Cheap DIY Cleaning Kit!


Building your own DIY cleaning kit? Let us show how you can do it on the cheap!

Basic Must-Have Cleaners

Let us introduce you to the “ketchup, mustard and relish” of cleaning!

1. All-purpose cleaner is great because it can tackle most cleaning jobs. All you need is soap and water.

2. You will need a glass and mirror cleaner to wipe down all of the reflective surfaces of your home where you don’t want soap streaks. For this will use one-part vinegar to one-part water.

3. Last but not least, you will need a disinfectant to clean areas where heavy bacteria growth happens, like bathrooms and kitchens. You can make your own using one part rubbing alcohol or surgical spirts and adding 10 drops of essential oils to the mix.

Extra Goodies to Have Handy

1. Baking soda is a safe and cheap way to deodorize. It is also pretty abrasive. Mix it with a little dish soap and you have a thick scrubbing paste you can use to cut through soap scum, grime and scuffs.

2. Dish soap is super versatile, so you will find yourself mixing it into a lot of cleaning concoctions.

3. Rubbing alcohol will take care of any sticky messes, so it is also great to have around. A small spray bottle is great way to store it for cleaning uses.

4. Hydrogen peroxide is your go-to for stains.

The Tools You Will Need

1. Keep a squeegee tool for mirror and glass surfaces where you want that streak-free shine.

2. To get into little nooks and crannies you will want something small and tough like a cleaning toothbrush. The little bristles are excellent for scrubbing away dirt. Be sure to clean it between uses.

3. A scratching tool is something you will grow to rely on for scrapping away those stubborn bits of grit that just refuse to scrub away.

4. Combat the transference of bacteria from one place to another with disposable gloves. They will keep the bacteria from spreading and keep your hands protected.

5. Hair and fluff are inevitable, especially if you have a pet. Add a lint roller to your kit so you can tidy up your cushions and fabrics.

6. You will want to get your hands on a little measuring cup. Not only is it great for storing your other tools, but it is perfect for mixing up your DIY cleaning solutions.

7. Colour-coded sponges. Sponges are a no-brainer, but if you want to stay extra diligent about stopping the spread of bacteria, dedicate a separate sponge to your kitchen and one to your bathroom.

8. Disposable wipes probably shouldn’t be your number one cleaning tool, but having a few on hand for cleaning the toilet seat won’t hurt. Paper towels are another great disposal tool to have.

9. Finally, we have microfiber cloths. These guys are great for trapping dirt as well as soaking up wetness. The best part? They’re reusable!

…and there you have it folks, your very own DIY personal cleaning kit. Having all of the right tools and products does not need to be overwhelming!

Comment Question: What is in your cleaning kit?

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Good stuff! I’m just getting into cleaning (the right way) and I appreciate all the advice.
    I have another question: Do you launder all of your cleaning cloths, if so, is it necessary to separate them (due to the chemicals) either from each other or from clothes, and other laundry?

    • Glad to be of help! Washing your cleaning cloths separately is the way to go because they can get really grimy, and that dirt can get trapped in your clothes.

  2. For your disinfectant, you said, “You can make your own using ‘one part rubbing alcohol’ or surgical spirts and adding 10 drops of essential oils to the mix.”
    MY QUESTION: What is the other part to the rubbing alcohol?


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