Here at Home-Ec 101, there aren’t a lot of products that we give that good old Home-Ec 101 Seal of Approval to, but if you peek under our sinks and in our closets you will find the items that we do love. By the way, these links are Amazon referral links. We share them mostly so you can see what we are talking about. If you do purchase after looking, we will get a slight commission on your purchase. It does not affect what you pay, but it is appreciated.
The list below is a good guide to what you’ll need to keep your home clean, most of the time. There will be special projects that may require other tools or products. These links may not reflect the best price at any given time. The links are to help you know what to look for the next time you are at the store, if you don’t want to just buy it now.
- A corn straw broom (I’m tall, and I like a sturdy broom. Hang this, don’t lean it in a corner to make it last longer. If you lean it the bristles will bend, shortening the life-span considerably.)
- OXO dustpan and brush
- Mop – Yes, you’ll replace the sponge heads regularly. I’ve got no particular favorites.
- Rubber gloves — anything with a cuff, really. I hate wet sleeves.
- Paper towels/rags/old t-shirts
- An old toothbrush
- Scrub brushes, make sure you have a grout brush if you have tile
- Toilet scrub brush and caddy
- A squeegee
- Vacuums: These are my favorites from the ones we have owned over the years.
- Lower-end Bissell Pet Hair Remover If you have people with long hair in your house, the tangle-free brush roll is a very nice feature.
- Mid-range Dyson
- High-End Miele – this is what Heather saved up for several years to buy and she is very happy. She read a very thorough Reddit thread by a vacuum repairman and was completely sold by his recommendation. This appliance is super solid. Heather doesn’t think she will ever go bagless again. “I love that running the bag doesn’t recirculate dog-smell back into the house.” (There’s a charcoal filter. Yes, this rec is a little bougie, but you know what, I’ve worked hard learning all about cleaning houses and sharing that information, if I can’t get a little bougie about a vacuum, who can?)