Home Hacks: 10 Must-Try DIY Cleaning Supplies
Here at Brit + Co., we believe that the future home can also be a frugal home. So we keep our ear to the ground for time-saving tricks and cash-friendly hacks that help make your pad chic and super smart. Our latest find: DIY cleaning supplies. They’re nothing new, but fresh off of mixing our own cold remedies, we’re feeling up to another made-totally-at-home challenge. With just a bit of elbow grease and products you probably already have laying around your pad, you can get your living space so fresh and so clean on the cheap. Start with these 10 must-try home cleaning basics.
1. Dish Soap: Refresh your senses while you remove grease and grime with this four ingredient DIY dish soap that includes a mix of your fave essential oils. Brownie points for the mason jar pump! (via Doterra Blog)
2. Bathroom Cleaning Wipes: You guys, these lemon scented surface wipes are stored in a custom silver tub that keeps its contents fresh and amps up the look of your bathroom at the same time. Genius home hack. (via Savvy Sugar)
3. Grapefruit and Kosher Salt Tub Cleaner: This DIY is as simple as they get: slice a grapefruit in half, sprinkle with salt, and scrub a dub dub that tub. As this blogger notes, you can use this method to clean sinks, toilets, and tile too—I’ve tried the hack on my wooden butcher block with a lemon (smaller surface, smaller citrus) and loved the results. (via Apartment Therapy)
4. Furniture Polish: Making a wood furniture polish is exactly the same as making a vinaigrette for your favorite salad. No joke—add white vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil into a small plastic squeeze bottle and prep it for use with a vigorous shake. (via Savvy Sugar)
5. Glass Cleaner: A basic DIY glass cleaner recipe gets a boost from essential oils for scent and dish soap for shine, making this your go-to for streak-free windows and mirrors. Stamp out the label for your spray bottle to add a charming handmade touch. (via New Nostalgia)
6. Garbage Disposal Cubes: These vinegar and lemon chunk ice cubes are not for your drink (yuck)—they’re for your sink! Well, your garbage disposal, specifically. Consider these its favorite breath mints ;) (via WikiHow)
7. Dry Carpet Cleaner: Smelly carpets are no match for this easy homemade carpet cleaner. Simply sprinkle it over the culprit carpet and let it sink in before it’s vacuumed up. Don’t worry, this eco-friendly recipe is pet and baby-safe. (via Savvy Sugar)
8. Laundry Soap: Next time you run out of detergent, give this tried and true DIY recipe go. This blogger gives it two thumbs up in her one year-later review—it’s cheap to make, it’s long-lasting, and it’s great for sensitive skin. (via Liz Marie Blog)
9. Felted Wool Dryer Balls: This might be the cutest way to banish chemicals from your laundry routine. Add a drop of essential oil to these adorable wool-felted balls that wick moisture from your wet clothes and reduce static in the direr. (via Petals to Picots)
10. All-Purpose Cleaner: Finally, the big poppa of home cleaning supplies is given a DIY makeover. Borax and lemon juice tag team to disinfect and deodorize in this all-in-one cleaner that’s scented with a sprig of rosemary. (via Savvy Sugar)
Do you DIY your own cleaning supplies? What recipes really work? Any fantastic one we missed? Tell us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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