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So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

So fresh and so clean, clean… so fresh and so clean…

I have a great recipe for a homemade DIY yoga mat cleaner. Why spend $10 to $15 on a yoga mat cleaner spray when you can make it yourself? Plus, this fresh and clean recipe contains no chemicals because you use all natural ingredients, such as water, witch hazel and essential oils. Give it a try! It’s so easy to make and so easy to use. It cleans up your mat while making it smell so fresh. Hence, the name… so fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner!

You can choose any essential oils that you prefer to make this yoga mat cleaner. Make sure that you use 100% pure essential oil. For this recipe, I chose essential oils with antibacterial properties. There are many that you can chose from. According to research, cinnamon essential oil is the most effective of all oils for its antibacterial properties. However, tea tree oil and oregano oil work well too. Other essential oils with antibacterial properties are lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary and thyme, just to name a few.

For this recipe, I chose three essential oils. I chose tea tree oil mostly for it’s antibacterial properties but also for it’s antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. I also used peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not only an antiseptic and antimicrobial oil but it is also antiviral. I also chose lemongrass oil because it has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria.

So to break it down, the combination of these three oils provide the following properties:

*antibacterial

*antiseptic

*antifungal

*antimicrobial

*antiviral

A perfect combination for cleaning a dirty yoga mat. Also included in the recipe is witch hazel which is a disinfectant. You will need a spray bottle. This recipe uses 3 parts water to 1 part witch hazel. I used 3 ounces of water to 1 ounce of witch hazel. It also uses about 20 to 25 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Since I used 3 essential oils, I used 7 to 10 drops of each.

Onto the recipe!

So fresh and so clean DIY yoga mat cleaner

  • 3 ounces of water (distilled water is preferred)
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 7 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a spray bottle- pour 3 ounces of water into a spray bottle, followed by 1 ounce of witch hazel then add your essential oils. To use, shake the bottle before spraying and spray a good amount over your mat. Use a clean rag to wipe the yoga mat clean. Hang your yoga mat or leave it spread out to dry.

It’s a great idea to clean your yoga mat after each practice. I must confess that I don’t. I practice daily but I don’t clean my mat daily. If anything, I clean my mat at least once or twice per week. I definitely clean it after a really sweaty practice or after practicing at a yoga studio.

In addition, not only does this cleaner leave a fresh and clean scent on my mat, but it also leaves a fresh and clean scent in the air. I love the combination of lemongrass and peppermint oil. It’s so uplifting and delightful.

Try this recipe when cleaning your yoga mat. It’s so easy to put together, does a great job of cleaning your mat and afterwards, leaves your room smelling wonderful.

So fresh and so clean.

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New Look D0721

One of my New Year’s resolution is to sew more clothes. The new year started off right because I sewed another dress! I started this project during the winter break. It started out as a dress for my daughter, but actually ended up being a shirt.

We were in Joann’s and she saw this pattern and asked me to make her this dress:

New Look dress, so hip

She asked me to make View D (the one the model on the envelope is wearing). She picked out a black knit fabric. It had speckles of white in it. It kind of looked like splatters of white paint. It was the perfect fabric for her dress.

Sewing this pattern started a little rough since it was my first time sewing with knit fabric. I had a little bit of difficulty cutting out the pattern pieces. There was so much stretch in the fabric, I had to make sure that it didn’t stretch out too much before cutting it. I just let it sit for a little bit before pinning the fabric to the pattern and then cutting it out. Luckily, it all turned out well and I was able to start sewing. Sewing the dress together was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Mostly because I finally purchased a walking foot and what a difference it made!

The cowl neck was easy to sew. The sleeves were also easy. I was happy with how everything was turning out until I got to the gathering at the bottom of the skirt. I tried gathering it the old fashioned way but I wasn’t having any luck. I was having difficulty because of the stretchy knit material for some reason. After that, I remembered that I have a gathering foot so I set out to use that. I have used it before without a problem, but this time around, I ran into a lot of problems. For one thing, it wasn’t working properly. So I spent a lot of time trying to fix the gathering foot. Eventually I gave up and decided just to sew the bottom without gathers. That didn’t work out too well either. So I told Sabrina she would have to settle for a long sleeved cowl shirt. She liked it. I even made made her a matching scrunchy for her hair. I was able to finish this project before she left to go back to London. But I promised her that I would make her a dress, just without gathers.

I used the same material and it turned out great. I pretty much sewed View B but with the tight sleeves not the bell sleeves.

Here’s how it turned out:

I did a test run of this dress and wore it to work. I was surprised to receive a lot of compliments on it, even from strangers. My friends were surprised that I sewed it. I guess I did a good job on this homemade dress.

I hope Sabrina likes it too. I’ll just have to wear it a few times first (wink, wink).

Today I am grateful for pretty dresses, creativity, sewing, compliments from strangers in the elevator and homemade dresses that pass off as store bought dresses.

Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes

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This recipe belongs to Paula Deen. I’ve made it many times as pumpkin bars. I adapted it just a bit for pumpkin cupcakes. You can find the original recipe here.

For the pumpkin cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line up your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. This batch made 30 cupcakes.

1. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy.

2. Stir together the flour (don’t forget to sift the flour, very important!), baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.

4. Fill cupcake liners about halfway. Bake for 20 minutes. Let completely cool before frosting.

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Ingredients for the icing:
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin cupcakes.

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Ingredients for the topping:

7 oz. of sweetened shredded coconut.

To make the topping, lightly toast the coconut: Spread coconut in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently in between.

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Top the cupcakes with toasted coconut and enjoy!

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I entered these cupcakes in a Halloween cupcake contest and it won first prize! That’s why I call them Award Winning Pumpkin Coconut Cupcakes.

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Feeling coco-nutty…