DIY Minimalist Cleaning Supplies
Simplifying our cleaning supplies has had a huge impact on how I clean our home. Now it is fast, easy, and we save a ton of money by not repurchasing various speciality cleaning items for each different area in our home. I also love how clean the cabinet underneath our sink looks!
I try to keep things as natural as possible and create DIY products when I can. I keep almost everything in a bucket that I can easily tote around our house depending on where it is needed. The following is a list of all the cleaning supplies I keep on hand and some DIY recipes. I’ve found that white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon essential oil are staples and are amazing for almost any mess.
Minimalist Cleaning Supplies
DIY All Purpose Cleaner
I make an all purpose cleaner inspired by this recipe from my lovely friend Stacy over on Instagram: Citrus Infused All-Purpose Cleaner. It is the best! You can use the recipe as is - occasionally I will put a few pumps of dish soap and/or a few drops of lemon essential oil to cut the vinegar smell. I use this all-purpose cleaner for everything. All surfaces in our home get wiped down with this + I even use it on our mirrors. My favorite way to use it is to simply spray it all over our floors or a stubborn spot before I run over it with the steam mop. Highly recommend saving your lemon peels - it is so cheap + so much safer to use with babies crawling around.
I sprinkle baking soda in our sinks + bathtub and spray the all purpose cleaner over it to create a paste (and fun chemical reaction) to scrub those areas down. The same method can be used for your oven - after making a paste, put your oven on a low/warm temp for a few minutes and wipe away clean! I always have a jar full of baking soda next to our sink.
DIY Fabric Cleaner
I found this recipe from Joybird that works specifically for the fabric on our couch: Natural Cleaning Products for Furniture. I use this often now that we have a toddler around the house and it works great.
Lemon Essential Oil
This is great mixed in with the all purpose cleaner recipe, but I also love to use it directly on really tough messes as well.
So cheap and effective. The smell is intense, but the money saved and simplicity it provides wins for me every time.
This is a soap concentrate that you can use for almost anything in your home. Since you have to dilute it, it lasts forever. It has so many recipes right on the bottle - the main one I use is for our hand soap. I will put a small amount in our soap dispensers and fill to the top with water. If I’m feeling fancy I might add a few essential oils to mix up the scent. You can use this on your floors, laundry, or even as a shower gel. It is so versatile and I love having it around.
Because sometimes all natural cleaning supplies can’t do the job that bleach can. If you know of any healthier alternatives, let me know. But I do think it’s important to sanitize certain spots of your bathroom.
Other areas of our home that I have simplified in relation to cleaning include our dish towels and rags. I keep a very limited number and run them through the wash often. We’ve stopped purchasing paper towels and I’ve found these IKEA dishtowels work great for being multipurpose around the home.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the different cleaning products for sale. There are a few brands that just smell so good and they sell me on the scent and cute packaging alone. But I’ve found with having a few key items stashed underneath our sink, I am able to create a lot of different cleaning supplies for our home that work just as well (or better) + smell amazing too.
Let me know if you simplify your cleaning supplies over on Instagram!
Gathre Bib in Ginger
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