Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cleaning Basket Organization

Below are a few photos of my cleaning basket. It holds the essentials for easy toting during cleaning days. A homemade all purpose cleaner, Windex, Bleach, Homemade Air Freshner, Stainless cleaner, Stove top cleaner (we have a glass top) and Wood polish.

After trying many homemade cleaners I discovered that no recipe could top store bought windex, bleach, stainless/stove cleaner and Old English wood polish. However the All purpose cleaner works wonderfully along with my Homemade Cleaner and Toilet Wipes (Wipes Link Click here).

I try to keep my cleaner collection simple. At one time I had every kind of cleaner imaginable (scubbing bubbles, clr, soap scum, wood floor cleaners, etc. etc) but have discovered bleach works well to knock most stains/growths out and vinegar works amazingly on wood floors. Long story short my small arsenal of cleaning supplies seem to work for us. I would like to replace the purple carry basket one day.....

And why can't they make brushes and dusters in neutral colors? What is it with making cleaning tools bright blue, lime green, orange....blah! ;)

Made the labels using silhouette sd and vinyl. Bottles are from Big Lots, as are the hideous lime green cleaning tools ;).

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Recipe:
3 tbls Vinegar
1/2 tsp Washing Soda
1/2 tsp Castille Soap
10 drops Lavendar essential oil
2 cups hot water

Bleach Mixture: 1/4 bleach, 3/4 water

Air Freshner: 4 cups Water with 20 drops of perfume oil (found in soap section of Hobby Lobby). I'm not a big air freshner person since Scentsy Warmers came into my life ;) However I keep some on hand to spray trash cans and there is always a can of Lysol close by for disinfecting.

Below are a few homemade recipes that work pretty good for me however not as good as store bought. Give them a try they may work well enough for you.

Furniture Polish:
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Castille Soap
1/4 cup Vinegar
Fill rest of container with water (may need to add more or less depending on container size)

Stove Cleaner:
2/3 cups Dawn dishwashing liquid
2/3 cups ammonia
6 tbsp baking Soda
2 cups warm water

*All recipes were found from other websites over the years, if you recognize one please let me know so I can add a link and give proper credit, thanks!*


  1. Where did you get your bottles and labels?

    1. Spray bottles are Casablanca from Big Lots and I've seen them at Tuesday Morning stores too. $2 each locally but online they're about $6 (cute but wouldn't recommend since the sprayers have a tendency to break). The squirt bottles are Hobby Lobby. I cut the labels from vinyl using a Silhouette SD.

  2. I totally agree with you regarding cleaning tools in neutral colors!!

  3. Nice input! This is a good way to organize the cleaning basket. The labels on bottles are looking very cool and very essential.Sometimes, when we are in hurry without the proper cleaning product labels, it takes plenty of time to identify the one we are looking for.


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