Hey! :0)   How many of you out there like to mop?!  

A strange question, you say!?   I guess so, but, honestly, I enjoy mopping!    No, I do not love doing housework!  I have many things I would rather do, and I often view housework as a necessary evil. However, I actually find mopping to be enjoyable!    

I think the reason I like it is my supplies!  I was adding this to my list of things I'm thankful for one day and I thought I ought to just share it with y'all.

-- In addition, I read and mop at the same time!!   Well, actually, I listen and mop at the same time!     

So, here it it:

I use my inexpensive, non-toxic all-purpose cleaner and this mop which is fantastic!   I just walk around, spray and wipe! :0)   Well, sometimes I have to bend down and scrape or add a little more elbow grease (though not quite as often now that the boys are older :)) 

So, my mop is made by a company called Bona.  It has an adjustable length handle and a flat, swiveling bottom which fits under doors! :)   And, the best part is that the base has velcro on the underside to which you attach re-usable cleaning pads.  I have 4 of them so I don't have to rinse them out while I mop!  I just throw them in the wash when I'm done!!  Super easy!  

This mop also has a dust mop pad as well.  I'm not as excited about sweeping -- I think it's the pile I'm left with at the end of sweeping which isn't all that appealing!  hahaha!     Anyway,...

Here's how to make your own all-purpose cleaner  (I use it on my counters as well as my floors: tile and hardwood)

Here's where I got my mop and extra cleaning pads:   ***I have the 18" Professional one below.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Does making your own laundry detergent sound daunting!?!   It did to me!!  But, is surprisingly quick and easy and is SOOOO inexpensive!  

  • Non-toxic!
  • good for use in HE washers
  • no chemicals or carcinogens!
  • costs pennies!

Here's how:


  • 1 bar "Fels-Naptha" OR "Zote" soap
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup Washing Soda -- **please note it is WASHING Soda, NOT baking soda :)
  • Water
  • large bucket -- 5 gallon bucket works great!


  • Using a cheese grater or food processor, grate the bar of soap
  • Heat shredded soap in a sauce pan with several cups of water
  • Stir and heat until soap is dissolved
  • Add Washing Soda and Borax
  • Stir until dissolved
  • Pour into 5 gallon bucket and fill to 3/4 of the way full with hot water
  • Stir well and let sit over night.  It will firm up a bit into a chunky gel.  


  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup per load of laundry
  • Enjoy -- cuz doing laundry is so rewarding!!! ;0)


I store mine in the big bucket, but for easy, everyday use, I keep in an old detergent bottle.



I order my ingredients here:

Non-toxic All-purpose Cleaner

My favorite frugal, non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner!




  • pour all ingredients into a spray bottle -- adding more or less water to fill the bottle
  • shake until well blended

To Use: 

  • spray on countertops, stove, sink, toilet,... 
  • wipe clean