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.
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 (shameless plug, of course)
- 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
- castile soap – my favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange
- water – distilled or boiled and cooled
- essential oils
- microfiber cloths
- hydrogen peroxide and alcohol – I keep these in the medicine cabinet and use them as needed
Have you ordered my book The Organically Clean Home?