Giveaway: The Optimist Make Your Own Cleaning Products Kit

November 10, 2015

The Optimist kit front

The holiday season is just moments away, and with it comes visiting family, parties and gatherings, and lots of extra clean-up. Our friends at The Optimist Co. are sponsoring the giveaway this week, to help us all breeze through this season of messy togetherness easily, and without a toxin in sight.

contents of The Optimist kit

Devin Donaldson founded The Optimist Co. after conventional cleaning products left her with a nasty asthma attack. Her products are simple, effective, and non-toxic (all made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen) and will help you keep your home spotless without compromising your health or the planet.

The Optimist Bright Side

My favorite product from The Optimist Co. is their Make Your Own Cleaning Products Kit (for the right person, it could be an excellent holiday gift!). This six-piece kit includes two spray bottles, a small bottle of concentrated soap, and three small bottles of essential oils.


The bottles have recipes on the side so that you can create a cleaning and shining sprays. There are suggestions for scenting them, but you can also devise your own essential oil formula. Oh, and if you’re not into making the products yourself, the Green Your Home set comes with everything ready made and ready to go!

The Optimist Rosemary Mint

The Optimist Co. recently added a new scent to their line-up. While it’s not part of the MYO kit, a bottle of the Time to Shine cleaner with Rosemary and Mint is a winner for every stinky mess.

Thanks to Devin and her team at The Optimist Co., I have three Make Your Own Cleaning Products Kit to give away this week. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a favorite cleaning trick.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, November 15, 2015.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: The folks at The Optimist sent me the kit you see here for review and photography purposes at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions remain my own. 

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209 thoughts on "Giveaway: The Optimist Make Your Own Cleaning Products Kit"

  • I use steel wool to clean my stove top… for my stove, it doesn’t seem to cause damage and gets all the burnt-on bits off.

    1. Doesn’t the steel wool scratch? I’m looking for a new method to get the gunk off but don’t want to scratch up the stove!

      Favorite tip…..a little service called Merry Maids, I get fliers from them in the mail weekly, must be a hint for sure!!! Just kidding, can’t afford Merry Maids.

      So my tip to share with your readers is…..rolll drum please……enlist the husbands help. Make him that ole honey do list, haha and pray it works!!!

  • If I am washing my pots/pans and there’s something stuck that’s hard to remove, I”ll use table salt as an abrasive.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • I went and got fleece on sale and cut it to make reusable swiffer cloths instead of paying for them over and over. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • My favorite trick is that, if you’re in a rush before company arrives, a dry cloth will take off water spots from bathroom faucets reasonably well, so it looks a lot cleaner really quickly.

  • When my tub needs cleaning (too badly…) I spray it with vinegar and let it sit for an hour or longer, then all the grime just washes away so easily.

  • I use a paste of baking soda and water to loosen up baked on messes – it softens it up and can then be used to scrub it away.

  • Got a big package of baby wipes at a discount store – quick cleanup of spills on the stove and floor – then toss the gunk away. Do they disintegrate in the landfill?

  • I use a toothbrush to get all the residue off my food processor blade when I make peanut butter. Also, about a month ago I cut the weighted part off the bottom of my cloth shower curtain with a pinking shears, and so far, so good about nothing growing on the curtain (red shower mold was a problem).

  • Barkeeper’s Friend – non abrasive but gets off all those stains that I’ve been too lazy to go after for too long….tub, sink, stove – it’s a sanity saver.

  • My favorite trick is for greasy pans (the bacon pan in particular) – add the soap and scrub it in before you get the pan wet. It emulsifies into the grease and then it all rinses right off and you aren’t left with a greasy film like can happen when you try to rinse the pan first.

  • I made a paste of liquid castile soap and baking soda and covered the floor of my shower…..a few hours later I wiped/rinsed it up. Wow, was it beautiful!

  • We pour boiling water down our drains to keep them running clear. Even plumbers say it is the thing to do! And it is a great way to empty a water bath pot after canning! Also, baking soda on burned on pots and pans. Other than that I am so not a cleaner…wish I was! These sound wonderful.

  • A baking soda-vinegar-peppermint castille soap slurry is wonderful for cleaning and shining the sinks and tub at our house. I used to pre-mix it into a pleasant creamy paste, but these days I just dump approx. amounts of soda + soap in the sink, scrub away, then spritz with vinegar and rinse off.

  • I use pumice stones to get the rust stains off my toilet, bathtub, and anything porcelain. It works great and you barely have to scrub!

  • When cooking in a skillet, throw a bit of hot water in immediately after removing the food. The hot pan/hot water combo does a great job cleaning out the stuff that would otherwise harden up.

  • Baking soda + boiling water gets rid of coffee & tea stains in mugs with minimal effort. Also I use a palm brush with a soap dispenser filled with citrus castille soap for difficult dishes.

  • I keep a bottle of vinegar for cleaning and add my orange peels to it. It smells better and the orange oil adds to the cleaning power.

  • If your shower grout is gross, mix bleach and baking soda into a thick paste, paint it on the gross areas, and cover with plastic wrap for an hour. Rinse clean and admire beautiful grout!

  • The Pinterest trick to use aluminum foil dipped in water to remove rust from a bicycle works like magic. It’s the best that I’ve found!

  • My dog had a bladder infection a few months ago. I spray undiluted vinegar on the pee spot and then cocver the spot with baking soda. You can SEE it lifting out the urine from the carpet. Once the vinegar is dry, vacuum it up. (Keep pets away from the mixture til its dry.)

  • I make a paste of baking soda, castile soap and essential oils to put on a scrub brush to swish around in the garbage disposal side of the sink. It gets rid of the stinky!

  • I’ve been trying to use reusable cloths as often as I can instead of paper towels or napkins. I also like to hang dry my clothes instead of using the dryer!

  • I like to simply use bleach to clean the toilets at my house. Since I always have bleach for laundry, it can double for the toilet too.

  • We were once told that owning a dog would spare us to sweep the crumbs of food the kids drop to the floor when they are eating because the dog would eat them…still thinking bout it…lol

  • My cleaning trick is to clean the house by going through one room at a time. This way, I don’t feel too overwhelmed with a house in a complete mess 🙂

  • I just checked out “The Hands on Home” book from the library and started the process of moving our home to natural cleaners. Made my first bars of soap yesterday, will be hard to wait 4 weeks for them.

  • I love baking soda with either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (which I rarely have in the house but works great if you do!) to clean my kitchen counters and stove top!

  • I’m not good at following this, but the easiest time to clean a mess is right when it happens! Sounds obvious, but it’s really true. When I follow it, things do stay significantly cleaner.

  • We use old (clean) cloth diapers for mopping up spills. They work soooo much better than paper towels and you can throw them in the washing machine and use them again and again.

  • My friend once introduced me to the power of salt. Sprinkle generously on a burnt pan and let it sit for 20 minutes or so, then clean with warm water and minimal elbow grease. Works magic!

  • I use shop towels for cars to clean up everything. They are absorbent, easy to wash and can even be used to dust.

  • Not so much a cleaning problem, but more a make your own product; I make my own fabric softerner out of white vinegar and hair conditioner. I use about two tablespoons of conditioner to a quart of vinegar and add a few drops of essential oil (usual pepermint, but sometimes lavendar).

  • Dance music! My daughter is much more likely to help clean is there’s good music playing. (I’m more likely to clean too)

  • We started using Vinegar more now. I heard about it but did not think it could work but it does on so many things. It is my new friend.

  • I use baking soda to sprinkle on any greasy messes, then spray with plain white vinegar and wipe up with hand knit cotton dishcloths. Gets the grease off almost anything!

  • Baking soda, sprinkled on and let sit for a couple minutes, then scrubbed off with just water – makes my sinks sparkle!

  • hydrogen peroxide. I burned a batch of blackberry jam this summer, left a thick layer of char permanently affixed to my pot. no amount of scouring or scraping or soaking touched it. Finally soaked it in hydrogen peroxide, and the whole mess lifted out in one piece. my pot looked like new.

  • i like tucking tea bags full of dried herbs or flowers into linen drawers. then everything smells nice and fresh

  • I like to sprinkle a generous amount of borax into the toilet after flushing and before leaving the house for a while. After soaking all you need to do is brush well and the toilet is clean with out leaving the smell of chemicals or perfume.

  • I use a lot of vinegar for cleaning everything. Between canning and cleaning I go through a ton of vinegar. I also really like dr. bonners for natural cleaning.