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Essential Tools for a Fresh and Clean Home

May 22, 2024

A close-up view of a person cleaning their kitchen appliances shows the importance of cleaning your home.

Did you know that keeping your home clean is good for your physical and mental health? That’s right: maintaining a clean and fresh home is not just about aesthetics; it’s crucial for maintaining a healthy and comfortable living environment. From daily dustings to floor-to-ceiling deep cleanings, there is a wide variety of cleaning tools and products to accomplish your goals.   

However, some products are indispensable. This guide will walk you through the essential cleaning tools and deodorizers needed to ensure every corner of your home remains pristine, organized, and enjoyable to live in. 

Basic Cleaning Tools 

Microfiber Cloths 

Microfiber cloths are a staple in effective home cleaning. Thanks to their fine fibers, they can trap dust, dirt and grease much more efficiently than traditional cloths, without leaving any streaks. They are ideal for cleaning glass, mirrors and surfaces where you want a lint-free finish. 

Adjustable Duster 

An adjustable duster with an extendable handle is essential for reaching those high and awkward spaces like ceiling fans, top shelves and beneath furniture. Opt for dusters with washable heads to ensure long-term usability and hygiene. 

Scrub Brushes 

A good set of scrub brushes is crucial for tackling tougher grime that builds up in bathrooms and kitchens. Have different brushes for various uses — soft bristles for general cleaning and stiff bristles for tougher spots like grout and around faucets. 

Vacuum Cleaner 

A reliable vacuum cleaner is indispensable for maintaining clean floors. Whether you have carpet, hardwood or tile, choose a vacuum that offers various attachments to handle different flooring types and additional features like upholstery tools for furniture. 

Cleaning Agents 

All-Purpose Cleaners 

All-purpose cleaners are versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces. Whether you’re wiping down countertops or cleaning appliances, these cleaners effectively remove dirt and sanitize surfaces. 


Especially important in the kitchen and bathroom, disinfectants help eliminate germs and bacteria. Regular use ensures that these areas remain hygienic, reducing the risk of illness. 

Specialty Cleaners 

Not all cleaners are suitable for every surface of your home. For more specific cleaning tasks, such as windows, mirrors and wooden furniture, specialty cleaners like glass cleaner and wood polish are recommended. They are formulated to provide the best results for each surface without causing damage. 

Essential Odor Control Solutions 

Carpet Deodorizer 

Carpet deodorizers help remove lingering odors trapped in the fibers, refreshing the entire room. Options range from powders to foams, with natural choices like baking soda-based deodorizers being especially popular for their safety and effectiveness. 

Room Deodorizer 

Room deodorizers ensure your living space smells clean and fresh. They come in various forms, such as sprays, scented gels and plug-ins, catering to different preferences and needs. Choose scents that complement your home and lifestyle, creating a welcoming atmosphere. 

Trash Can Deodorizer 

To combat unpleasant odors from garbage, trash can deodorizers can be very effective. These products often attach directly to the trash can lid or sit at the bottom of the can, neutralizing smells continually and keeping the area fresh. 

Fridge Deodorizer 

Maintaining freshness in your refrigerator is crucial for food safety and taste. Fridge deodorizers absorb unwanted smells and help keep your stored food fresher longer. Activated charcoal deodorizers are popular for their natural absorbing properties. 

Must-Have Cleaning Gadgets and Technology 

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners 

Robotic vacuums like the Roomba offer a hands-free way to maintain clean floors. These smart devices can be programmed to vacuum your home daily, handling everything from pet hair to dirt on both carpets and hard floors, ensuring a consistently clean environment. 

Electric Scrub Brushes 

An electric scrub brush is a game-changer for deep cleaning tasks. With powerful rotating heads, these brushes can tackle grout, tile and stubborn stains without the elbow grease required by manual scrubbing. Models like the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber can adapt to a variety of surfaces, making them versatile additions to your cleaning arsenal. 

High-Efficiency Steam Cleaners 

Steam cleaners use high temperatures to sanitize and clean floors, upholstery and other surfaces without chemicals. They are particularly effective in killing bacteria and dust mites, making them ideal for allergy sufferers. 

Streamlined Storage Solutions 

Multifunctional Furniture 

Invest in furniture that doubles as storage, such as ottomans with hidden compartments or beds with built-in drawers. These solutions provide extra storage space without taking up additional room, helping you maintain a clutter-free environment more easily. 

Custom Closet Systems 

Consider installing custom closet organizers that maximize space and allow for adjustable shelving, rods and drawers tailored to your storage needs. This approach can dramatically increase the storage efficiency of your clothes, shoes and accessories, making it easier to keep everything organized and accessible. 

Space-Saving Kitchen Organizers 

Use cabinet organizers (such as lazy Susans, pull-out baskets and vertical dividers) to make the most of your kitchen storage. These organizers help keep your kitchenware orderly and within easy reach, significantly speeding up both cooking and cleaning by reducing the time you spend searching for items. 

Elevate Your Home Today with Acima Leasing 

We hope these tips help you keep your home clean and fresh. If you need to replace furniture or appliances that can't be saved, consider using Acima Leasing. Our lease-to-own solution allows you to get the latest home items with ease. To get started, browse our retailer locations and see how easy it is to start fresh. With Acima Leasing, you can enjoy top-quality items and convenient lease renewal payment options, making it easier to rejuvenate your home when cleaning alone isn't enough. 

Common Questions 

How often should I replace my cleaning tools to maintain effectiveness? 

Replace sponges and scrubbers every month to prevent bacterial build-up and ensure they are effective. Brushes and mops should be replaced annually or sooner if they show signs of wear. 

What are the best natural alternatives for chemical cleaning products? 

Vinegar and baking soda are powerful natural alternatives that can handle everything from window cleaning to drain unclogging. Lemon is also great for removing hard water stains and adding a fresh scent. 

Can essential oils be used as part of my cleaning routine? 

Yes, essential oils like tea tree, lavender and lemon not only add a pleasant aroma to your home but also possess antibacterial properties that enhance your cleaning. Add a few drops to your cleaning solutions for a natural disinfectant and freshener.