The 6 Best Supplies for Maintaining a Clean Home

The only six cleaning supplies you need to keep your home clean.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #213

Dobie Sponges

This next item is also one that I will refer to by name, and that’s Dobie sponges. I’m a big fan of using non-scratch sponges and scrubbers, and Dobie sponges are one of the most versatile and durable ones I’ve found. They have a plastic scrubby coating that’s good for scrubbing everything from dishes to shower walls, and can easily be thrown in to the dishwasher to be cleaned and sanitized for weeks, if not months, of continued use.

Scrub Brushes

Sitting right next to the Dobie sponge in my kitchen is my plastic scrub brush. This is another go-to item that gets used for dishes, as well as a variety of other tasks around my home. There are hundreds of scrub brushes on the market, and it seems like all of them promise to be more effective than the next, right? The funny thing is that the scrub brush I rely on is the most basic brush I could find. It’s actually a $.50 brush from Ikea. It has no bells, no whistles, but it does exactly what I need it to do. It’s small enough that it fits in to small corners and crevices, has a long handle that makes it easy to hold and maneuver, it’s durable and has held up through years of scrubbing, and it can quickly be tossed in to the dishwasher to be cleaned and sanitized.

If you don’t have an Ikea close to you, don’t fret. Stores like Target and Walmart have a number of options for you. Just remember that the more basic the brush, the more versatile it will be. If you get one that touts its ability to scrub large pans with ease, it’s likely going to be difficult (or impossible) to use it on small containers or in the corner of your sink. This is a great example of how basic really can be better.

Microfiber Towels

The last item on my list of my favorite cleaning supplies is a microfiber towel. The towels are almost magical in the amount of stuff they can do. Microfiber is a specific type of fabric that indicates the surface is full of small cuts that produce micro pieces of fabric. This means that there is more surface area to grab gunk on a microfiber towel than any other type of rag. They are soft enough to polish glass, mirrors, and metal fixtures, but they are also strong enough to pick up lots of grime from showers and counters.

The key to keeping your microfiber rags in the best working condition is to wash them often and to never use fabric softener or dryer sheets on them. These two products can cause a buildup that causes all those grime fighting fibers to stick together. The more they stick together, the less effective they are at doing their job. Plus, using fabric softener or dryer sheets on your glass cleaning rags is a surefire way to leave a streaky residue on your windows and mirrors. In general, keep all your cleaning supplies in optimum condition by keeping them away from any unnecessary laundry products.

Now that you’ve seen the list of my favorite cleaning products, I’m curious to know what your favorites are. Let me know in the comment section below, or on my Facebook wall.

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