DIY Cleaning Caddy - Engineer Mommy
Aug 082016
 

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For me, maintaining a clean house always starts in the kitchen. From taking care of dishes to wiping down counters, there seems to be an endless series of cleaning tasks that need to get done every day in the kitchen. However, with the right tools, cleaning can be quick & easy. Find out how the ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges help me take care of my kitchen conveniently and effectively! Today, I’ll also be sharing a tutorial for making a DIY Cleaning Caddy from an old shoe box, along with the recipe for a homemade all-purpose cleaning spray! With the right tools and the right mindset, getting the kitchen in top shape can be downright fun!

DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy

When it comes to cleaning, products that are bright and colorful make it more fun! I Love the ocelo™ scrub sponges’ vibrant, colorful designs! Did you know that ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges can clean delicate surfaces without scratching? I love that I can use them on glassware, china, and stainless steel in the kitchen. They can also be used to clean delicate bathroom surfaces without scratching! To hold my sponges, I made a simple DIY Cleaning Caddy.

Let’s start with the tutorial for the Cleaning Caddy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • plain shoe box
  • decorative scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue runner

DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


Start by measuring the faces of the shoe box and cut scrapbook paper into 4 pieces that fit the individual faces of the shoe box.
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


Using the glue runner, adhere each of the paper pieces to the sides of the shoe box. Don’t worry if the edges are not perfect- we’ll be taking care of that in the next step!
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


To clean up the edges a bit, grab a roll of complementary washi tape. Wrap it along each of the edges of the shoe box.
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


To make this box a bit more durable, use a brush to apply some decoupage medium to the exterior and interior of the box. Let it fully dry.
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


On one end of the box, I used my alphabet stamps and a clear label sticker to identify the contents of the box: “sponges”.
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


On another side of the box, I used some cute decorative stickers to spell the word “sparkle”!
DIY Cleaning Caddy

DIY Cleaning Caddy


Now, let’s move on to the homemade all-purpose cleaning spray! To make this spray, I used equal parts of white vinegar and water. I also added a bit of lavender extract.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


You can adjust the amount of lavender extract that you add to the spray bottle to suit your preferences. I went with about 8 drops.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


The perfect complement to my all-purpose cleaning spray is a set of the ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. These sponges are ideal for cleaning non-stick cookware, glassware, china, and bathroom tile.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


My cleaning caddy is all set and ready to tackle all sorts of cleaning jobs around the house.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


BY the way, did you see the gorgeous patterns on these sponges? Truly beautiful! These fresh, colorful designs actually make cleaning fun! They’re available in 3 ($3.89) and 6 pack ($5.57) options at Target. I love the pineapple pattern!
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


With these ocelo brand sponges, cleaning the kitchen & bathroom is a task that I can completely quickly now.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner


There are so many different uses for these sponges. I use them to wipe down the cabinets! It’s amazing how much grime can collect on the cabinet doors over time.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
Additionally, I use these sponges to wipe the back splash behind the stove. Various splatters from cooking definitely take a toll on those tiles, but it’s nothing that these sponges can’t quickly handle.
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
After a dinner of pasta & tomato sauce, taking care of the dishes can get time-consuming, but these sponges quickly bring our plates back to like-new condition!
clean-plate
These sponges are no-scratch sponges, so I can confidently use them to clean my expensive nonstick pots & pan. Look at the BEFORE & AFTER on this pan after frying some zucchini! Pretty impressive, I think!
clean-pot
Want to try these sponges for yourself? Look for them at your local Target store. Before heading to the store, take advantage of this online printable coupon offer, where you can save $0.50 off one ocelo scrub sponge multi-pack!
store-ocelo

At your local Target, you can also keep an eye out for the NEW ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges (non-printed)! These sponges are great for cleaning non-stick cookware and bathroom tile without scratching! They’re available in 2 pack ($2.39) and 4 pack ($3.99) options at Target. The colors available include teal, lemon (yellow), mango (orange), and lime (green). Happy shopping, friends!

Now, learn more about what makes these ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges unique and tell me: How do you keep your kitchen clean? Have you ever made your own all-purpose cleaner? What would you use these sponges for in your home?







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18 Responses to “DIY Cleaning Caddy”

  1. That is such a neat idea for the cleaning caddy to hold your sponges. It’s super easy but super cute. I can see myself making a bunch of these to hold things I need! #client

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks, Michelle! I love being able to repurpose something like a shoe box that I would otherwise throw away.

  2. Ok.. I’ll admit at first I was nervous about using a cardboard box for something as variable as cleaning supplies. I was curious how you would make that work and not disappointed! Thanks for including the details on the natural cleaner, too. I love those safer methods!

  3. Such a cute idea to keep under the sink looking nice, decorate shoeboxes. We go through sponges like crazy in our house since we don’t have a dishwasher. These sponges are actually cute to look at too.

  4. This is a cute DIY project. I would get my kids to help and create their own. That way no one is complaining someone took something from the other.

  5. This is such a cute idea! I need to organize my cleaning things… They’re just all under my counters, and it’s so disorganized, I can never really find anything!

  6. Oh wow how neat is this DIY, I am loving it. I need something as simple to keep my sponge

  7. What a cute cleaning caddy!! I use sponges for everything in the kitchen as well they are perfect for all my messes!

  8. My mom has a cleaning caddy, I could use one just put stuff wherever I can find space LOL.

  9. What a neat cleaning cady to make. This would make cleaning time much easier! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Those sponges sound perfect for cleaning. I need to pick some up to send off to college with my son.

  11. This is a great idea! A simple & fun creative way to keep things in order. Any way to try and make cleaning fun :).

  12. Oh this is such a cute idea. It would be nice to have one in the kitchen. I have to check out those sponges!

  13. This would be fantastic to have around the house, specially if you are teaching your children on how to clean up and organize.

  14. This is a great idea and a good way to reused shoe boxes. Go to pass this one on.

  15. I need to check these Ocelo sponges/cleaner out. I love Target and take weekly trips there. It really did a great job on your pans!

  16. That’s very clever and very pretty too. I would definitely love to copy your idea. I do this kind with cosmetics but I’d totally make a caddy too.

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