Sanitize Without Hurting Your Health


Seems like everyone is getting hit with this horrid flu bug this year. Along with a sick house comes the need to clean and sanitize to get rid of the nasties. Before you reach for chlorine bleach and other horrid ‘cleaning’ products, do some research on how nasty they are for you. You may be amazed that what you thought was healthy cleaning, is in fact putting your family’s health in greater danger!

I quit using bleach and other harsh cleaners and cleaning sprays years ago. When I started using white vinegar and essential oils such as tea tree oil, I felt better, and it seemed that my family’s health responded in a positive way.

ImageHere’s what I do:

  • get a nice spray bottle
  • put in a cup of white vinegar
  • 1 capful tea tree essential oil
  • between 1 tsp and 1 tbls. lemongrass essential oil (this makes everything smell wonderful)
  • a drop or two of Dawn dish soap
  • fill the bottle with clean water

You will probably want to shake this every time you use it, because the oils separate. In a sick house, you will want to wash down everything in sight. I just cringe when I hear people say they are going to clean with bleach and spray cleaners!! Those chemicals are just so bad for a body!!

For more cleaning tips using vinegar, go to Vinegar Tips.

Stay Well!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Homemade Laundry Soap


My Grandmother used to say, “Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do without!” But I suppose Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a much more sophisticated sentiment.  Whatever saying you use, they are both good to live by. Recently I became aware of the amount of plastic we were putting in the garbage and realized that laundry detergent bottles were some of the biggest culprits. We go through a lot of laundry soap.

When my kids were little, I made laundry soap to save money. It saved us tons! But when I started working full time outside of our home, convenience kind of took over. Being convicted of all those plastic bottles going in the garbage, I decided to put together some laundry detergent again. Right now, I’m using the powdered form, but there are ways to make this liquid. I’ll post some of my recipes next week.

What I do:

1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap (you get this in the laundry section of the store)

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

You will need to grate the bar of soap, then add the borax and soda and mix. Sometimes I add some Oxiclean (or generic equivalent) and I always make this in 3 bar batches. (3 bars, 3 cups each of borax and soda)

Then you’re left with what to put your new laundry detergent in! I’ve always used an old coffee  can (the plastic variety), and decided to spiff it up a bit to match my new laundry room. I started with the Folgers Can and some of my Mod Podge stash.

I had some fabric left over from the curtains in my laundry room, so I sewed a quick rectangle of fabric, big enough to cover the middle portion of the coffee can. On the Folgers cans, there are little “handle” in the back of the can. I didn’t cover that part.

The next step was to put some Mod Podge on the coffee can and then center the fabric onto the can. Then brush the Mod Podge on the fabric. I think I put a couple of coats of Mod Podge on the fabric.

 And, it’s pretty! I left the coffee can red, because it went well with the fabric I used.

You could also spray paint it. I may add some vinyl letters later, but today, this is done.

A Saturday Morning Post


Last night I baked homemade pizza for supper. During the baking process, our house filled with smoke. Seems that the pizza was dripping adding to an already not-so-clean-oven. Well, I had a lot on my to-do list for today already, but cleaning the oven was added to the top.

I learned a couple of things about self-cleaning ovens today.

  • Even though you wipe out the oven, if there is grease in there, it’s going to smoke.
  • When an oven smokes, your whole home fills with smoke.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention after all.
As I watched the smoke billowing out of the vent in my stove, I decided to create  a tunnel to push the smoke outside. So, I encased the area between my counters and upper cabinets in plastic (garbage bags) including the top area of the stove (well out-of-the-way of the stove. I made sure to take the little tunnel all the way to the window and then put a fan above the stove to force the smoke out. It worked!
About an hour into the cycle, the stove quit smoking. I removed the air tunnel, and we’re getting back to normal! Next time I will be prepared!
The next on my to do list today is to paint my laundry room and lay the flooring in there. I don’t think since I’ve owned a house I have ever in my life gone neutral with colors, but I am! I will have the official reveal in a few days. The bad thing is that I have to go to town to get a new brush. I just remembered that my wonderful edging brush that I’ve had forever got ruined in the last project. Bummer.
So, here we go. Have a great Saturday, Everyone!