17 Cleaning Essentials for Your Apartment

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No one likes to clean, especially if you’ve just moved into your new apartment and want to explore your neighborhood. But you can make it easier by arming yourself with the right cleaning supplies and tools, which will have your apartment looking spic and span in no time. Then, when you make friends with people in your neighborhood, you’ll have no qualms about inviting them over to check out your new space and have a drink. Here is a list of the 17 essential cleaning supplies you’ll need for your new home.


  • All-purpose grease cleaner – for scrubbing around the eyes of your stove, countertop and refrigerator door handles
  • Wood cleaner – for polishing wood furniture and keeping dust away longer from ceiling fans, vents and more
  • Mild abrasive bathroom cleaner with bleach – for cleaning the shower, tub, toilet, sink and grout
  • Glass cleaner – make your own by mixing 2 to 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with 3 cups water
  • Dishwashing liquid – a drop of this and a cup of water creates an instant spot cleaner for carpets and upholstered furniture
  • Baking soda – mix it with lemon juice for a scrub or sprinkle it on carpets before you vacuum to absorb odors

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  • A caddy for holding all of the above items
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Toilet brush
  • Microfiber sweeper (if you have pets and/or hardwood floors)
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Toothbrush (works wonders for getting the stains out of grout)
  • Absorbent weave cotton dishcloths
  • Feather or microfiber duster
  • Rubber gloves

Read more: How to Clean Your Apartment Quickly and Efficiently

13 thoughts on “17 Cleaning Essentials for Your Apartment

  1. Hi Marianna,

    You can find a caddy for supplies at most major stores that sell cleaning supplies – Target, Wal-Mart, etc. It will be in the storage and home organization section. Thanks!

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  4. Love this list. We are a professional floor cleaning company and it has taken us years to come up with this almost exact same list. It is absolutely incredible how important baking soda is for cleaning.
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  6. odd to have, but mayo is good to remove rings on coffee tables
    clear nail polish is good for preventing rust in showers.
    panty hose over a vacuum helps you find your missing earrings without fully sucking it up.

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