What cleaning supplies should you always have on hand? Which items make your homemaking chores A LOT easier? This article dives deep into those must-have items that should be in every homemaker’s cleaning bucket!

It’s time to do some house cleaning and you put on your rubber gloves. As you begin your chores you make trips back and forth to the cupboard where you keep your cleaning supplies.

As you add up all of these trips you begin to wonder how much time you’ve spent getting supplies from around the house.

Several years ago, I got tired of this little cleaning ritual of trips up and down the stairs to grab a cleaning product I had forgotten. I decided it was time to assemble a cleaning bucket. Ever since then, there’s been no turning back.

If you don’t have a cleaning bucket yet, it’s time to make one!

A cleaning bucket will help you become more organized and productive in your cleaning routine.

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First of all, you want to make sure to start with a decent sized bucket. It needs to be large enough to carry all of your cleaning supplies. A bucket with a handle is usually best, because it’s easier to carry and hold.

The items in your bucket are often personal preference, but I thought I would share some of my favourite cleaning supplies. Some are standard and others you may not have even heard of before.

What to put in your cleaning bucket


With all the cleaning you’re doing and the yucky stuff you might be touching, a good pair of rubber gloves is a must-have item. I like to buy the fanciest looking rubber gloves I can find (it makes cleaning a lot more fun)!


Choose a good multi-surface all-purpose cleaner to put in your bucket. This is my absolute FAVOURITE cleaner (and the scent is divine)!


No, you’re not going to be giving yourself a pedicure. A pumice stone is my secret weapon against the hard water residue that often gathers around the rim (and at the bottom) of your toilet bowl.


A toothbrush is the best tool to get into little cracks and crevices (like around the base of your bathroom faucet).


You’re going to be doing some heavy duty cleaning. Always have a few rags stashed in your cleaning bucket.


I can’t remember what my life was like before the Magic Eraser came along. This one item makes tough scuffs and stains disappear like… magic!


My mother-in-law bought me Jude’s Miracle Cloth several months ago. This little cloth cleans my mirrors and windows without any elbow grease OR cleaners. You simply wet it with water, wring it out, and then clean the surface. It’s amazing!

Jude’s Miracles Cloths are only available at retail locations. You can use their search tool to find the store nearest you. If you don’t like shopping in person, you can order them online.

Amazon doesn’t carry Jude’s Miracle Cloths, but this brand looks fairly similar.


I like to have a microfiber cloth in my bucket for dusting. These cloths seem to pick up dust easier than most other types of cloths.


It’s a good idea to keep a couple small garbage bags in your cleaning bucket. You’ll be emptying trash cans and picking up trash from the floors as you go along. Rather than making several trips to the garbage can, it’s easier to have a bag on hand, with you!


It’s nice to be able to quickly sweep up dust bunnies and crumbs as you encounter them. You can always grab the vacuum cleaner later on to do a more thorough job, but a small broom and dustpan will prove to be a quick fix.

These 10 cleaning supplies are my top must-have items in my cleaning bucket. When I’m armed with this arsenal, my house gets tidied up in no time!

Do you have a cleaning bucket? What items do you stash in your bucket?

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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