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5 Things You Need to Put in Your Cleaning Bucket

The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama: 5 Things You Need to Put in Your Cleaning Bucket

Regardless if you keep cleaning supplies in a tote-able bucket or under each and every sink, there are few supplies that every cleaning bucket needs. These simple, easy-to-find supplies will help you clean every corner of your home, including hard-to-reach areas. I keep more than just this in my cleaning bucket.

These are the 5 things that I absolutely must have in my cleaning bucket to effectively move through my cleaning routine.

Microfiber Cloths

You are missing out if you haven’t jumped on the microfiber bandwagon. They’re reusable and washable (hundreds and hundreds of times), they can be used dry as a dusting cloth and with your favorite cleaner for bathrooms, stainless steel, kitchen cleaning, and washing floors. Hands down, microfiber cloths are my favorite cleaning tool. I love that they don’t leave lint and last forever. I did a post on the many types of microfiber cloths, go here if you’d like to see more on what the big deal is all about.

Magic Eraser

Have a hard-to-clean spot? Grab your magic eraser first. A couple of my favorite areas to clean with a magic eraser? Fiberglass bathtub scum, glass shower doors, white (painted) baseboards and doors, window tracks, fireplace (soot), siding, stove top…. I can get just about anything out with a magic eraser and a little water. Test the surface first and do not use it on the skin.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Find your favorite all-purpose cleaner and stash it in your cleaning bucket. All-purpose is just that – it works on just about everything. You can make your own or use a concentrate that can be mixed up with water. Make sure your all-purpose cleaner is non-toxic, and you can use it on just about anything from your refrigerator and freezer, countertops, bathrooms, toys, and floors.

Scrub Brush

This is great for grout, faucets, and other hard-to-reach spaces. Don’t want to spend the money on a scrub brush? Use an old toothbrush. Run it through the dishwasher or pour a little hydrogen peroxide on it to clean it.


A good duster is a must in my cleaning bucket. My favorite type of duster is one with a removable and extendable handle. I can reach all the hard-to-reach areas and remove the extendable handle to dust bookcases and easy-to-reach areas.

What would you add? What’s a must in your cleaning bucket?

Becky is a self-proclaimed clean freak and list maker. She is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, and in her spare time, she enjoys sharing her cleaning and organizing tricks and tips on her blog, Clean Mama, and through her Etsy Shop, Clean Mama Printables.