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10 Must-Have DIY Home Cleaning Kit Essentials

If you are like me, you usually begrudge cleaning as a necessary chore that takes away time from doing other fun things. But, like me, you probably feel much healthier, happier and calmer when your home is clean and tidy. That’s why, when I had the chance to partner with Sabco to try out some of their innovative new home cleaning products and create a DIY Home Cleaning Kit, I was happily surprised to learn that I could save so much time and energy just by having the right tools in my cleaning toolkit. Not only that, but by using the right products for the right cleaning job, you can also save money on detergents, disposable wipes, and premade solutions because you need so much less, and can substitute with natural alternatives such as bi-carb soda and vinegar.

To get started, it’s a great idea to put a DIY home cleaning kit together, so that you can have everything you need at your fingertips to make cleaning a breeze. And, it will mean that everything is in the same basket that you can bring from room to room, to help you be more efficient. As a busy working mum, anything that helps me spend less time cleaning and more time living is a huge win in my house!


Here are my top ten must-have DIY home cleaning kit essentials that will save you time and money:


Whether you choose to make your own or use shop bought cleaners, one thing is certain, you need different solutions to do different jobs. The basic line-up to have in your cleaning kit includes:

I love to use the Sabco 3-in-1 Spray Squeegee for all my glass and window cleaning jobs. It has an integrated microfibre cloth and squeegee built right in to the spray bottle! You simply spray, wash and dry with the compact all in one design, to get sparkling clean windows. Such a handy little innovation that combines three tools into one, that makes cleaning my windows, mirrors and bathroom glass screens a breeze. Get it here.


One of the key items in my DIY home cleaning kit is the Sabco Absorbi-Clean Chamois Sponge. Just this morning, I had an emergency milk spill on one of my fridge shelves. I whipped out my trusty absorbent sponge and quick as a wink, the spill was soaked up by this thirsty blue guy. Obviously, not all sponges are made the same. This super absorbent sponge is a handy little must have for any home cleaning kit. Get one here.


These Sabco All-Purpose Microfibre Cloths are so good for any cleaning job, big or small. 100% microfibre is essential for all household surface cleaning, and they work especially well to attract dust. (Just make sure to never wash them with fabric softener.)


This Sabco Dusting Glove is seriously the best (and funniest!) invention for cleaning oddly-shaped things, such as salt-lamps, Buddha statues, ornaments, and for grabbing the dust around awkward crevices such as in between book shelves, and between Venetian shutter blinds. It’s the perfect tool for all the tricky-to-dust objects and surfaces around your home. The glove shape gives you full control to dust anything you can touch. I love it! Get yours here.


Using a toothbrush is really handy for spot cleaning, for getting into grooves or for scrubbing hard to reach areas. Any brand will do, they all work just as well.


For your essential home cleaning kit, you will need at least 2 pairs. One pair of heavy duty lined rubber gloves is to be used for toilets only, while the other pair is for all other cleaning tasks. I personally like to have 3 pairs in all different colours, so I have one pair for kitchen and other spaces (e.g. pink), one pair for the bathroom (e.g. yellow), and one pair to only be used to clean the toilet (e.g. blue). Whatever you do, don’t mix them up!


Having a pair of cotton gloves is a great idea for handling delicate items. They are also useful for handling items that easily get fingerprinted, or are affected by the oils and moisture on your hands, such as glass decor, or salt lamps.


A traditional dustpan and brush set is great but the Sabco Long Handled Dustpan Set is even better! It’s an Aussie favourite for easy, no-bend cleanups. Because really, who wants to be down on their hands and knees sweeping? Not me! Get this clever little invention right here.


My husband loves the Sabco SuperSwish Spray Mop for quick clean-ups in the kitchen! Forget lugging around a heavy bucket, because this clever mop with a built-in spray dispenser for your favourite floor cleaner is always ready to use, and completely hassle free! Get yours here.


Obviously, you need a sturdy, decent-sized basket to keep your DIY home cleaning kit together in the one place. I find the best cleaning baskets to be a plastic shopping basket style (rather than a small caddy), since they have a flat base, can carry a fair bit of weight from your collection of spray bottles, and have strong handles.

What do you think of this list of my top 10 home cleaning kit essentials? Are you missing any items from your home cleaning kit?

In addition to the DIY home cleaning kit, I’ve also put together a handy home cleaning checklist (below), inspired by Sabco and in the spirit of easily keeping a fresh, clean and tidy home. Don’t forget to pin it to save it for later!






So, are you inspired now to achieve a sparkling clean home with Sabco? I know that I sure am!

Happy housekeeping!

This post was sponsored by Sabco. Thank you so much for showing support for the brand partners that allow me to continue to bring quality content to you.


Congratulations to our final GIVEAWAY WINNERS Jan and Roya! Well done! We hope you enjoy your Sabco Spill kit! Also congratulations to our Instagram winners, Gemma, Alaina, and Gayle. 


I have another 2 Sabco Spill Kits to GIVEAWAY this month! These packs include some of Sabco’s best products, including the Absorbi-clean chamois sponge, all-purpose microfibre cloths, kitchen shine microfibre sponge cloths and antibacterial surface wipes.

Here’s how to WIN:

  1. Follow Sabco Cleaning Products on Facebook.
  2. Pin the “PIN IT TO WIN IT” image below to your Pinterest boards.
  3. Comment below why you need to WIN a Sabco Spill Kit!

Make sure to do all three steps to enter – we’ll be checking! We will pick 2 winners and announce on 2 December 2016. Good luck!


For your chance to WIN one of two Sabco Spill Kits on Pinterest:

  1. Visit @jessdunnthis on Pinterest and look out for the PIN IT TO WIN IT post!
  2. Follow Sabco Australia on Facebook.
  3. Pin the “Pin It To Win It” cleaning kit image.
  4. Comment on this blog post why you you need a Sabco Spill Kit in your life.
  5. Entrants must be over 18.
  6. Two Spill Kits will be given away in November 2016.
  7. Winner announced Wednesday 30th November.
  8. Prizes cannot be exchanged for alternative products.
  9. Winner will be a random pick from participants.
  10. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Pinterest from any or all liability in connection with this contest.
  11. This promotion is by no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Pinterest.
  12. In entering this competition you give Sabco Australia Pty Ltd permission to use your reviews on digital or printed publications.


For your chance to WIN a Sabco Spill Kit:

  1. Visit and follow @jessdunnthis on Instagram and look out for my weekly Sabco posts.
  2. Follow @sabco.cleaning.products on Instagram and tag 3 friends under my giveaway posts who would also appreciate a Sabco Spill Kit, in order to enter.
  3. One Spill Kit will be given away each week.
  4. Winner announced each Tuesday in November.
  5. Competition ends Wednesday 30th November.
  6. Entrants must be over 18 and have a physical address within Australia.
  7. Prizes cannot be exchanged for alternative products.
  8. Winner will be a random pick from participants.
  9. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any or all liability in connection with this contest.
  10. This promotion is by no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
  11. In entering this competition you give Sabco Australia Pty Ltd permission to use your reviews on digital or printed publications.