Melissa Maker of Clean My Space stopped by the Real Simple offices to demonstrate how to make a few DIY cleaning products we can use in preparation for holiday guests.

By Stephanie Sisco
Updated November 14, 2016
Giving yourself easy access to essentials keeps your house orderly on a day-to-day basis. Place sets of folded sheets inside pillowcases, and stow each in the room where it will be used. If they are too far away, you’ll forget where you’ve hidden them and will waste time searching. Keep a bottle of glass cleaner under your sink in the bathroom to make quick clean-ups easier. If the solution is not easily accessible, you’ll likely get distracted before you make it back to the bathroom to complete the task. Better yet, if you’ve got a multi-level house, stash a full cleaning caddy on each floor so you don’t have to lug one up and down the stairs.
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DIY Goo Gone

Make a paste of equal parts coconut oil and baking soda (start with a tablespoon each). With your fingers, liberally apply the mixture to the sticker or sticky residue and let sit for 10 minutes. Use a blunt object like the Lil’ Chizler or a butter knife to scrape away the adhesive.

TIP: Heat up the coconut oil before mixing to make it easier to combine.

BONUS: The mixture makes a moisturizing hand exfoliant too.

Natural Stone All Purpose Cleaner

Add 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle. Add 10 drops of essential oils and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Shake to combine. Spritz on the countertop and wipe in an S-motion with a microfiber cloth. If there are streaks, add more water to dilute the excess dish soap. This will work wonders on granite, marble, quartz, laminate, etc.

Glass Cleaner

Windows and mirrors—also great on stainless steel.

In a spray bottle, combine equal parts water and white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Shake well to suspend the cornstarch throughout the liquid. Spritz on a mirror, glass, or stainless steel and let sit for a minute. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe in an S-pattern and buff dry.

TIP: If you have hard water stains, use “cleaning vinegar” with 6% or 10% acidity.