29 Must-Have Home Supplies

29 Must-Have Home Supplies

This list of little items, inspired by February’s extra day, will make your life easier and maybe even a little more enjoyable—each and every day.
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1. Kitchen Scissors

 Stop wrestling with food packaging and dedicate a pair of easy-to-clean scissors for kitchen use only.

2. Zip'n Steam® Microwave Cooking Bags

 Make healthy dinners in a flash with no messy cleanup!

3. Popcorn

 Skip the standard butter and season plain popcorn with garlic salt and parmesan cheese, truffle oil, or, for a sweet snack, cocoa powder!

4. Clothespins

 Keep bread bags and opened bags of chips or cereal clipped shut. Or use a glue gun to attach the clothespins to the inside of a cabinet door, keeping potholders and rubber gloves within reach.

5. Ceramic Knife

 You'll fall in love the first time you use it! It's lightweight, lasts for years without sharpening and comes in great colors and patterns like polka dots!

6. Mulling Spices

 Warm up those cold winter nights by adding mulling spices to warm cider.

7. Toothpicks

 Helpful in the kitchen and great for applying glue to small items, cleaning small spaces (like grooves in a phone) or wrapping around the tape end so you can find it again on the roll.

8. Glass Cutting Board

 So easy to clean and disinfect, a cutting board made from tempered glass can also be used as a trivet or a serving tray.

9. Windex® Multi-Surface with Glade® Clear Springs™

 No need to lug around a bucket of different cleaners. Get your whole kitchen clean and smelling great with just one.

10. Toothbrush

 Nothing removes dirt from around faucets or sweeps away crumbs from the seal of the fridge better.

11. Shelf Liner

 This rubberized mesh is nonadhesive and cushions delicate dishes and glasses in your cabinets.

12. Rubber Bands

 In addition to their regular duties, rubber bands can help ease open a jar or safely keep stemware secured to the top rack of the dishwasher.

13. Shallot

 It looks like a small onion, and it’s the professional chef’s secret weapon when it comes to adding a touch of extra flavor to a dish.

14. Step Ladder

 Safely retrieve hard-to-reach items with this handy tool. Small fold-away versions make storage a snap.

15. Over-the-Door Shoe Rack

 It keeps shoes from cluttering the floor but can also organize accessories like belts and scarves or bathroom items like brushes, combs and hairspray.

16. Eyeglass Repair Kit

 It provides replacement screws and a little screwdriver that can fix many things beyond glasses.

17. Drano® Snake Plus Drain Cleaning Kit

 Clogs happen. This kit is effective, easy to use and much cheaper than a plumber.

18. Sewing Kit

 A basic sewing kit should include needles, thread (black and white), small scissors, buttons, safety pins, a seam ripper and iron-on seam binding.

19. Measuring Tape

 Essential for gauging the actual dimensions of your online purchases. It's the best way to figure out if something will fit in your home.

20. Breath Mint Tins

 Compact and secure, tins can store small items like vitamins, buttons or safety pins with ease. On the go? Toss them in your purse or suitcase.

21. Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener

 Perk up a winter day with the scent of lavender & vanilla.

22. Electronics Cleaner

 Safely clean all your electronic equipment with Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner.

23. Permanent Markers

 Handy for all labeling, including CDs and DVDs.

24. Glitter

 Add a little sparkle to homemade valentines, scrapbook pages, and rainy- or snowy-day crafts. Storing it in salt shakers lets you shake out just what you need and prevents spills.

25. Extension Cord

 You never know when you need to run power to something, somewhere.

26. Toolbox

 Everyone should have the basics on hand: a hammer, nails, a big and little Phillips-head and flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, a box cutter and a staple gun.

27. Flashlight

 Always keep one or two flashlights with fresh batteries in the house. They'll help during power outages and allow you to peer into the back of closets and under beds, too.

28. Duct Tape

 Sometimes it seems as if duct tape can repair practically anything.

29. Chocolate Sauce

 It’s an extra special treat for an extra day! Keep a bottle of chocolate sauce in the refrigerator, because you never know when you might want to sweeten up dessert just a little. And remember to look around your home every now and then to keep an eye out for those little things that make life easier and even just a little more fun.

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3/21/2013 , 
Tonya  T.
I really liked your list, but if anyone would like to use something besides a regular stepladder they could try this. Take six large can such as juice cans- size 48 oz., clean and wash them out make sure to leave the top and bottom on. Get some material that you like, tape the cans together in a circle, put foam on the top and bottom and cut out to match the shape of the cans when they are taped together, cut material to match shape, wrap a piece of material all the way around the sides of cans, then sew all pieces together. This makes a light weight stool you can slide anywhere with your foot and you can leave it out in a corner or put it away.
3/20/2013 , 
Marti  R.
Great list. Come on people - try shallots instead of onions. You might be surprised! Also, WRACK should have been in caps for all the angst it caused. I hope I spelled angst correctly. Lighten up and have a Good Night. Again, I really liked the list and most of the comments.
3/7/2013 , 
Marge  L.
The Sewing Kit! My aunt taught me the best thread to keep in an emergency sewing kit was embroidery yarn. For buttons or that occasional ripped seam use a few strands and whip a few stitches for a very quick & secure fix.
2/26/2012 , 
valerie  l.
It's hysterical to see the flak that innocent little shallots got...What's the big deal if shallots were suggested? Have the people slamming them acutally used them? I clearly see real chefs commenting or those who really enjoy the art that is culinary and the "hamburger helper"/velveeta/"do I have to cook again?" ilk on here...like I said hysterical.
2/23/2012 , 
Gary  V.
Absolutely loved the clothespin Idea. What a wonderful tip. Thank you.
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