Since having a baby, and that baby becoming a mobile, everything-goes-into-his-mouth toddler, I have been more committed to natural cleaning products.
Before doing some research, it always seemed overwhelming to make my own cleaning products. However, I found that so many of the cleaners share ingredients, and once you get your recipes & supplies on hand, you can keep up your cleaners easily!
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The Capsule Cleaning Supply Kit
So, I want to introduce you to what I call a “capsule cleaning supply kit”. My personal goal in creating a kit was to:
- Meet my kitchen, laundry, and household cleaning needs with *mostly* natural ingredients. The recipes below may include some ingredients that you would like to exclude – but most are simple, nontoxic substances.
- Use ~10 items to create these cleaners, with no recipe taking longer than a few minutes to assemble.
To get started assembling your own kit, these are the “ingredients” you’ll need:
- Washing soda*
- Baking soda*
- Sea or table salt
- Citric acid (powder)*
- Baby OxiClean powder*
- Liquid castile soap (brands vary in scent*)
- Cleaning vinegar*
- Rubbing alcohol*
- Cornstarch (can pick up at any grocery store* but Aldi is my fav!)
- Olive oil* (same as above)
- Essential oils (lemon, orange, tea tree, lavender, or others according to your preference– this is my all-time favorite, budget-friendly, but high-quality set*)
Cleaning Possibilities & Recipes
With this set of supplies, you can mix, match, and combine to make different cleaners! My preferred recipes are linked below for your convenience:
- All-purpose cleaner
- Dawn & vinegar bathroom cleaner (also great as a “degreaser” for any oily messes or grease splatters in the kitchen!)
- Glass cleaner
- Dusting spray
- Disinfecting spray (I use recipe #1, and substitute rubbing alcohol for vodka. This is also great for stainless steel!)
- Dishwasher detergent (powder) & simple rinse agent
- Laundry detergent (powder) — This particular recipe is recommended for sensitive skin and/or cloth diapers, which is why I chose it.
- Fabric softener – just 1-2 ingredients!! I will note that some sources recommend using table or sea salt, NOT Epsom.
Once you’ve chosen your recipes, download this free recipe card (no email address required!) to keep all your instructions on-hand with your supplies!
Cleaning Supply Kit Storage
The most important factors in storing these cleaners are:
- Having a good spray attachment for the liquid cleaners
- Making sure the powdered cleaners are moisture-free (to prevent hardening, or worse, molding)
Personally, I LOVE these brown glass spray bottles* on Amazon. I’ve been surprised with how durable and easy-to-use they are, despite being glass, and the spray nozzle is really nice. They are a great price on Amazon and have been perfect for my homemade cleaners!
For the powdered items, I tend to repurpose coffee cans, oatmeal canisters, or large plastic containers with handles. If you want or need to purchase some containers, these look like they would be perfect* especially if you wanted a few to match!*
Also – for more cleaning, organization, and storage products, check out my favorite, budget-friendly brilliant products on Amazon!
If you are working to streamline your cleaning routines and save time around your house, don’t miss out on these resources!