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The Most Useful Items To Have In Your Cleaning Caddy

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If you’re like me and tend to do some “fall cleaning” in addition to spring cleaning, today’s post will help you get a jump on it! We’ll be exploring how to assemble an everyday cleaning caddy you can grab that has everything you need to tackle messes and daily cleanup around the house.

I’ll tell you which tools, cleaning agents, and homemade cleaning solutions I keep in my caddy so you can get an idea of what might be useful in yours. And while I’ve shared many homemade cleaning solutions over the years, I limited myself to just four of them in my cleaning caddy (though I had a hard time choosing!)

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Jillee’s Everyday Cleaning Caddy: 10 Essential Items

Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in my everyday cleaning arsenal. Below this list, you’ll find more detailed descriptions of each item.

  1. Caddy
  2. Spray bottles
  3. Microfiber cloths
  4. Magic erasers
  5. Hydrogen peroxide
  6. Baking soda
  7. DIY glass cleaner
  8. DIY dusting spray
  9. DIY all-purpose cleaner
  10. DIY tub and shower cleaner

Note: This isn’t an exhaustive collection of every single thing I use to keep my home clean, but rather a curated arsenal of everyday cleaning supplies for day-to-day cleanup.

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1. Caddy

This caddy bag has plentiful pockets, along with a shoulder strap for easier lifting. It’s great for transporting your most used tools and treatments around to the different rooms of your house.

But there’s nothing wrong with a simple plastic caddy like this one, which has the advantage of being easy to clean. Whichever caddy you choose, don’t choose one that’s too big, or it could be heavy and awkward to carry once you’ve filled it up.

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2. Spray Bottles

Spray bottles always come in handy for cleaning. You can use whatever bottles you like, but as I use essential oils in a lot of my cleaning products, I use amber glass spray bottles almost exclusively.

It’s important to label your spray bottles clearly so you know what it’s in them. My spray bottle labels have the names and recipes of my favorite homemade cleaning solutions printed on them in white lettering that’s easy to read against dark glass.

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3. Microfiber Cloths

Unlike traditional cloths that tend to smear dirt and grime around, microfiber lifts dirt and germs from surfaces and traps them in its itty-bitty fibers. Microfiber is also highly absorbent and safe to use on most surfaces. Learn more about cleaning with microfiber at the link below.

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4. Magic Erasers

If you haven’t been introduced to the magic of magic erasers, it’s time to remedy that! These melamine foam pads are amazingly versatile and have virtually unlimited uses both inside and outside of your home.

Read More: 23 Magic Eraser Tricks To Make Dirt Disappear

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5. Hydrogen Peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the more underrated items you can have in your toolkit. You can use it to disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize hundreds of surfaces and items around your home. Hydrogen peroxide is also a powerful oxidizer, making it useful for whitening and bleaching things, too.

Read More: This Is The Ultimate List Of Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another powerhouse cleaning agent — it’s non-toxic, effective yet gentle, readily available, and inexpensive. I like to store mine in a mason jar with a pour top. (You can make a great DIY pour top if you don’t want to buy one.)

Baking soda is an effective substitute for scrubbing cleansing powders, and it’s also useful for things you’d never think of!

Read More: 26 Impressively Useful Things You Can Do With Baking Soda

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7. DIY Glass Cleaner

Adding just a few drops of Dawn dish soap to this glass cleaning formula gives it a boost of grease-cutting power, so that even the greasiest fingerprints and smudges wipe away with ease! This post also has recipes for a non-toxic window cleaner and an outside window cleaner!

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8. DIY Dusting Spray

While a damp microfiber cloth can take care of light dust, there are occasions when I need my DIY dusting spray, like when grease or dirt gets mixed in with the dust. Just give it a shake before each use, spray, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

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9. All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Featuring grease-cutting ingredients like borax and washing soda, this spray cleaner is ideal for everyday tasks like wiping down countertops, erasing splatters from cupboard doors, and removing smudges from furniture and appliances. (If you have granite countertops, you’ll probably want this cleaner in your caddy too!)

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10. DIY Tub And Shower Cleaner

This powerful tub and shower cleaner will get your bathroom as clean as any commercial cleaner, and it couldn’t be any easier to make.

Now you have everything you need to clean almost everything in your home in one handy place. I think it would make a pretty great housewarming gift too! :-)

Bonus: Cheat Sheets, Checklists & Guides

After filling your caddy with useful tools, consider adding some useful information as well! Here a few resources that might come in handy:

What’s in your cleaning caddy?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • One does not need so much different sprays – microfiber cloth can make magic with only water. If you clean surfaces regularly (with microfiber cloth and water), they don’t get so dirty that you need some cleaning spray. This is also good for the nature and environment. Greetings from Finland!

  • Hi, I love reading your blog! I’ve tried so many of your ideas and they are awesome!!! Just wondering, where do you buy your essential oils? Is it something walmart would carry? or do you order online?

  • Hi. another great home remedy to clean your toilet, is Citric Acid, push as much water out of the bowl, then sprinkle container of Citric acid and leave over night. Clean with brush next morning for a sparkling white bowl. Michele , Australia

    • The essential oils can degrade plastic over long time storage, but not quickly enough to worry about the sprayer tops! You do not need to replace them. :-)

  • If you use parmesan cheese in the plastic bottle, wash and reuse the empty bottle with the green sprinkle type lid for things baking soda. The green lid will also fit a wide mouth mason jar any size!
    I also do this for corn starch, powdered sugar, white sugar, bulk spices that come in a bag, etc.

    • The dusting spray is the only cleaner with a shelf life (because of the olive oil). It should last at least a couple months – toss it when it starts to smell bad. :-)

  • One of my favorite cleaners is 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 dawn dish soap. It is thick, and cleans soap scum and grease really well. I mix it in a spray bottle too. To use, I spray it on and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wipe off. I do use a synthetic scrubber on tough places. But it cleans really well. I will be trying g these cleaners. And will be looking for the spray attachments for canning jars. I love canning jars! I use them for al out everything.

    • I use this also and it works even better if the vinegar is heated before adding the blue Dawn. I do this when my shower needs deep clean and let sit for one hour or more.

  • Jillee, there is a Scrub Daddy in your photo, but don’t see where it was addressed in the article. It is a good find, as well. Multiple uses also. Please share sometime.

    • I use a glass cleaning cloth… search for them on amazon. They are wonderful and you will never need glass cleaner…. they work with water and wash in the laundry for unlimited reuses! Mine are norwex but I think amazon has a brand called e-cloth. that brand also makes great microfiber cleaning cloths!

  • I am in love with the bathroom all-purpose cleaner! Natural cleaners are really nice and I love using them to clean around the house! I have few recipes that I use and I am very happy with. The bathroom, though is still a bit problematic and I am still trying different recipes until I find something that I like! Thanks for sharing!

  • I notice you frequently use non-sudsy ammonia. I’ve looked in several stores, but haven’t had any luck finding anything but sudsy. Any suggestions where I might find some? Thank you for this wonderful site. I’ve directed several friends to you.

  • The “smiley face” Scrub Buddy” is wonderful! Got mine at BB and Beyond. Brings a smile to my kitchen, stays clean, and cleans wine glasses and jars so awesome! (you put your fingers in his “eyes”) Great product!

    • I completely agree! I wwasnt it let down that this scrubbing buddy wasn’t highlighted in the post. Thus little guy is a must have :D I get mine from Home Depot

  • I thought I was probably the only gal in the world who hadn’t done her spring cleaning yet. Glad to see I am in good company. Love these cleaning recipes. Going to mixing them up and get busy…next week. Thank you, love. Maybe I will blog about my spring cleaning adventures! You do it, too!

  • Hey Jillee! I have been a follower of your blog for over a year now! I love seeing notifications in my email that you have a new post available to read. :)

    As I was going through this one, I noticed that the DIY All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner instructions mention using Castille Soap. The ingredient list does not include castille soap. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance!!

  • These are all really nice cleaners, can’t wait to try. But instead of carrying then around in a caddy, I just leave them where I need them. So I have a window cleaner ( for mirror), a toilet brush, toilet cleaner, all purpose cleaner, ect., in each bathroom. That way, I have what I need on hand, making quick cleanups and frequent cleaning convenient.

    • I agree it’s easier to have duplicate items, but it is still nice to have caddies so you can pull out all your supplies at once in each bathroom

  • On bathroom cleaner it say’s use castile soap but is not on the ingredient list with how much you would use. It also says to let cool. I guess we are using hot or boling water? Clarify for me if you could.

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