Often due to lack of research and knowledge and for the purpose of convenience, people turn to expensive products to clean their homes. But the best cleaning products are often cheap, cheerful and items that most people already have in their homes. Here are some of the top cleaning products that everybody needs (and they won’t leave you out of pocket).

White vinegar

This multipurpose product is absolutely outstanding when it comes to household cleaning. Not only does vinegar do a great job of ridding bad odours, but it also cuts through grease effortlessly and makes glass shiny and polished. For cleaning windows, towels, stubborn glue, dishwashers, taps and faucets, white vinegar is an affordable winner. Or add it to a spray bottle as a deodorising mist for carpets, drapes, upholstery and even clothes.

Cheap microfiber cloths

Never underestimate the capabilities of a microfiber cloth – an essential cleaning tool that can absorb up to eight times its own weight. These clothes are kind on your bank balance and are easy to source from just about any supermarket. These magic clothes have so many uses in the home, such as cleaning bathtubs to floors to windows.

Due to being super absorbent for dirt and liquid, they dramatically cut down your cleaning time. And because of their durability, they can be washed and reused for years meaning they outlast many other cleaning clothes and are much more environmentally friendly.

Castile soap

If you’re looking for the king of multipurpose, castile soap is a must-have item to store in your cleaning cupboard- it can be used on almost everything and anything. It is also gentle on your skin and environmentally friendly so you do not need to worry about it harming you or the environment. It’s an eco-friendly floor cleaner, a carpet shampoo, a window cleaner, a surface cleaner, a great dish soap, a dishwasher detergent, a sealed wood cleaner, and wall de-griming solution.

It’s not just for cleaning the house either as it’s often used as a wound cleaner, a deodorant, as well as a body wash and face wash.

Baking soda

Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) is a brilliant alternative for expensive cleaning solutions and acts as an effective multi purpose cleaner. When partnered with other household cleaning agents, it transforms into an even more powerful cleaning solution that helps freshen and clean seemingly impossible spots in your home. Through breaking through grease, polishing metal and unclogging drains, it does the same job for less and can be used in so many areas of the house. Sprinkle in your kitchen bin to absorb nasty smells, make sinks look like new by mixing with vinegar, clean grimy stovetops, polish silverware, remove stuck-on food from microwaves, remove odours in carpet, clean your dishwasher, and tackle soap scum in showers.

Lemon Juice

High in citric acid and low in PH, lemons are one of the best natural cleaners due to their antibacterial properties. Lemon juice can help remove stains, fight against bacteria and keep your whites white. It is the perfect cleaning sidekick!

This adaptable and multi-purpose cleaner can cut through stains on chopping boards, BBQ grills and grates, glass and mirrors, toilet bowls, tea and coffee pots and even help remove odours from your fridge. To spruce up your furniture, simply pour lemon juice into a spray bottle and unleash the beautiful fresh smell of lemons throughout your home.

Lemon juice is also great when mixed with other common household materials such as salt or white vinegar. However, it is always recommended that you carry out a spot test before using lemon juice, as it does not take kindly to natural stone or anything which is brass plated.

Olive Oil

Another staple in most people’s kitchens, which can also double as a cleaning agent, is olive oil. Olive oil is much more than simply a healthy cooking oil as it helps loosen up stains, grease and grime on a variety of surfaces.

Olive oil is perfect for cleaning grubby fingerprints off stainless steel appliances, restoring scratches and colour on leather furniture, nourishing wood chopping boards through preventing cracking and discoloration and can even fix those pesky squeaky doors, cabinets and hinges.

Olive oil is also extremely kind to dry and sensitive skin and can even act as a moisturiser, meaning it does not have to be washed off unlike other nasty cleaning chemicals which could cause harm to your skin.

“Magic eraser” sponges

Magic eraser sponges are available from a lot of different shops and brands, and are a great investment if you have a busy household with lots of spillages and accidents. Any spillages that happen near walls can be a nightmare to manage. Kitchen walls can be one of the problem areas as there’s often a lot of splashback from food or sink water. These special sponges are targeted yet gentle, removing watermarks, stains and dirt from walls without stripping the paint.

The best thing about these sponges is how long they last, as you only need a small amount of sponge to tackle a wide area.

Disinfectant sprays

The humble disinfectant spray is the best product to have at home because it kills germs and helps to manage household hygiene, which is more important than ever during a global pandemic. If you want to prevent the spread of germs, finding an effective way to disinfect surfaces is essential.

What’s even better about most disinfectant sprays is that they don’t have to be expensive. There are many supermarket own brands that are excellent for cleaning.

Washing up liquid

Chances are you have washing up liquid at home, but you may want to stock up once you find out just how versatile it is. This everyday dish cleaning solution also doubles up as a floor cleaner or a carpet cleaner. Surprisingly, it’s also perfect for washing your windows, saving you money on specialist window cleaning solutions. It’s easy to work with and the results on glass are streak-free.

Other uses include washing delicates such as underwear, using it as a pesticide for ants, killing weeds in the garden, cleaning bacteria out of hairbrushes, and removing grease from surfaces.


We hope that you found our suggestions useful and we would love to hear your comments. This article has been brought to you by TidyChoice, London’s leading platform for professional cleaning services. To find a professional cleaner to help you manage your household cleaning work, visit www.tidychoice.com to begin your search.