- An all purpose cleaner, such as Mrs. Meyer's, or a solution of 2 tablespoons mild dish washing liquid, such as ivory, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle
- A mildly abrasive cleanser, such as Bon Ami - Bon Ami was always in our home when I was a child, I used to take the little chick sticker off the top and save them on the side of my dresser
- Glass cleaner, or a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle
- Rubber gloves
- lint-free white cloths
- Medium-bristle scrub brush
My kit has been adapted slightly; in addition I keep the following:
- I keep a solution of Murphy's Oil Soap in an old dish detergent bottle for quick clean-up on the hard wood floors.
- I have a mason jar of baking soda - three parts warm water to 1 part baking soda makes a nice mild scrub
- Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap to fill up the hand soap dispensers around the house. Put a little in one of those lathering soap dispensers with water and it stretches like crazy!
- I do use Mrs. Meyer's - the fragrances are amazing. I would bath in the dish soap.
- I do keep paper towels in the caddy. I try to use my washable towels whenever I can, but in a house with three kids, two dogs, a cat, two turtles, and some chickens there are going to be times when a paper towel is needed.
This gets all the everyday cleaning done, of course there are special jobs that require something specific - I'll cover a couple of those as they pop up.