What are supply requirements? Are any supplies banned or certified for use? What can I not use?

Last updated 3 months ago

The minimum supplies you need to bring to a cleaning are:
  • Working full vacuum cleaner.  Hand vacuums, or convertible hand vacuums like the Dirt Devil Stik are not enough, as they do not have the power to handle large cleaning jobs.
  • Mop with a removable/washable head (anything that can be replaced between locations, so you do not use the same mop across multiple locations without washing).
  • All Purpose Cleaner (rated C or greater from EWG)
  • Window Cleaner (rated C or greater from EWG)
  • Cleaning clothes/sponges
  • Anything else you deem safe and appropriate  (rated C or greater from EWG)
Any supply where you and the client agree to use, can be used.  So there is never a situation where you are not allowed to use something you and the client want to use.  Here are some example Cleaning Kits that have been certified: https://slimfaq.com/faqs/tidy/1373-tidy-equipment-and-the-rental-program/17920-example-cleaning-kits

However, without prior consent any supplies must be rated C or higher by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) OR on our approved list:
https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

Examples of approved items include the following:
  • Most Method Products
  • Most Honest Products
  • Dazz All Purpose Cleaner
  • Dazz Glass Cleaner
  • Dazz Bathroom Cleaner
  • Sterns Neutral Cleaner
  • Mrs. Meyers products
  • Green Works Multi Surface Cleaner
  • Green Works Bathroom Cleaner
  • Simple Truth Organic All Purpose Cleaner
  • Legacy of Clean Glass Cleaner
  • The Amazing Whip-It
These are only approved when following instructions.  For example, any concentrated products must be diluted properly.

Here are some example items that have been reviewed and are not certified for use without the client's consent:
  • Bleach
  • Items containing bleach
  • Cleaning products that are rated D or below by the EWG
  • 409
  • LA's Totally Awesome Products
  • Fabuloso Products
  • Frosh products
  • Ajax
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Easy-Off
  • Windex (Except for Vinegar Based One)
  • Legacy of Clean (Except for Glass  Cleaner)
  • Sprayway Glass Cleaner
  • Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner


You are the professional, and can use the products you want.  "Certified" simply means that:
  • TIDY will cover unintentional damage caused by that product.
  • Clients generally are happy with the safety and "green" status of these products (although this cannot be guaranteed).  But in general we have found that the EWG's rating to be a reasonable predictor of their happiness.

What happens if I do not bring the minimum requirements?
Cleanings can be marked as a No Show if you do not bring the minimum requirements.