Making a Rolling Cleaning Bucket for Around $6

Stacy Davis
by Stacy Davis
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30 Minutes

POV: (Looking around in awe.) I have never spent much time on the Cleantalk side of Hometalk so I hope this goes well. 😊

I love rolling cleaning buckets but they can be kind of pricey. I decided to try to diy a version that was inexpensive but worked well. Here we go!

If you are worried about the strength of the solution around small kids and dogs, just dilute it more and/or a second rinse of just water. You can use a small amount of powdered tide if you think a pod is too strong. An the tiny splash of rubbing alcohol and fabric softener, such a small amount. Adjust accordingly to your preferences. When you make the cleaning solution yourself, you know what is inside and just adjust it to your lifestyle.

And finally, to be 100% honest, this solution appears to leave very little residue behind. There is absolutely no sticky feeling when I walk across the floor unlike how some of my previous cleaners have left the floor. I love it!

*** I want to make sure you check out Kyralee’s comment below. She is going to use the dolly to make a planter dolly. What a great idea! ***

The video encompasses making the rolling bucket, making the cleaning solution and using the two together.

My idea started with this $4 dolly from Harbor Freight. I swear it was $3 when I bought it. Ok, so this project, if you are using two buckets, is more like $6, if you have Velcro already.

I also used some Velcro and two buckets from the Dollar Tree. You can completely get by with one bucket but I decided two would make emptying even easier.

I cut three Velcro pieces.

Just peel and stick into place. It’s that easy.

Stick the bucket on and “boom” you’re done! You can add the other bucket to the inside. It is astonishing how you can motor that bucket with wheels around.

For my cleaning solution, I’m using a Tide pod, a splash of rubbing alcohol and a splash of Fabuloso.

First I vacuumed the floor… with my helper. She hates the vacuum but she has to be with me regardless. Do you have a helper at all times?

Now, I mix up the cleaning solution. Tide pod…

Rubbing alcohol…

Fabuloso… And I topped it off with hot water.

It’s hard to show this in action with pictures so I did a little video.

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  • Jenifer Talbott Jenifer Talbott on Sep 02, 2021

    Wouldn't Tide leave a residue on the floor??

  • Robin N. Robin N. on Jul 28, 2023

    I also want to know why she didn't use the spin mop bucket? Now your doing twice the work with having to keep up with 2 buckets.

  • Natasha Cahela Natasha Cahela on Aug 04, 2023

    Thanks the tip! If you don't mind answering, what type of vacuum are you using? Does the dry mop head looking attachment work well? Or that's what it looks like from the pics to me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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  • Valari Valari on Aug 22, 2023

    No, I just use the spin bucket. But the other would be useful to wash woodwork or walls.

  • Beth Beth on Jun 10, 2024

    One you have your floor fully clean and all residues removed. Now is a great time for switching to cleaning your floor with NO Chemicals. If you start with a clean floor with no residues to stick dirt to the floor you can clean your floor with just water and a microfiber mop. I have done this for 20 years with no chemicals on my floor and I only fully mop the floor every 1-2 weeks. I usually just spot clean as needed and then do the whole floor as needed. For sticky spots just use a rag with warm dish water and rinse. I have been doing this for over 20 years with tile, linoleum and vinyl plank. When I mop I have a spray bottle with hot water and mist the floor and then mop with the microfiber mop. If you want you can spray rubbing alcohol after your water mopping and follow it up with a clean mop. I have dogs and this works great. NO Chemicals, and no future stripping of the floor required. All my floor have been light colored or white.