Organize Your Bathroom with these 10 Tips

Bathrooms are meant to be comfortable places where you can relax and pamper yourself. However, the aesthetic of even the most stylish bathroom can be thrown off by crowded drawers and cabinets full of expired medicine and old shampoo. These rooms have a tendency to become cluttered, too, especially if you find yourself coming home with new towels or beauty products fairly frequently. If you often wish that your bathroom were more organized, here’s a list of 10 tips that you might find helpful.

 

10 Tips to Declutter Your Bathroom

 

1. Purge Your Supplies

Time to throw your bathroom cabinets and drawers open! Keep only what you’ll still be able to use. Toss expired medicine, old potpourri, and bulky packaging. Take the opportunity to wipe the cabinet down, saying goodbye to clumps of dust and strands of hair.

Arrange daily essentials such as soap and toothbrushes on the counter. You may be surprised at how much room will be left.

2. Put a Lazy Susan in the Closet

It can be dizzying to open a cabinet and behold a small crowd of shampoos and creams. Instead of lining up these products, place them on a small lazy Susan instead. To reach a particular item, all you have to do is spin the tray around. You’ll be able to get what you need without knocking over everything else.

3. Divide Up Your Drawer Space

Do you ever feel that your drawers can fit more than they currently do? You may be right. Fit your drawers with semi-fixed dividers, which you can adjust to hold different products and maximize space. If you’re on a tighter budget, you can also buy several plastic mini-bins for a similar result. You might be left with small bits of wasted space, but you’ll still know just where to find what you need when you’re in a hurry.

Does your bathroom dresser include too many deep drawers? Don’t just toss in razors and compacts until they pile up. With vertical dividers, you can use this drawer to store smaller items standing up.

4. Install a Slide-Out Tray

You might have unpleasant memories of having to crouch in front of a base cabinet whenever you needed the plunger or glass cleaner. A slide-out tray in the cabinet will make it much easier for you to reach these items without groping around. The tray will also be handy for storing rags or a first-aid kit.

5. Use the Wall Space Near Your Shower

If you’re about to buy a new shower head, try to look for one that comes with built-in shelves. Otherwise, you can purchase a hanging organizer. Put shampoos and soaps here instead of balancing them on the windowsill or the end of the tub.

6. Collect Your Kids’ Bath Toys

It’s nice to treat your kids to bubble baths, but it’s not so nice to have foam alphabet letters and slippery rubber ducks littered around the bathroom. Take an extra laundry lingerie bag, put bath toys inside, and hang it from a suction cup hook for the toys to dry.

7. Keep Everything in Sight

Have you ever found yourself running late because you misplaced your cream or medication in your bathroom cabinet? Or have you bought a new lip balm, only to find that your old one was hiding in the corner of your dresser the whole time? You’ll probably find clear containers handy. Buy yourself some acrylic, plastic, and glass holders so that you can quickly find what you need. Install risers on cabinet shelves to store more smaller items and keep them visible at a glance.

8. Hang Items Inside Cabinet Doors

Yes, you can get a bit more storage space by utilizing the insides of your cabinet doors. Just stick on a magnetic knife strip and a couple of adhesive acrylic holders. Clips, bobby pins, and metal nail tools can go on the knife strip while nail polish and makeup can sit in the acrylic containers.

9. Hide Your Trash

Another good way to use the inside of a cabinet door: attach a trash can. This way, you free up floor space while keeping bathroom garbage hidden. Try mounting the lid on one of the cabinet’s interior walls. Whenever you open the cabinet door, the trash can will open together with it.

10. Buy Yourself Some Baskets

For each wicker basket you purchase, you can store a few more extra bath supplies. A set of baskets can keep cabinets tidy or hide items you’d rather keep out of sight. Customize them with labels made from paper tags and string. In the case that you buy too many baskets for your bathroom cabinet, you can mount a pair above your toilet and use them as shelves for rolled up towels or fresh changes of toilet paper.

Research has repeatedly shown that clutter can actually affect our state of mind–that is, the mess in your bathroom can actually make you uneasy. Now, taking a warm shower only to be stressed out by all the clutter doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? Stay organized by following these 10 tips, and you can feel refreshed in body and mind whenever you walk out of your bathroom.

If you’re looking for more ways to upgrade your bathroom, you might also want to read up on 15 space-saving bathroom ideas.

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5 Homemade Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can DIY

It might have taken you months in decorating your home and choosing the perfect furniture. However, the aesthetic you were aiming for can easily be thrown off by an unsightly stain or a strange odor. Though store-bought cleaners can do the trick, they are usually expensive and hard to find as well.

So how can you keep your home clean and presentable without hurting your wallet?

Here are five homemade natural cleaning recipes that you can put together in the comfort of your own kitchen, gathered from respected bloggers who are also concerned with keeping households clean.

1. Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

This fragrant cleaner can be used to get rid of carpet stains and freshen laundry, among other things. The lemon rind lends some extra cleaning power to this recipe as well.

Instructions: Mix one part water, one part white vinegar, lemon rind, and a sprig of rosemary. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake. Let the cleaner sit for a week for its ingredients to infuse.

Read the full article from Good Housekeeping here.

2. Brass Cleaner

Have you found some brass accents or furniture that would be perfect for your living room if only they hadn’t lost their sheen? Apartment Therapy presents a solution for you, “using only two natural ingredients you probably already have on hand!”

Instructions: Mix half a lemon’s worth of juice and a teaspoon of baking soda until a paste is formed. The paste can be rubbed onto brass with a soft cloth and then washed off.

3. Wood Polishing Spray

Say goodbye to spending on can after can of store-bought wood polish. You can also add your favorite essential oil to the mix for a personal touch!

Instructions: Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ¼ cup white vinegar, and (optional) 30 drops of essential oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. To use, shake the mixture well, spray it onto wood surfaces, and polish with a clean cloth.

Recipe taken from Keeper of the Home.

4. Mirror and Glass Cleaner

You’ll occasionally look into a mirror to check your hair but end up counting toothpaste smudges instead. Here’s a quick recipe for a cleaning solution for mirror and glass, which you can also customize with essential oils.

Instructions: Mix ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup isopropyl alcohol, one tablespoon of cornstarch, 2 cups of water, and 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Once you’ve poured the mixture into a spray bottle, shake it well. To use, spray directly onto glass and then wipe off.

5. Fridge Cleaner

How many times have you held your breath while opening your fridge? Although they’re meant to keep food fresh, fridges frequently end up housing strange smells thanks to forgotten leftovers. Fortunately, Hello Glow has a non-toxic cleaning solution that can be used to deep clean a refrigerator.

Instructions: Pour 1 cup vinegar into a spray bottle, add 2 teaspoons of dish soap and some orange essential oil, and then add warm water until the bottle is almost full. Shake well before each use.

 

It turns out that you don’t have to spend so much just to enjoy a house that’s both stylish and clean. Most of the homemade cleaning ingredients used in these 5 recipes can be found in your own kitchen!

Want to find out other ways to keep your home looking fresh and fashionable? Check out our blog for more tips and advice!

12 Homemade Cleaning Ingredients for Your Green Home

Most store-bought home cleaning products are loaded with harmful chemicals intended to make life easier. However, while they offer convenience, the cost of these chemical-based items are high: long-term health issues and environmental pollution.

In fact, reports claim that an average household fosters some 62 toxic substances, many of which are linked to asthma, cancer, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. In the US, for instance, one out of three people suffer from asthma and allergies triggered by the synthetic chemicals found in air freshener, fabric softeners and other cleaning products. Yet, the government doesn’t require manufacturers to list ingredients on their products, making it harder for consumers to make more informed decisions.

The truth is, you don’t need to spend your money on these chemical-filled cleaners. Instead, you can make your own homemade cleaning items that can be as effective, even better than the commercial ones, sans the harmful effects they entail.

In this article, we listed some of the most effective, eco-friendly ingredients you can use to clean your home. We also included a handful of recipes you can try. You’ll be surprised to see that some of the items are already in your pantry.

Safe Ingredients for Homemade Cleaning Products

  1. Alcohol. Alcohol is an effective disinfectant. But, while isopropyl is a likely choice, the safety concerns surrounding it make the other forms of alcohol such as vodka or ethanol a better option.
  2. Baking Soda. The use of baking soda to clean, deodorize and soften water has been known for over a century. It is the workhorse of all cleaning items that is versatile and cheap.
  3. Cornstarch. A spoonful of cornstarch is often used in a homemade glass cleaning solution. It can also be used to polish furniture, clean the carpets and rugs.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide. Aside from its antiseptic properties, hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect that makes it great for removing stains on fabrics and grouts. It is also used to disinfect the kitchen.
  5. Lemon Juice. For less than a dollar, you can already have one of the strongest food acids that can fight against most household bacteria. Stock a few pieces of lemon the next time you’re grocery shopping.
  6. Oxygen Bleach. Like any regular bleach, an oxygen-based bleach removes stains and whitens fabrics but, in the gentlest manner. It has many other applications in home stain removal.
  7. Soap. An unscented soap in powder, bar or liquid form is a multipurpose cleaning solution that is typically biodegradable. Castile soap is a great example of a versatile and plant-based cleaner.
  8. Tea Tree Oil. A few drops of tea tree oil is already a potent cleaning ingredient for the home. It is often used in combination with other materials such as vinegar and water to make a scented cleaner.
  9. Vegetable Oils. A plant-based oil such as olive or linseed oil is a safe and natural alternative to store-bought wood polishes. It lets you skip the chemicals in its commercial counterparts.
  10. White Vinegar. Like baking soda, white vinegar is a natural disinfectant that is both versatile and inexpensive. It can cut through grease, remove mildew and wax build-up, and eliminate bad odors.
  11. Washing Soda. Washing soda is often used to remove stains, clean walls and bathroom surfaces. It must be handled with care as it can irritate the mucous membranes.
  12. Citrus Solvent. A citrus solvent is a natural replacement for paint thinners. It is useful in cleaning paint brushes as well as removing oil, grease, grime and some stains on carpets and other surfaces.

NOTE: Use citrus solvent sparingly as it can cause irritation on the skin, lungs or eyes.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps. baking soda
  • 10 drops of antibacterial essential oil (tea tree, lavender or lemon)

Mix vinegar with essential oils before adding the baking soda. Pour the mixture in a 12oz. glass spray bottle and fill it water. Shake well and use it by spraying on the problem surface and wipe off afterward.  

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops antiseptic essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree)
  • 1 cup water

To remove scuff marks, mix equal parts of water and vinegar with 15 drops of the essential oil and pour in a spray bottle. Sprinkle some baking soda over the scuffs and spray the mixture over it. Allow it to fizz for a few seconds before scrubbing off until the mark fades.  

TIP: For a floor polish, mix equal parts of olive oil with white vinegar and use it as usual.

Kitchen Surface Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Mix vinegar and water and use it to wipe kitchen surfaces, countertops and other areas. You can also use it to clean drains by pouring the solution down the drain. Let it sit for 30 mins. before flushing down with cold water.

  • For grease stains: cover grease with salt and let it sit for an hour before brushing away.
  • For permanent marker stains: soak a cotton ball with alcohol and gently polish.

Window and Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ tsp. liquid soap
  • 8 drops of antiseptic essential oil (orange, tea tree or lemon)
  • 2 cups water

Pour ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. To use it, spray it on the window or glass surface, wiping it off after a few minutes of interval. Use a scrub, sponge or cotton cloth as needed.

Bathrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup baking soda

Mix baking soda with vinegar and use it to clean the basin and moldy tiles. You can also use it to tackle mineral deposits on the showerhead and faucet by pouring vinegar into a plastic bag, securing it with rubber bands and let it soak overnight. Rinse with water afterward.

Carpet Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda (enough to cover the grease)
  • 1 tbsp. liquid soap
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water

Cover the grease with baking soda and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before vacuuming. Mix the dish soap, white vinegar, and water, then sponge the mixture onto the grease. Blot using a clean cloth until the stain fades.

If you are not inclined to make your own homemade cleaning products, there are also an increasing number of eco-friendly cleaning products that you can buy. Both these recipes and eco-friendly products are designed to contribute to a healthier environment. Meanwhile, you can also try these low-maintenance indoor plants and trees to further green your home.  

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