April 14, 2014

How to Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy

Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy via Clean Mama

Want to get started making your own cleaners but not sure what you need? By taking a couple minutes to organize your supplies you’ll be ready to do a little cleaning anytime. Having your supplies organized and in one spot will help you save time and simplify your cleaning routine. If this is something you’ve already done, take a couple minutes this week to see if you need to add anything or if there’s something in your caddy that you aren’t using anymore. I’m going to show you how I put together my natural cleaning caddy today – in case you want to do the same – it makes it so much easier to DIY my own cleaning products if I have everything easily accessible.

  • Start by gathering your supplies in a tote, bucket, basket, or container. (The one pictured is from Homegoods.)  If your caddy is cute and functional there’s a better chance that you’ll use it, so choose something that fits your supplies and that you’ll enjoy using.
  • Put the caddy in a place where it’s easy to grab and access anytime you need it. I like to keep this general cleaning caddy in the mudroom and smaller cleaning caddies in the bathrooms to use on Mondays when I clean all the bathrooms, when I’m supervising bath time, or when it’s convenient. This helps save time running around gathering supplies because I have everything I need at the ready – no wasting time. Messy bathroom? Reach for the supplies in the bathroom cabinet, clean up the mess and move on. If I had to go to grab a caddy downstairs I would most likely get sidetracked by something else and not get back to the messy bathroom.

How to Put Together a DIY Cleaner Caddy via Clean Mama

If you’re looking to make your own cleaning products, keep your supplies in a bucket or container so everything is easily accessible. Here are the basics you’ll need (my sources are on the lower sidebar in my Amazon shop):

  • the perfect companion to making your own cleaning products? The Organically Clean Home
  • clean, empty spray bottles
  • labels – use washi tape, labels, or any other method you like. For me, a cute label makes me a little more excited to clean.
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • baking soda
  • washing soda
  • Borax
  • castile soap – my favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange
  • water – distilled or boiled and cooled
  • essential oils
  • microfiber cloths
  • sponges
  • hydrogen peroxide and alcohol – I keep these in the medicine cabinet and use them as needed

DIY Cleaning Resources via Clean Mama

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