If you have read any other my other DIY cleaner posts you will know that I am very passionate about my cleaners!
I’ve always been very fond of keeping things clean but also been frustrated at the fumes and chemicals that I thought I had to expose myself to in order to do it. Adding children to the mix only increased that frustration!
So my first thought was to try to buy more natural products…but let’s just say that I soon realized that most truly natural lines didn’t fit into our one income budget.
But then I started researching and discovered DIY cleaners that could be made for pennies and do just as good of a job! This homemaker’s dream had been realized!!
So one by one I have been sharing them with you and still have a couple more to go. But I thought I would take a minute to share with you another exciting development…I have taken my dream cleaners and developed a dream storage system for them! And I simply must tell you about it!
Keeping Cleaners Clean
If I were to ask you what your cleaner cupboard looks like right now things would probably get a bit awkward. If it is anything like mine used to be it is actually one of the dustiest, most disorganized, DIRTIEST storage places in the home! How ironic is that!
Now I’m not saying that storing them in a dusty, dirty closet makes your cleaners less effective…it just takes away from some of the joy of this amazing DIY cleaner transformation!
It can also be intimidating to tackle a new cleaning project when you have to rummage through all the cleaners that you have purchased in the last 10 years in order to find what you are looking for.
Another benefit that I have seen come from these DIY cleaners is that they are much less “specialized”…or in other words, each DIY cleaner that I have made has replaced 2-5 store-bought cleaners because when you have less harsh chemicals it is able to be used on more surfaces.
But if you never organize you cleaner storage space you will never reap the benefit of needing less cleaners!
The Storage Space Reveal!
When I transform storage spaces I have the same goal as when I pick out DIY cleaner recipes: Do the best job for the least amount of money. For this complete transformation I believe I spent less then $1.50!
The first step is to COMPLETELY empty out your current cleaner cupboard. EVERYTHING needs to come out and ONLY what is NECESSARY should stay! Pick up every cleaner and ask, “Can one of my DIY cleaners do the same job that this cleaner does?” If the answer is yes – chuck it!
Now you should only have the cleaners that don’t overlap in their purposes. Take those cleaners and wipe them all down if they have any buildup on the outside.
If you have made several DIY cleaners and have them in different shaped/colored bottles then this next task is easier.
But I found that the cheapest bottles were your average matching spray bottle from Walmart for $0.98 each and so it was not super easy to know which cleaner did what by simply glancing at them. So my sweet husband wrote the name in big letters on the outside of each bottle and drew a corresponding picture so that finding the cleaner we need couldn’t be easier!
And the final step is to get a $1 curtain rod from Walmart and find a spot in your laundry/storage room to hang it. Then hang your cleaners on it and – Presto! – you have a perfectly clean, organized, and easy storage system!
I must say: Being fully stocked with natural cleaners that are proven to be effective and will always stay organized and clean = true homemaking satisfaction!