House Cleaning 101: My Favorite Tools

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This post is one of a 4 part series.

Go HERE to read #1. Routine ….. if you missed it.

Today we are on #2. Tools 

I have several favorite cleaning tools that I use.  Over my past 8 + years in the house cleaning business, I have tried A LOT of different tools and these are the result of that.  These are officially my most favorite to clean simple and quick!

Swiffer Duster

This is a must have tool!  Be sure to get the extended handle one.  You will not be sorry to pay the extra for it.  It can reach up really high without climbing on chairs or step stools.  I can go around a room super fast with this.  I personally use the cloth a lot of times before I need a refill.  If you want to save money with this part, I have seen some blogs that have made their own refills out of microfiber and can then rewash it.  Make sure you get a good quality microfiber cloth.

swiffer duster

My favorite small brush is this by OXO SoftWorks.  It works great on small areas like the sink.  It has a good stiff bristle that makes cleaning go faster and more efficient.  I used it on this shower floor.

small scrub brush

I keep a sqeegee in my shower to wipe off the glass door after every shower.  This is a good step to get in a habit of doing because it saves scrubbing time later.  Any brand will do…I just took a picture of this one.


Next up are the microfiber cleaning clothes and sponges I use.  If you use a good quality material, it will save loads of time!  With these ones I have NO streaking.  Very important for cleaning it once.  It is a waste of time (not to mention frustrating) when you have to go over and over your mirror or surface because of streak marks.  These ones soak up a lot of moisture too which makes it last longer since I dry clean often.  The sponge is machine washable as well and the green ones are for my tough jobs like soap scum that has been on forever.  Get these if you are having trouble with your shower or tub.  They will do the job, trust me.

cloths and sponges

I use concentrated cleaning products to save money (more on that later) so I need spray bottles to mix it up in.  These are my most favorite ( and I have been through A LOT) spray bottles.  Why?  Because it has a quality spray nozzle.  It sprays a nice mist.  You may think this is not important, but I have found it to help my job go so much faster and efficient.  Plus, look how cute they are?  Who doesn’t love cute stuff?  I like that it is pretty enough to keep out and look nice.

spray bottles

Now on to the floors!  I bought this O Cedar spray mist mop at Target for a great price and it is so easy to use.  Love it!  I have been through a lot of mops before I found this one.  It comes with a refillable bottle so you can put your own cleaner in and the microfiber cloth attaches with velcro.  You can buy more pads AND they are machine washable.  The spray button is on the handle.  This is so easy to use, my kids can do it.  Bonus!  Also great for just spot cleaning for when you don’t have time to do the whole floor.

Confession:  I actually rarely have time (or desire) to really deep clean my floors.  Instead, I use this mop to do it fast.

favorite mop

So there you have it!  My secret cleaning tools revealed.  I used these in my business as well as in my own home.  What do you think?  Do you use these already?  See any that you want to try?

Be sure to come back for Part 3: Products

Happy Cleaning,


**I was not perked or paid for the review of any of these tools.  I just happen to love them, however, if any of these companies want to thank me for the free advertising for their products, I would welcome it. LOL**

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