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Simple Cleaning Tools

Simple and Inexpensive Cleaning Tools that help you keep a clean home on a budget.

Have you ever thought about how much money you spend just to keep your home clean? There are countless cleaning products and tools available that promise a clean home, but in reality we could do without many of them.

Throughout the years I have invested money in several fancy cleaning tools that ended up not being used for long. Sometimes sticking to simple tools gets the job done just as well. Plus these simple tools cost much less than fancy cleaning tools.

1. Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are great for getting into small crevices that sponges and rags can’t reach. They are perfect for scrubbing around faucets and handles in sinks.

Another place I love using the toothbrush is around the toilet seat hinge. Every once in awhile, I take the hinges off and clean under there, but on a weekly basis I just use the toothbrush and scrub around it.

I use 3 separate toothbrushes for each location that I use them: toilet, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink.

These toothbrushes are from Dollar Tree. They sell up to 6 brushes in one pack and are of good quality for cleaning. You really don’t need anything fancy since you won’t be brushing your teeth with these!

Toothbrushes are a great inexpensive cleaning tool.

2. White Rags

White rags are great because they are bleach able. No matter what kind of icky mess you are cleaning up, at least you know you can bleach the rags! I only use white rags for cleaning the bathroom. That way I can keep my cleaning rags separate from dishcloths and washcloths.

The white rags are great for wiping down mirrors, cabinets, the outside of the toilet, and the outside of the tub. Of course, I use separate rags to do these!

I purchased mine really inexpensively as a package of ten at a discount store called Ross. But I’m sure you could find them just about anywhere pretty inexpensively.

White rags are great for cleaning because you can bleach them!

3. Microfiber Clothes

Microfiber clothes work really well for dusting. In fact, if I am in a hurry, I will even use them without dust polish, and they still pick up the dust. I also like to keep one in my car so that I can easily run it across the dashboard and steering console.

I also use them with my Swiffer mop in place of disposable Swiffer dust clothes. This way I don’t have to keep buying the disposable cloths! All I do is throw them in the laundry after I use them. They key is to not use dryer sheets when they are in the dryer, or they lose their ability to clean.

I purchased microfiber clothes when I was first married from Dollar Tree. Those clothes are what you pay for. If you don’t have the money to invest in nice microfiber clothes, then Dollar Tree is a great place to get them. However, the ones I had quickly wore out and were much thinner and smaller than the cloths I currently use.

The cloths I currently use are Ritz Microfiber Cloths* and have lasted me a long time. I was able to get them 50% off at my local grocery store, so watch for a sale!

Microfiber clothes are inexpensive, reusable, and get the job done!

4. Magic Erasers

They truly are magic! If you have never used a magic eraser, you are missing out on a lot of clean surfaces! It gets rid of pen from the wall, crayon on windows, stains on counter tops, stickers from glass vases, permanent marker from glass and plastic containers, and random scuff marks.

Pretty much anywhere you have a spot, stain, or scuff mark, a magic eraser can get rid of it.

I have found that the quality is the same whether you buy name brand or generic brand erasers. You can even find them at Dollar Tree!

Simple Cleaning Tools that get the job done!

5. Scotch Bright Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges

I have tried all of the sponges available (for me) and the good old green and yellow Scotch Bright Sponges are my favorite.

We have hard water and it sometimes builds up around the sink faucets in our home. I tried EVERY hard water cleaning solution available before finally just using a scotch bright sponge and some elbow grease to scrub the hard water deposits away completely! 

The generic brand of these sponges at Dollar tree were a disappointment. They did not do as good of a job as the name brand sponges. These often go on sale at the grocery store, so make sure to purchase them when they are on sale.

What other simple cleaning tools do you use? Let me know below!

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14 Comments


  1. //

    I have to pick up a magic eraser – everyone seems to swear by them! I started cutting old dish towels that are getting dingy in half and using them for cleaning, and they work so well!


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      I’m sure you will love them! We had light counter tops in our previous home, and the magic erasers were the only thing that would get the stains out. Using old dish towels for cleaning is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing that tip.


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    To clean our tub and shower, I use homemade scrubbers with just a squirt of blue Dawn. The scrubbers are made from about 6 layers of the coarser kind of netting or tulle bought in a fabric department. Every few years, I get a yard or so, fold and cut it in layers, then machine stitch the layers together. They scrub off all the soap scum, are super cheap and machine wash just fine.


    1. //

      Rhonda, I have never heard of making your own scrubbers out of tulle. That is such a great idea and so inexpensive! That soap scum can be tricky to get rid of, so thank you for sharing your great tips!


  3. //

    Good info! I particularly love the magic eraser. I believe anyone who rents should especially keep them handy. It could save a lot of time painting or be the difference between the whole security deposit being returned vs. only a portion!


    1. //

      This is true, Bill! Those magic erasers have saved me a lot of repainting.


  4. //

    I like to keep old socks and t-shirts to use as rags for especially dirty jobs. This way I can toss them out when finished if I don’t want to clean them!


    1. //

      That is such a great idea! I have a few old towels that I keep on hand for messy projects. Like you said, they can be tossed if need be.


  5. //

    Great suggestions! I get most of my cleaning tools from Dollarama. I refuse to buy expensive tools or cleaners when a toothbrush and cloth gets the job done!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo


  6. //

    Magic Erasers are a toddler mom’s dream come true! I have used them a few times to clean up a few crayon messes! Great post, Emily!



  7. //

    I never buy new toothbrushes for cleaning. However, I do keep every toothbrush when I finish with it. I take a mesh bag from oranges or lemons and tie it in loose knots for a scrubbie. Then, I spear it on the top dishwasher racks to clean it. Both the toothbrushes and plastic produce bags cost nothing.


    1. //

      Such resourceful ideas! I never thought to use the mesh bags as scrubbies. Thank you for sharing!

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