As an aging adult living alone, one of the tasks I like the least is house cleaning.

I know I need to clean regularly. But my heart isn’t into the task. It’s only when things start to get a bit obvious, like the piles of laundry, that I start cleaning.

Of course, for those times when I am low on energy, or feeling joint pain, I opt for a local cleaning service. I am planning on writing an article on what to look for when considering cleaning services. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in this topic.

But, for those days when I am ready to tackle home cleaning, I need the right tool. So, I took on the task of finding the best home cleaning tools for seniors that would make the cleaning process easier.

Let me know your thoughts, or if I missed a cool tool that you use to make your life easier.

My Requirements for Cleaning Tools

Let me first state what the requirements were for these tools.

First, they had to make life and cleaning easier. So, these home cleaning tools needed to be handy to use, with long handles (no bending for me please), no heavy objects, and be easy to use for those of us with mobility issues.

1. A Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner

When I was young, I remember my grandmother having a very sturdy upright made by Kirby. That thing was a tank and lasted for years. But it was also heavy. I was always amazed at how my Gran navigated that beast up and down the stairs at her age.

It was time for me to look for the right tool for vacuuming. And I wanted a lightweight vacuum cleaner, so this will be the first of the cleaning products in this list.

1.1 Upright Vacuum

The upright vacuum is a popular choice for house cleaning. They are designed with a tall handle, a motorized brush, and a dustbin or bag attached to the unit. The upright design allows for easy maneuverability, as the machine can be pushed or pulled across different surfaces.

This design also means I don’t need to bend over as much. And it is easy to maneuver around the house.

A lightweight vacuum is easy to find in most shops today. But, like most items in today’s world, it doesn’t last years like my Grandmother’s Kirby did.

So the tradeoff is a lightweight, cheap, upright unit versus the heavy lifting required with that bulky Kirby.

The only downside to the upright is navigating around the furniture with that darn power cord.

So, I had a look at the next option.

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1.2 The Stick Vacuum

At first, this seemed the perfect option for me.

It’s lightweight, it’s cordless and recharges itself when you aren’t using it.

Most of these are slim and lightweight devices with a long or extendable handle and a motorized brush head. Being lightweight, stick vacuums effortlessly glide across the floor, reaching tight corners and under furniture. Some models even offer the flexibility of being converted into handheld vacuums, making them even more versatile.

And this option was perfect for getting those cobwebs cleaned out of the corners of the house I hadn’t visited in ages.

The downside to this option was that I had to install a holder near a power outlet for the unit to rest in. Not a big task, but something I never had to do for any other type of vacuum.

While this vacuum made the task of vacuuming easier, it still required effort on my part to go and get the thing and clean the house.

I had one more vacuum cleaner option I wanted to investigate.

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1.3 Robot Vacuum Cleaners

As a technical nerd, the robot vacuum cleaner was a cool option. And when it came to house cleaning, it did make life easier.

Robot vacuum cleaners are a revolutionary addition to the household world, especially for those of us looking for a hands-free cleaning experience.

The unit is equipped with sensors that detect obstacles and navigate around furniture, ensuring a thorough cleaning without any manual effort. With programmable schedules and the ability to return to their charging docks, robot vacuum cleaners are a convenient option for maintaining a tidy home with minimal effort.

They work on all types of surfaces as well such as hardwood floors and rugs. But the rugs can be a problem. More on that in a bit.

If you’re not a technical person, some of these units can be complicated to set up. So make sure you find one that has an easy-to-use program that you can install on your phone or computer.

There were a couple of disadvantages for me though.

The first issue involved a thick, high-pile rug I had covering the hardwood floor in my lounge. The first unit I bought had trouble climbing up onto this rug. So I ended up programming the unit to go around the carpet. I would then use my stick vacuum for the carpet. However, I did find a unit that could handle and adjust itself to both surfaces automatically.

The second issue is it could not climb the wall and clean the cobwebs. So I still have my stick vacuum to tackle that job.

There were areas that I eventually had to program the unit to avoid, such as the kitchen. If there was grease or some liquid on the floor, a mop was a better tool for the job.

My next task was looking for a mop.

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2. Mops

The mop is one of those essential cleaning products for tackling sticky and tough stains on floors. But, what I didn’t know was the different types of mops available to make home cleaning easier.

2.1 Traditional Mops

I already had a traditional mop, also known as a string mop, which is the classic option for tile and hardwood floors. These mops feature strands of cotton or microfiber attached to a long handle. Dip the mop head into a bucket of water mixed with your preferred cleaning solution, wring out any excess water, and get to work. Or spray the mop with some floor wax and polish those hardwood floors.

These mops are known for their ability to absorb liquids effectively, making them ideal for spills and larger areas. But there was one issue with the traditional mop for me.

After each use, the process of wringing out the mop is painful for my hands and wrists. I needed something that made this part of mopping easier or at least less painful.

2.2 Spin Mops

This is an excellent choice for a more efficient and less strenuous mopping experience. And its also less painful for my hands.

These mops feature a bucket with a built-in spinning mechanism that helps wring out the mop head with minimal effort. Some models had an extendable handle as well.

Perfect! No more hand wringing.

Simply submerge the mop head in the bucket, push down on the handle, and watch the spinning action remove excess water. Spin mops are particularly beneficial if you suffer from arthritis or limited hand strength, as they eliminate the need for manual wringing.

2.3 Steam Mops

If you deal with allergies or respiratory health issues, you may find steam mops to be the best choice.

These mops use the power of steam to clean and sanitize without the use of chemicals. They heat up water stored in a tank, producing steam that helps loosen dirt and grime from hard floors. The hot steam also kills bacteria, allergens, and mites, providing a cleaner environment.

These are probably not the best option for your nice hardwood floors, but they’re great for tile and linoleum making it a great way to clean the bathroom floors.

3. Brooms

During the fall, sweeping up the fallen leaves from the front walk is a daily task. If I don’t clean the walk for a day, it means more work the next day.

I thought I would take a look deeper at brooms to see if there was a tool more suited for my aging bones.

3.1 Traditional Brooms

Traditional brooms are the tried and true method of sweeping floors and walks and what I have been using during my lifetime. They are lightweight and easy to handle, and are a simple yet effective cleaning tool.

But I found a cool broom I did not know existed until now.

3.2 Electric Brooms

When I first saw the packaging at the store, the box said in big letters “Cordless broom”.

My first thought was, “Aren’t all brooms cordless?“.

These brooms are battery-powered devices that feature a rotating brush head that effortlessly picks up dirt and debris.

No manual sweeping. Cool!

Like traditional brooms, electric brooms are lightweight, maneuverable, and perfect for those of us who may struggle with mobility issues, arthritis, or maneuvering heavier traditional brooms. Some models even come with additional attachments, allowing for spot cleaning on upholstery or other hard-to-reach areas.

I ended up getting one and I love it. My poor traditional broom sits alone in the garage now.

4. Dusting

We all know dusting is an essential part of any cleaning routine. For anyone not from this planet, dusting helps to remove dust and allergens from surfaces.

My primary dusting tool has always been an old t-shirt or towel that was no longer fit for its intended use. At times, I seriously considered just taping the small stuff down and firing up the leaf blower. But sanity prevailed.

There is nothing special available when it comes to the right tool for dusting. But, here is an overview of the dusting tools I found that may make it easier to keep your home dust-free.

4.1 Feather Dusters

Feather dusters are a classic and effective option for dusting. These soft bristle dusters attract and trap dust particles, preventing them from spreading around the room. Feather dusters are lightweight and easy to maneuver, making them suitable for seniors.

They are very gentle tools which makes them an excellent choice for delicate items or surfaces that could be scratched by other tools. Much better than my leaf blower option.

4.2 Dusting Wands

Dusting wands, also known as telescoping dusters, are versatile tools that can help seniors reach high shelves, ceiling fan blades, or other hard-to-reach areas. These wands consist of a long, extendable handle with a flexible head, allowing for easy maneuverability around objects. The head of the dusting wand is often made of microfiber or electrostatic material, which attracts and holds onto dust particles.

4.3 Microfiber Dusting Cloths

I use microfiber dusting cloths for most dusting tasks.

These soft and non-abrasive cloths are perfect for gently wiping away dust from surfaces. Microfiber cloths are highly effective at capturing dust particles, thanks to their electrostatic properties. They can be used dry or slightly dampened with water or a mild cleaning solution for more stubborn dust. Microfiber cloths are also reusable and easy to clean, making them an eco-friendly option.

5. Window Cleaning

I currently live in a two-story house. So cleaning the windows on the ground floor is a breeze. I use local window cleaning service for the windows on the second floor.

Clean windows make such a difference to brighten up any room and provide a clear view of the outside world.

I wasn’t able to find any cordless or electronic options for window cleaning. Except maybe for a power washer. But I would consider that more of an outdoor, multi-purpose cleaning tool.

Here are some basic window cleaning tools that can make the window cleaning process easier for seniors.

5.1 Window Squeegees

Window squeegees are a good tool for streak-free window cleaning. In case you have never seen one, they consist of a rubber blade attached to a handle, allowing for effortless removal of water and cleaning solutions from window surfaces.

Window squeegees are available in various sizes to accommodate different window sizes and shapes. Their ergonomic design and lightweight nature is meant to make them easier to handle, especially for seniors. But, I have had trouble at times with my hands trying to grip the handle when my hands are aching.

5.2 Microfiber Window Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber window cleaning cloths are excellent companions to window squeegees, helping to wipe away any remaining moisture or streaks. These soft and absorbent cloths are designed to leave windows sparkling clean without the need for harsh chemicals. Microfiber cloths are gentle on surfaces and can be washed and reused, making them a cost-effective and environmentally friendly window cleaning option.

5.3 Window Cleaning Kits

I did find window cleaning kits at the local hardware store. Window cleaning kits offer cleaning solutions with all the necessary tools in one package. They include a window squeegee, microfiber cloths, and other accessories such as a window cleaning solution or a telescoping pole for reaching higher windows.

6. Cleaning Gloves

And of course, no cleaning job should be done without protecting our hands. This is important, especially for us older adults who may have sensitive skin or pre-existing conditions.

I was surprised to find out that there are different types of cleaning gloves other than just latex. Here is what I found.

6.1 Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are a common choice for cleaning tasks, thanks to their durability and flexibility. These gloves provide a snug fit, ensuring optimal dexterity for us seniors while protecting our hands from harsh cleaning chemicals.

Latex gloves are puncture-resistant and offer good grip to hold onto cleaning tools or slippery surfaces. But, some individuals may have latex allergies or sensitivities. This was an important bit of news to me. So, I looked at alternative options that could be considered in such a case.

6.2 Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are an excellent alternative to latex gloves for any of us with latex allergies or sensitivities. These gloves offer similar durability and flexibility to latex gloves but are made from a synthetic material. Like latex, nitrile gloves provide a strong barrier against chemicals, making them suitable for various cleaning tasks. They also have a comfortable fit and are resistant to punctures, ensuring our hands stay protected during cleaning.

6.3 Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are another alternative to latex gloves. They offer lightweight and affordable hand protection. These gloves are made from synthetic materials and provide a comfortable fit for most individuals.

While vinyl gloves may not offer the same level of durability as latex or nitrile gloves, they still provide a protective barrier against cleaning solutions and other potential irritants. The greatest benefit of vinyl gloves is that they’re easier to put on and take off, making them convenient for those of us with limited dexterity or aching hands.

7. Home Cleaning Caddies

For the longest time, I was carrying cleaning bottles, brushes, and other tools together from room to room as I needed them. Usually, I dropped something along the way.

I did buy a bucket and used it to put everything in as I traveled to each room. But when the bucket was being used, that convenience was not available.

Then I discovered cleaning caddies.

Cleaning caddies provide a convenient solution for storing and transporting cleaning tools and products. Here are some different types of cleaning caddies that can help make cleaning easier.

7.1 Portable Cleaning Caddies

Portable cleaning caddies are lightweight and easily transportable, making them ideal for moving from room to room while cleaning. These caddies often have multiple compartments and dividers, allowing for easy organization of cleaning supplies.

Portable cleaning caddies make the cleaning process easier because we can have all our cleaning tools readily accessible while keeping them neatly organized.

One downside is if you have mobility issues, carrying a cleaning caddy may not be feasible without some assistance. This is where rolling cleaning caddies have an advantage.

7.2 Rolling Cleaning Caddies

For seniors cleaning larger homes or multiple levels (like myself), rolling cleaning caddies can be a game-changer. These caddies feature wheels, allowing them to be easily rolled from room to room without the need for lifting or carrying.

Of course, rolling them up the stairs is nearly impossible. But I have one rolling caddy upstairs and a second one for downstairs. They are cost effective so this was a great way to have what I needed on every floor of my home.

Rolling cleaning caddies often have multiple shelves or compartments, providing ample storage space for cleaning supplies. Some models may even include hooks or holders for mops, brooms, or other larger cleaning tools. With a rolling cleaning caddy, seniors can effortlessly transport all their cleaning supplies wherever they’re needed.

8. Reacher Grabbers

While not a cleaning tool, reacher grabbers are handy tools that can assist seniors in home cleaning for reaching, grabbing, and picking up items without the need to bend or stretch. I found a couple of types of reacher grabbers that can make daily cleaning tasks easier for seniors.

8.1 Standard Reacher Grabbers

Standard reacher grabbers have long handles with a gripping mechanism at one end. These grabbers allow us seniors to extend our reach and retrieve items from the floor, high shelves, or tight spaces. The gripping mechanism often has rubberized or serrated tips to provide a secure hold on objects.

Standard reacher grabbers are easy to operate, thanks to their ergonomic design, and can aid seniors cleaning by picking up litter, reaching behind furniture, or grabbing items from the top shelves of a closet.

8.2 Folding Reacher Grabbers

Folding reacher grabbers offer the same functionality as standard reacher grabbers but with the added convenience of being collapsible. These grabbers can be easily folded for compact storage or transportation, making them ideal any senior on the go. Folding reacher grabbers often have a locking mechanism to keep them securely folded when not in use.

9. Step Stools

Step stools are invaluable tools for a senior who needs a little extra height and stability when reaching high places. I still do not always feel stable or comfortable when using these. So, please make sure you understand if safety is an issue before you get one of these.

9.1 Folding Step Stools

Folding step stools are a practical choice a senior who requires occasional height assistance but doesn’t want the clutter of leaving the still sitting around.

These step stools feature a compact and foldable design, making them easy to store in small spaces when not in use. Folding step stools are lightweight yet sturdy, capable of supporting the weight of most individuals. They often have non-slip surfaces and rubberized feet to provide stability and safety.

My most common use for a step stool is when changing a lightbulb. It provides that little extra elevation I need as a short senior.

9.2 Non-slip Step Stools

Non-slip step stools are designed with safety in mind, offering additional features to prevent slips or falls. These step stools often have textured surfaces or grip pads on the top to provide a secure footing for seniors.

They also feature non-slip feet or rubberized bottoms to ensure stability on various flooring surfaces. Non-slip step stools come in different heights and weight capacities, allowing seniors to choose a stool that best suits their needs.