24 of the best cleaning supplies you should be using at home

These best cleaning supplies will leave your home sparkling clean – with little elbow grease required

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A good stock of cleaning supplies is a must-have for any home so that you can get stuck into a deep clean when you get the time. These are all of the products that can make a real difference to the cleanliness of your home, from freshening up your bathroom to preventing bacteria growth within your kitchen.

If you already love a good spring clean, then we won't need to convince you of the soothing benefits of giving your home a good spritz. If you're less inclined to cleaning, then allow these products to make the whole experience more enjoyable, with wonderful scents, fantastic results and even sustainable packaging and refill services in some cases.

There are also amazingly useful tools, like Scrub Daddies (so cute!) or a Dishmatic, that make even your least favorite task like washing up a little easier to ease yourself into. Plus, if you want to limit the number of chemicals in your home by using more simple cleaners (think eco-friendly cleaning products) then you can use a service that uses refillable bottles, and make your own formulas up at home that are less concentrated.

Whether you love citrus scents or odorless products, we have an array of cleaning supplies to make cleaning a little easier. With the help of these cleaners, giving everything a once over won't seem so bad.


The best cleaning products

1. Scrub Daddy Sponge Set

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Our favorite cleaning sponge
The ultimate cleaning companion: the Scrub Daddy. With this pack, you can have one of these friendly scrubbers for every room of the house, which really is the dream. Soft in warm water and hard in cold water, this sponge is versatile, multi-functional and ideal for deep cleans and a quick attack on your kitchen. 


'Your Scrub Daddy gets firm or soft depending on the water temperature, which is good for different scrubbing and always bounces back into shape. It never feels like a soggy mess. Since it's more expensive, I use it for actually scrubbing food grime and grease off things as opposed to picking it up every time I clean a dish' Jaclyn Turner, Sleep Editor, Real Homes

2. Method Antibacterial Spray

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Our favorite all-purpose cleaner
The standout favorite from our team when it comes to a cleaning spray is a bottle from Method, with its various scents and plant-based solutions. The peach scent was especially loved by many, as well as the fact that it is non-toxic, especially when we've used it on our countertops.


 “I test a lot of products in my kitchen, so it needs constant cleaning. With the Method cleaner I'm always left with a fresh smell and I'm less concerned that the product will end up going from kitchen counters to my finished meal because it's non-toxic.” - Millie Fender, Small Appliances Editor, Real Homes 

3. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Cleaner Spray

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Our favorite cleaning spray
The perfect everyday cleaning supply, this cleaner is great for all-around your home. Affordable, well-scented and cruelty-free, this is essential for your cleaning caddy. This spray is a golden pick because it's made with plant-derived ingredients, and avoids artificial colors, parabens and glycol solvents. Well-scented and thoughtfully made, what could be better to spritz your home with?


"Mrs. Meyer's makes some of the best-smelling cleaning products around, which means I almost look forward to using them. I also love the seasonal scents." Kaitlin Madden, Executive Editor, Homes & Gardens

4. Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray

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Our favorite air freshener
In our opinion, Puressentiel's Purifying Air Spray is our favorite air freshener, and the best part is that it's made with no synthetic chemicals – just a unique blend of 100 percent pure and natural essential oils. Just one spray will make a difference and you'll immediately notice the air clearing. As for the scent, it's natural and fresh with notes of tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus. It's without a doubt our best air freshener (opens in new tab)


'I am obsessed with this air freshener. It works like magic when it comes to banishing odors, and one spray will freshen a room in an instant' Annie Collyer, Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Real Homes

5. The Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste 

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Our favorite cleaning paste
There is no end to the usefulness of this magical paste, which is so versatile that you can use it on anything from barbecues to ceramic tiles in order to banish grime and tackle dirt. Affordable and so many possible uses, this is a great product to have on hand for both big and little cleaning tasks. 


"I don't have much cupboard space so I love a multifunctional cleaner and The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste can be used on the stove top, patio furniture and greasy appliances, but to name a few. It also does a great job on grill racks and is lightly abrasive so you can get rust and even split paint off things with it" Lindsey Davis, Editor in Chief, Real Homes

6. Febreze Unstopables Fresh Fabric Refresher

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Our favorite fabric refresher
There are so many fabrics that can be hard to wash in the home, and even harder to get smelling fresh. This refresher spray has a bright, vibrant, airy scent, and lasts a whole week. Grab this cleaner to get lovely smells in your home from those pieces of furniture you can't simply throw into the washing machine.


"The Sweet Dreams Unstoppables air freshener by Febreze is a favourite to make the house smell like a luxury hotel." Christina Chrysostomou, Digital Writer, Real Homes

7. Kaboom Foam-Tastic Oxi-Clean Bathroom Cleaner

For cleaning your bathroom
This fantastic deep cleaning product has a clever way of letting you know when it's done working; it sprays on blue and turns white when you can wipe it off. Apply it to a range of notoriously bad bathroom spots, from taps to plugholes, and watch it break up soap scum, hard water and lime stains quickly.

8. Heinz Cleaning Vinegar 

Best cleaning vinegar
If you like to DIY it when it comes to cleaning solutions, then distilled vinegar is likely already very familiar to you. This multi-purpose vinegar from Heinz is ideal to have in your arsenal, with special strength for banishing stains and aiding with overall cleaning. Pop it in your dishwasher or washing machine come cleaning day, and reap all the rewards.


9. Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach

For bleaching your bathroom
Sometimes you need something a little stronger to tackle your bathroom with, and bleach is often the key to those missions. This Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner is even capable of removing mold stains, and uses a smaller, more appropriate amount of bleach than you might find in other cleaners, in order to be a bit kinder to the planet. 

10. Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner

For cleaning your toilet
Okay, so it's not the most glamorous job in the world, but this Lysol cleaner definitely makes tackling your toilet a lot easier. Able to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, it has a handy angled top to get the task done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

11.  Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser 

For removing tough stains
This cult product can power through grease, rust and more to get rid of stains - even historic ones - to return countertops in your kitchen and sinks in your bathroom to their former glory. Happy reviewers refer to this as a 'literal miracle worker' so pick it up and try it on your problem areas to find out for yourself.

12. Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner Kit

For cleaning stainless steel
You can give your appliances a thorough clean on their exteriors with this product. With a polish that protects against pesky fingerprint marks and fights dust and other nasty stuff, this is a must-have for smartening up your fridge, microwave, and more.

13. Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator 

For cleaning up after your pets
Take care of all of the more unpleasant duties of having a super lovable pet with this product, which smells like fresh oranges and is safe to use around your fave furry friends. We think this is a great thing to have in your supply, as it can be used in your home, garage, and car, and cover all bases.

14. Method Daily Granite & Marble Cleaner Spray

For cleaning granite
Granite surfaces can be a real problem, so invest in this cleaner for a smoother cleaning experience. This one can be used daily and is plant based too. It'll leave your countertop sparkling and won't damage your precious granite top.

15. Astonish Oven and Cookware Cleaner 

For cleaning your oven
A little bit of this stuff goes a loooong way. Just apply a small amount of the Astonish Oven and Cookware Cleaner to your oven, cooker top, sink or tiles (yes, it doesn't just work wonders on ovens) and rub with a damp sponge or cloth, and then rinse with clean water and a clean cloth.


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16. Method Shower Cleaner Spray

For cleaning your shower
Literally the easiest shower cleaner out there, just spritz it around your shower (when it's wet) and it just gets on with its job: dissolving watermarks, soap scum and residue. Oh, and it's free from toxic chemicals. The Method Shower Cleaner Spray is brilliant. Now you know how to clean a shower (opens in new tab) fast (and thoroughly), you've got no excuse.

17. Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray

For cleaning your wooden floors
Specially formulated for sealed wooden floors, the Bona Wood Floor Cleaner Spray is great for quick and easy cleaning. It doesn't leave streaks or residue just a soft sheen. Just make sure that before cleaning floors, you vacuum or sweep first to remove any loose dirt or grit from the surface.


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18. Dr Beckmann Stone & Tile Cleaner

For cleaning tiles
Designed for all types of tiles including ceramic, glass, porcelain and stone, the Dr Beckmann Stone & Tile Cleaner adds a protective layer to your tiles to stop them from staining or being subject to wear and tear. It leaves a soft, natural shine and is also super easy to use; just dilute it with water and use a scrubbing brush to clean your tiles. 

19. E-cloth Window Cleaning Cloth

A microfibre cloth for cleaning glass
E-cloths are also a glass cleaning essential in our eyes. Use them to clean windows for a crystal clear, streak-free finish. Best of all? You can use them with water alone to get a good shine.

20. Hoover Oxy Tough Stain Remover 

For cleaning upholstery
Hoover's Oxy Tough Stain Remover works wonders on upholstery, such as sofas and armchairs, but is also effective on curtains, carpets, and rugs. It works fast to remove stains including red wine and coffee, and it's super simple to use. Simply just spray, leave for 10 minutes and wipe with a damp cloth. It might just be one of the best upholstery cleaner (opens in new tab)s you can buy.

21. Persil Proclean Stain Fighter 

For doing your laundry
Designed to tackle any stain from mud to wine, this detergent is top-rated by us, for good reason. It's versatile so that you can use it on pretty much anything, plus it has a mild floral scent to leave your clothes nice and scented. It's without a doubt one of the best laundry detergents (opens in new tab).

If you are searching for an eco-friendly laundry detergent (opens in new tab), then we suggest checking out the Method Liquid Laundry Detergent from Amazon (opens in new tab).

22. Mr-86 Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover Spray

For removing mold
There's no scrubbing necessary with this top-rated mold remover, which works straight away to restore your walls or your bathroom tiles to their former glory. Suitable for use in bathtubs, on wood, drywall and plenty of other surfaces, this reasonably priced spray will help you eradicate mildew and mold, and keep away bad odors too. As with any cleaning product, be wary of how strong this spray is, and take all necessary precautions when it comes to airing your home from the fumes and with protective clothing and eyewear. One of our best mold removers (opens in new tab).

23. Scrub Daddy Damp Duster

Best dusting cloth
Tik Toker Vanesa Amaro (opens in new tab) introduced us to the Scrub Daddy Damp Duster. You can use it anywhere from shelves to baseboards and blinds, using only water. This rippled sponge also manages to catch pet hair at the same time. Magic!

24. Cillit Bang Limescale and Grime cleaner

For removing limescale
Your in-laws are coming over and you have all of five minutes to clean the bathroom. Which single product do you reach for? That would be Cillit Bang Limescale and Grime cleaner. It gives super results and will work on just about any bathroom surface. It removes soap scum, watermarks, limescale, dirt, grime and even rust in no time. Bang! And the dirt is gone (or similar).


How we tested these cleaning supplies 

Cleaning products are so important when it comes to making your home sparkle, which is why we've gone to lengths to test the majority of these products out firsthand as a team at Real Homes. We asked our whole team what their favorite products are (and their reasons why) so that we can show you why we really think these products are worth your money. Those that we haven't had a chance to test in our homes just yet are next on our list, with this list being updated as soon as we can give them our stamp of approval. The cleaning products we have tested are listed as our favorites, and the ones we've not we chose based on customer reviews.

What to consider when buying cleaning supplies online

There's plenty to consider when you're building up a cleaning selection for your home, from where you're going to stash it all to what kind of scents you favor. These are the essential things we keep in mind when restocking your cleaning caddy

Scent
We know there's more to a spray or toilet cleaner than its scent, but at the end of the day, it is still important to like the smell of whatever you're spritzing in your home. Work out which scent profile you like, whether that's fresh cotton, a citrus burst or something more specific like lemongrass and try and line your products up with that smell, to avoid a headache when you're deep cleaning. 

Eco-friendly credentials
For a lot of us, it's becoming increasingly important to ensure that the things we buy for our homes are certified as being good for the planet in the long term. There are so many great brands you can invest in that have starter bundles featuring glass bottles and cheap refill programs for when you run out of your favorite cleaners, so that you can overhaul your whole set of products. Some of our favorite eco-friendly cleaning retailers include Blueland (opens in new tab), CleanCult (opens in new tab) and Grove Collaborative (opens in new tab).

Longevity
Investing in a cleaning product that you can only use once always feels wasteful, and isn't good for those who forget to pick another one up next time they're in a store. Using microfiber cloths or mops with washable heads is great for ensuring longevity, as you can throw them into your machine and use them again once they're nice and clean. 

Hazardous chemicals
Understandably, people have different viewpoints when it comes to using chemicals to clean their homes. While some won't mind using a stronger cleaner to shift bleach or mold, some want to avoid it entirely. Always check the hazards involved when it comes to cleaning supplies, and prepare yourself with rubber gloves and protective clothing if necessary. 

Where to buy cleaning supplies online

Cleaning your home is a pretty personal thing, and you might be searching for a more niche product for a particular area or appliance. Or, you might have more particular needs when it comes to sustainability or products needing to be used around children, animals and good with sensitive skin needs. These are our favorite retailers to head to, to stock up on cleaning products for your home.

Molly is the Ecommerce Writer for RealHomes and spends her time searching the internet for the next best thing for your home. With previous experience within the Home section of TopTenReviews, another Future site, writing about everything from ride-on lawnmowers to robot hoovers, she has knowledge of all of those niche areas of your home and garden that you might need a new purchase for. Shopping and buying content are now her biggest area of focus, with an emphasis on cleaning products and home gym equipment. 



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