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If you have been around Unique Gifter for awhile, you may remember this guest post on a Bridal Shower Gift Basket from quite awhile ago. It includes some great sayings to go with a cleaning supplies gift basket, that make use of product names. You may be thinking, “who on earth wants to get household cleaning supplies as a gift?” Believe it or not, there are some people that will love this gift, yet yes, there are others who will not. It is sort of similar to giving food as a gift, the gourmet and the local foodie will love you, as will the student, but not everyone.
To quote a friend that I visited recently, who had to clean her newly purchased house, “I hate cleaning, so I bought the best things I could find, to make it easier on myself.” Especially in the case of those who are on tight budgets, which, let’s face it, is most people after they’ve paid for a wedding, many do not spring for top of the line or earth-friendly cleaning products. This is a chance to provide the starting point of a conversation about chores, if the couple hasn’t yet had that discussion. Your message could say, “Now you have all of the supplies you will need for chores, you just need to decide who does what!” Including a message like that allows you to avoid sending the message that women are responsible for cleaning, and such stereotyped by-gone gender roles.
There’s another thing about cleaning supplies, they can really get expensive! However, they are also often things that go on sale, or have major coupons, especially in the United States. If you are an extreme couponer and/or have a stash, you can raid your stash to give this gift. Personally, I recommend opting for nice, high quality and preferably plant-friendly choices, to make it a nice gift.
To get us started, here is a list of cleaning supplies and household consumables that I can think of in my house.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Soap Scum Cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Multi Surface Cleaner
- Pots & Pans Cleaner – ie Stainless Steel Cleaner
or Enameled Cast-Iron Cleaner
- Scrub brushes – you could add a whole variety of these.
- Laundry Detergent
- Bounce Sheets
- Activewear Wash – synthetic gear gets SMELLY! I swear by this stuff – Assos Active Wear Cleanser
- Hand Soap
- Dishwasher Detergent – Finish Quantum Tabs are awesome but pricey
- Jet Dry
- Toilet Paper – especially if you want to a win a prize for “largest gift!”
- Paper Towel – ditto!
- Nice Cloths – like Mircofiber Cleaning Cloths
- Bucket – I have a free one that held cream cheese at a restaurant!
- Toilet Brush – even if they have one already, these things get gross over time.
- Rubber Gloves
- Car Wash Liquid
- Chamois – These can be pricey – Synthetic Drying Chamois
- Bug Spray
- Garbage Bags – Blue bags, kitchen bags, outdoor bags – there’s lots of choice here!
- Shout – for getting stains out of laundry.
- Oven Cleaner
- Floor Cleaner
- Mop and/or Mop Heads
- Dust Buster – The Black & Decker Platinum BDH2000L Cordless Hand Vacuum has the best rating on Amazon
- Mr. Clean magic erasers
- Swiffer Duster – I have one and it’s surprisingly good.
- Baking Soda
- Dish Scrub Brush – I love this kind.
- Carpet Cleaner
- Wine Away – ahem, this stuff is a godsend.
- Salt – for when you’re out of Wine Away.
- Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Laundry Hampers
- Garbage Cans
If you take a moment to add up the cost of all those items, it doesn’t take very long to see that there is well over $100 worth of stuff there! Plus, most of those things are used on a regular basis by pretty much everyone (okay, semi-regularly anyway). Many registries will have a garbage can or laundry hamper on them, which is a great thing to use as a base to fill with supplies. For another creative twist on a garbage can wedding gift, read this post called “Get Trashed.” If you are a couponer, or someone who builds up a stash of products, then you can put together a really nice basket that saves your pennies. It can be easy to shop for, too, if you have a lot of things to pick from in your own home.
If you’re feeling sassy, you make the joke, “Let this stuff go down the toilet, to ensure that your relationship doesn’t.” Regardless of what you say, this will definitely be a memorable bridal shower gift.
Weird question alert – what’s your favourite cleaning product?