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14 Household Cleaning Essentials You Need Under Your Sink

The boring old basics in one tidy, necessary list.

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Moving house is a necessary evil that most of us will have to incur multiple times down the line. Regardless of where you’re moving to, the first thing you should worry about is cleaning up the place. These 14 products will freshen up your new digs and keep it that way for, hopefully, many years to come.

Multipurpose Cleaner

Bar Keeper's Friend Cleanser & Polish
Bar Keeper's Friend walmart.com
$7.05

A do-everything cleaner that chefs consistently rave about? Check. Bar Keepers Friend powder cleanser clears rust, tarnish, hard water stains and everything else that clings to your counters, sink and cookware.

Coffee Machine Cleaner

Urnex Dezcal Descaler
Urnex bedbathandbeyond.com
$5.99

No, your coffee isn’t supposed to taste rancid. This barista-approved coffee machine cleaner is the best way to refresh your coffee maker so you can get the perfect brew every time.

Food-Grade Mineral Oil

Thirteen Chefs Food Grade Mineral Oil
Thirteen Chefs amazon.com
$16.99
$13.99 (18% off)

We told you to ditch the wooden and plastic cutting boards for a rubber one, but many of you will stick to your guns. If so, you’ll need some food-grade mineral oil to protect the board from not-so-good bacterial growth.

Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner's amazon.com
$31.98

The infamous 18-in-one concoction by Dr. Bronner’s has developed a reputation for being versatile — hence its 18 uses, which includes body wash and laundry detergent. It’s basically a one-stop shop when it comes to cleaning products

All-Purpose Cleaner

Method All-Purpose Cleaner
Method amazon.com
$3.48

Every household needs an all-purpose cleaner. Method makes the best one available, using naturally derived ingredients to tackle all the messes bound to happen.

Trash Bags

Glad ForceFlex Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
Glad amazon.com
$15.29

“Trap, lock and neutralize tough odors.” You’ve heard the adage before and it’s stood the test of time. Glad’s tall kitchen trash bags are consistently rated as one of the best garbage bags money can buy.

Dish Soap

Palmolive Ultra Pure + Clear Dishwashing Liquid
Palmolive staples.com
$5.29

Palmolive’s Pure and Clear dish soap takes all that’s good with its grease-fighting predecessor and makes it biodegradable so it doesn’t harm the environment (as much) with dangerous chemicals.

Disinfecting Wipes

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
Seventh Generation amazon.com
$20.61

These cleaning wipes aren’t compostable, but they do disinfect. Use these for areas that are susceptible to being contaminated by germs and bacteria. These are great for killing cold and flu germs, so having these on hand can literally be a lifesaver.

Wood Cleaner

Amazon
Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner (4-Pack)
Seventh Generation amazon.com
$23.96

This USDA-certified wood cleaner uses coconut oil to clean all your precious wood furniture and countertops to keep it hydrated and conditioned.

Room Spray

P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco Room & Linen Spray
P.F. Candle Co. amazon.com
$19.00

Sometimes the room just needs a little freshening up without any real cleaning necessary. Give this spray a couple of spritzes into the air to revitalize the room. Or use it directly on fabrics for a quick pick-me up minus the laundry.

Dishwasher Cleaner

Goldune
If You Care Dishwasher Tablets
If You Care goldune.com
$40.00

Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but who's cleaning your dishwasher? Make sure your dishwasher is running as it should by giving it a thorough clean every once in a while. These cleaning tablets are phosphate- and chlorine-free, as well as totally biodegradable.

Sponges

Goldune
Sqwishful Scrub Sponge Set
Sqwishful goldune.com
$18.00

Researchers who conducted a 2017 study on the bacterial microbiome of kitchen sponges came to the conclusion that sponges should be replaced on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of sponges in one lifetime, so reach for these biodegradable ones from Sqwishful.

Stainless Steel Cleaner/Protectant

Amazon
Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
Weiman amazon.com
$14.98

Stainless steel appliances look great, but only if you maintain them. This spray tackles grease and fingerprints so your stainless steel really remains stain-less.

Under-Sink Storage

Lynk Slide Out Under Sink Two-Tier Organizer
Lynk williams-sonoma.com
$79.95

If you’re going to put in the effort to clean your place, you should also keep your cleaning essentials in check. Get this under-sink organizer so all of your cleaning gear is neatly organized and easily accessible.

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