It seems today that the market is flooded with all kinds of cleaning products which adverts tell us are going to work wonders in our homes. But which of these so-called essentials are really the key to a cleaner, more hygienic home? Here, we look at the necessary cleaning items that every householder should invest in so you can have a cleaning kit for all eventualities.

An All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

The name says it all! An all-purpose cleaning spray will keep your surfaces sparkling in every room without having to put in too much effort. From your stovetop to your bathroom faucets, a handy spray cleaner will get the job done. Although there are versions available which you can dilute in a bowl or bucket, it’s much simpler to just use the ready-prepared spray.

A Glass Cleaner

If you want your windows and mirrors to stay sparkling so you can admire the world outside and your own reflection, a good quality glass cleaner is the key. You can make your own by mixing white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water together and putting it into a spray bottle for convenience.

Microfiber Cloths

Much more convenient and effective than standard dusters, microfiber cloths really pick up the dirt and grime efficiently. You can use them dry or damp to suit your needs, and you can just wash them in your washing machine ready for another use later.


Keeping your sinks and toilet clean and hygienic is essential, and using a disinfectant around your bathroom and kitchen is essential to kill unwanted bacteria that could make you and your family ill. Add a pleasantly scented disinfectant to your cleaning kit and stay safe.

Limescale Remover

If you live in a hard water area, you’re probably sick of having to scrub limescale away from your fixtures and fittings. Today’s high-quality limescale removers are useful and can be sprayed easily and quickly on faucets and shower screens to get rid of grime instantly. You could also make your own using a half lemon.

Washing-Up Detergent

Although you need detergent for washing your dishes, there are lots of other uses for this common household product. Not only does it remove grease from your pots and pans but it can also work wonders in your bathroom. Use a rough sponge and washing up detergent to remove grime and dirt on shower tiles and your sink then wash away.


Bleach is an absolute essential for every home cleaning kit. Highly abrasive, it isn’t suitable for use on every surface or for everyday use, however, it’s perfect for putting down your toilet to get rid of stains around the bowl and for cleaning the grout between your bathroom tiles.

A Steam Mop

One really multifunctional item to have in your home is a steam mop. Perfect for cleaning hard floors of all types from tiles and vinyl to laminate and hardwoods, a steam mop not only gets surfaces completely sparkling but also eradicates bacteria for a more clean home. You won’t need to worry about bacteria building up on your floor surfaces when you have a steam mop, and there’ll be no harmful chemicals on your surfaces. Steam mops use only heat and water to get rid of grime and dirt, so they’re very safe for use around pets and children. Go to to find out more about how to choose the best steam mop for use in your home.

A Shower Spray

More of a preventative than a cure, a shower spray is a must-have in any shower stall. If you hate scrubbing away dirt that has had time to build up over days of use, a shower spray can eliminate the problem. If everyone sprays the shower stall immediately after they wash, you’ll find that the walls of your shower will just wipe clean the next time you need to deep clean your bathroom – perfect!

These are the absolute must-haves that any homeowner should invest in. Make sure you have all of these essentials in your home cleaning kit, and your home will stay pristine, sparkling and beautiful every day of the week!