Reusable DIY Leather-Looped Cleaning Towels
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Having a clean home is something we all want regardless of whether it’s a designer’s dream home or a lived-in but loved house that you share with those who mean the most to you. My home used to be decorated just so with a place for everything. Then came son one, then son two, then son three. Now, my home is filled with “guy stuff,” too much dirty laundry, and lots of love.
Just because it isn’t a showplace anymore doesn’t mean it can’t be clean and inviting.
I still love to clean and organize and sometimes I find the need to have pretty cleaning supplies to color-coordinate with my cleaning products. Everybody does, right? If you do, I have an easy way to match up cleaning towels (that are reusable by the way) with the right cleaning products. Also, I made an easy farmhouse style organizer to hang them from, and I’ll have that tutorial for you as well in another post.
My color-coded inspiration struck when I was shopping for some cleaning supplies at my local Kroger. I noticed how bold the colors of the Pledge® cans were and then it hit me – COLOR!
So now let’s start with the leather-looped, color-coded cleaning towels and then a breakdown of how I use them.
3 thick white bar mop towels – these are basic and can be found just about anywhere
Ribbon scraps in colors to match your cleaning supplies
1. Cut a strip from your leather scrap 4 inches long by ¾ of an inch wide. Use a pen to mark the size on the back of the leather. Cut 3 of these.
2. Pin the leather loop to the center of one of the long edges of the towel.
3. Cut a scrap of ribbon and pin across a lower corner of the towel.
4. Grab your supplies and stitch! I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the leather loops and the ribbon.
Here’s the finished product! I prefer having towels to use for cleaning. They are washable; therefore, reusable, and the color-coding helps tremendously. I keep the towels handy, hanging them from a farmhouse-style wall organizer and grab them when I need them. The color-coding is great because it helps me to know which towel has been used on different surfaces. I used the yellow-trimmed towel for wood furniture, and I use it with the Pledge® Extra Moisturizing Furniture Spray. This spray is perfect for my antique dresser not only because it’s an antique but because of the memories associated with it. I was a young mom on a camping trip to the mountains with my parents and found this dresser. I fell in love with it. I told my Mom….she told my Dad, and they said they’d find a way to get it back to my house…and they did. It was one of the last times I was able to camp with my parents before my mother passed away, so this dresser is more than an antique or a piece of furniture…it’s something I can’t replace and it’s a bit of a time capsule of love and good memories for me. I love that Pledge® can help me keep it clean and protected. The Pledge® Extra Moisturizing Furniture Spray also removes the dust and messes and reduces allergens while dusting, which is great news for my oldest son and it cleans it all without leaving behind a waxy buildup. I’ll keep using the Pledge® Extra Moisturizing Furniture Spray on this piece and pass it on to one of my children someday. I use Pledge® Orange Clean Furniture Spray for my other wood surfaces.
Pledge® Orange Clean gets the orange ribbon towel – original, right? Look at the shine it leaves behind and the smell is amazing – the fresh Pledge® scent I grew up with. Now for electronics and other surfaces – computer screens, glass, granite, metal and wood. Notice the gaming systems…and yes, the bottom one has a “cozy” on it. My boys are very particular about certain things. For all of these “other” surfaces I use Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® and this beauty gets the green and blue multi-colored ribbon because it is for multiple surfaces. And, for leather…yes, even leather can be given a cleaning with either the Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® or the Pledge® Orange Clean Furniture Spray. Both can be used to clean leather, granite and stainless steel. I love that I can clean my home with Pledge® products that not only take care of the dirt and mess but that keep everything beautiful! When you get great results, it makes you want to keep cleaning. Now, on to the laundry. 😉 Check out the Pledge® Facebook page – they have some of the cutest cleaning videos on there!
What are some of the items in your home you like to gussy up with the right cleaning products?