FAQs – Cleaning Tools and Supplies for House Cleaners


Once people hire house cleaners, they have questions about the cleaning tools and supplies. We would like to share the frequently asked questions we get about cleaning tools and supplies!

Do I need to supply cleaning products?

Upon request, your house cleaner can provide general house cleaning supplies, from glass cleaner to their own vacuums. This is traditionally provided at an extra charge.

What if there is a special product I would like used?

If there is a special cleaning product, tool, or piece of equipment you’d like your house cleaner to use on certain areas, such as granite counter tops or stainless steel appliances, it is easiest to provide the house cleaner with the cleaning product of your choice.

What is the best way to store my cleaning products?

Consider purchasing multiple cleaning caddies and storing cleaning products and tools for a particular room, such as the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. By creating and placing cleaning kits throughout your home, you encourage faster deep cleans.


What are the must have Cleaning Tools? (also see our Natural Housecleaning Kit)

  1. Rubber gloves – Protect your hands while cleaning, especially when using acid-based cleaners or if you suffer from skin sensitivity.
  2. Toothbrush – These narrow bristles help you free debris, resulting in a deeper clean.
  3. Bucket – Using a bucket, as opposed to filling a sink with cleaning, makes it much easier to tackle floors.
  4. Vacuum – Vacuums work on both hard and soft surfaces, such as carpet, floors and upholstery. Make sure the beater bar is set for the correct surface and use attachments for upholstery and hard to reach, tight spaces such as between your refrigerator and wall.
  5. Toilet brush – Having a brush that cleans your toilet, and only your toilet, helps curb the spread of germs to other surfaces
  6. Cloths & Rags – Read our earlier post: What towels are best?
  7. Extendable duster – No matter your height, you will be able to reach the tops of the ceiling fans in your home with one of these handy cleaning tools.
  8. Scrubby sponges – The sponge side works well for most cleanups, while the scrubby side helps you tackle tougher jobs. These work in both the kitchen and bathroom

5 must-have natural cleaning recipes – Check out the list of ingredients for each recipe and, if you want to DIY, visit the original poster for the full instructions!

#1 General all-purpose cleaner by Everyday Root

  • 1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • Several drops of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Enough water to fill the bottler

#2 Minty Window and Glass Cleaner

This recipe was featured in The Cleaning Crew blog on August 29, 2012.  It is awesome and we want to re-share it with you!

    • 32 oz spray bottle.
    • 1/8 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher isopropyl content)
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 3 to 10 drops of mint essential oil, depending on how much minty freshness you want.

#3 Tea Tree Toilet Bowl Scrub by DIY Natural

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

#4 Bath and Shower all-in-one cleaner by Live Simply

  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 3 TB liquid castile soap
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda.
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 30 drops orange essential oil

#5 Wood floor cleaner by Clean Mama


We hope this helps! We’d love to hear your ideas about the best cleaning recipes and supplies for house cleaners!

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