Daily Archives: August 25, 2014

Roll Your Own

Roll Your Own

Whether I use my favorite Mrs. Meyers scents :Basil, Lavender or Lemon Verbena, I enjoy making my house smell wonderful.  However, these products can be on the pricy side, so today, I went on the prowl for recipes for fragrant household cleaners that smell great and clean as well as these.  The first one I found was a copycat recipe for Mrs. Meyers Countertop Spray.  The scent comes from essential oil, and  is derived from a South American shrub of the verbena family, with lemon-scented leaves that are used as flavoring and to make a sedative tea and other fragrant things.   The essential oil brand that I recommend is DoTerra. Mmmm!


Mrs. Meyers Copycat Countertop Spray
{Lemon Verbena}
2 cups water 
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
*3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
Mix well in a spray bottle.


I also found THIS WEBSITE that has some delicious cleaning product recipes.  The site is called, “Hopeful Things” and I plan to spend more time there.  Looks like quite the inspirational  online place to visit!



• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of DoTerra orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass.



• Half a lemon
• 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

4 Drops DoTerra essential oil

Drop the essential oil drops into the borax & stir thoroughly. Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not for marble/granite)


Knock Off of Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner

  • 3 parts water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • a dash of dishwashing soap
  • a few drops of your favorite DoTerra essential oil
  • Mix everything together and go for it!


There are countless reasons to make one’s own cleaning products.  Doing so allows one to control the ingredients and to use ones that cause less harm to the environment, to oneself and to pets.  The colors, scents and textures can also be customized to streamline the products toward the desired consistencies and fragrances.   Making them is fun and environmentally responsible.  Plus, they make great gifts!

I think you will be happy with the results.  As soon as I’ve finished using up all of my current stock of Mrs. Meyers products, I am going to start making my own on a regular basis.





Napa Valley

Napa Valley


We spent a lot of time in the Napa Valley during our nearly month-long vacation….visiting family, visiting wineries and simply exploring, as is our custom when we go anywhere.  This was a fun-filled vacation, so we are still in shock this morning, after the earthquake, as we learn more and more about the damage and what happened.  As I mentioned in my last post, none of my family members were injured, but they did sustain a lot of property damage.

Anyway….here are some random photos of the trip and our explorations.  As you can see, it is stunningly beautiful there.  Enjoy!


These two gargoyles keep close watch over Castillo di Amarosa!

grape press

This vintage grape press sits on the ground near the castle entrance.


Chain chain chainnnnnnnn!

castle kitty

Dario Sattui’s castle kitty!


Castle Piggies


Relax!  You’re in Calistoga.

sidewalk cafe

Sidewalk cafe in Calistoga


Some Pique Assiette in a bakery window.


These lovely glass pieces were on our table at the Quixote Winery on the Silverado Trail


More Quixote

 gaylon stacy brent

This is my Auntie, my friend, Brent and me (hiding behind my Aunt…at Brent’s fabulous art house in the Santa Cruz mountains.

gaylonand stacy at brents

My Auntie was amazed by Brent’s marvelous abode. Who wouldn’t be?!