as a master kit for all your larger containers supplies and tools, with a regular cleaning caddy filled with what you need at the time and carried easily from room to room.
Small spray bottles make a lot of sense. Too many times I have mixed up something and didn’t like it that much, and then I have so much to use up before I try something else more to my liking.
How do you use silica gel packets?
Melissa if youd like to try compressed air… search on the web: canless air by hurricane. And never buy compressed air after that. And without humidity and freezing air.
Hi, love your blog, could you tell me what type of vinger you recommend using please?
What do you think of microfiber sponges?
Where do you get your microfiber cloth from?
Just found you checking on tips about disinfecting the house after cold and before family arrives for Thanksgiving. Very interesting! I have rentals and it is clear that many women have no clue about cleaning or are just slobs. I run a clean ship and at age 81 still find your blog great! Thanks for sharing.
Nice work really love watching you clips as im a commercial cleaner and all ways looking for easyer way of cleaning… just wondering if you have ever given WD 40 a go … heaps of uses for it , its a staple in my kit…
I’m not sure if this is the right place to share about a cleaning tool that I invented…Ive never blogged before…too busy owning and operating a professional cleaning business and raising my three kids!
Anyway, here it is! I’m confident that you will want one!!! 🙂
It makes rinsing showers soooo much faster than rinsing with a cup! Just slip the waterproof bag over an existing shower head…then, strap it, start it, spray it!
We are going to launch a Kick Starter campaign soon so we can take our product all the way to retail/janitorial stores, home improvement stores, and online sales!
Hope you take the time to check it out!
If the link doesn’t work for some reason, you can always search YouTube for my business name Kompletely Kleen. The product is called Quick Rinse!
Thanks for your time!
I enjoy watching your videos. So helpful and I never even thought of using a tool kit to store my cleaning products. Good tip!
can you please tell me what is a terry style and normal style micro fibre clothes please … i mean whats the difference between them
A great help thanks
Nice video. A toolbox sounds like a great container for carrying your cleaning supplies from room to room without going back and forth. Anyway, how do you clean tile floors? I had seen the video you did on cleaning hardwood floors, but do you use the same procedure for tiles? For example, do you use the same floor cleaner recipe (hot water, half a pinky nail’s worth of dish soap, and a capful of vinegar)? Does the mop have to be almost dry before it touches the floor (etc…)?
Nice! I wouldn’t have thought of that. I have about three cleaning caddies (kitchen, upstairs bathroom, and downstairs bathroom) that I stock with whatever I need for the areas they are stored in.
Can you do a video on your cleaning schedule/routine? I see a bunch on Pinterest that go through a weekly rotation, but it’s just my husband and me at home (like you) and sometimes I don’t need a thorough bathroom scrubbing every week (or whatever). I’m curious to see if you clean whether you feel like you need to or not, or whether you wait until a room gets “bad” before you clean it. Thanks!