The #1 DIY Cleaning Recipe Mistake…and How to Avoid It

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How to know whether a DIY Cleaning Recipe is good…or bad (video)

(The first half is about Corona Virus, then around minute 15 I get into the DIY info. So sorry that the audio is not synced with the video!! That is Facebook’s fault bc this was originally a FB Live…I will try to re-record it and post a better version when I have time!)

Trustworthy Hand Sanitizer Resources

  • Nicole’s Perfect Pit Spray has been #ObsessivelyResearched, and can double as hand sanitizer AND surface sanitizer (Like Alton Brown, I hate “uni-tasker” products…everything should have more than one purpose!)
  • Body Butter: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective, but can be hard on your hands. And if your skin starts cracking from all the extra hand washing on top of it…they’re gonna hurt! Not to mention the fact that cracks in your skin act as a super highway for bad germs to get into your body Body butter can help! Slather it on every night before bed (or as needed), and your hands will be silky soft by morning.
  • Want to try making hand sanitizer (or solubilizing essential oils…) for yourself? You can order 100% ethanol from Amazon! I have personally used this brand before for my products. If you only plan on making something once in a while, try the smaller, 8-oz bottle. But if you want to make things in bulk (like I do!), or you don’t mind storing the leftovers for a future DIY project, then go ahead and purchase the larger 32-oz or even the 1-gallon jug of pure ethanol. (If nothing else, you can dilute it with water and use it to make mixed drinks when you have to be quarantined! #KiddingNotKidding)
  • 2-oz Spray Bottles: This is the perfect size to hide around the house or keep in your purse. I prefer to use glass bottles because I feel like they stand up to the “wear and tear” of daily use a bit better. And the brown-tinted bottles always seem to be a bit less expensive than their blue-tinted counterparts.
  • Need a quality essential oil recommendation? Contact me, and I’ll be glad to tell you what I prefer to use!

Lavender Room Spray Recipe

Lavender Room Spray

Want to freshen up your room WITHOUT spraying chemicals all over the place? This recipe is perfect for spritzing in the air, on your couches and curtains, and even in the bathroom after you..well, you know.
Course: DIY Cleaning
Keyword: Lavender


  • Small funnel


  • 4 tsp 100% Pure Ethanol*
  • 50 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 tsp Distilled Water
  • 1 2-oz Spray bottle


  • Pour Ethanol into a small bowl.
  • Add Lavender Essential Oil to the ethanol. Mix well until completely combined (aka "solubilized").
  • Slowly add Distilled Water to the bowl, pausing frequently to stir. (It's normal for the solution to turn slightly white and/or opaque.)
  • Using a funnel, carefully pour your mixture into the 2-oz bottle.
  • Put on the lid, label your spray bottle, and use as needed to freshen up your room!


*This ratio of 100% ethanol to water will give you a concentration of approximately 33% ethanol in the finished Room Spray. Well above the safety limit of 25% for being able to “self-preserve” and prevent the growth of icky germs inside your bottle! But NOT high enough to kill icky germs on your hands or surface…so please don’t use it that way 🙂

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