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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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Let the spring cleaning commence. But wait, you have to make sure you have all the right cleaning supplies to actually have a successful spring cleaning (or cleaning any time of the year). If you're wondering what cleaning essentials you should always have on head, we got you. Here are the 14 types of cleaning products you should have at all times and some specific products to add to cart.

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Best Multipurpose Cleaner
Bar Keeper's Friend Cleanser & Polish

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.

Best Coffee Maker Cleaner
Urnex Dezcal Descaler

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.

Best Food-Grade Mineral Oil
Thirteen Chefs Food Grade Mineral Oil
Now 35% 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.

Best Liquid Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile 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

Best All-Purpose Cleaner
Method All-Purpose Cleaner
Now 53% off

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.

Best Dish Soap
Palmolive Ultra Pure + Clear Dishwashing Liquid

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.

Best Disinfecting Wipes
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface 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.

Best Wood Cleaner
Seventh Generation 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.

Best Room Spray
P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco Room & Linen 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.

Best Dishwasher Cleaner
If You Care Dishwasher Tablets

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.

Best Sponge
Sqwishful Scrub Sponge Set

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.

Best Stainless Steel Cleaner
Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish

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.

Best Trash Bags
Glad ForceFlex Tall Kitchen Drawstring 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.

Best Under-Sink Storage
Lynk Slide Out Under Sink Two-Tier Organizer
Williams Sonoma

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.

These Are the Best Smelling Laundry Detergents
best smelling detergent

Nothing smells quite as nice as freshly cleaned laundry.


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