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 discovered e-cloths to clean windows. Just wet one towel with water, rub down the window and polish it with the polishing cloth. Pretty darn amazing.

  • I had some mildew in the shower that would not come clean. I solved it by taking baking soda/bleach combo on a cotton ball and letting it sit overnight. thanks!

  • Hairspray for ink stains. No idea why it works.

    And cleaning of a different sort – we always made put own baby wipes. They were easy, cheap, and much kinder to baby bottoms than commercial brands.

  • Not sure I have any real cleaning tricks, most of what I do is pretty ordinary and just relies on plain old elbow grease. Although I do find that toothpaste is a nice (and common) polishing agent for some random things like jewelry and car headlights which have fogged up with age…

  • Great giveaway–thank you! Can’t say that I have any great cleaning tricks but I do love the pumice stone for dealing with hard water stains.

  • I don’t really have any tricks, but I’ve started making my own cleaners and cleaners that smell good at least make it more pleasant!

  • My cleaning trick is to put a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oils in my vacuum cleaner bag. It makes vacuuming more pleasant and leaves just a hint of aroma.

  • I learned of a few cleaning tricks I am eager to try.

    The first is to leave a casserole dish soaking with a dryer sheet in it. Supposedly the next morning you can just use the sheet to wipe away all the gunk.

    The second is to remove hard water mineral deposits in your toilet, get as much of the water out as you can, then fill the bowl with as high an acid content of VINEGAR as you can find. (I could only find 5%). Leave it sit over night or as long as you can. Then give it a good scrubbing. I’ve bought my vinegar and am going to give this a try tomorrow.

    My best trick is to use newspaper when I wash the windows. Not much of a trick as everyone knows that one.

  • My husband showed me this one. Very tough built up crud in microwave ? ( he use to clean the one were he worked with about 25 guys only using one) Take a couple pieces of wet paper towel folded over and place in the oven . Start oven for just a minute or so , till it gets rather hot and steamy. Let set a few minutes. Even the worst caked on will wipe clean. And no harsh chemicals used. Thanks for your great offer !

  • I love to soak citrus peels in regular white vinegar for a few days, then strain out the peels and put the vinegar in a spray bottle for an all-purpose cleaning spray!

  • I’ve recently been experimenting with homemade cleaners and I love them! My favorite is a sink and toilet cleaner made from baking soda, Castile soap, water and essential oils. I just mix it all together and store in a squeeze bottle!

  • Use old toothbrushes to scrub hard to get places or in between grout. Put oven racks in bath tub with warm water and dryer sheets to remove grim. Mayonnaise can be used on wood furniture to remove water stains.

  • One of my techniques is to spray the area to be cleaned, then let the product sit for a minute or more, depending on what might be on the surface. Usually I can just wipe the surface clean–no scrubbing. If I just spray and wipe, I’m not giving the cleaner time to do the work for me.

  • favorite cleaning trick: clean a burnt-on mess in a pot by simmering white vinegar in the pot, then scrubbing. i wish i could say i’ve only read about this one, but in fact i use it once or twice a canning season.

  • Making scented vinegar (clementines, grapefruit peels, etc.) and then using that with baking soda or even alone works wonders on just about everything and it smells great.

  • I like to keep just a couple multi-purpose cleaners to keep my cupboards a little less cluttered but I put several bottles throughout the house so it’s easy for me to clean at least a little bit whenever the opportunity arises.

  • plain ole simple vinegar for me
    dilute just a little with water in my mason jar

    I would love to try these products….

  • I mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil into baking soda and use to it scrub counters, the tub, floors, stained dishes — anything! Thanks!

  • 1:1 ratio of vinegar/water in the microwave for 1 minute, then use the warm vinegar/water mix to wipe the microwave down.

  • As a pet owner and a renter, my go-to trick for cleaning up any dog-related messes on carpet is baking soda + vinegar and some elbow grease.

  • lemon or orange vinegar. I use up the fruit and soak the peels then dilute the mixture with water. Cuts grease and smells good.

  • If I have any lemons that begin to go bad before I can cook with them, I keep them in the fridge. I’ll use them for scrubbing my countertops, sink, or anything else that needs stains removed and a fresh scent added.

  • I don’t know if you’d call it a cleaning trick, but I make my own poo-pourrie. Found a recipe on Facebook I like, and make it with different oils. Just DON’T use anything savory, like rosemary or basil. Stick with citrus and florals.

  • I make my own laundry soap with castile soap, borax and washing soda or baking soda (I’ve used both with great success). Economical, no artificial scents/perfumes and clothes look great. Plus I use wool dryer balls to cut out static cling without fabric softener or fabric sheets. No static and less lint.

  • Cleaning trick – to remove built-up soap scum in shower/bath … use laundry detergent. I don’t know why it works, but it really destroys that scum!

  • Taking a cue from cleaning cast iron, boiling water in pretty much any pot or pan helps loosen burned / gunky spots and reduces the amount of scrubbing needed. Boiling also sanitizes without chemicals, so as long as you’re being thoughtful about reusing wash water, it’s a great alternative.

  • oh man, I LOVE THIS. i’ve always been into DIY cleaning products and now even more that i have a baby. my favorite hack/cleaning recipe is to peel a grapefruit and put its skin in a big Weck jar filled with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for a couple weeks (giving it a gentle shake every so often). then i have an all purpose spray for my kitchen that lasts for months 🙂

  • The hardest part about cleaning is tidying up beforehand. I would say the best trick is to do a 15 whole family pick up to eliminate clutter then worry about the vinegar and lemons.

  • Use an old pillow case to clean fan blades: put the case over the blade and use it to wipe and it catches the dust bunnies!

  • Due to allergies, baking soda or vinegar are the cleaners for most things. It would be nice to try something a bit different.

  • Sure would be lovely to be given this kit, since living with two small dogs and three large cats necessitates much cleaning …. I think it would also be a good idea to visit The Optomist’s helpful website!

  • Favorite trick? Probably all the uses for vinegar (toilet, sink, tub, hard wood floors, etc) and adding ammonia to laundry loads of towels to keep them fluffy and never musty

  • Baking soda, vinegar and instead of tossing out my toothbrush when I get a new one, I use it for getting in hard to get places when I’m cleaning. Tooth brushes are great for cleaning all the of crevices in your car!

  • Cleaning tricks I use regularly are vinegar instead of bleach in the clothes washer to get towels clean and smell free and using rubbing alcohol to clean my computer monitor instead of some fancy expensive container full of…rubbing alcohol.

  • This looks great. I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while and this looks like a great starter!
    One of my favorite cleaning tricks is sprinkling baking soda on the rungs and carpet 15 min before vacuuming. It seems to pick up smaller particles better and leave a fresh clean smell, especially great if you have pets, like we do.

  • My TWO favorite tricks are:
    Slice a lemon, put it in a bowl of water, and microwave it for a minute and a half. It freshens the air, and makes it easier to wipe out any cooked on food

    2- pour a 1/3 cup baking soda down the kitchenndrain, followed by about the same in vinegar. After the suds die down, rinse out the sink with hot water. It cleans out a stinky drain without toxins!

  • I use vinegar that’s a little diluted as a daily cleaner. It really helps to keep the ants away. I’ve found if they do get in. Vinegar usually stops them in their tracks. What really stops them in their tracks though is dish washer rinse boosters. Found that out one day when I ran out of vinegar!

  • Vinegar in my washing machine instead of fabric softener and then wool dryer balls that I made go in the dryer. Also love baking soda and vinegar to clean my stainless steel sinks. Gets them really shiny!

  • I like using a lemon i squeezed for a meal to help clean off the oven and counter and give my kitchen a lemon scent.

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar:

    I pour baking soda down the kitchen drain then top it off with white vinegar to clean and deodorize the drain.

    Also, less conventional, because I’ve developed a strong gag reflex response to mint, especially dental products, I use baking soda to brush my teeth and rinse with either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. (You get a little fizz!) Since there’s no fluoride in these products and a little fluoride is good for the teeth, I follow with a small amount of a bubble gum flavored fluoride rinse.

    Finally, (for this comment), if I have a burned on mess in a pan, I boil vinegar in the pan to loosen the debris and make it easier to clean. (Don’t inhale this as it tends to take the breath away.)

  • I bought a duster kit with a hard plastic handle and disposable Swiffer style duster refills and then sewed my own washable fabric duster refills. Works like a charm with less waste.

  • Baking soda + your favorite essential oil makes a wonderfully scented carpet cleaner that’s economical as well! Just sprinkle it on the carpet and vacuum.

  • I like to use a combination of Dawn dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and water to spray down my dishes before running the dishwasher to remove stuck on food.

  • I love using vinegar and water to clean windows. Though, I do get a lot of complaints about the smell…. which I ignore because I like vinegar:)

  • TMI here, but I scrub the toilet bowl everytime there’s even a little build-up. Way better than a gross up-close scrubbing once a month. Water only, I just grab the brush and swish til shiny.