glass multi-purpose cleaning bottle with spray top

Make a Multi-Purpose Spray Cleaning Bottle

Week 31

There are a whole slew of environmental problems with conventional household cleaners. This week, in an attempt to clean my home a little more sustainably, I found somelow-waste, environmentally-friendly cleaning products to replace the toxic sprays I've been using. I also learned that there are plenty of ways to spruce up the place with natural ingredients most of us already have at home. So, using a glass vinegar bottle, a spray top from an empty cleaning bottle, and some Cricut materials I had in my craft room, I made a multi-purpose cleaning bottle that I can use in every room of my home!

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These instructions are specifically for Cricut users, but you definitely don't need a Cricut to make a multi-purpose cleaning spray bottle. Here are the recipes I used in case you'd like to design and make your owm!

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What you'll need:

Let's make a multi-purpose cleaner bottle!

  1. glass bottle in pot of water

    First, remove the label from your bottle. The easiest method I've found is to sprinkle some baking soda into a pot of boiling water, then add the bottle in and its label will fall off in a few minutes.

  2. cricut machine with vinyl on mat

    Use permanent vinyl on a standard grip mat and cut out the Cleaning Label with a fine point blade.

  3. transfer tape next to scissors and vinyl rectangle

    Remove the vinyl from the mat and cut a piece of transfer tape that is roughly the same size, about 5" x 11".

  4. tool smoothing transfer tape onto vinyl

    Slowly cover the vinyl label with the transfer tape, using the scraper to smooth out air bubbles as you go.

  5. tool removing small letter from sticky vinyl piece

    Use the weeding tool to remove the letters and other negative spaces. This is the most tedious part of the project, so take your time.

  6. flat multi-purpose cleaning label made of sticky vinyl

    This is how the label should look once you've finished weeding.

  7. hand putting vinyl label on glass bottle

    Your Heinz bottle should have a horizontal indent about 1.24" from the bottom and a vertical seam. Use these lines as a guide for applying the bottom and leftmost edge of your label. This placement is important becuase the water fill line has been measured from the bottom of the bottle.

  8. hand using tool to smooth label onto bottle

    Slowly, fix the label on the bottle, using the scraper tool to smooth out air bubbles.

  9. vinyl sticky label on glass bottle

    Carefully remove the transfer tape, making sure the vinyl stays on the bottle.

  10. spray top added to glass bottle

    Screw on the spray top and voila, your multi-purpose cleaning bottle is complete!

  11. glass bottle with spray top and multi-purpose cleaning label

    To use, add the appropriate ingredients from bottom to top, using the empty spaces as fill lines, followed by two smalled ingredients at the top.

A few final notes:

I wanted to keep the writing on the bottle brief, so here are a few explanations:

  • "Alcohol" implies rubbing alcohol
  • "Vinegar" implies distilled white vinegar
  • Essential oils are completely optional and used for scent
  • Warm water tends to work best with these cleaning solutions

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