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A DIY clean for an OCD happy.

May 11, 2011
When I am stressed I do the obvious things. I read, I veg in front of Netflix watching bad movies and sci-fi series that I never would have known about if not for the internet. I nap – sometimes a little too much. I try not to yell and snap at the those around me trying to be helpful when I just want to be left alone. But days like today, when my life is in complete chaos… Days like this the little things don’t help.
So it’s days like these that I clean. Yes, clean. Cleaning I guess is therapeutic for me. It’s the one thing that allows me to make everything right and put things in their place. And it could explain why there are so many people with OCD in this less than simple world.
green clean (not a meth lab)However, not only is cleaning therapeutic, but it’s also necessary. That is, unless you enjoy your bare feet sticking to the floor and maggots breeding in your fruit bowl. Cleaning, however, can also be crafty. That is if you’re making your own green and clean solutions for everything from the bathroom to the kitchen to the laundry. DIY cleaning works, it’s less expensive and it’s non-toxic.
With that I want to share an awesome collection of DIY Green Cleaning Recipes that I found at Re-Nest. There are 25 recipes for cleaning everything in your house from the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room to your living room and specialty cleaning. You can grab the collection of all 25 recipes and articles here. Also be sure to check out my own recipe for making diy laundry detergent using handmade soaps.
I also recommend checking out Sew Chatty Blog for a free printable cleaning chart. It serves as a handy reminder and to do list making it easier to keep those everyday chores on task. Plus, be sure to visit Design Finch Blog if you’re looking to label your cleaners for easy organization and something far cuter than black Sharpie scribble. Not only does Design Finch offer a few additional homemade cleaning recipes, but the bottom of the article contains a handful of links to free printable labels for your handmade household cleaners. Additionally, you may also want to check out my blog article from last summer, Eco-friendly alternatives to everyday conveniences. It contains a great tutorial on crafting your own washable Swiffer cover using a loom plus re-usable and unique product ideas.

You may also be interested in these articles from Soap Deli News: DIY All Purpose Cleaner Recipe, DIY Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe, and DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions.

So what’s the skinny on you? Do you clean when you’re stressed? And what’s your favorite magic, natural combo for a green household clean?


  • Alessandra @ Tribal Times

    May 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! This is incredibly helpful! I’m happy to retweet!

  • Paige (Final Clothes-Out)

    May 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I only clean when I’m stressed if the mess is the problem. Haha. Otherwise I’m too busy doing the 900 other things on my plate.

    Checking out some of these links…

  • SleightGirl

    May 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I wish I was the type that cleaned to relieve stress. I tend to clean when the mess is the cause of my stress… well, that’s the plan for today anyway.


  • Piper Bella Boutique

    May 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Awww, I hope today is a better day for you! I wish I cleaned when I was feeling down or up or sideways… can you tell my house is a disaster? LOL! Great post and blog, God Bless!

  • Shelley (EvenAndy)

    May 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Great post! I will definitely use these helpful tips! I have 2 little ones and I am cleaning constantly.

  • Crunchy Diva

    May 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    i hope the rest of the week is better for you. as a single mom with a no show ex when it comes to our son i can relate where you are coming from. as far as the car goes it seems as soon as we have things in order something else happens that costs us money ((hugs))

    when it comes to cleaning i wish i cleaned when i was stressed. i however eat when i’m stressed not so good for my waistline…lol. i’ll share my favorite cleaners:

    ~ all purpose cleaner 1/2 & 1/2 water & white vinegar, 3 – 4 drops liquid dish soap, about 10 drops of tea tree oil. mix together in a spray bottle great for counters, mirrors, floors etc
    ~ straight baking soda for my bath tub & toilet

    i try to keep my home made cleaners simple or i won’t use them.

  • Elizabeth

    May 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I really appreciate it! Have a happy day!


  • Wendy

    July 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    love your diy tips. you would enjoy my sister’s blog. Check out azawhistle.com or on facebook.

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