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13 Household Cleaning Essentials You Need Under Your Sink

The boring old basics in one tidy, necessary list.


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 13 products will freshen up your new digs and keep it that way for, hopefully, many years to come.

Multipurpose Cleaner

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.

Walmart: $2

Coffee Machine Cleaner

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.

Bed Bath & Beyond: $6Amazon: $6

Food-Grade Mineral Oil

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.

Amazon: $11

Liquid Soap

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.

Ulta: $11Amazon: $33 (2-Pack)

All-Purpose Cleaner

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.

Amazon: $3Home Depot: $4

Trash Bags

“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.

Amazon: $14

Dish Soap

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.

Target: $3

Disinfecting Wipes

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.

Amazon: $21 (3-Pack)

Wood Cleaner

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

Amazon: $15

Room Spray

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.

Amazon: $20

Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges

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 Scotch-Brite.

Target: $3

Stainless Steel Cleaner/Protectant

Stainless steel appliances look great, but only if you maintain them. This spray tackles grease and fingerprints without the use of harmful chemicals, something you definitely don’t want near your food prep station.

Amazon: $17

Under-Sink Storage

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.

Williams Sonoma: $65

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