House Cleaning Supplies Checklist

Before you clean your first home, you need to come up with a house cleaning supplies checklist to stay organized and efficient.

Here is a list of the cleaning supplies I use when cleaning homes:

  • Cleaning bucket (with 2 dividers to keep supplies in)
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soap scum remover
  • 3M light duty scrub pad and holder
  • Microfiber scrub pad
  • Toothbrushes
  • Plastic scrapers
  • Cleaning apron
  • Spray bottles
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Toilet bowl brush (I ask the customer to provide one, or use disposables)
  • Powder Bon-Ami or Comet
  • Pumice stone
  • Small water bottle
  • Vacuum cleaner for carpets
  • Vacuum cleaner for hard floors
  • Microfiber floor flat mop
  • Ph neutral floor cleaner
  • Microfiber short duster
  • Microfiber long duster
  • Dusting Mitts
  • Knee pads
  • Laundry bags to carry clean and dirty rags
  • Shoe Covers
  • Disposable gloves

If you are just starting out, I would suggest finding supplies that are the cheapest or are in your budget and then work your way up to buying in bulk. You can find good supplies at Walmart and/or at Home Improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

This list should help you to get up and running.

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  1. Cheryl Cavalier says

    Been cleaning for a few years. Wanting to expand. Was looking at your list. What is PH floor cleaner. I am using a cleaner for hardwood floors and use a steam mop where I can but I have a few floors that are the stick tiles. I am afraid to use the steam mop. I have been using Lysol and a flat microsoft mop. What do you suggest instead?

    • Cheryl Cavalier says

      Excuse the mispelling…microfiber. Also, I see you recommend Biz101. I went to the site. Pricey and don’t have that kind of cash to spend right now. Any suggestions.

      • Josh Winningham says

        Hi Cheryl, I understand it is a bit pricey. If you have more time than money I would suggest joining some cleaning forums and learn from other cleaning service owners. If you don’t have time and to speed up the learning process then I would recommend purchasing courses from business owners that have already been where you want to be.

    • Josh Winningham says

      HI Cheryl, for hardwood floors I would recommend a ph neutral floor cleaner. Basically neutral ph is 7 on the ph scale meaning it is not acidic and will not harm hardwood floors. I also use a microfiber pad as well.

  2. David says

    Hello Josh, I’m looking to start a home cleaning business in NJ any recommendations for cleaning solutions? I’m looking to use green Eco friendly products. Thank you

    • says

      Hey David,

      I use envirox, you can find their website here. I have been using their cleaning solutions for years. I like them because you can use them for multiple applications. Their products have green seal, epa registered, and eco-logo certifications.

  3. says


    I’m glad to hear you use commercial cleaning chemicals such as Envirox. We are a distributor of their products and they are one of the better cleaning chemicals on the market. I’m also happy to know you do not suggest using homemade concoctions.

    • says

      Josh – Thanks for the great info!
      Ocha – I’m curious…why are you against “homemade concoctions”? Is it because you distribute Envirox products and consider it competition? I’m all for supporting manufacturers and distributors of good products. However, there are a lot of supplies that can be made for pennies on the dollar, which are very effective and eco-friendly. I suppose in that case, we are just supporting the manufacturers/distributors of those basic ingredients instead. :) I am just curious about the reason for your position on that. I will be checking out the Envirox website to learn more about the product and ingredients. We are always looking for great options! Not everyone can take the time to make their own. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. Stacey says

    Hi Josh,

    I’m just starting out and I’m so glad I found your web-site!

    I was looking over this supply list and was wonder what do you use the pumice stone for?


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