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10 Essential Household Items you should have in the Shopping List

When you are shopping for household items the list can be rather long at times. While not all of the items on the list are important, these ten items are essential and should definitely be on your shopping list.


Dry Rations

It's always safe to stock up on dry rations. If you are the type of person that enjoys home cooked meals, then it is a must that your kitchen cupboards are stocked with all sorts of dry rations. Dry rations such as rice, lentils, dhal, noodles, pastas, and even flour are, therefore, are essential for your household and should find their place on any shopping list for household items.



Well, there's no better way to put this – every household simply needs to have sugar in it. Be it for sweetening your morning cup or tea, making some yummy desserts, or for adding just a hint of sweetness to you curries, sugar comes in handy in multiple instances. So make sure you include sugar in your shopping list – unless, of course, you are trying to get off the sugars!



A home isn't exactly "home" if it doesn't have a proper supply of toiletries. Therefore, make sure that your monthly shopping list of household items includes everything from toothbrushes to soap to hair conditioner. We all know just how annoying it can be to not have your preferred toiletries, so having a stock of toiletries is always a good bet to avoid that feeling.



On the theme of cleanliness, makes sure your shopping list includes cleaner so that your household is spick and span. Remember that cleaners come in all forms these days, so it is vital that you pick a brand that is suitable to your needs. Don't forget to get cleaner for all your cleaning needs too – floor cleaning, dish washing, and toilet cleaning.



Most households start with a cup of milk tea, milk coffee, porridge with milk, or cereal with milk. Thus, it is fairly undisputed that milk constitutes an essential item for a household. Be it milk power or pasteurized fresh milk, your household sure needs its milk. Therefore, including a weekly supply of milk into your shopping list is definitely a smart move. Convenient stores such as Keells Super, which also provides online shopping in Sri Lanka, offer a range of brands of milk and dairy products.


Trash Bags

Proper waste disposal is essential in maintaining a clean household, and the first item in terms of waste disposal trash bags. You might need to sort out of your trash into separate piles for recycling purposes and garbage collection regulations, and this is sure to be much easier if you have a stock of trash bags ready.


Basic First-Aid

Aspirin, plasters, anti-histamines, surgical spirits, cotton-wool, and cough-syrup – these are essential items for any household. Let's face it, no one has the time to run to the doctor for every little thing, so it is advisable that you have a basic first-aid kit which has the above mentioned items.


Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener

Everyone loves freshly washed clothes which soft and fragrant. So make sure that laundry detergent is added to your shopping list, as well as a fabric softener of your choice. Not only will your clothes be clean, you will feel fresh just wearing them!


Toilet Paper

It may seem obvious, but then again it's often the obvious things that we miss, right? So to avoid any unpleasant experiences in the washroom add a monthly supply of toilet paper to your shopping list!


Vegetables and Meats

Lastly, but certainly not the least, is your vegetable and meats. Include the details of all the vegetables and meats and their quantities into your shopping list. It's much better to take the trouble to make a detailed list because it beats making a second trip to the store, any day!