Cleaning can be a daunting task, but there isn't much we can do to get around doing it, right? To make cleaning a little easier, it's a good idea to put together an organized cleaning caddy to help coral your cleaning supplies and keep everything you need handy while you move from room to room cleaning.
Today is the first day of the 4 Week Cleaning and Organizing Challenge that Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage and I put together, and I am so excited to get started! If you haven't checked out our cleaning and organizing challenge and downloaded our Free Printable Cleaning Checklist, check it out HERE!
We thought that it may be a good idea to start off by gathering our cleaning supplies so that going forward it would make cleaning a little easier! Having a nice, organized cleaning caddy with all of your supplies will help to corral your cleaning supplies so you have everything you need within arms reach while tackling your chores. I'll provide a list of the items in my caddy (or similar items) along with links in case you'd like to order any of them within the post. Most of these items can be found in store as well!
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What Can You Use as a Cleaning Caddy?
The first thing you will need is something to house your cleaning supplies. I found this metal caddy with a handle at Homegoods! There are so many different things that you can use as your cleaning caddy, and I suggest looking around your home to see if you already have something first. You can use a basket with a handle, a bucket, a store bought cleaning caddy or you can even keep all your cleaning supplies in a basket or container that doesn't necessarily have a handle and store it under your kitchen sink or in your pantry. The idea is mostly just to have all of your cleaning items in one place instead of spread out in different areas.
Here are a couple of cleaning caddy ideas available on Amazon.com...
How to Stock Your Cleaning Caddy
Start with your cleaning solutions! Grab your favorite cleaning solutions and place them in your cleaning caddy first. I prefer using my own homemade cleaners because they are non-toxic and frankly, I think they work better than store bought cleaners, but you should use the products that you love most in your cleaning caddy!
What I Have in My Cleaning Caddy
These are the homemade versions...if you are interested in making any of your own cleaning solutions, simply click the cleaner to get the recipe below! Most of these cleaners are made with 3 or less ingredients and the supplies used to make them are interchangeable.
- All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
- Grease Cleaning Spray
- Window and Glass Cleaner
- Sink and Tub Scrub (also known as Soft Scrub)
- Toilet Cleaner
- Soap Scum Busting Tub and Shower Cleaning Spray
Free Printable Labels for Homemade Cleaners
If you are making your own homemade cleaners, it's super important to make sure you label them properly. To make this easier, I created THESE Free Printable Labels for Homemade for Homemade Cleaners! They are super cute and come in 18 different options!
The next thing you'll need are what I like to call my cleaning helpers. My most used cleaning tool is definitely microfiber cleaning cloths. They do not scratch surfaces, remove dust instead of just moving it around, leave windows and mirrors streak free and are also great to use on stainless steel appliances. I love green scrubbers (scour pads) for cleaning my kitchen sink, stovetop and pots and pans. I always have at least one Mr. Clean Magic eraser handy to remove scuff marks on various surfaces along with crayon marks on walls. I typically like to keep a couple of scrub brushes on hand as well for cleaning tile and our shower, bathtubs and around toilets.
If you are looking to purchase any of these items, you can find them here...
One of the more recent additions to my cleaning caddy is this amazing microfiber dusting mop! It makes dusting a breeze and I don't even use any dusting spray with it. I found mine at Homegoods, but Amazon has a set of 3 for under $7.00 HERE.
Last but definitely not least is this super handy window blind cleaner tool! I found this one on Amazon, but you can easily make your own using a pair of kitchen tongs and microfiber cloths...find the tutorial HERE!
I hope these ideas help you get your cleaning caddy stocked and organized to help make cleaning a little more tolerable!