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DIY Homemade Cleaners : Nightly Sink Scrub

 

Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

My favorite DIY recipe is also my favorite nightly ritual – the Nightly Sink Scrub.  It’s a recipe I came up with a few years ago and it pretty much started my DIY cleaners obsession which also turned into my first book, The Organically Clean Home.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple to whip up and it does such a great job at giving the sink a little scrub, you’ll love it!  Did you know that the sink is pretty much the dirtiest spot in your whole home?  Another reason to give it a nightly scrub!

DIY Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!
  • sink safe scrub brush – I use this one and keep it under my sink in a vintage mason jar.  I can toss the head in the dishwasher to sanitize it as needed.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

  1. put baking soda in your container
  2. add essential oils to the top of the baking soda
  3. stir and combine with a kitchen knife
  4. wet your sink
  5. sprinkle liberally in your sink
  6. add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  7. scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  8. rinse thoroughly

Sink Scrub

I keep this jar and scrubber under the kitchen sink just for cleaning the sink – it’s convenient and easy to grab every night.

Nightly Sink Scrub Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

There you have it – a simple and effective DIY cleaning recipe to add to your repertoire!

Nightly Sink Scrub and Brush - Clean Mama

 

Nightly Sink Scrub - scrub rinse repeat - Clean Mama

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

DIY Disinfecting Spray Cleaner

Can natural ingredients really kill germs?  You bet! Here’s a great recipe for a safe and effective disinfecting spray cleaner.  It smells fresh and clean and it will get rid of germs in a hurry!

Gather the  ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties – you can substitute rubbing alcohol, but it will have a more medicinal scent)
  • 15 drops essential oil – peppermint + lemon OR lavender + lemon are great in this recipe
  • glass spray bottle 

Please note: Vinegar should not be used on granite or marble because the acid may etch the surface.  Here’s my favorite granite and marble spray recipe.

Once you’ve mixed up your disinfecting spray you can spray away.  I like to spray all surfaces thoroughly, let it sit for about 10 minutes (to kill germs), and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.  In the bathroom it’s important to avoid any cross-contamination so I wipe in this order with separate cloths – mirror, sink, tub/shower, toilet.  Go to this post for my 15 minute bathroom cleaning strategy.  If you’re using this spray in the kitchen, the same rules apply for cross-contamination – use separate cloths for separate areas.  No rinsing is required with this recipe.

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you money and better than that, it’s so much better for you and your family!  Go here to see more posts with my favorite DIY cleaning recipes.

DIY Cleaners to the Rescue

One walk down the aisles at your local grocery or big box store and you will see a huge variety of cleaners promising different things. A quick peek at the ingredient list and you will likely see numerous unpronounceable chemicals, artificial additives and scents or even toxicity warnings.

If you haven’t dipped your toes in to the world of DIY cleaners, today may just be the day. You will find cleaners with minimal ingredients that you can actually pronouce and may just already have in your home. Only essential oils are used to scent and you can easily customize with your favorite oils or combinations. The bonus? They are literally pennies to make an entire bottle.

Psst…the bar mop towels, spray bottles, clear mason jars, and cleaning recipe labels can all be found in Clean Mama Home.

Try one (or all!) of these DIY cleaners and let me know what you think. Happy cleaning!

Nightly Sink Scrub

I love to sprinkle this Nightly Sink Scrub in the sink and give a quick scrub at the end of the day to polish and clean.

Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray

This Marble and Granite Cleaning Spray beats any of the commercial cleaners I have tried. Bonus: it is incredibly inexpensive!

Soft Cleaning Paste

This Soft Cleaning Paste is ideal for bathrooms, tubs, tile and faucets and anywhere soap scum, water spots and grime reside.

All-Purpose Spray

Everyone needs an All-Purpose Spray for general cleaning and this one is it for me. I love that it is kid-safe so that little ones can help alongside me.

Glass and Mirror Spray

If you are new to the word of DIY cleaners, my Glass and Mirror Spray may just convert you for life. It works amazingly well and leaves behind no streaks or smears. It is perfect for windows too.

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage

I use this simple storage solution to keep all my ingredients for cleaners close at hand, uniform, and ready to use.

Love cleaning and DIY cleaners or just want a simplified approach to cleaning and homekeeping?  You’ll LOVE my new book Simply Clean – pre-order it now!

 

Sink Side Organization

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I love an organized sink!  Having a little sink side system and organization in place will help you  keep your sink neat and tidy.  Need a little inspiration for your sink?  I’ve put together a handful of sink organizing ideas – grab an idea and get started!

First of all, you need a couple items to get your sink organized.  Here are a couple ideas:

  1. Start with a tray – this will keep drips and water off your counter and it helps to contain your items to keep them organized.  Bonus: it looks cute!
    pictured are a plate from Target, a Fiesta bread tray, a small casserole from Crate&Barrel, and a small wood cutting board from Macy’s.trays-clean-mama
  2. container to hold scrubber and/or sponge – if you do a little or a lot of dish washing, you need some type of scrubber or sponge.  Save space by using vertical storage, choose wisely and make sure that whatever you use allows it air-dry between uses. Pictured are a narrow mason jar, a couple vintage creamers, and a vintage planter – I bet you have something  already.containers-clean-mama
  3. scrubber and/or sponge – every sink needs a scrubber – the type of dish washing you do will determine the scrubber you need.
    pictured are a bubble up, a glass cleaner (I use this for washing out the coffee pot), and a dish scrubberscrub-brushes-clean-mama
  4. hand soap, dish soap, counter spray – these 3 things are why you need a little sink side organization.  Use products that you love – I like having the scent coordinated and I enjoy using seasonal scents to bring a little festivity into the the kitchen.
    pictured are my granite cleaner and spray bottle, Caldrea Pear Blossom Agave and Mrs. Meyer’s holiday collection
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Once you have your sink side components it’s time to organize them.  Put them next to your sink and arrange them in a way that makes sense for you and your needs.  Add a kitchen towel and you’re all set! Don’t you just love a simple organization ‘project’?

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Do a little revamp of your sink or ‘doll’ it up for the holidays – either way, washing dishes will be a little easier on the eyes and your sink will stay organized a little longer!

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Three Kitchen Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making

Three Kitchen Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making - Clean Mama copy

Despite what commercials, ask advertisements and media may tell consumers, cleaners don’t need to contain toxic chemicals, unnatural scents or bright colors in order to clean well. In fact, the ideal cleaners can contain as few as three to five ingredients to be effective on just about any surface or for any need.

Kitchen cleaners can easily clutter your under the sink storage as well as bring some harsh and unnecessary chemicals in to your home. Today I am sharing three effective, cost efficient kitchen cleaners that are not only safe and incredibly affordable, but will also give their commercial brand competitors a run for their money. Still on the fence as to whether DIY cleaners are really all that they are hyped up to be? I challenge you to choose one of these cleaners and try it out for yourself. I think you will pleased with just how effective these natural kitchen cleaners are.

Nightly Sink Scrub

Nightly Sink Scrub and Brush - Clean Mama

I love using this sink scrub in the evening after the dishes are done and the sink is emptied. Works beautifully to shine up the sink as well as remove surface stains.

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) – This is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!
  • container with a lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!
  • sink safe scrub brush – I use this one and keep it under my sink in a vintage mason jar.  I can toss the head in the dishwasher to sanitize it as needed.

To Use:

  1. Put baking soda in your container
  2. Add essential oils to the top of the baking soda
  3. Stir and combine with a kitchen knife
  4. Wet your sink
  5. Sprinkle liberally in your sink
  6. Add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  7. Scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  8.  Rinse thoroughly

Sink Scrub

Marble and Granite Spray

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray on Counter

I am amazed by how wonderfully this stone cleaner works at a fraction of the price. One of my favorites!

  • 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap (if you want your spray to smell like your dish soap, use that)

TOOLS:

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • funnel – this just makes it easier to pour liquid ingredients into a spray bottle
  • spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!

 

All-Purpose Spray

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Mama

This cleaner works perfectly on just about any surface you can dream up (except for marble, granite, and stone because of the acidity/pH level). Even better, it’s kid friendly.

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon and clove is my favorite blend)

Ready to simplify your cleaning while keeping it safe and cost efficient? Try one or all three of these kitchen cleaners out today!

Check out this post for 3 BATHROOM cleaners you should stop buying and start making.

3 Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners : Fruit + Veggie Spray and Soak

Produce Spray + Soak - Naturally Clean Fruit and Veggies - Clean Mama

With the temperature starting to creep up, the produce selections are getting better and better. You may shop exclusively at your local grocery store, use a CSA for produce or have your own garden. No matter where your produce comes from, it is always wise to use a produce wash in order to remove excess dirt, pesticides and bacteria from the surface. Even organic produce may come in contact with safer pesticides so it is important to wash all your produce no matter what the source.

Fruit and Veggie Wash Ingredients

Wondering why I use what I use as ingredients in my produce wash? The apple cider vinegar serves to cut back on the bacteria and pesticides. Lemon juice is naturally anti-microbial so the combination of these two natural ingredients work in tandem to effectively clean your fruits and veggies. Cleaning your produce also helps to extend their freshness, especially if you wash it as soon as you bring it in to your home. Less waste and less money is a win in my book!

Fruit and Veggie Spray 2 - Clean Mama

I’m sharing with you two ways to clean your produce: a spray method and a soak method. The spray method is ideal for washing individual fruits and vegetables while the soak method works well for washing batches of produce or trickier produce like broccoli. You can use the same recipe found below, it’s just used in a different way. Regardless of what method you use, rest assured that your produce is cleaner thanks to two natural ingredients.

Fruit and Veggie Spray:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (I prefer fresh, but if you want to use prepared lemon juice (Costco has an organic lemon juice), make sure it’s only lemon juice, not any other ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup water

Add ingredients to a spray bottle (make sure it’s clean) and shake to combine. I like to use my glass spray bottles found here for this purpose.  I used a little washi tape and permanent marker to make an easy label.

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Spray liberally on fruits and vegetables and rinse in cold water. Prepare as usual.

Spray Fruit - DIY Fruit and Veggie Spray - Clean Mama

I recommend keeping this in the refrigerator for up to a month for optimal freshness. This recipe can easily be doubled or cut in half as well.

Store in the Refrigerator - Clean Mama

Fruit and Veggie Produce Soak:

Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup (amount depends on how much produce you’re washing) of the Fruit and Veggie Wash along with cold water in a large bowl or your freshly cleaned sink to soak your produce.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Soak 1- Clean Mama

Allow your produce to sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This works great for all those fresh berries come summer and the vinegar will help them stay fresh longer.

DIY Fruit and Veggie Soak - Clean Mama

Need to mix up more or less produce wash?  You’ll notice that it’s equal parts water, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice – increase or decrease to fit your needs.

Fruit and Veggie Spray - Clean Mama

This recipe is from my book, The Organically Clean Home – find out more here!

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

8 Simple DIY Kitchen Cleaners + FREE Printable

Looking for some natural cleaners to clean your kitchen?  Today I’m sharing my 8 favorite DIY Kitchen Cleaners AND a free printable too!  Chances are you have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already, let’s put them to work.  It’s time to bust the common misconception that in order to clean well, you need chemical-laden cleaners to get the job done. Cleaners should contain ingredients that you can actually pronounce and be safe to use around your family, two important criteria that many common under the sink cleaners can’t meet. Try your hand at these natural and effective kitchen friendly DIY cleaners and see what a difference natural cleaners can make in your kitchen and home.

8 Simple DIY Cleaners - FREE Printable via Clean Mama

Download the 8 Simple DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes printable here

It’s time to take a closer look at your commercial kitchen cleaners and make the switch to safer alternatives. You’ll be surprised by just how well they work!

8 Simple DIY Cleaners - Clean Your Kitchen with Natural Ingredients - Free Printable via Clean Mama

If you like this FREE printable, check out my shop!

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Here are some other great DIY cleaners you might like – just click on the images to go to the posts….

3 Natural Odor Eliminators - DIY Recipes for Common Household Odors main via Clean Mama

How to Clean Woodwork and Cupboards via Clean Mama

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you like these DIY recipes and tips, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Note:  Always follow the instructions that come with your vacuum cleaner, this blog post is merely a guide.  Pictured and used in this post and in my home is the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy vacuum cleaner.  I love it and wholeheartedly recommend it!  The cinetic technology eliminates the need to replace filters, so that makes it much easier to clean and maintain.

Cleaning a vacuum cleaner seems more complicated than it actually is.  A couple tools and 15 minutes and you’ll have a clean and like new vacuum cleaner.  Try this simple step-by-step and you’ll most likely notice that your vacuum works better and runs more smoothly.  Do this little routine monthly and you’ll be extending the life of your vacuum cleaner.

Tools for Cleaning a Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Here’s what you need:

  • garbage bag
  • old scissors or seam ripper
  • cotton pads
  • rubbing alcohol
  • water source (I use the utility sink in the mud room)
  • cleaning cloth or paper towels

 

Step 1:  Empty the canister in a garbage bag or remove and dispose of vacuum cleaner bag – I recommend doing this outside or in your garage – the weather was not cooperating with me so these pictures were captured in my kitchen.

Empty Canister in a Garbage Bag via Clean mama

Step 2:  Take everything apart that can be taken apart to ensure you get everything cleaned properly.

Take Everything Apart via Clean Mama

Step 3:  Use a scissors or seam ripper to carefully cut hair/string/yarn/whatever is tangled up in the beater bar of your vacuum cleaner.

Use a Scissors to Cut Anything that's Tangled in the Beater Bar via Clean Mama

Step 4:  Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad and then rub that on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner to disinfect it.  This will dry instantly and disinfect your vacuum.  If this sounds a little extreme, it’s important to disinfect the bottom of the vacuum cleaner because that travels all over your house and is most likely the dirtiest part of the vacuum cleaner (next to what’s inside the canister or bag).  If you still aren’t convinced, here’s a true vacuum cleaner story to convince you.  When I was teaching I had a student (and her whole family) that kept getting the stomach flu every week.  This went on for over a month.  Their doctor finally figured out what was happening.  Someone had gotten sick on the carpet and it had been cleaned, but every time they vacuumed the germs got stirred up and they kept re-infecting themselves.  Soooo…that’s why I thoroughly clean my vacuum cleaner.

Wipe Bottom of Vacuum Cleaner with Rubbing Alcohol via Clean Mama

Step 5:  If you can wash or wipe out a canister, wash or wipe it.  Make sure it’s completely dry before you return it to the vacuum cleaner.  Take the time to wipe and clean the seals as well.

Wash Canister via Clean Mama

Step 6:  Completely wipe down the entire vacuum cleaner with a damp microfiber cloth.  You add a little spritz of your favorite all-purpose cleaner to the cloth to give it a little extra cleaning oomph if you’d like.

Dry Thoroughly Via Clean Mama

Step 7:  Change or clean any filters following the manufacturer’s directions.  Most filters can be washed/rinsed out, but make sure that it’s completely dry before returning it to your machine.  Mold can grow in the machine and you don’t want that.

Step 8:  Over the top tip – If you have any scuff marks from your woodwork, you can quickly remove scuff marks with rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad.  This is great if for any reason you want your vacuum cleaner to look like new – great idea for a garage sale spruce up.  You can apply this tip other places too – have a paint scuff on your car door (not a scratch or dent, a scuff), put a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and you’ll see the scuff disappear.

Remove Scuff Marks via Clean Mama

So what do you think?  When was the last time you cleaned your vacuum cleaner?  Ready to give your vacuum cleaner a deep cleaning?

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner Infographic via Clean Mama

Looking for more DIY posts?  Check these out!

How to Clean Any Kitchen Sink

How to Clean Any Kitchen Sink via Clean Mama

Several months ago, I asked you what some of your biggest cleaning conundrums were.  I’ve covered quite a few already in blog posts and will continue to sprinkle them in to upcoming posts as well. This week covers cleaning something that most of you have – a kitchen sink.  Whether yours is stainless or porcelain, cast iron or solid surface,  I’ve got you covered.

Cleaning your kitchen sink may not be the first thing on your agenda, but a simple scrub and rinse does wonders to improve the look of it. Whether your sink is stainless or porcelain, you don’t need any cleaners with harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients to get your sink sparkling clean.  You’d think for all the soapy water and washing that goes on in your sink that it would be perpetually clean, or at least cleaner. Between rinsing dirty dishes, hand washing and goodness-knows-what, sinks can get dirty and look pretty scummy.  My favorite method to cleaning any sink is a DIY scrub.  It’s a nightly ritual and something that I cap off a clean kitchen with at the end of the day.  Once you start making a simple scrub you’ll be hooked too.  Read on for now to make your own sink scrubs!

Stainless Steel:

This is one of my favorite DIY cleaners both for it’s ease and it’s effectiveness for removing debris and shining up your sink. I keep mine in a Ball jar under my kitchen sink and use it nightly after my dishes are done and the sink is empty for the night. Feel free to vary your essential oils to your preference or leave it unscented.

Nightly Sink Scrub (see the original post here):

2 cups baking soda
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
Squirt of dish or castile soap

Put the baking soda in a jar, add the essential oils and top the container. Give it a good shake to combine. Simply sprinkle up to 1/4 cup in your sink, add a squirt of dish soap and give it a good scrub using a scrub brush. Rinse well and air dry or wipe down a paper towel or dry cloth.

If you want to ‘shine’ your sink a little more, spray with your favorite glass cleaner and wipe clean.  Here’s the recipe for my Peppermint Glass and Mirror Cleaner.

Solid Surface Sink:

A solid surface sink is a great sink option because they don’t have crevices to clean and the pattern goes all the way through the sink so there isn’t much of a chance that it will scratch or that the scratch will show.  Cleaning this sink is a breeze and can be done with a simple sprinkle of my Nightly Sink Scrub and a little elbow grease.

Porcelain Sink:

Porcelain sinks can be scratched easily if you use too harsh of an abrasive, commercial cleaner. Baking soda is gentle enough to leave your sink unscratched but mighty enough to get it clean. Add the power of vinegar and it’s the perfect combo. Win-win! This is a one time use cleaner, so half the ingredients if you need just a bit. Feel free to vary your essential oil or leave it unscented.

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until you reach a paste-like consistency. Add more or less vinegar to reach your desired consistency. Apply to sink and use a scrub brush in a circular motion. Rinse well and dry with a paper towel or dry cloth to polish it up.

Cast Iron Sink:

Cast iron sinks are guaranteed to not chip and are extremely heavy and durable, but they can scratch and dull with scouring pads and the wrong abrasive cleaner.  Use the porcelain sink recipe for optimal cast iron cleanliness.

If you don’t want to use a DIY sink scrub, these are my favorites:

Favorite Kitchen Sink Scrubs via Clean Mama

BON AMI:
Bon Ami products can do a great job at removing rust, residue and stains with minimal fuss and work. Both come in a can in a powder format and soft scrub liquid – I recommend the original 1886 powder as it’s the safest version.  This powder works as a gentle, mild abrasive that scrubs without damaging surfaces. Dampen the surfaces as well as a sponge and scrub in a circular motion.  Rinse your sink really well when you are done in order to get all the cleaning residue off.

ECOVER:
If you prefer a soft scrub formula, Ecover has a great Cream Scrub that’s perfect for cleaning kitchen sinks.  Use a soft, damp sponge or microfiber cloth and scrub away.

I’ll continue to answer your cleaning conundrums in upcoming weeks, so keep an eye out for simple solutions to your biggest cleaning irritations.  Go here to see all the posts in this series.

Are you following me on Instagram?  I post my weekly cleaning routine – come follow along!

If you like these DIY recipes, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

Quick Clean : Lemon Disposal Cleaner

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you have a garbage disposal or kitchen drain you know it can get a little stinky from time to time.  I have a simple, 2 ingredient DIY solution that you can probably whip up today.  If you want to add this to your routine, use this weekly.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or in a jar)

Mix the baking soda and lemon juice together to make a pasty liquid.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

The liquid will start fizzing – quickly pour down the disposal.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner in drain via Clean Mama

Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.  Run cold water and turn on the disposal and run for up to a minute.  If you’re following along with the Spring Clean in 30 Challenge, this is today’s task – hooray!

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Curious how I clean my sink?  Check out this post for my Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – it’s probably my favorite DIY cleaning recipe!

If you like this DIY recipe, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

Save Time : Put Together a Mini Cleaning Caddy for the Bathroom + Recipe for DIY Peppermint Glass + Mirror Cleaner

Put together a Mini Bathroom Cleaning Caddy (plus Recipe for DIY Peppermint Glass + Mirror Cleaner) via Clean Mama

Yesterday I shared 4 tips to organize under the bathroom sink – today I’m going to show you a couple essentials that I keep in the cleaning caddy under the bathroom sink. I find it really helpful to keep a mini cleaning caddy in our bathrooms, I find that having a couple quick cleaning supplies at the ready for any little mess or just routine cleaning is a real time saver.  If I’m supervising bath or shower time I take a couple minutes to spray down counters and toilets to take advantage of a couple minutes of down time.  (Please consider the ages of your children if using this advice – never leave children unattended in a bath or shower.)

Put together a Mini Bathroom Cleaning Caddy via Clean Mama

Think about what supplies you use most or every time you clean the bathroom and put them together in a small caddy or container.  (I keep toilet cleaning supplies and shower cleaning supplies in separate containers.)  I always need/use a disinfecting cleaner, a glass and mirror cleaner, a scrub, microfiber cloths, and a magic eraser.

Supplies for a Bathroom Cleaning Caddy via Clean Mama

What’s in my Mini Bathroom Cleaning Caddy?

Not into making your own cleaning products?  Put your favorite disinfecting, glass cleaner, and scrub in your mini cleaning caddy for the same results.  Go here to see some of my favorite cleaning products.

How about a recipe for the Peppermint Glass and Mirror Cleaner?  With just a couple safe ingredients, you can have a quick drying, easy cleaning glass and mirror solution that smells great and cleans even better!

DIY Peppermint Glass and Mirror Cleaner via Clean Mama

Gather these ingredients, pour in your spray bottle, give it a little shake, and start wiping those mirrors and windows!

Peppermint Glass + Mirror Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

You can find this and 149 more DIY cleaning recipes in my book, The Organically Clean Home!

What do you do to make your bathroom cleaning a little easier?

Are you following me on Instagram?  I post my weekly cleaning routine – come follow along!

 

4 Tips to Organize Under the Bathroom Sink

4 Tips to Organize Under the Bathroom Sink

This week’s organizing (and cleaning) task is the BATHROOM SINK.  (September’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here).  Take a couple minutes this week to organize your under the bathroom sink this week – if you have more than one bathroom, choose the most-used or most desperate for a little organization.  I have 4 quick tips to organize under the bathroom sink and keep it that way!

4 Tips to Organize Under the Bathroom Sink via Clean Mama

CLEAN: Start by emptying out the space and wiping it clean.  Toss or donate anything that isn’t used regularly.

CONTAIN: Anything that’s left put it in a container.  If you have lots of items stored under your sink, separate and group them together and place them in a container.  I like using open plastic storage containers for easy access to products.  Keeping items contained also ensures that any leaky products won’t ruin your cabinets.

CLEANING CADDY: For me, the most important item under the bathroom sink is a mini cleaning caddy.  Keeping your most-used cleaning sprays and tools at the ready make it easier to spot clean a bathroom or completely clean it while little ones are doing baths or just when you happen to have a couple minutes.  (Go to this post to see what’s in my mini cleaning caddy AND grab a great DIY cleaning recipe.)

GARBAGE LINERS: Just a helpful hint – keep a small roll of garbage can liners (or 4 or 5 extras) in the bottom of your garbage can.  This is not only a time saver, but a mess saver.  Keeping the garbage cans lined keeps the mess in the bag – no more gum stuck to the bottom and sides of garbage cans.  (Or maybe that only happens at my house?)  It’s also helpful when colds and flu are going around to keep tissues a little easier to clean up.

Here are a couple other bathroom cleaning and organizing posts you might be interested in:

 

8 DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes (with Ingredients You Can Pronounce)

8 DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes (with Ingredients You Can Pronounce) via Clean Mama

It’s no secret that I love making and using DIY natural cleaners (heck, I wrote a book about them!) so today I thought it would be fun to round up some natural kitchen cleaners that you”ll love!  These recipes cover the kitchen sink, cutting boards, hardwood floors, and beyond – get ready to scrub up your kitchen with homemade cleaners!

  1. Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – say hello to a super shiny sink with this natural and gentle sink scrubber that works wonderfully to clean and remove surface stains. Via Clean Mama
  2. Liquid Dish Soap – ever looked at the back of your dish soap at the unpronounceable ingredients? Not only does this liquid dish soap work fantastically, it’s safe and non-toxic. Can’t beat that! Via Mommypotamus
  3. Wood Butter – bring new life to your wooden cutting boards, bowl, utensils and rolling pins with this nourishing wood butter. Just two ingredients! Via Creative Culinary
  4. Lemon Scented Glass Cleaner – get rid of those sticky fingerprint and nose prints on oven doors, patio windows and glass surfaces with this lemon powered glass cleaner. Via Ask Anna
  5. Homemade Cleaner Trio – this set of three homemade cleaners are perfect for gift giving (and keeping!) and scented with a refreshing duo of mandarin orange and lime. Includes labels too! Via Hostess with the Mostess
  6. Hardwood Floor Cleaner – clean your hardwood floors effectively with this natural and gently scented floor cleaner. Economical and no pickle smell! Via Clean Mama
  7. Granite Cleaner –  clean your granite countertops safely, easily, and thoroughly with this natural granite cleaner.  Works like a charm!  Via Clean Mama
  8. Homemade Goo Gone – remove pesky labels and sticky residue on bottles and containers with this goo gone. Not only does it work well, it’s natural and safe! Via Simple is Pretty

Go here for a FREE DIY Cleaning Recipe List printable!

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Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Today I’m sharing one of my most-used and favorite recipes – Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub.  I use this nightly as part of my ‘cleaning up the kitchen’ routine.  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

You’ll love this super simple concoction for Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub from The Organically Clean Home – it smells divine and is a great way to end the mountain of dishes accomplished.  You’ll love how the recipes are organized.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub Ingredients via Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar (anniversary edition), cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

I keep this jar under the kitchen sink and it doubles as an air freshener/odor absorber as well – there’s another way to use it in the book too.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

Step-by-Step Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?  Want to see more posts on DIY Cleaners?  Go here!

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5 Simple Kitchen Sink Ideas That Really Work!

5 Simple Kitchen Sink Ideas that Really Work! via Clean Mama

Feel like you spend a lot of time in the kitchen?  Whether it’s cooking, eating, washing dishes, cleaning up, or helping with homework, the kitchen is the hub of the home.  Today I’m sharing 5 super simple things that I do to keep the kitchen running smoothly.  I hope today’s post gives you an idea or two of some great ways to save time, save money, or just be a little more efficient in your kitchen.

Bar Mop Towels in a Glass Container via Clean Mama

I use bar mop towels to wipe up messes and counters – my favorites are these white ones from Target.  Add it up and it’s a huge cost savings if you switch from paper towels to these.  Want to read more about this process?  Go to this post.

All-Purpose Scrub - Clean Mama

 I keep a sink scrubbing brush under the sink.  I use it nightly with  this homemade scrub and soap to wash and ‘shine’ my sink.

Organize Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

Having the area under my kitchen sink organized is essential for me to keep the kitchen clean and tidy.  I try to keep it pretty and functional with a few tools like a lazy susan and a couple repurposed containers.

Keep Silverware in a Colander for Easy Rinsing and Washing - Clean Mama

Washing a lot of dishes or rinsing dishes for the dishwasher?  Put your silverware in a colander for easy rinsing or washing.  No silverware caught in the garbage disposal or down the drain and you won’t need to fish out a knife from the bottom of your sink.

Use Containers That You Love for Sponges + Soap - Clean Mama

Keeping sponges and scrubbers accessible, but also open to the air for easy drying and less microbial growth and cute is important to me.  I use a cute little vintage container for my sponges and a Fiesta tray to hold soap and dish soap.

How about you?  What would you add to this little  list?

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