If you’re like me and you’re a little late getting started on your “spring” cleaning (hey! It’s not TECHNICALLY summer for more than a week!) today’s post will help you get a jump on it! I’m sharing my go-to homemade cleaning products and how I organize them to streamline my cleaning routine.
I have done posts about a LOT of homemade cleaning solutions over the years…but the three I keep in my cleaning caddy at all times are the ones I’m sharing today, along with my favorite tools.
Homemade Cleaners Caddy
What you’ll need:
- spray bottles
- microfiber cloth
- magic eraser
- pumice stone
- baking soda
- diy glass cleaner
- diy dusting spray
- diy all-purpose bathroom cleaner
Of course this list doesn’t comprise every single thing I use to clean every part of my home…but it covers MOST of it.
A cleaning caddy similar to mine can be found at most dollar or discount stores, or on Amazon. It’s great for transporting your most used tools and treatments around to the different rooms of your house. I wouldn’t get one much bigger than this because it will become too heavy and awkward to tote around.
Your spray bottles can also be from the dollar store, but I like to use essential oils in a lot of my cleaning products (which can degrade plastic) so I use regular glass mason jars and replace the lids with these sprayer tops that I found on Amazon from MasonJars.com. They work great and look pretty. :-)
Unlike traditional cloths and mops that tend to smear dirt and grime around, microfiber actually gets underneath the dirt and germs, lifting them from the surface and trapping them until laundered. It’s also very absorbent and can hold up to seven times its weight in moisture and is safe on all surfaces. Click here to read more about: Cleaning With Microfiber Cloths.
If you haven’t been introduced to the MAGIC of magic erasers…it’s time to remedy that! These rectangles of Melamine foam are amazingly versatile and definitely live up to their name; they are like magic. They work with plain water and have virtually unlimited uses both inside and outside of your home. Learn more about The Many Uses Of Magic Erasers.
Toilet bowl stains can be extra tough sometimes. If your regular cleaning products can’t seem to get rid of them, try a pumice stone. This small piece of volcanic rock gets rid of stubborn rust rings and restores the sparkle to your porcelain throne. Pumice stones can be used on most porcelain surfaces, including bathtubs and sinks. Check out this post for lots more uses for this versatile rock: 10 Handy Household Uses For A Pumice Stone.
Baking soda is another natural powerhouse cleanser! It’s non-toxic, effective (yet mild enough to use on most household surfaces,) readily available, and CHEAP! I also use a mason jar to store my baking soda and use a pour top from MasonJars.com.
Baking soda is an effective substitute for scrubbing cleansing powders, and it’s also useful for things you’d never think of! Check them out here: The Countless Uses For Baking Soda (Besides Baking).
DIY Glass Cleaner
This homemade cleaner EASILY cuts through the grease and grime and makes the windows and mirrors SHINE in no time flat!
- Empty gallon jug (I used one of my favorite re-purposing containers…a Minute Maid OJ jug).
- 1/2 cup ammonia
- 16 oz. rubbing alcohol
- 1 teaspoon blue Dawn dish detergent
Fill the empty gallon jug 1/2 full of water. Add the above ingredients, adding the Dawn last, so it doesn’t lather too much when pouring in the other ingredients. After adding the ingredients, finish filling the jug with water until it’s full. Gently shake jug to thoroughly mix ingredients, then pour some into your spray bottle.
If you’re looking for an all natural glass cleaning formula…try this solution that also works great on stubborn water spots.
DIY Dusting Spray
While a microfiber cloth all by itself usually will take care of the dust in my house, there are occasions when a dusting spray is called for. Like when there are streaks of grease or dirt MIXED IN with the dust.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar (cuts through grease and grime & disinfectants)
- 2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)
- 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil* (makes your home smell naturally fresh and clean!)
- Spray bottle
Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake well to mix.
Because oil and water don’t mix, be sure to shake before each use to help distribute all the ingredients. Spray directly on furniture and buff it off with a clean, dry cloth.
DIY All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner
This homemade bathroom cleaner will get your bathroom as clean as any of those expensive & toxic commercial cleaners.
- 2 tablespoons castile soap
- 1 teaspoon Borax
- 1 teaspoon of washing soda
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups hot water
- 25-30 drops of essential oil (Tea Tree, Grapefruit, or Eucalyptus would be good.)
- 24 oz spray bottle
Mix the castile soap, Borax, washing soda, and vinegar in a large bowl or measuring cup. Slowly add the water and stir. Allow it to cool and then add some essential oils. Using a funnel pour it into the spray bottle.
When cleaning the loo, the METHOD is just as important as the ingredients. Check out this post for a step-by-step guide: How To Clean Your Toilet. For a step-by-step guide to cleaning your ENTIRE bathroom, check out How To Clean Your Bathroom Like A Pro.
Now you have everything you need to clean almost everything in your home in one handy place! An idea that would also make a great housewarming gift too! :-)