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  • Peggy R Miller says:

    If using the detox drink, how many days should a person drink this mix?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Hi. I recommend drinking the detox drink every morning.

      I drink the raw apple cider vinegar detox drink every morning when I wake up to detox my body and start hydrating it.

  • Samantha says:


    Natural cleaning always shows effective results when compared to using harmful and costly chemicals.

    Your article clearly mentioned all steps and how to do video just was super helpful.

    Baking soda is gentle abrasive, so its great for cleaning stainless steel sinks to remove greasy and dirt residue.

    Your idea of cleaning sinks with a combo of baking soda and vinegar effortlessly removes dirt, grime, and other residue’s.

    Appreciate you for sharing content on this household issue.

    Good Luck

  • Great presentation, Justin, love to see it in action too! I would normally put baking soda and vinegar down the plug-hole which is great in shifting the bad odours in sink pipes.
    I have used baking soda and alcohol rubbing 70% to help with mattress problems like fungus or discolouration and it’s amazing how it shifts that stuff, because of condensation within the rooms.

    I have used baking soda and cocount oil to brush teeth and I think a bit of taumeric too!
    Cleaning a stainless steel sink is something I haven’t tried yet.
    I want to go and clean my sink now! lol. or can I borrow you to do the cleaning for me? especially my oven wow I will definately try out the paste version over night.

    So glad I came across your post, I am also like to use natural substances to clean, rather than the so toxic cleaning agents they have out there.
    Love how bold and simple your post is and easy to follow. Great read Thank you.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. Sounds like you’ve used baking soda in the past. Sorry can’t come to your house to clean but do give this baking soda and vinegar cleaning method a try! Thanks for the comment!

  • Gorjan says:

    It may seem funny to some, but detergents are quite expensive where I’m from, so that’s why we never used them in my household.

    The smell of vinegar will always remind me of my auntie cleaning the house. There’s nothing that removes bacteria quite as well as vinegar does, and here it is again, being a saviour and helping me clean my sink once again.

    Thanks for the in-depth explanation. I appreciate it!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. Vinegar and baking soda can clean a lot of household things and they’re inexpensive to buy. So if you can avoid buying detergent just use them.

  • Jamie L. says:

    Great article! I absolutely love using Baking Soda whenever I can. I don’t know why I never thought of using it on my sink! I usually buy stainless steel cleanser but it cakes up and I can never get it out of the container so it becomes a wast of money. Thanks for pointing out such a great and chemical free solution. I’m going to do this today! I’m going to look around your website for other cleaning hacks. Thanks again!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. Baking soda and vinegar is a very inexpensive way to clean and you won’t need to waste money on other cleaning products.

  • I love the idea of natural cleaning. We have a lot of iron in our water; therefore, our sinks looked just like those on your picture to the left.

    Thanks for showing the “how-to” video. After watching it, I went ahead and cleaned them. Now they look beautifully shiny.

    Can I use this same concoction to clean my tile floors and their grout?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Jeannette Z! I’m glad you used the baking soda and vinegar cleaning method on your stainless steel sink. For the grout on tile floors, I usually use baking soda & water or hydrogen peroxide. But be careful because the longer you leave in on the grout the whiter it will get. If you don’t want the grout to get real white, don’t leave it on there for real long.

  • Rob Corbett says:

    Perfect timing man! I was just looking at my stainless steel sink last night and thinking how I need to go at it and give it a good cleaning.

    I really dig that the method you provided is using natural products and how easy it is to source baking soda and vinegar. Throw in a little elbow grease as they say and I should have it looking shiny again in no time.

    Also have to clean my bathtub soon lol, tired of using comet. Would this concoction work for my tub also?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thanks Robb! Yes baking soda and vinegar also work in the bathtub. I use baking soda and a non-scratch scrub pad to scour my client’s bathtubs and vinegar to shine the bathtub stainless steel handles and faucets. It’s very similar to the cleaning process I use for the stainless steel kitchen sink.

  • Goutam says:

    Hi Justin ,
    Well presentation Baking Soda and vinegar reaction is very effective and it does work well as you proved in practical.

    I wish to see more article you will bring for us. Good luck .


  • Christine says:

    I have sometimes combined baking soda and vinegar and it always has this chemical reaction, the mixture begins to sizzle, it looks cool actually 🙂 I often use baking soda and vinegar to clean, because it’s natural, there are no strong and harmful chemicals and it does a great cleaning job. It also eliminates bad smells. Is baking soda the component that eliminates bad smells?

  • Arnaud says:

    Very nice trick for cleansing a stainless still kitchen. I did know about baking soda but not about vinegar.

    I will definitely have to try it.

    Many thanks for sharing


  • Hannie says:

    Until a couple of months ago we bought our cleaning products at the eco store in our village. But I am developing a resentment to plastic packaging. So I am really interested in making cleaning stuff myself.

    Your explanation is very clear and helpful. Thanks!

    I read some use lemon as well. Do you have experience with that and would you recommend it for the oven?

    • admin says:

      I am glad you find this post helpful. I have not used lemon to clean my oven, but I do know that it is a natural degreaser and contains citric acid, so it could help remove grease.

  • Lyne says:

    Hi, what a great ideal, I need to try this after all the cooking for Christmas, I needed a good tip to clean my oven I have difficulty breathing if I take the oven spray cleaner you buy in the store.
    Thank you for sharing

  • Deb says:

    I love this method and will certainly give it a go. I usually use the self-clean feature on my oven but I really hate the way it tends to stink up the house leaving my throat and nose irritated. Being winter in Canada, opening the windows is not really an option this time of year. Thanks again. What other cleaning hacks do you have for baking soda and vinegar?

  • This method looks much better than the one I did! I used chemicals, but it was on my Mom’s oven that hadn’t been cleaned in….forever. I had to use so much to get through all the grime and long time abuse in hers.
    Does this natural method work well on ovens that haven’t been cleaned in probably 10 years? I doubt I’ll wait that long to clean her oven again, but geez, it was bad!


  • TGP says:

    I like this tip. Very practical and above all it is natural. This is a tip not just over Xmas but for all occasions. Clean the oven is a nightmare. For sure will use it. The products are easy to find and make the mixture seems to be quicker. Althoug, I was wondering, can you make the mixture and leave it ready to use when you need or you should do it every time you need it? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi. My experience has been that after you combine baking soda and water, the longer it sits, the more it starts to fall apart and crumble. It’s harder to spread in the oven this way, so I would suggest making a fresh mixture every time. Hope that helps!

  • Jason says:

    We’ve always used one of those foam sprays which as you point out seem pretty toxic in terms of the smell and obvious chemicals used. Our oven is well and truly overdue for a clean so thanks for the natural options tips – seems a lot easier and much healthier.

  • LJ kudos says:


    I’m absolutely amazed at how many VOCs are around the house and in the air.
    When you break it all down it can be a scary thought! As you say, always try to maintain as much ventilation as possible to give the place a sweep of fresh air!

    Very useful information mate. Thanks.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Yes, you’re right, there are a lot of VOCs around your home, but getting lots of ventilation is going to help reduce them. I’m glad this information has helped you.

  • Satz says:

    Quite informative…you also avoid exposure to VOCs by controlling their source. Use materials and products that do not give off VOCs. For instance: Consider storing furnishings and building materials for at least a few weeks. This will allow gases to be given off before you bring them into your home. If this is not possible, increase the ventilation by opening windows and doors in your home for a few weeks

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Yes, you’re right. Another source of VOCS in your home is furniture and building materials and doing as you suggested will help reduce the VOCs they emit. Thanks for sharing.

  • OlaBee says:

    Thanks for sharing, that’s really crazy to see how many products contain VOC. Very informative. To be honest I am trying to be really eco and all I use in the household is water+vinegar and alkaline water.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. Using eco-friendly cleaning products and water+vinegar and alkaline water are great ways to start reducing the VOCs in your home.

  • Janet says:

    This is an interesting article. I’m actually not aware of the health effects volatile organic compounds have on our health. In fact, I didn’t know what is volatile organic compounds until I come across your article. This is really a new knowledge to me.

    I’m quite surprised for long term effects can be so serious! I love product with nice scent as it’s always feel good to smell something nice. So now I have to be more aware of it and choose product with natural scent.

    Thank you for sharing this informative article.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Janet. I don’t think a lot of people are aware of the volatile organic compounds in the products we buy and that end up in the air in our homes. I’m glad you know now.

  • Mikhail says:

    Hey Justin, thanks for this informative post. I had no idea there were so many VOC’s in the products I use. Now that I know I’ll try to reduce the amount of store-bought cleaning and household products I use. I’ll look into more natural sources for use in the home.
    The information was easy to read and understand, thanks again.


  • Hi Marigold and Ivy,

    Well you’re certainly correct when you say that 2020 has been a crazy year, and I must admit the Holidays just won’t feel quite the same.

    Here in the UK we have a Tier-system, which governs what type of activities are permissible.

    We have been told that trick-or-treating can take place in Tier-1 and Tier-2 areas (I’m from London and we are considered a Tier-2 area), but unfortunately Tier-3 areas (which comprises approximately 15% of the UK population) will not be able to take part.

    Effectively, Halloween is cancelled (outside the home environment) for Tier-3 areas.

    With that said, even for the rest of us, common sense is a must, and as you’ve alluded to it’s important that everyone stays safe during this celebratory period.

    I love your home safety tips and it’s definitely something that we should all adhere to during these difficult times.


    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      That’s definitely different than what we have in the United States but sounds like a good plan for reducing the contact between people. Thanks for your comment Partha and have a safe and healthy Halloween.

  • Hannie says:

    Hmm, if I would be a cynic I would say the safest thing to do is hang a note on your door that says ‘COVID patients in the house’. 😀

    Just kidding.

    Halloween is a strange day for me. I have never celebrated it back in the Netherlands. It just didn’t exist. I knew of course it was a happening in the States. In recent years it seems to have become a habit in the Netherlands too, but I was too busy selling my house and packing for the emigration to Spain to notice. I yet have to discover how big a thing it is over here.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      It’s a pretty big holiday in the United States and like the post said it is also a big day for crime. Whether you end up celebrating Halloween or not this year, stay safe and healthy Hannie!

  • Hi Justin,

    There are some really great tips here on how to have a spooktacular Halloween.

    I really need to put our dog away, because he’s a jumper, and he goes crazy when kids are around.

    Thanks for putting this together.

  • Habib says:

    It’s really interesting how you sometimes attract things into your life. As I have been looking for the eco friendly cleaning products for a while, and here I have come across your website with amazing recommendation for eco friendly cleaning products. I will look into the Green Seal.

    Thank you so much for helping us out.

    Best wishes

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Habib. Yes, order some of these eco friendly cleaning products. They’re great for you and the environment.

  • Ivan says:

    It’s awesome to see that more companies are moving toward creating eco-friendly products. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of many great changes we’re going to see in the future as well. Thanks a lot for sharing this article and keep up the good work with your site here!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Ivan. It is a awesome to see companies making products that are helping preserve and save the environment instead of harm it.

  • Yoana says:

    Thank you for this article. I am pleased to see that more and more companies have eco friendly products. I think you have me convinced after this article. I never thought that my cat can be affected by my cleaning products, but I think I will definitely try to avoid this and use eco friendly products.
    I am glad I came across this article.

  • Marigold and Ivy,

    What a great article with lots of good information! I actually always try to buy eco friendly cleaners anyways since I have pets and I worry about them licking the chemicals and getting sick. I actually had a cat once that got really sick from licking bleach.

    I lived in Hawaii for some years back when I was 18 and I remember when I first moved there, I always got bugs in my house. Hawaii has a lot of bugs and there’s not much you can do to keep them out. But, a neighbor told me once that bleach keeps out ants and roaches. So, I bought a bottle of spray bleach and sprayed all around my windows and doors. I sprayed everywhere that I always saw bugs coming in, and it kept them out. I was so happy!

    A few days later, my cat stopped eating and drinking. I didn’t know what was wrong with her. I tried to force her to drink water at least, but she wouldn’t do anything. So, I called the vet and took her in. The vet told me that she had a burnt tongue. I didn’t understand how that could happen! It’s not like I left the stove on or anything, I told the vet. Then she asked what kinds of cleaners I used. I told her bleach. It’s the only thing that keeps the bugs out.

    Then she asked if I used it indoors, or strictly outdoors. I told her both! I hated the roaches coming in!! She said that pets love bleach. It tastes sweet to them, just like antifreeze. They lap it up, even though it can kill them. I blamed myself and asked if she was going to die. The vet said, “No, I gave her fluids, that’s this large bubble on the side of her here. Don’t squeeze it, it’s IV fluid to help re-hydrate her.”
    The bubble was massive of course, but I was happy she had fluids in her then. The vet said I would also have to force feed her with a wooden tongue depressor and a pate style food she said I needed to buy.

    It took 3 weeks for my cat to get better. I never used bleach inside the house after that. Always afraid my pets would lick it again. I even worry about the Lysol wipes that I use very sparingly, and I wipe up the residue with a wet cloth to be sure.

    I still worry about this happening with my pets, so I’m always looking for natural cleaners that are mainly lemon, vinegar, or baking soda based. It’s hard though, honestly, especially in Alaska. We get very limited items up here on our shelves.

    Anyway, thanks for the great information!! I loved this article!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Wow, sorry to hear about your cat Katrina but I’m glad to hear it recovered. That is one of the problems when you use cleaners with toxic chemicals, a pet or even a young child can consume it. Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope others learn from it.

  • Christine says:

    It is wonderful that more and more companies are going green now. I have a natural and organic pet shampoo which smells fresh like apples, and a few weeks ago I bought an eco-friendly, organic, and natural bug spray to keep bugs off the plants (It’s grasshopper season where I live) I hate pesticides and I never use them, I was using tobacco as a deterrent and it helps too, but when I saw that organic product in Costco I bought it to try it out.
    I did not know that Staples went green as well, that is great! Companies that go green will definitely get more customers, since more people are now inclined to buy more eco-friendly products, I think. At least, I am 🙂

  • Deb says:

    As a retired health care worker and the grandmother of a type 1 diabetic, I am very aware of sanitizing and disinfecting. We do plenty of both around here not only because of the recent COVID-19 but because our grandson requires a relatively germ-free place to test blood sugars and adn=minister insulin injections when he is visiting. You explained the difference between the two clearly. I hope we all continue to be so vigilant in our personal and professional hygiene moving forward. It could lead to fewer colds and cases of flu as well. Take care and stay safe.

  • Cheyenne says:

    I have been lucky enough to come across some Lysol spray recently and disinfecting wipes. I am very uptight about my house being clean. I can deal with clutter to a certain point with 4 kids, but it has to be clean clutter. We all work together to sanitize and disinfect surfaces around the house, and I clean my kitchen very well and often. I think more people need to be aware of this though. Given how hand soap and sanitizer has flown off the shelves after all of this, it makes me wonder if people ever even washed their hands before.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      I’m glad you’re able to sanitize and disinfect your home. You’re right people do need to understand that it is important to sanitize on a regular basis and disinfect when necessary. Stay clean and safe.

  • Aparna says:

    this is a beautifully written article and you deserve full marks for it. I agreed with all the things you’ve mentioned in your post.

    The way you have explained how can we protect our home in this situation in different ways like going in for sensitization & disinfection is indeed great. And in this COVID situation, we should be careful with our cleaning otherwise people and their whole family can suffer a lot we should not take a risk and always sanitize our home.

    I think you would have a lot of people visiting your website and gaining from your experience and knowledge about the topic.



  • Christine says:

    Our lives are certainly different now and will be so for a long time …
    I live alone and I am not a great housewife ;-), but I realize that I have to clean more often. I have homemade spray solution made of alcohol and water which I use when I go out but also at home. I also like to use white vinegar for cleaning. I need to get more of a cleaning routine, though, I have never been good at it, it is very important now … Your article is providing me with many good tips!

  • Habib says:

    I’m glad I’ve come across your post, as it seems like I am sanitizing my home and regularly. I tend to use the more of natural (well almost) ingredients of white vinegar and a few drops dish liquid soap and essential oil (optional) in a spray bottle with tap water. It works wonders and keeps my home free from harsh chemicals too. I’ve even written a post about it. Natural is always the best.

    Looks like from the year 2020 we need to be more conscious about sanitizing.

    Please be safe everyone.

    Many Thank for sharing.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      I’m glad you did too Habib. Natural, non-toxic products are the way to go when cleaning your home and sanitizing or disinfecting it.

  • Ekufaa says:

    You are spot on with this article.
    Sanitizing and disinfecting reduces infections and it has become so important now especially with the outbreak of covid19.

  • Schalk says:

    The world has certainly changed in 2020 and one thing that is actually a good thing is that people now seem to be a lot more aware and a lot more hygienic than in the past. I have a very specific procedure now when I come back from being outside or come from the shops.

    My shoes are left just inside the door as I come in. My clothes goes either on the floor or inside the washing machine as soon as I come in and I go shower immediately and wash my hair.

    In regards to shopping I make use of either a bleach/water solution to spray my shopping or use antibacterial gel to wipe all products before it goes into the refrigerator. After the procedure I do wash my hands also.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      I agree. People seem to be changing their hygienic and cleaning habits for the better. Thanks for sharing your routine. It sounds like it is very healthy and hygienic.

  • Minaher says:

    This existed 20 years ago? Having used something that long is quite a testimonial-more than any add could ad to its value. And I have never heard of it so far! It seems as it could replace just about anything in the household which we use for any kind of cleaning and would in the same time be much less “chemical”. Plus, it seems cost-effective, as well, so all good points to decide start using it instead of all the cleaning agents in the house.
    Thank you!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Minaher. Yes Miracle II Soap has been around for a while. It’s kind of one of those hidden gems for cleaning.

  • Chris says:

    I really enjoyed how you took the trouble to show how this product works in your videos. I have an out door kitchen and needless to say, it is a pain to keep it clean. I am always scrubbing with the copper sponge and I still don’t get things as new and shiny as I would love to see them. You say this is a multi-purpose cleaner, I am just curious, does it leave streaks on stainless steel. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      I am glad you enjoyed the videos Chris. No it doesn’t leave any streaks on stainless steel. Yes give it try, just follow the water ratios for whatever type of cleaning you will be doing.

  • Russ says:

    Wow this product looks great! I am a bit of a clean freak. I’m constantly cleaning my worktops and floors, well everything really. I will certainly take a look into this !!!

  • LeeH says:

    I had never heard of this before this post? I thank you for the information, I really liked the Grill cleaning aspect as that is always a pain to scrub on forever and still not clean. I have saved the page and will try the product out during the grilling season.

    Very well wrote and included all the information I needed so no further research need be done outstanding!

  • Sharon says:

    Hi there,

    Great post, it’s not often you get all the information you need from one article on a product, so congrats on achieving that!

    I really need to start using that product, it seems like it can tackle everything. I’ll admit I had to look twice when I read the ingredients!

    Looking forward to seeing what you write next.


  • Habib says:

    Wow! I’ve not come across something that is so wonderful yet made with only few and natural ingredients! I am totally sold on the idea of how safe it is for your whole household including your hair and body! This is absolutely amazing. It’s great to know that your mum has been using it for nearly 20 years and yourself for 5 years. It must be really good.

    I’ve saved your page to come back to.

    Many thanks

  • Tanya says:

    Hi, thanks for this article. It encouraged me to clean my kitchen. I’ll definitely try your plan and tips.
    Thanks again.

  • Nataliya says:

    Spring cleaning in the kitchen is always important, I usually notice how dirty every thing is when I do my spring cleaning. It’s a great way to clean up to bottom and it makes sense. Thank you for your useful hacks, I usually have a really bad time cleaning the windows I will try your way next time.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Nataliya. I always use vinegar and water to clean the windows and mirrors and it always works. Give it a try!

  • Habib says:

    Cleaning yet simple but very important task!! Alot of us take it for granted thus our space come across dirty and untidy. Having a system in place like the way you described in your post is a must for anyone who is interested in keeping their bathroom super clean.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    All the best

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Yes cleaning can be taken for granted and forgotten about. Hopefully this guide can help you clean every area in the bathroom and set up a cleaning routine for the year to come. You’re welcome!

  • Tom says:


    This is a really informative article and is something that my girlfriend would be happy that I’m reading. We both clean the kitchen, but since coronavirus it seems we can’t get it clean enough. We are wiping worktops, door handles, fridge and everywhere else every 5 minutes.

    I am going to try your recommendations just to see if we can get it to that level of cleanliness we are looking for. I’ll let you know how I get on.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,


    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Tom. It’s good to hear you are consistently cleaning the high-touch areas in your home. I hope the post helps!

  • Habib says:

    Your article has motivated me to spring clean my house as well! I liked the way you broke down the areas for easy doing and also not getting overwhelmed.

    Many Thanks


    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Habib. I’m glad to hear you are going to start spring cleaning. I hope the post helps!

  • Janet says:

    Hi. It really lot of work to spring cleaning a kitchen! Thank you for sharing your plan on how to do it. If I didn’t come across your article, I won’t exactly know where to start. I don’t think I can complete in one day. I might need 2 days to complete…:-)

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Janet. Spring cleaning is a lot of work. I hope this plan can help you get it done quickly and efficiently. Thanks!

  • Jason says:

    Great article good use of words and the way it is written in general it kept me interested throughout and wanting to read more!
    Very good, 🙂

  • Tom says:


    Really informative article on cleaning the bathroom. This is something I don’t keep on top of enough, I need to learn how to do it efficiently.

    I’ll put into practice what you have taught us today and I’ll let you know how I get on.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.


  • Eric Cantu says:

    This post and your previous post on deep cleaning are spectacular! I need this in my life! lol.

  • Ibinabo Enebi says:

    I really like cleaning my home and these tips are very help. I like that you have taken time to address the trickiest places in our homes. A very detailed work through. Thank you

  • This is such an important article as far as the Health and Cleanliness of a family are concerned. To be honest, I’m hearing Spring Cleaning for the first time from this article. The process involved will be a bit taxing and in the meantime, an interesting thing, because it is going to be a task, meant for the whole year long.

    I also agreed that the bathroom is a compacted place that is used by multiple people daily and therefore, cleaning it should be put in the top priority chart not only for the sake of cleanliness but also for a healthy living environment.

    As many families do not care how they live, I wish that this article catches many more eyes and follow what Spring Cleaning is all about.

    Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your articles.

    All the best.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome and thank you Phomrong. Cleaning is an important task that can help people stay safe and healthy. Make sure to stay healthy yourself!

  • Sharon says:

    Very informative post, particularly the tips about the cleaning agents to use, there can be so many to choose from that it gets overwhelming!
    I’ve been on a mantra recently to intensify the level of cleaning and the bathroom was one of the top areas on my list. I do have difficulty removing the scum and discolouration from the tile grit, if you have any suggestions on how to tackle this, I’d love to hear it.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thanks Sharon. If your trying to brighten the grout I would suggest hydrogen peroxide. When I just spring cleaned my bathroom, I used hydrogen peroxide on the grout of my tiled floor. I poured it in the grout and let it sit for a few minutes then wiped it up. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleach, so it brightens and cleaned the grout well. And of course, it also disinfected it.

  • Ali says:

    What a nice post you wrote ! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the spring cleaning the bedroom and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂


    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Ali. I hope the post helps you get your bedroom spring cleaned quickly and efficiently. Stay safe!

  • Rajith says:


    I have to admit that this is the first time I am hearing about spring cleaning. The article covers a lot of small details which are very valuable. It is great that you have given steps for different items separately rather than giving some generic cleaning tips. Thank you.

  • Vince says:

    Wow, very in depth descriptions on how to clean every part of the bedroom, I love it! Being at home so much now is a perfect time to do a deep clean of everything, especially the bedroom where we spend so much time. I like that you recommend using vinegar too. Do you add any essential oils or scents to make it smell more pleasant?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thanks Vince. I will either diffuse some lavender while I’m cleaning or spray some Lemmy’s Lemon and Lavender after I am done cleaning to get that fresh, calming and pleasant effect. Stay safe!

  • Ferra says:

    Thank you for this informative tips on spring cleaning. I have an almost 2 year old baby and she likes to play by the window (a lot) and since she is in potty training, she sometimes pees on the bed and the pillow. So, I definitely need to clean those areas more than everything else. In fact, I just washed our pillows yesterday.
    Ceiling fan is one of the things that I don’t like to do but thanks to your step-by-step tips, I know now what to do and what to use when cleaning ceiling fans in our house.
    Thanks again for sharing this practical tips on spring cleaning.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Ferra. I think we forget or neglect cleaning the ceiling fans since we don’t see them up and close every day, but they can collect a lot of dust and pet hair. Stay safe!

  • I will say that I haven’t been the most organized in terms of what to be cleaning and how to be cleaning it. Especially with everything going on in the world, and my schedule being a bit wack. This is a very nice and easy to understand article relating to the cleaning of several objects throughout the house. Thanks for the article, and keep up the great work!

  • Maggie says:

    Thank you for this interesting post about spring cleaning. Yes, we can use this lockdown period to do things that we hardly have time for due to our busy schedules. I must admit that those areas that you’ve mentioned in the bedroom one normally gets embarrassed when one of your earnings fall and when you move things around looking for it, you find the dirt accumulating in those areas. I have made a commitment to spring clean my house at least once in three months and at least rearrange the furniture once a year. Thank you for sharing your insights which also reminds us of the most crucial things and yet we take them lightly.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Maggie. I’m glad it reminded you to clean those areas in the bedroom we all tend to neglect. Stay safe!

  • Vatsalya says:

    Thank you so much for this well-written article. As it is spring, learning about the various methods of spring cleaning from beds to mirrors to floors. I will keep this article saved for the future! Personally, I found the fan-cleaning technique quite interesting as that definitely proves to be the most difficult for me. As a relatively disorganized person, reading your tips gave me a lot of insight. Excited to learn more throughout your website!

  • Annie says:

    Thanks for the easy to understand run down on deep cleaning. I wish I had gone shopping earlier for all my wipes and disinfectants, because we usually do a Passover cleaning at this time every year anyway. I may try out some of your alternativef plant-based suggestions and see if they are even available. With 6 kiddos, everything imaginable is a high touch zone! I better get to work!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Annie. I hope it helps you get your busy home clean and disinfected, especially the high-touch areas. Keep yourself and your little ones safe and healthy!

  • Russ says:

    Hi. I really enjoyed reading your post it is a very hard and stressful time at the moment. Especially for those with loved ones suffering from the virus. I have 3 young children 2 of which are at high risk. One having diabetes and the other being only a week old. So we ensure our house is as clean as possible. This post was extremely helpful. Keep up the good work.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thank you Russ. I understand what you are saying about your little ones, I have one as well. One good thing about being quarantined is that we can keep an eye on them and know who and what they are coming in contact with. Keep yourself and your little ones safe and healthy!

  • Anne says:

    Most of our cleaning is focused in the kitchen since that’s where most of the activity and all the food prep is as well as the bathrooms generally. We vacuum and sweep quite a bit too. Now that it’s Springtime (yay!) i generally do a more extensive home cleaning that includes exterior cleaning. So things like windows, sweeping porches and deck maintenance. Still a little too cold but I expect it will warm up soon around here.

    I’ve seen some folks wearing disposable gloves when grocery shopping so I picked up a box of 50 at my local Meijers. I’m guessing Walmart will probably have it as well. It’s a great way of keeping your hands clean when you are out and about. We’ve also started wiping down many of our grocery items since it’s assumed a lot of people handle it before it gets to me. Lastly, I would recommend you wipe down the interior of your car (steering wheel, door handles, windows & dashboard) too. We touch so many surfaces and not realize that getting in and out of our vehicles is just caring bacteria from one place to another. Don’t you think?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Hi Anne, those are some great suggestions and I totally agree. I heard one expert recommend that if you have food delivered to your home, immediately take it out of the container and put it into a clean container and throw the container it arrived in out and then, of course, wash your hands. The car is definitely a place you want to treat just like your home. Clean and disinfect the high-touch areas in it as well. Stay safe and healthy!

  • Bob Hernandez says:

    Marigold And Ivy,
    Lovely names… thanks for the post. The demand for hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial/Anti-viral cleaners, paper products is insane. Even the items you’ve recommended are hard to find at times.
    This too shall pass

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Bob and you’re right, it too shall pass. There will be some uncertainty and challenges we will have to go through first but we will all be stronger because of it. Stay safe and healthy!

  • Brian says:

    Great article. I just cleaned my house yesterday and thought I did a pretty good job. But I didn’t use rubbing alcohol like you suggested. I used what I thought would be the best–Lysol disinfectant. I hope that covers me. Either that or I’ll be cleaning it again. You’re right, If we haven’t heard about this virus by now, you must live in the woods. That’s all that’s on the news these days. Or, maybe I’m just home a lot now. Good idea on cleaning the high-touch places, I did not think of that either. I guess I know what I’ll be doing today.

    Thanks for the education on this virus…It is appreciated.


  • ty Chan says:

    Thank you for your tips. We also do regular weekly cleaning every day. This is so important. Ijust immediately apply a disinfectant on the surface, but I seldom do physical cleaning. High touch areas…..I clean it several times a day. Thanks for recommending the above cleaning products. A great informative article. Stay safe and I hope that the virus can disappear as soon as possible. Luckily, there are enough cleaning products in my city. No one is hoarding them.

  • Angelique says:

    Hi there, I just cleaned my house today, and just now I read your post. Yes we do get a bit paranoia , don’t we. But a good clean is never a waste of energy. I actually didn’t go for the deep clean that you described. I don’t even have the disinfectants in the house. Over here in Hungary, no rubbing alcohol or bleach available anymore in any store. Really, Im not kidding. Where the whole world was collecting toiletpaper rolls, here there was a run on hand sanitisers, chlorine/bleach, and alcohol wipes or sprays. So I’ll have a look at your links, to find out if I can order them online. Thank you for all the tips.
    Meanwhile: good luck with your next blogs.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thanks for the comment Angelique. It’s same way here in the U.S. I already had some rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide in my house but I wanted to get some more. It took me about two weeks to find one small bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Stay safe!

    • Hi ,

      We are planning to do a deep cleaning in our house this week ,thanks for the products recommendations ,they sound like great product ,we may try them out once the one we have are finished .Nice and helpful article!


  • Molly says:

    Recently I have been leaning towards more sustainable and green living lifestyle. Trying to reduce packaging, plastic and other things I know that are bad for the environment.
    A lot of this was new info to me which is awesome, I really didn’t know there were so any great products. Great to know there are brands out there looking to help keep our earth healthy and living longer.
    Thanks for opening my eyes!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      I’m happy to hear you learned something new Molly. By starting to reduce packaging, plastic and cleaning with green cleaning products you can really help yourself, your family, and the environment.

  • LESLIE says:

    I have used very toxic cleaning products before and changed to green products after I learned how bad those toxic products are for our health and our environment. I sometimes add organic oil to my mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to add a little bit of scent.

  • Tom says:


    I love your post. My girlfriend and I are very serious when it comes to keeping our home clean, and actually take great pride when cleaning our house.

    We have a lot of people who visit our home every month, including our young nieces and nephews, parents, and brothers and sisters. So to keep all of us safer, I think it’s time to try out green house cleaning. I love that your recommended benefits are a safer home, healthier family and improving the environment. As you know, the environment is most definitely the most crucial and biggest challenge that the world needs to tackle together. If green house cleaning is a way that we can help defeat this challenge and make a difference to the world, then it is something that we ALL should consider.

    Thanks again for sharing, and I have shared this post with my friends and family.

    All the best, and keep up the great work.


  • Hello, I’ve used green cleaning products, and there’s more of a variety available than ever. I’ve sought them out specifically, and I’ve used some of the items that you mentioned, including vinegar and microfiber cloths. It’s a lot less likely that people are allergic to green cleaning products. Thank you for your detailed post. I enjoyed it.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome James. You’re right about being less likely to be allergic. That’s one of the benefits of green cleaning products.

  • Jesse Lee says:

    Interesting post!
    I had no idea that carbon monoxide poisoning was that big of a problem in the winter.
    I always try to have good airflow in my place because that keeps fresh air continuously coming into all the rooms.
    The carbon monoxide detector sounds like a great idea especially if you fireplaces and gas stoves running most of the winter.
    I will certainly try to keep my propane wall heater vents clean so that it is safe to use.
    You have provided a lot of very helpful information here.
    Thanks for all the carbon monoxide prevention tips!

  • Scott says:

    Great and informative post. The warning about the carbon monoxide from the attached garage is one of those obvious things that it’s easy for us to miss. Thanks for the public service.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Scott.Yeah I think a lot of people tend to forget that CO can get trapped in an attached garage and leak into their home.

  • Ashley says:

    Thank you for this timely post as it finally starts to gets colder out and we are using the heat more. I didn’t know that we are recommended to check it weekly. I need to get on that! We have a CO detector that is built into our smoke detectors. Do you recommend that we also have a separate CO detector?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome Ashley. As long as the carbon monoxide detector conforms to UL (Underwriters Laboratory) standards it should be okay if it’s built into the smoke detector.

  • Raff says:

    I grew up in Canada where every house seemed to be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, since moving to Australia several years ago I have noticed that none of the houses have them – and even worse when I mention the dangers of CO poisoning, oftentimes people have never heard of it!

    While Australia doesn’t get nearly as cold as North America in the winter, many people still use gas heaters with very little awareness of the dangers that they can pose.

    Thanks for the great write up, I’ll be referring people to this next time I get a quizzical expression when I ask my friends if they have a detector this winter!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. Yes please pass this on to your friends in Australia. They need to be aware that gas heaters in their home can cause CO poisoning.

  • Nadine Leddy says:

    Thanks for this informative site on Carbon Monoxide poisoning. I am from a country where our winter heating methods for housing is sadly way behind other countries. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is not something we even think about, and to be honest I didn’t even know you could get detectors. It is still common here to heat from wood fireplaces, while we do clean the chimney flu each year, I never thought to do it for blockages that allow Carbon Monoxide build up and non escape. This is all new to me and having checked out the pricing, so affordable to bring in and have installed. I think I will be investing in these detectors. A have learnt a lot from this post. Many thanks.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you learned something Nadine. If you burn wood to heat your home, it would be a wise decision to get a carbon monoxide detector.

  • This is such a useful post. We normally turn on our ACs in our home or cars and neglect giving a second thought about what we do with artificial airs.

    You’ve vividly shown the harmfulness of these pollutions through citing various symptoms such as dizziness, headache, and fatigue. It is so cool that you have also mentioned the ways to prevent them.

    Looking forward to reading more such useful information.
    All the best.

  • What a great site. Fresh easy to navigate site, with a cool look. You can keep digging in to site for ages, and still come up with something new. I like the chemical free element to your site too.

  • CT says:

    Hello, thank you for this informative post. The time is amazing. I’m just looking for how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It has too many products online and difficult to make the decision. Luckily I landed on your site so I find the carbon monoxide alarm for my home. I like you leave the link below so I don’t need to find it on Amazon separately. It makes me save a lot of time and effort. The tips provided are also practical. I will ask my wife to do it.

  • Alex says:

    Lovely article! It made me enter the Christmas spirit already and recall dear memories from childhood. I have to admit we never watered the tree, so it’s something I will try next time.
    I grew up with natural trees for Christmas, and artificial ones appeared somewhere in the last 15 years. They do not have that awesome smell, and the essences and sprays do not really make up for it.
    Regarding the disposal, all my childhood we used to cut the branches, except for the lower row, peel the brak and polish it. Oh, they made for some awesome swords!

  • Enrique says:

    Hi, Marigold and Ivy,

    I love Christmas and especially putting up the Christmas tree and all the decorations associated with it.

    I’ve never had a natural tree in the house. We always put up an artificial tree, much more now with all this green thing, you know.

    I had never thought of trees needing water, but it’s obvious it will need some. It’s good to know in case I ever decide to put one up.

    Thanks for your excellent recommendations. I look forward to reading more from you.

  • Kathy says:

    I love the pine smell from a real tree, but have an easy to assemble fibre optic Christmas tree nowadays! I never realised a cut tree tries to heal itself, or that you should stand it in water. If I ever get another real Christmas tree, I’ll remember that. My cat is always attracted by the sparkly lights, and your idea of rattling loose change in a box sounds good! Thank you for sharing:)

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      You’re welcome. We tried a lot of different things to get our cat to stop playing with Christmas ornaments and other decorations around the house. The only thing that worked every time was the coin box (as we call it).

  • Strahinja says:

    I’ve never actually thought about buying a different kind of christmas tree. That is definitely a first step in having and maintaining your christmas tree fresh. Also, it looks obvious but we often forget that we have to water the plant as well as cutting the tree trunk.

    I will definitely not make the same mistake I did last year.

    Thank you for this.

  • Audrey says:

    Great tips! I always had a Christmas tree in my house for the Holidays and since I left my parents’ house I don’t buy one anymore. When you’re alone it’s a lot of work! But these tips could really help me out. I’ll share them with my parents too so that their Christmas tree stays beautiful. My mother has always been afraid about Christmas tree in fire so I’ll suggest her the tips you talked about here. Thank you for sharing, it was very interesting!

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Thank you Audrey. I hope these tips are useful for your mother. She will want to keep the tree watered to avoid it from drying out and becoming more susceptible to fire.

  • Ionut says:


    Some great tips here that would definitely help to maintain a Christmas tree fresh.

    Although I love the smell of a Christmas tree and the holiday atmosphere it creates in my home, there are a few years now since I opt for an artificial Christmas tree simply because I got too sensitive about cutting the Christmas trees out from the ground for the sake of having them inside for the short holiday season.

    Some of the tips provided here will also do for an artificial Christmas tree so thank you for sharing this!


    That’s a really sad picture seeing them so many trashed out when the holiday season is over, especially knowing how many years are needed to grow a tree.

  • James says:

    Very interesting! There is some great information here, I never knew about the versatility of apple cider vinegar around the household. I like that you mentioned its prebiotic pectin, which is what leads men if you would to think it is a probiotic. The raw apple cider vinegar itself may benefit your gut bacteria, but you’ll likely only directly consume (potentially beneficial) bacteria from “the mother”, as it’s called!

    Personally, I often use it as a source of phytates and prebiotics when fermenting my oatmeal! This imparts a mild, but delicious flavour and also greatly helps the process.

    Thank you for sharing this,

  • Great article! I used to drink raw ACV in the morning and then I got out of the habit, this was a great reminder!
    I totally agree about cleaning, I have gotten rid of most of our commercial cleaning products and replaced with vinegar, the house is just as clean if not cleaner plus there are no toxins from the cleaners. My Mom has always used vinegar for windows!
    Thanks for the reminder that this is good stuff!

  • Diane says:

    Very informative. My experience with raw apple cider has been great! I use it as part of my salad dressing. I glad you clear up the confusion on whether or not it has probiotics in it.

  • Karen says:

    You’ve got some great information here! I didn’t know there was so much involved in the process.

  • Irma says:

    I have heard that ACV is beneficial from so many people but they never say exactly how to take it.

    I was not sure if I was supposed to drink it or how much of it to drink. For your detox recipe, am I supposed to drink all of that first thing in the morning?

    Also I have digestive problems. How much ACV should I take to get more probiotics into my gut? Do you add it to water and drink it? Thank you in advance.

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      Hey – yes mix it in water then drink it. I don’t recommend drinking it straight. For the detox drink you mix everything together and drink all of it (or as much as you can) first thing in the morning.

  • Jesse Lee says:

    I learned a lot from this post!
    Raw apple cider vinegar is certainly tasty in moderation but I also liked your other benefits for it besides drinking it.
    I will try to use raw apple cider vinegar to clean my place more, especially as a multi purpose cleaner.
    Thanks for all the great information about this versatile vinegar!

  • Stephanie says:

    Oh god. I did not know that raw apple vinegar was made from yhe ferment juice of apples! That is actually mind blowing to me. I love apple juice, the taste it has it?s just so appealing tho I?ve never had an alcoholic apple-tasting drink (I don?t drink often) but that sounds like something I?d enjoy. Also, may I ask if those products are actually GMO free or just some artificial free type of product?

    • Marigold and Ivy says:

      There are a few Hard ciders out right now. Redd’s apple ale is a pretty popular one. Our products do not contain harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients but they are not certified non-gmo as of right now.