Ultimate Cleaning Kit

If you're like me January is the time of year you get motivated and start cleaning and organizing everything in your house that doesn't move! If this sounds like you then you are in the perfect place with 24 posts filled with ideas from some of my favorite blogging friends who will be sharing printables, tips, tricks, recipes,and projects as part of the Ultimate Cleaning & Organization Resource blog hop.  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for all of the links and more inspiration.  You only need 3 basic ingredients to create the Ultimate Cleaning Kit for almost all of your cleaning needs from cupcakesandcrinoline.comToday, I wanted to share the very basics with you, the Ultimate Cleaning Kit.  This kit contains just a few items that are perfect to start with when it comes to cleaning.  If they don't work, then by all means move on to the big guns (the more potent cleaners) but my philosophy is to start with the small stuff and only move on if necessary.You only need 3 basic ingredients to create the Ultimate Cleaning Kit for almost all of your cleaning needs from cupcakesandcrinoline.comI've included affiliate links to some of the products in this post to help you get everything you need for your own Universal Cleaning Kit all at once. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

You only need 3 basic ingredients to create the Ultimate Cleaning Kit for almost all of your cleaning needs from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Ultimate Cleaning Kit (contents):

*An all purpose cleaner or a mild dish washing liquid - I use Ivory and mix this in a good quality spray bottle

2 tablespoons of Ivory liquid to 2 cups of warm water - shake well to mix 

*A mildly abrasive cleanser or baking soda

*DIY glass cleaner and degreaser

1 part of white vinegar and 1 part of water in a spray bottle

*Rubber gloves

*Microfiber clothes - these are great for scrubbing and I use them daily

*Small scrub brush

Cleaning caddy or bucket to transport supplies

With the 3 ingredients in this Ultimate Cleaning Kit I cleaned ALL of the items below and made the scrubs I used - click the links to find out the specifics as to how I cleaned each of them.

You only need 3 basic ingredients to create the Ultimate Cleaning Kit for almost all of your cleaning needs from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

My stovetop was shiny and looked like new using this DIY Non-Toxic Scrubbing Cleanser

DIY SOAP SCUM BLASTERGet your shower tile shiny smooth with this DIY Soap Scum Blaster

Clean Silver without polishingThe easiest way to clean silver every without polishing

Remove baked on food with baking soda and dish soap using this easy method at cupcakesandcrinoline.comRemove baked on food the easy way

Clean your oven without chemicals

Clean your oven without chemicals

So now check out all of the other cleaning and organizing tips below - you'll have your house clean and organized in no time!Ultimate-Cleaning-and-Organization-Resource-for-your-Laundry,-Bathroom-Kitchen-Closets-and-MoreCheck out these great cleaning and organizing ideas:


Domestically Speaking | Simply Designing | Hymns and Verses

Fresh Idea Studio | Decor Adventures

Cleaning-and-Organization-PrintablesMONDAY - CLEANING TIPS & RECIPES

Refresh Restyle | Cupcakes and Crinoline | Stone Gable

What Meegan Makes | My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Postcards from the Ridge | H2O Bungalow

Yesterday on Tuesday | Inspiration for Moms


Petticoat Junktion | Redhead Can Decorate

The Silly Pearl | Cleverly Inspired


The Interior Frugalista | Setting for Four


Dukes and Duchesses | Organized Island

Occasionally Craft | Organize and Decorate Everything


xo Mary Beth


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  1. Marie from The Interior Frugalista says:

    I'm guilty of using the chemical variety of cleaners and I've vowed to transition to chemical-free or homemade cleansers this year. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I still use chemical cleaners...it depends but sometimes I really want to deep clean - I try not to do it when my kids are around, though. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and have a great week, Marie!

  2. Thanks for the tips! I need to try this on my silver - it needs a little TLC!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Raquel!

  3. I really need to check out the oven one, our's is in desperate need! Last time I ran the auto clean it melted the component, never again. Pinned 🙂

  4. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    I love using basic cleaners whenever possible. Can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Doreen @ Hymns and Verses says:

    This is awesome, MaryAnn! I'm trying to use less chemicals, so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing! Pinning too!

  6. Laura from Inspiration for Moms says:

    I love natural cleaning recipes! Thank you for this and and the tips! Happy New Year dear!

  7. I have to tell you Mary Beth...it took me a few minutes to get passed the beef. Looks so yummy!!! Yes...these 3 are the best!!! I am a huge fan of Ivory, too!! Great tips, thanks so much! Pinned!!

  8. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says:

    Great tips! I think people are surprised to learn how much can be done with these simple kitchen ingredients. Happy New Year!

  9. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    I want to use more natural products to clean this year - can't wait to try these!

  10. Thank you for all the great recipes! I really need to try the silver cleaning recipe asap.

  11. Love thise tips - especially the soap scum blaster idea!! I'll be using this kit now! Pinning!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Heather! Hugs