Spring is in the air and with the change of seasons comes an urge to give your home a thorough clean from top to bottom. Even if you’ve just moved into a new place and have absolutely zero supplies, you can build yourself a complete spring cleaning kit for less than $50!
We compared prices from several major national retailers to price out this kit. Note that prices are estimates and may vary depending on the day and location. Here are the essential items every spring cleaning kit should include.
A good all-purpose cleaner lets you tackle cleaning tasks in every room of your house, and is suitable for use on many different types of surfaces -- a must-have for kicking off any spring clean.
Average price: $3/bottle
Get your glass sparkling clean with a window cleaning spray. Alternatively, a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water wiped off with crumpled up newspapers also works surprisingly well. You don’t need those hard-copy circulars anyways, thanks to the Flipp app.
Average price: $3.75/bottle
Use paper towel for wiping and cleaning all surfaces of your home after you’ve sprayed them with your multipurpose cleaner. The larger the pack, the lower the cost per roll.
Average price: $5 (2-pack)
Make sure you dust after you’ve given your place a vacuum or sweep, as dust can be stirred up while vacuuming, and you don’t want your efforts to go to waste. Disposable dusters are convenient for tackling those hard-to-reach places, and are great fun for kids to get involved in the clean up.
Average price: $5
Depending on the style of mop you choose, you can get deals for as little as $7, or as much as $30 or more. Opting for a traditional sponge or rope-style mop will get your floors just as clean at a fraction of the cost of a mop pad kit.
Average price: $12
There are many pre-made floor cleaners available on the market today, with different choices for different floor materials. You can also mix about half a cup of vinegar into a gallon of warm water for an eco-friendly solution that’s safe for most floors. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a pleasant scent.
Average price: $5.50
These little workhorses will pick up dust from every nook and cranny, and are perfect for wiping down all sorts of surfaces. When you’re done, simply toss them in with your laundry to clean and use again.
Average price: $4 (3-pack)
White vinegar offers a natural, chemical-free method for cleaning most surfaces in your home, and features antimicrobial properties.
Average price: $2.50/64 oz. jug
Another natural cleaning choice, baking soda mixed in various concentrations can clean anything from the toilet and sink, to even deodorizing the drain. Leave an open box in the refrigerator, and put a healthy sprinkle in the bottom of your garbage bins to help trap unpleasant odors.
Average price: $1.50/box
If you prefer the cleaning power of something a little stronger, bleach is your friend. A solution of half a cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water provides all the disinfecting power necessary for a clean home. Make sure you have adequate ventilation when cleaning with bleach as the fumes can be irritating.
Average price: $2.25/64 oz. jug
When all is done and you’ve given your place a thorough clean from top to bottom, you’ll need somewhere to put all the garbage. Having a sturdy garbage bag (and recycling bag, depending on your neighborhood) will make taking out the trash a cinch.
Average price: $5
Total cost: $49.50 (taxes extra)
Once you’ve taken stock of the supplies you need, don’t forget to build your shopping list in the Flipp app. You’ll quickly and easily be able to find deals near you, and possibly coupons for even bigger savings! With the money you’ll save, you can snag a bouquet of fresh spring blooms to brighten up your living space.