Giveaway: “Make Your Own” Cleaning Kits from The Optimist Co.

Homemade cleaning products, compiled in my kitchen using the kit from The Optimist Co. have been in regular use in my kitchen for nearly two years now. They are effective and, thanks to the clear instructions on the bottles, incredibly easy to make. Plus, I love the fact that instead of carting home new spray bottles from Target or CVS, I’m reusing the ones I’ve already got.

Recently, The Optimist Co. founder Devin Donaldson (who started the company after conventional cleaning products left her with a nasty asthma attack) got in touch and asked if I might like to try a second kit. At first, I was confused because I’ve been entirely pleased with the first kit and the two products they make.

But Devin reminded me that it’s possible to do more than just make Time to Shine and Bright Side with the goodies in the box. And so I started thinking about other cleaning products that might be useful in the kitchen.

The first thing that popped to mind was a bottle of pre-made produce rinse. With farmers market and CSA season rapidly approaching, I know that very soon I will have a lot of pretty dirty produce on my hands. Instead of regularly filling the sink with a little white vinegar and water, having something that I can spritz over lettuces, zucchini, and strawberries sounds pretty darned appealing.

For this one, I used 12 ounces of water, three tablespoons of white vinegar and ten drops of the lemon essential oil from the kit (for both the sunny scent and the extra boost of antiseptic that it provides). A quick shake before using and my produce has never been cleaner.

The second thing that occurred to me was something that would help out with cleaning the kitchen floor. As many of you know, my kitchen is pretty tiny. Because there’s so little floor real estate, I rarely pull out a mop to get the job done (to be honest, I don’t think I even have a mop anymore). Instead, I do a lot of after-dinner spot cleaning (supplemented by the occasional, all-out, hands and knees scrub with a sponge and bucket of soapy water).

For that cleaner, I used 14 ounces of water, 2 teaspoons of castile soap, and 7 drops of the eucalyptus essential oil. It’s powerful enough to help cut through splatters of cooking grease, but not so soapy that I have to follow up with several rounds of rinsing. And I love the earthiness of the eucalyptus (we had eucalyptus trees in our back yard when I was very young and as a result, their scent forever feels comforting and home-like to me).

In order to encourage the Food in Jars community to think DIY and explore what The Optimist Co. kit can do in your homes, Devin is offering up three of her Make Your Own Cleaning Products Kit for this week’s giveaway. Please use the widget below to enter!

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88 Responses to Giveaway: “Make Your Own” Cleaning Kits from The Optimist Co.

  1. 51
    Kim says:

    Great stuff!

  2. 52
    Ruth says:

    I’ll make anything that will win my constant battle with a enamel stovetop spattered with cooking grease!

  3. 53
    Michelle Proper says:

    A soft scrub for my tub!

  4. 54
    tricia says:

    The window and surface cleaner look great!

  5. 55
    Esther says:

    I would love to make a produce cleaner for my garden treasures

  6. 56
    Karen Simon Peterson says:

    I’d love some produce rinse because in the summer we have so much fresh fruit and veggies.

  7. 57
    Kris says:

    I would make them all,but an especially intrigued by the window cleaner!

  8. 58
    melissa says:

    i’d love to make some all-purpose cleaner!

  9. 59
    Jennifer McLean says:

    The first one I’d make would be the general cleaner but truly, I have the same problem as the owner, asthma that is seriously affected by cleaners. I haven’t been the one scrubbing the bathroom since mid childhood because I couldn’t breath in the noxious fumes of the potent cleaners. I’d be thrilled to make every single cleaner and spray they promote and sell.

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    Kat says:

    Would love to have this just to learn the basics–I feel like having the kit would empower me to branch out once I was comfortable making my own!

  12. 62
    Lydia Ruddy says:

    I would probably make the produce wash first. After all, my lettuce is coming in beautifully.

  13. 63
    Al Lill says:

    Produce rinse!

  14. 64
    Katt Lewis says:

    I would make something for my laminate floors that need a little shine, but I don’t want to use strong chemicals on it.

  15. 65
    Madeleine says:

    I’ve been so curious about these! I would love to win.

  16. 66
    Tammy B. says:

    I would like to try the produce cleaner.

  17. 67
    amy g says:

    This looks very interesting! I would make the general cleaner first for my small floors!

  18. 68
    beth says:

    would love to try out the floor cleaner – it’s always a battle to keep our ivory kitchen floor clean. did i see that the company is based on the cape? love that – that’s where i grew up!

  19. 69
    Brenda Chamness says:

    Countertop cleaner!

  20. 70
    Carolyn M. says:

    I would like a good all surface cleaner.

  21. 71
    Patty D. says:

    I would love to try the produce cleaner and the all surface cleaner!

  22. 72
    Heather Ellingsworth says:

    Anything for my kitchen or bathroom

  23. 73
    Kelly Red says:

    The surface cleaner would get used everyday! And the veggie one too.

  24. 74
    Karen C says:

    The produce rinse/cleaner!

  25. 75
    Kelly says:

    I’d make a cleaner for my kitchen countertops!

  26. 76
    Catherine Miller says:

    I use baking soda to clean my sink in the kitchen because it kills all germs and disinfects the surface. It is very economical for everyone on a budget. I have bad allergies so natural cleaners are a must for me and my family.

  27. 77
    Chrissy says:

    All surface cleaner

  28. 78
    Missy says:

    Produce rinse! I definitely need one with the farmer’s market opening.

  29. 79
    Amanda Brandenberg says:

    Produce rinse

  30. 80
    Lauren E says:

    I would make a produce rinse and also something to de-gunk and de-stink my dishwasher.

  31. 81
    Beth V says:

    Definitely produce wash

  32. 82
    Dawn says:

    I just started making my own cleaners and this would be a fabulous way to try making more!

  33. 83
    Brenda Wixson says:

    Produce Cleaner

  34. 84
    Melissia says:

    I’d try them all, lol! The produce wash would be the first one I’d mix up.

  35. 85
    Jennifer says:

    I am always looking for a good glass and surface cleaner!

  36. 86
    jennifer m. says:

    an all purpose cleanser

  37. 87
    Kathy says:

    A good all-purpose cleanser would come in handy numerous times a day.

  38. 88
    Carol says:

    Would love to try a window cleaner that works.
    Carol

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