Category Archives: Cleaning

Fragrance Free Products

WARNING: Fragrance-Free and Unscented are NOT the same. Don’t let the manufacturer trick you into thinking they are. Unscented products have chemicals that mask the odors, your skin might know the difference and still have an adverse reaction.

Beauty & Skin

Arm & Hammer: Ultramax Solid AntiPerspirant Deodorant, Unscented – While this says unscented in the title it actually specifies fragrance-free in the description. Hubby uses this one. (Amazon)

Avant Fragrance-free Hand Sanitizer (Amazon)

Aveeno: has several fragrance-free products. My favorite one is the Skin Relief Body Wash, it has colloidal oatmeal in it which is excellent for dry, itchy skin. Hubby and I use the Therapeutic Shave Gel. (Amazon)

Banana Boat: Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen – This is my go-to for sunscreen regardless of time of year. I apply this on my neck, decollete, and arms. (Amazon)

California BabyHas their own fragrance-free line called Super Sensitive. You don’t have to be a baby to use it, but this brand is very pricey! (Amazon)

CeraVe: Great fragrance-free options. I use the Hydrating and Foaming cleansers as well as the moisturizing cream. Higher price tags for this than Cetaphil but that was what my Dermatologist recommended while I was on Accutane. (Amazon)

Cetaphil: I’ve used these in the past but since I have so many CeraVe products right now I won’t repurchase til they are gone. Cetaphil is significantly more cost efficient! (Amazon)

Dermalogica: is another skincare line that is entirely ARTIFICIAL fragrance-free. You may find products that have smells, like precleanse, but they are all natural. My favorite product is the Daily Microfoliant. (Amazon)

Dove: Advanced Care Sensitive Antiperspirant – A great product I’ve used for I don’t know how long. (Amazon)

EltaMDUV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 – My dermatologist recommended this because of my fragrance sensitivity and because my skin is super reactive and sensitive.

First Aid Beauty: is another skincare line that is entirely ARTIFICIAL fragrance-free. You may find products that have smells but they are all natural. (Amazon)

Gold Bond Ultimate: I loved this product when my eczema broke out all over both hands. It really helped the itch and helped heal the skin enough to repair as well. I won’t go another winter without this product. (Amazon)

Healthy HooHoo: This is excellent for maintaining your PH in your feminine area, but expect to part with $12+ per 4 oz. It’s a bit too pricey for me personally but if you battle issues with consistent yeast infections this may be the feminine cleanser for you. (Amazon)

O’Keffe’s Working Hands: My brother recommended this because it was fragrance-free and because as a nurse he’s constantly washing his hands. He was referred to this by a coworker and now this is Hubby’s Holy Grail hand lotion. He REFUSES to use anything else. (Amazon)

Paula’s Choiceproducts are entirely fragrance-free!

Simple Skincare: Another all fragrance-free skincare line. These are very affordable as they are drugstore items. I love their micellar water! (Amazon)

Heroine Gauntlets - Extra-long arm warmers | EitanyaDesigns
Heroine Gauntlets – Extra-long arm warmers | EitanyaDesigns

So this is about skin… Since I have contact dermatitis, remember I mentioned the rash I get when I come into contact with fragrance? Well, I purchased these awesome arm warmers, I got them from EitanyaDesigns on Etsy.

Household Products

all free clear — We’ve used the liquid laundry detergent and dryer sheets for over ten years. The liquid detergent is even sold in select Costco locations in bulk. Hubby prefers to use the smaller bottles because they have nicer drip slots, so we’ll pour out some of the large bottles into the smaller ones.

Better Life – I found this product by watching Shark Tank! Now this brand has fragrance-free products (they list it as unscented) but it also specifies on the nicer smelling ones it does specify the scents are all-natural. (Amazon)

Bounce – Free & Gentle Dryer Sheets (Amazon)

DownyFree & Gentle Fabric Softener. Again something we’ve used for more than ten years now.

Dr. BronnersBaby Mild Castile Soap (Amazon) You can use this as is or you can use it in my DIY Foaming Soap.

PUREayre – Another Shark Tank thing I found super interesting. This can help you deodorize your home “Without the hazards of chemical products and artificial fragrances.” They have a variety of different products for Home, Baby, Pets, Dogs, and Marine. (Amazon)

Seventh Generation – Has a huge list of different fragrance-free products including all-purpose cleaner, baby wipes, chlorine free bleach, diapers,  dish liquid, glass & surface cleaner, dishwasher gel & powder, fabric softener, laundry detergent, rinse aid, stain remover, and training pants. (Amazon)

Miscellaneous Products

Dog Shampoos & Conditioners

Earthbath – Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo Fragrance-Free
Shampoo (Amazon) and Conditioner (Amazon)

Tenda GroomHypoallergenic Dog Shampoo (1 Gal Amazon)

Wet OnesSensitive Skin (Amazon) You can get the packets for travel or you can be like me and just get a tub to take with you. It’s easy to take them in a small Ziploc bag, if for some reason they start to dry out you can easily add a touch of water to the bag or just get a spray bottle and voila it’s all fixed. Same thing if you accidentally leave the tub open, just add a bit of water to the container and it’ll hydrate itself.

System Jo – H2O Personal Lubricant (Amazon) and there is also their All-In-One Massage Glide (Amazon.) Their manufacturer website is very image intensive so it may take a minute to load, but they have great products that we love. We were actually referred to this line of products by a friend / couple who enjoy their products.

Moso Natural – This company offers air purifying bags that are rechargeable via the sun! Isn’t that neat? They have small ones you can put in shoes or I use the 200g ones I bought from (Amazon) in a set of four. I have two in our closed trash can, it does a good job but closed trash cans get smelly really fast. We also have them in our bathrooms and fridge. I love that when the product ‘expires’ after 2 years you can open it up and put it in a garden or just on your grass.

Grab Green Home – Has a full list of items that are fragrance free. I’ve never used the site before, but as I type this out I am browsing the site.

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DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Recipe adapted from Mom4Real
Recipe adapted from Mom4Real

Update 2 weeks later: I’ve made both a tester batch and a full one and I find my dishes aren’t AS clean as I want them to be. I’ve noticed that my kitchen utensils don’t always lose their stuck on food, even with soaking, and that the cutlery still has a residue leftover on them. I’m even using distilled white vinegar as a rinse aid. I’ll keep using the batch that I have now but when they are gone I’ll either swap to another DIY or stick with my Kirkland brand. I haven’t decided yet.

Ok, I did go back to the Kirkland brand. I use it only at night or when I’m upstairs so I’m not in the immediate vicinity of the kitchen. Right now it’s the holidays and I don’t have time to play around with detergent recipes.

I’ve used store bought dish tabs for years. I love my Cascade it works incredibly well, but at $20+ per box but is way overpriced so I swapped to the Kirkland and loved it’s affordable price of $10. My problem is that they changed their formula, the smell is different / stronger, and as a result, I started getting headaches every time I did dishes. I don’t consider the fair price worth the tradeoff so I swapped to the Finish Powerball tabs, but those are complete junk!! I have to pre-wash my dirty dishes before I can put them in the dishwasher, and that doesn’t guarantee a good clean. Several items had to be re-washed more than three times to get clean, and if you’re wondering… No, my dishwasher wasn’t over-packed.

Now it’s time to try the DIYs. I saw this recipe from Mom4Real and thought wow 3 ingredients, I can do that. All you need is Baking Soda, Citric Acid (or Lemi Shine) and liquid Dish Soap.

I have a tendency of going all-in when I do DIYs, then I come out disappointed with too much ‘product’ that doesn’t work out for me so this time I decided to reduce the original recipe before I created it. I also decided I wanted more of a blue color than was in the recipe so I added an extra 1 Tbsp of dish soap to the original recipe… so here’s my test version:

1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Citric Acid or Lemi Shine
1.5 Tsp Dawn*
Mixing Bowl
Glove or Spoon to stir with
Silicone Mold
Airtight Container

I added each to the bowl in order of ingredients and used a gloved hand to mix it up. Once it was nicely incorporated with the pretty light blue color I started to add it to the silicone mold. Now you’ll see a bunch of expanding, so I recommend only adding half the cavity of the mold due to expansion. Set a timer for ten minutes, when the timer is up then you can level off the expanded part and put it into a new cavity. Mine made 6 fully formed tabs.

The original post said to leave it to air dry between 4 hours to overnight, so I left mine on top of our cooled stove. The mixture did dry into hard tabs as promised, which I was excited for. The silicone molds made it super easy to pop them out. I recommend popping them out onto a folded paper towel or hand towel to avoid any breakage. I then put them straight into the airtight container to use as needed.

In my case, my dishwasher was already loaded and ready to be turned on so I tossed a tab at the bottom of the dishwasher, per the original poster’s directions and turned it on.

In this load, I did leave the dishes with stuck-on gravies and pasta on them to see what the result would be, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed! Out of an entire load of dishes, the only thing that didn’t come out clean was the plate that had pasta and gravy on it. I think we had that dinner two days ago and just didn’t have enough dishes to run a load.

I looked up about 20 different DIY dishwasher detergent/tabs yesterday, and as long as this keeps working I won’t be looking any further than the cupboard to get out the ingredients when I need to whip up a new batch.

I’m not sure how much it costs per batch as I already had all the ingredients on hand, but if I remember, I will try to price it out and come back to update later.

*I’ve seen many a recipe call for low-sudsing soaps like Castile, I used this with no problem in my dishwasher. Your needs may be different.


I don’t like to spend money on things if I don’t have to. I also don’t like using chemicals because they trigger my asthma and fragrance allergies, headaches become migraines and I can’t breathe… it’s a lose-lose situation for me.

One of the things I’ve made an exception for in the past is the 409 and the only reason why is for the bottle!  You may think I’m crazy right about now, don’t worry you aren’t the only one!

409 is part of the Clorox Brand, and they introduced Smart Tube® technology several years ago. That Smart Tube® technology allows the user to keep using the product inside to the last drop WITHOUT having to tilt, turn, giggle or waste product.

You can easily use the original product and tear off the brand wrapper, then repurpose the bottle. You can use label makers or markers to write on it specifying what’s inside and even the recipe for it so you can make it over again.

If you are interested in finding out about the bottle, check out this Youtube video. This is not an affiliate link or anything of that nature, I just thought if this helped me it could help someone else too.

You could go out and spend money on a pretty bottle… but this works great and has benefits the pretty one won’t have.

All-purpose cleaner

Buying a great all-purpose solution from the grocery store will set you back about $3, depending on where you live. You can easily make your own for pennies on the dollar by following this recipe.

1 Tablespoon of Dish Soap
8 oz of water (I use this bottle)
1 Spray Bottle

This is easily scalable, meaning you can make it in larger batches if you have a larger bottle or just want to be lazy and make it less frequently. A great recipe calculator I’ve found is from Fruit From Washington and I find that I use it for both cooking and cleaning recipes all the time.

Credit to Clean My Space for the original recipe.

DIY Glass Shower & Toilet Bowl Cleaner

So this is one of those great recipes you can make in advance and bottle it to be used whenever you find that you’re in need next. The ingredients are very simple and you will probably have two out of three in your home already.

DIY Glass Shower & Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Dish Soap (I use the standard blue Dawn)
1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum (Don’t have any? Double the dish soap)
Heat safe bowl
Hand mixer or whisk
Spray bottle that can handle a thick spray (I used this bottle.)

In your heat-safe bowl warm the vinegar in the microwave for 1 minute.

Pull your heated vinegar out, careful it may be hot! Add the xanthan gum and mix really well, the hand mixer makes life easier on this one but a whisk will do.

When the xanthan gum is fully incorporated add in your dish soap and mix gently. You want the mixture to blend well but not bubble up.

Allow mixture to cool to room temperature then add to your spray container and/or bottle if pre-making for future use.

WARNING: Above recipe can cause discoloration on the seat/lid if you use this solution on it. It is not recommended for anything but the interior of the bowl.

Toilets  Extra Supplies: Gloves, Paper towels or cleaning cloths, all-purpose cleaner.

With gloved hands lift the seat and spray under the ring of the bowl, and the inside of the bowl itself. The mixture should cling to the surface thanks to the xanthan gum.

For the toilet itself grab your all-purpose cleaner. Since your seat is in the up position, spray the bottom of it then close it, spraying the top of the seat. Moving on to spraying the bottom of the lid next then close the lid and doing the top of the lid. Move on to the tank, making sure to avoid spraying your walls.

Leave that sitting for at least three minutes.

Grab your gloves again. With the all-purpose cleaner spray the outside of the bowl as well as the sides, this part doesn’t need to sit on there long. With paper towels in hand, wipe the exterior off first. Once the exterior is clean move onto the toilet lid, seat, and then scrub the bowl with a toilet wand. You shouldn’t need to scrub too much with the toilet bowl recipe because it does most of the hard work for you.

Once you’ve scrubbed the inside of the bowl put your toilet wand on the lip of the bowl and close down the seat and lid on it, making the bowl itself a drip tray. Allow it to drip dry before returning to its cubby. Once drip dried you can flush.

Depending on your household’s needs you may want to do this once or twice a week. In our two-person home, I do it once every other week or if I see any discoloration.

Glass Shower – Extra Supplies: Squeegee

Spray on the shower windows, leave it on for 6+ hours (overnight or while you are at work.) Make sure to close the bathroom door behind you and/or turn on your exterior ventilation because the vinegar smell is going to be very strong.

When you’re ready to wash it off, just wet the dried mixture and squeegee off the soap scum.

If you find there are parts that were missed, repeat steps above.

Recipe adapted from two different bloggers so here’s a link to ensure they get credit: Christine’s Cozy CornerHeavenly Edens.