15 Basic Cleaning Essentials for Every Room at Home

Not everyone enjoys cleaning, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to live in a comfortable and presentable home. If you’re looking to streamline your cleaning routine or don’t know where to start, check out this list of 15 essential cleaning products that will help keep your home clean all year.

Here is a cleaning essentials list for your first apartment!

Standard Cleaning Essentials

These are the basics that can be used all around the house.

Vacuum Cleaner

There’s nothing like a good vacuum to make quick work of dirt and dust. If you have hardwood floors, look for a model with special attachments that can help get rid of pet hair and other debris. If you want a robot vacuum, go with the iRobot Roomba 694.

Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson V8™ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is our top vacuum recommendation for everyday households.


For those times when your vacuum just won’t cut it, having a good mop on hand can make cleaning your floors a breeze. Look for a model with a detachable head so you can easily wash it in the washing machine.

Cleaning Essentials - Mop

This mop comes with two removable heads. It has an easy-wringing twist functionality. Use it on vinyl floors, tiles, and even hardwood.

Carpet Cleaner

If you have carpets in your home, it’s important to have a good carpet cleaner on hand for occasional deep cleaning Look for a model that comes with attachments for easy cleaning of stairs and upholstered furniture.

Hoover Carpet Cleaner

This best-selling carpet cleaner by Hoover is a must-have if you have carpets in your home. It does all the backbreaking work for you and leaves your carpets like new.

Microfiber Cloths

These versatile cloths can be used for everything from dusting to cleaning mirrors and windows. They’re especially good at picking up tough dirt and grime. For a more eco-friendly option, go with Swedish dishcloths.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

These super soft, non-abrasive microfiber cleaning cloths won’t scratch delicate surfaces like vinyl, glass, painted walls, and finished wood.

They can also absorb up to eight times their weight!

All-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner can be used on virtually any surface in your home, making it a great choice for small households and apartment dwellers who don’t have a large cleaning closet. Be sure to choose an eco-friendly option to help reduce your environmental impact.

All-Purpose Cleaner

This all-purpose cleaning spray by Lysol will sanitize any surface it touches. The disinfecting spray will also leave behind a fresh lemon scent! Say goodbye to germs and soap scum.

Window & Glass Cleaner

For streak-free mirrors, glass cleaner is a must. Choose an aerosol that doesn’t require any mixing or diluting for the easiest use. In addition to cleaning glass, you can also use it as a window cleaner for bright and light-filled windows. Choose a trigger sprayer for the easiest application.

Windex Original Blue Glass and Window Cleaner

Windex glass cleaner is top-notch when it comes to removing dust and fingerprints from any glass or mirrored surface in your home. Plus, the bottles have been eco-consciously made from 100% recycled plastic!

Furniture Polish

In addition to cleaning furniture with a vacuum, you’ll want to keep your furniture looking its best with good furniture polish. Be sure to choose a beeswax-based product to help protect wood finishes.

Furniture Polish

Use Pledge on wood, leather, granite, laminate, and quartz surfaces to shine them up and have a gleaming home! Remove fingerprints and dust with just a few swipes and leave a beautiful glossy coat without any wax residue.

Kitchen Cleaning Essentials

Here are the kitchen cleaning essentials to have stocked.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

If you have stainless steel appliances, you’ll need a good cleaner to keep them looking their best. Choose an aerosol that’s designed specifically for use on stainless steel for the best results.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

This pH-neutral formula by Weiman rapidly cleans, polishes and shields just about any stainless steel surface at home. It conveniently eradicates surface fingerprints, moisture, grease, streaks, and various residue remnants. The protective barrier will reduce your cleaning frequency.

Use it on stainless steel ovens, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, grills, range-hoods, sinks, and even trash cans!

Tile and Grout Cleaner

For tile floors and countertops, a dedicated tile and grout cleaner is a must. Most formulations require some scrubbing, so be sure to arm yourself with a stiff brush before getting started.

Tile Grout Cleaner

GooGone tackles tough dirt buildup on tiles, removes stains, and banishes soap scum. Even hard water stains are no match for this tile and grout cleaner. It’s safe for use on ceramic and porcelain tiles, too.

Oven Cleaner

Don’t forget about your oven when cleaning your kitchen! A good oven cleaner will help remove tough baked spills and splatters. Be sure to follow the directions carefully to avoid damaging the finish on your oven.

Oven Cleaner

Baked and cooked spills are no match for this Easy-Off oven cleaner. Producing no fumes, this spray cleaner tackles tough heated oven grease and stains fast. It even works on self-cleaning ovens – just spray and wipe! It works on ovens, oven doors, broilers, broiler pans, and other kitchen stainless steel surfaces. It comes in a fresh lemon scent.

Dishwasher Detergent

To keep your dishes clean and your dishwasher running efficiently, be sure to use a good quality dishwasher detergent. Look for a product that’s designed to reduce spotting and streaking.

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Pods

Get rid of grease on dishes and break down small food particles with these bestselling dishwasher pods.

Garbage Bags

Last but not least, don’t forget the garbage bags! Be sure to choose the right size for your trash cans and stock up so you never run out.

Tall Kitchen Trash Bags

Buy these trash bags in bulk to save money.

Bathroom Cleaning Must-Haves

You can use the same vinegar solution or all-purpose cleaner to clean your shower and bathroom sink. Importantly, choose a product that will help prevent mold and mildew from taking hold.

Shower & Tub Cleaner

You should clean your shower and tub surfaces at least once a week using a bathroom cleaner formulated for these surfaces which can harbor a build-up of calcium from tap water.

Shower Tub Tile Cleaner

Break down soap scum and hard water built-up with this OxiClean solution.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Keep your toilet smelling its best by using a dedicated cleaner on a regular basis. Choose a powerful formula that will leave your toilet bowl sparkling clean with every flush.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This powerful toilet bowl cleaning solution kills 99% of bacteria and viruses.

Toilet Brush

Another essential for preventing the spread of germs, a toilet brush should be part of your regular cleaning routine.

Toilet Brush

This marble toilet brush has been designed by fashion designer Monique Lhuillier and can be purchased with other 100% marble bathroom accessories.

Which of these cleaning essentials do you already have in your home? Are there any that you’re missing? Let us know in the comments!


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