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Saturday, May 9, 2015

DIY Spray Bottle Labels for Homemade Cleaners



Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm glad it's the weekend, and Mother's Day weekend at that! It's been a busy day around here, as we have been trying to work on our first ever vegetable garden.  We are currently being stalled with a thunder shower, which means I have a few moments to get a blog post up while my little guys are napping.  

In continuation of my most recent blog posts, I want to share one of my latest projects with you.  I spent the week blogging about some of my favorite cleaners.  I shared what I use as a laminate floor cleaner, a window and glass cleaner, a furniture polish, an  all purpose cleaner and a kitchen cleaner.  Recently, I decided to make labels for all of my cleaners. 

All of the spray bottles I use for my cleaners are mostly recycled Method cleaning bottles and a few Mrs. Meyers cleaning bottles.  I've been using homemade cleaners for for a few years, but it wasn't until recently that I decided it was time to take off the original labels and replace them with my own. I figured it was time for someone other than myself to know what was in each bottle.


I don't know about you, but I pay attention to packaging.  Sometimes I even pay a little more for something if it catches my eye.  In fact, sometimes I will even want to use something more if it is appealing to look at!  And that, dear readers, is the main reason I decided to make attractive labels for my homemade cleaners.



Here is how I ended up making my labels:
  1. Google background images. I was looking for grey chevron or yellow demask.
  2. Copy and paste image into Microsoft Word (landscape format with .5 margins) and adjust size.
  3. Create a text box. Center and adjust size over the background image.  Fill in with a color.
  4. Create a second text box slightly smaller than the first.  Center and place over the first text box.
  5. Create a third text box with no lines and no fill.  Center and place over the second text box.
  6. In the third text box, create the text in the center of the text box.
  7. Once entire label is complete, copy and paste entire label multiple times.  I was able to fit three labels on one page.
  8. Go back to each label and change the text for each cleaner.  
  9. Save and Print.
  10. Cut out label.
  11. Cut out clear contact paper to fit label.  Contact paper can be found at Walmart near the laundry and organizing sections.  I usually find it in the same are as shelf organizers.
  12. Cover label with contact paper and stick to the spray bottle.
  13. NOTE:  The smaller spray bottle with the grey and chevron label was made a little differently.  I looked for free shapes online to find that particular shape on the label and then copied and pasted it into a text box.

Of course, the way I made my labels was not the only way to make labels for cleaning spray bottles. Here are a few other ideas that would also work.
  • Make a plain white label on the computer.  Stick it to a strip of scrapbook paper or construction paper.  Laminate it or put contact paper over it, stick it to the bottle
  • Buy attractive labels off of Etsy in a printable PDF file.
  • Use chalkboard paint to paint a label, and then a white paint marker for the text.
  • Make a tag, laminate it, and tie the tag around the top of the bottle.
  • Washi tape could also be used in someway to dress up the bottle.
  • Buy cute labels from a craft store. Target had these in their Dollar Deals last week, so I picked some up to use on the glass cleaning jars I use for laundry soap.

As long as the finished spray bottle has the correct label on it and looks somewhat appealing to the eye, then I say the project is a success!



5 comments:

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  2. These labels for your homemade cleaners look perfect! The designs are simple, as well as the fonts. With these labels, you will surely be cleaning your house regularly. Hahaha! In any way, thanks for sharing this, Rachel. All the best to you!

    Courtney Morris @ Onyx Cleaning

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  3. I'm a labeling junkie! I like the way you keep the label from running by covering it in laminate. This would probably be a good idea for my cleaning products, I make several DIY cleaning products and these would be perfect for keeping them organized and other people know what they are! I might get cleaning help!

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply

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  4. Really nice and definitely it will be useful for many people. Kindly keep update like this type of cleaning materials and things to be used for cleaning.
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