Baby Shower Gift Idea: Make a DIY Cleaning Kit for a Baby's Room

When stocking a nursery, we usually think along the lines of stuffed animals and decor, but a handy stash of gentle cleaning products is one of the most useful gifts you can give a new mom.

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Photo By: Melanie Grizzel

Clean Sweep

Of all the spaces in her home, this room will become the one she cares the most about keeping clean and clear from dust and allergens. So why not surprise her with a sharp-looking and practical cleaning kit for the nursery?

Fill Your Bucket

You’ll need a medium-sized galvanized tin bucket in a gender-neutral color to house your cleaning kit. Fill the bucket with natural excelsior wood fibers almost to the top to create a bit of padding for the products. (If you don’t have access to natural excelsior, you could use a roll of eco-friendly paper towels to do the trick.)


To add another pop of color to your cleaning kit, tuck a brightly-colored striped cleaning cloth into the side of the bucket. (If you don’t like the look of plain cleaning rags, consider splurging on a pretty cloth from the dishtowel section instead.)

Go Green

It’s easier than ever these days to find gentle and eco-friendly cleaning products. Just check your local grocery store. Include an all-purpose liquid cleaner as well as a handy countertop spray for the changing table.

Brush Up

A small hard-bristled brush can be great for getting in between tiles and around tricky bathroom surfaces. Paired with an eco-friendly floor cleaner, there’s no mess this mom-to-be can’t handle.


These ostrich feather and lambswool dusters are just really fun! Not only do they make the kit look great, but they work like a charm, too. They’re great for knocking out dust on top of fan blades, book shelves and blinds.

Spell It Out

Since this gift is a little bit out of the box, a label is particularly helpful. You can use a basic shipping tag, roll of twine and black magic marker to create a “nursery cleaning kit” tag. You could use the back of the tag to add a personal message as well.

Put a Bow on It

Finish off your kit with a festive bow tied to one handle of the bucket.

She Cleans Up Nice

A practical gift that looks great, too? This one’s sure to be a hit with your favorite mom-to-be.

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