How to Create a Functional (and Beautiful) Sanitization Station
Cleaning products deserve to look stylish, too.
Published May 27, 2020 12:00 AM
The assorted wipes, sprays, and sponges on your kitchen countertop play an important role in keeping your home clean and your family healthy. But let’s be honest: They’re likely not much to look at. Aesthetically pleasing cleaning supplies might not be a necessity, but they can make the practice of dutifully wiping your surfaces and washing your hands feel a little more enjoyable.
So we turned to stylist Rosy Fridman to learn how she was making her soaps, sprays, and more align with her blush-toned home. “I thought, why not make something that helps you feel clean and safe and beautiful, instead of feeling sterile?” she says. “It gives you one less thing to stress about.” And it turns out, using a few simple bottles, some basic sponges, and strategically placed mesh is the (affordable!) secret to making a sanitization station that sparks major joy. Here, she walks us through her process.
Cluster Items on Trays
The first step Fridman took to streamlining her cleaning station was to gather all her tools—the sanitizers, wipes, etc.—on one wood tray. Keeping everything in the same spot helps to make it look neater and be more functional, with everything in easy reach.
Pouring hand sanitizer, soap, and counter sprays into label-less bottles helps reduce the look of visual clutter. Plus you can easily stock up on them without spending a lot of money. Fridman uses a mix of containers from Target, Amazon, and Muji with simple silver or white screw tops. She recommends mason jars for alcoholic wipes, but suggests wrapping their lids with white washi tape if your style doesn’t lean toward farmhouse.
Use Sponges as Coasters
They’re not just for sopping up messes—they can also prevent them. Fridman uses plain sponges as coasters for alcohol-based cleaners or soaps by the sink that always somehow end up standing in a puddle.
Repurpose Mesh for a Textural Accent
Those foam sleeves you sometimes find around delicate fruits like mangoes and tomatoes deserve a second life—so Fridman suggests putting them around glass bottles. “It creates a cool texture, and it prevents the bottles from becoming slippery,” she says.
Create a Drying Area
Inspired by a traditional plastic grocery bag, Fridman sewed together a mesh catchall to store damp sponges, giving them a place to dry in between uses. She places the bag in the sunlight, so the sponges can air out and be ready again for cleanup in no time.
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