D.I.Y Santizing Wipes That Kills COVID-19

Empty supermarket shelves and long lines have left some people without hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfecting wipes.  There are Americans that are on a  budget without the means to stockpile, senior citizens, and those that didn’t think the Coronavirus was going to become a global pandemic.

If you have been left without or have simply run out, you can still make your own.  Its not as convenient but they will get the job done.

I tried a few recipes out and this is the one that works best.

You will need:

  • Wide mouth quart size mason jar
  • 20 – 25 pieces of pre cut cloth ( I used cotton t shirts that i cut into 10 X 10 inch squares )


  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil


Combine all of your liquid ingredients into the mason jar and place the lid on top.  Gently shake the jar to mix all of the ingredients together.  Remove the lid and add the cloth pieces.  Press them down firmly so that they soak up all the liquid. Place the lid back onto the jar and store in your kitchen, bathroom, or where ever you use your wipes the most.

To Use:

Remove cloth from jar and wring excess liquid out.  Wipe down surfaces as needed.  You can toss the used wipes into your laundry to be re used when needed.

Let us know how this worked for you, or your variations on this home made sanitizing wipes recipe.

Review: Smartly All Purpose Cleaner

While recently shopping at Target, I noticed a display by the entrance of their store containing a new line of cleaning supplies.  Being the clean geek that I am, I was instantly curious.

The brand is called Smartly and I had never seen them before.  What I did notice off hand was the price.  The all purpose cleaner was priced at $1.89 and came in a 32oz bottle.   They also had a dish washing liquid on display that was priced at 89 cents.  I was intrigued by the budget friendly prices and decided to pick up a few bottles for use on the field.

I was pleasantly surprised with the cleaning power of the all purpose cleaner.  I used it in several homes and on several different surfaces and it was able to remove most stains and leave a shine.  What I was most impressed with was its ability to clean glass and mirrors.  I almost feel like this should be labeled as a glass cleaner because I was able to clean shower glass doors, mirrors and windows throughout houses and apartments without a smear or smudge.

The cleaner comes in three different scents.  Ocean Mist, Citrus, and Meadow.  To be honest, all three scents are less than desirable so if fragrance is important than this line of products is not for you.

If you have a daily or weekly cleaning routine and keep up on your household chores then this product is definitely for you.  It’s cheaper than most cleaning products and can be used in multiple areas of your home.  However, if your home is severely neglected  or with extreme grease stains then you would have to add some type of powder cleanser or dish soap to help this product get your home clean.

DIY Homemade Lemon Lavender Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets save me a ton of money, smell divine, and gives me a sense of accomplishment. Five ingredients and you are green cleaning your dishes!


  • 1 cup Borax
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • ⅓ to ½ cup lemon juice
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil (feel free to change to whatever essential oil you prefer)


  1. Combine borax, epsom salt, Lavender essential oil, and washing soda in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Add lemon juice 1 Tbsp. at a time until mixture is damp but not soaked, you want it to hold together and not be crumbly.
  3. Press mixture firmly into ice cube trays then tap on the counter to level out.
  4. Allow to dry for at least 3-4 hours before removing
  5. Store your homemade dishwasher tablets in an air tight container (a pretty mason jar if you have one)!
  6. recipe will fill a standard ice cube tray.
  7. To Use:
  8. Put 1 tablet in your dishwasher detergent tray.

DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

Citrus Cleaners have been shown to be highly effective at when it comes to deep cleaning.  Here is a simple recipe for a orange cleaner that you can use just about everywhere in your home.

Here is what you will need:

  • Cirtus Peels
  • Glass Jar
  • White Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle


  • Cut peel off fruit and place into jar
  • Cover with vinegar and allow to sit for two weeks
  • Remove peels and dilute 1:1 with water
  • Pour into spray bottle

You can use this mixture as a green cleaner for widows, glass, countertops, and mopping floors.  Congrats, you are one step closer to a greener lifestyle!

Please let us now how this recipe worked for you.

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

It’s laundry day and it’s time to wash and fold the bedding.  Pillow cases and flat sheet – no problem!  Then comes the dreaded fitted sheet.  You make 1 or 2 attempts and then roll it up and shove it into the linen closet.  Not anymore, here is a step by step guide on how to fold a fitted sheet courtesy of the Martha show.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet ⎢Martha Stewart

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How To Clean Before The Housekeeper Comes

The old trope of “cleaning up for the cleaning lady” isn’t entirely silly: While you should leave the real cleaning for the person you’ve hired to clean, you should also tidy up—and maybe even do a few spot-checks. If it’s your cleaner’s first time in your home, you should also have some instructions prepared. It’ll make both of you much happier.

First, clear out your clutter. If you hired someone to clean your home, and not to organize it, then you owe them a fairly well-organized home to clean. Otherwise, tell them which areas or piles they can ignore.  Feel free to put all your clutter in one room or on one surface, then tell the cleaner to just ignore that space. It’s a trade-off: The more thoroughly you want your place cleaned, the more you need to prepare (or pay).

Next, clean a little: Anything especially fragile, or at least anything you don’t trust your cleaner to properly handle. Anything that’s easy, like disposable coffee cups sitting out. (That’s just respectful.) And anything that you’ve agreed the cleaner isn’t responsible for. I like to wash the dishes myself, so I take care of them before the cleaner arrives. The cleaner’s visit has become a deadline for a household chore—a feature, not a bug.

If you don’t know where to draw the line between your job and the cleaner’s, write out two lists: one of the cleaning tasks you wish someone would do for you, and one of the tasks you like to do yourself. You can show that to your cleaner, ideally while you’re still discussing their time commitment and their fee.

The first time your cleaner comes to your home, it’s best for you to go through the whole place and talk out the process face to face. Failing that, write out your instructions, and don’t get mad if it takes a few visits to get things right. Working around someone’s home, learning what to change and what not to, is a complex task, and you won’t know how much you care about certain things until your old GQ issues go missing or your makeup shelf is all out of order.

Stuff will get moved around. Dishes might end up in weird places, or towels might get thrown in the laundry before you were ready. It all depends on how much you’re asking of your cleaner, and how much you communicate with them. Don’t be afraid to politely ask your cleaner to change something. (If you’re asking them to spend significantly more time on the job, pay them accordingly.)

Your cleaner might never learn where every little thing belongs. I have a little bird statue in my home, and every time she visits, my house cleaner carefully adjusts it incorrectly, because she thinks it’s a person with a hat. Since I can go months without seeing the cleaner in person, that misplaced tchotchke has been a pleasant reminder that she’s been around. That and the unbelievably well-made bed.

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7 Things you Can Clean with Vodka

While vodka is certainly best known for its use in many cocktails, it also doubles as a household cleanser. Since alcohol naturally kills germs (think rubbing alcohol and the base of hand sanitizer), vodka can leave things sparkly, clean, and new. Use it on a variety of surfaces as your general household cleaner or if you run out of your favorite cleaning solution. It’s so cost-effective and has such an array of uses that you’ll be wondering why you never thought of using it before.

1. Deodorizer

Someone cleaning a couch with a sponge and a spray bottle.

Vodka can be used to create an odor-removing spray for fabrics, carpets, clothes, and linens. In a spray bottle, combine 2 ounces of vodka for every cup of water. To give the spray a light, refreshing smell, add a few drops of essential oil, such as peppermint, orange, or lavender. Spray the solution onto the fabric and let it dry completely.

2. Mildew Smell Remover

Get rid of that musty, mildew smell using vodka. If clothes have been left in the wash too long or you’ve found some old clothes and linens in your basement with that damp smell, add just ½ cup of vodka to that load of laundry. Just as it deodorizes as a spray, vodka also can work with your laundry soap for extra smell-removing power. Give it a try on fabrics with other strong odors, as well—such as pet smells. You’ll be surprised just how powerful vodka can be at removing them.

3. Shine Enhancer

Someone cleaning a stainless steel dishwasher with a green cloth.

Just about any surface can be shined right up with vodka. From stainless steel and chrome to silver and gold, vodka can clean these surfaces and restore some of their original luster. Use it as a jewelry cleaner by applying a small amount to a soft-bristled toothbrush and then scrub the jewelry lightly. You can even leave a piece of jewelry in a small bowl or cup of vodka for a few minutes before scrubbing. Vodka can also be used to wipe steel or chrome surfaces for a streak-free shine. Be sure to always buff jewelry and shiny surfaces with a soft cloth after cleaning.

4. Stain Remover

For tough stains, apply vodka directly, as you would any other stain remover. The alcohol helps to lift stains from clothing—this is a great tip if you’re out on the town. Even really tough stains from makeup, ink, and wine can be removed using vodka and by dabbing at a stain with a cotton cloth instead of rubbing.

5. Glass and Mirror Cleaner

A woman cleaning a mirror with a yellow rag and a spray bottle.

For streak-free windows and mirrors, use pure vodka in a spray bottle and wipe the surface clean with paper towels. Dilute the vodka with a few ounces of water when cleaning hot surfaces or on a hot day, so it doesn’t evaporate too quickly.

6. Goo Remover

Having a hard time removing a label from a new product you’ve brought home or pulling a sticker off a glass surface? Vodka can battle that sticky goo! Rub a small amount of vodka over the sticky surface to remove the goo as well as the label using a cotton cloth or your finger. Add additional vodka to saturate the sticker, if needed. The remainder of it should come off easily.

7. Mildew and Soap Scum Remover

A person cleaning a bathtub with yellow gloves.

That dark stuff in the creases of the caulking in your bathroom and kitchen and the white, flaky residue that builds up on faucets, shower heads, and shower doors are mildew and soap scum. Battle them using vodka! Get rid of both mildew and soap scum by spraying vodka directly onto the affected surface and letting it sit for 10-20 minutes. After the time is up, scrub away mildew and soap scum with a soapy water solution.

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Ditch Dryer Sheets

Disposable dryer sheets contain harmful chemicals and the extra waste isn’t good for the environment.  They are free of chemicals, fragrances and dyes.  Wool dryer balls are a natural alternative from fabric softener.  They help reduce static and drying time by up to 25% and are safe for all fabrics.   Using dryer balls means you will no longer need to purchase liquid fabric softeer or dryer sheets.

You can find them on Amazon with 2 Day shipping for Prime members.

These wool dryer balls are a great way to take green cleaning into your laundry room and further your green lifestyle.  Please let us know how they work for you.

Meet Shasta

Every job has a story and this one in particular has a great ending.  While our crew was mid way thru a normal deep green cleaning, the family pet ran into the room the crew was cleaning and wagged his tail as if he was happy to meet them.  The customer then runs in and apologizes not knowing if the crew was afraid of dogs.  They explain to her that they are dog owners themselves and have no issues with the dog being around then during the cleaning.

The client then explained that Shasta was rescued by her daughter from a puppy farm.  It turns out, her daughter is so passionate about saving dogs from being eaten that she rescued one herself.   We thought it was admirable and she thought get green cleaning was excellent, so everyone was happy.