No matter whether you're a serious cleaner or you're just looking for some advice on how to keep your home clean and tidy, the list of items that you'll find below are exactly what you should have stored away before you get things started.
If you need to spend money on expensive pieces of kit then this is entirely up to you however, there are numerous tried and tested cleaning tools out there which are both affordable and readily available without having to go to the shops.
There's no time like the present to start to create your own personal cleaning cupboard, as you’ll never know when these will come in handy for those a little emergencies and grabbing those precious moments to quickly (and effectively) crack on with some cleaning. So here goes:
Polishes. Old fashioned bees' wax is an essential item to have in stock if you've got wooden furniture or floorboards and if you want to really give your arms a work out, then make sure you rub on the wax to keep your furniture and your biceps looking tight and polished.
Sprays. A great alternative to waxing your wood comes in the form of a spray and if you're hoping to bring scent to your home while you clean then these sorts of cleaning sprays come in a wide choice of flavours. Spraying can cover a larger surface area and although it won't bring furniture up quite as shining as wax it doesn't take half as much elbow work so the choice is yours.
Fluids. Carpet cleaners, kitchen degreasers and good old fashioned vinegar are just what you need to make your cleaning job all the more easier and if you've got a good variety in stock or just one particular multi-purpose fluid that you favour then you'll never regret taking up that little bit of extra storage space when the time comes to smash that stain.
Brooms. If you've got non-carpeted areas in your house, usually kitchens and bathrooms, then you need a broom or at least a dust pan and brush to sweep away surface crumbs and built-up fluff. Getting back to basics with a broom is exactly what's required every time you start a whole house clean and no sooner than you've got rid of the moveable waste then you'll be able to get down to business on washing and wiping those floors.
Old clothing. It may come as a surprise to some but if you've got any old underwear lying around then stick it under the sink rather than chucking it in the bin. T-shirts, towels and baby-grows make for excellent dusters and cleaning rags so don't get rid when you can put them to good use.
For more tips ‘n’ tricks on cleaning, the Easy Cleaners blog has a host of regular advice and help.