20 Essential Cleaning Products Every Millennial Should Own

Adulting is hard, but keeping these essential items on hand can help make it a little easier.

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February 02, 2021

Maybe we weren't formally taught how to iron in a home economics class, but that doesn't mean we don't want (or need) to learn. For millennials, like myself, who feel intimidated by household chores, it's easy to get caught up with the latest gadgets and devices that promise to make cleaning easier. Truthfully, you really only need a few simple items to tackle the most daunting cleaning tasks.

Here are 20 versatile and handy products that make this whole housekeeping thing more manageable and approachable. Keep scrolling to see what every millennial should have on hand when cleaning day rolls around.



Keep all of your cleaning tools and products organized in one place with a carryall tote. Repurpose a shower caddy or purchase one like this from mDesign with a divided plastic compartment to store cleaners and cloths.

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Keep the floors sparkling with a mop that has a built-in sprayer. The ability to fill the attached bottle with your favorite liquid cleaner will save tons of time. Plus, the replaceable mop pads are more sanitary than a traditional mop.

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Instead of reaching for paper towels the next time you need to dust or clean, give a microfiber cloth a try. They're great for achieving a streak-free finish on mirrors, windows, TVs and computers. And, of course, they're reusable to help you cut down on waste.

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Trap crumbs, dirt and dust in one fell swoop with a high-quality duster. The eco-friendly option features a washable and reusable dusting head that extends to 54 inches. No more excuses for dusty shelves and filmy fan blades.

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You need to have the right tools to get the job done. That means having the proper brushes for every situation. Skip the plastic and invest in a few sturdy wooden brushes for scrubbing produce, dishes and tile. This German-made wooden dishwashing brush removes tough stuck-on foods, yet its gentle bristles won't scratch nonstick cookware.

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Mix your own natural cleaning solutions at home or buy bulk liquid cleaner refills to cut down on waste. These beautiful amber glass bottles can be used again and again.

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Cleaning water droplet residue from glass shower doors is a pain, so this squeegee helps minimize the residue buildup. Keep it in the corner of your shower or just in the bathroom and quickly wipe down the door after a shower.

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A high-quality vacuum is a must for banishing dust bunnies. This Dyson machine consistently receives high ratings and reviews, so it's time to kick that old clunker you've had since college to the curb and invest in something nice. You've earned it, after all.

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Water-marked bathroom mirrors and grimy windows don't make for a good first impression of your space. A reliable glass cleaner like Sprayway keeps mirrored and transparent surfaces crystal clear.

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For quick cleanups, multipurpose wipes are your best friend. These Everspring ones smell heavenly, contain no dyes or synthetic fragrances and are completely safe to use around children. They're compostable, too!

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This pantry staple is safe to use on nearly all surfaces. It's a must-have for mixing up homemade cleaning products in a pinch and cutting out the chemicals.

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Stay on top of soap scum with a daily spray that you can quickly spritz all over the shower or tub after getting out. Method's Daily Shower Cleaner features a lovely eucalyptus, citrus and minty scent that leaves your bathroom smelling like a spa.

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This often-overlooked task is essential to keep your houseplants looking their best. It won't cause harm to the leaves, but the special formula will keep them looking shiny and dust-free.

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As a tech-savvy, eco-conscious millennial, you're likely always looking for easy, automated ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. Grove Collaborative makes it super simple to stock up on natural cleaning supplies and household items. With customizable monthly auto-shipments, you'll never forget to pick up paper towels or dish soap during a Target run.

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This little sink saver will keep your dish scrubbers fresh and dry without cluttering up your countertop.

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Using cleaning products and dish soap can dry your hands out (and destroy a fresh mani). Invest in a pair of durable gloves that are cute and protective.

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There's no need to destroy your clothes if you're cleaning or getting down in the dirt. This cute apron will keep your clothes looking as fresh as your place will be once your cleaning chores are done.

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