Archives for October 20, 2021

5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Products That Will Keep Your House Germ-Free

Cleaning doesn’t have to mean using harsh chemicals throughout the home. There are plenty of ways to make sure the home is clean and disinfected without having to use a bottle of bleach or other chemical products. Non-chemical products are non-toxic, are easily accessible, and are eco-friendly, so it’s easy to feel good about the products being used. Whether you’re worried about the amount of chemicals in your home, you’re trying to go green, or you just want a less expensive way to clean the home, check out the following non-toxic cleaning products to help clean and sanitize your home.

Botanical Cleaners

Botanical cleaners are created from plants, so they aren’t toxic and do not include harsh chemicals that other cleaners contain. They can be used as disinfectants and can help sanitize the home or eliminate allergens in the house. Depending on the botanical cleaner chosen, it’s possible the cleaner can replace a number of different chemical cleaners typically used in the home. Ones like Clean Boss offer a fast clean compared to some of the other natural cleaners and are easily available to try out.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda are often the first products people try out when they want to clean the home without using chemicals. Either one can be a great way to clean, but together they can be more powerful. Baking soda and vinegar are not harsh products, so they can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, and can help with removing grime, disinfecting various surfaces around the home, and more. Use more vinegar for a bubbly mixture to clean surfaces or, if scrubbing power is needed, use less vinegar to create a baking soda paste.

Lemon Juice

Looking for a bleach replacement? Lemon juice may be the answer. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice can help eliminate bacteria on the surfaces around the home and can be a natural bleach alternative. Lemons can be used in a variety of ways, and the peels can be used for cleaning, as well. Lemon juice can be added to vinegar to make it smell better and help it be more effective or added to water and used as a way to freshen the smell of the home.


Due to the high alcohol level in vodka, it does make a great cleaning product. It can help with the same cleaning tasks that vinegar will, but it doesn’t have a harsh smell. Vodka is best used when it contains at least 50% alcohol per volume and should be left to sit on the surface for at least a few minutes to really work well. Use vodka to disinfect kitchen surfaces, to remove mold or mildew, or to help freshen the smell of fabrics around the home.


Steam cleaners are increasingly popular since they only use water to clean, yet work incredibly well. The heat of the water enables it to remove bacteria and germs from surfaces, but since the only ingredient used is water, it’s safe to use on anything that can handle the heat of the water. It does take time for the steam cleaner to start working and heat the water, but it can be used on both soft and hard surfaces to sanitize, so it’s well worth the wait.

If you’re looking for non-toxic cleaners to help keep your home clean and sanitized, try out these options today. All of them can be used throughout the home, allowing you to have a cleaner, germ-free home without the harsh chemicals most cleaners have.

Best Festive Canned Cocktails for Halloween

Halloween is almost here! Looking to plan a party for the adults? Here are a couple of canned cocktail options from Monaco® Cocktails, a leader in the RTD cocktail category. With 2 shots in every can and 9% ABV, Monaco is the perfect addition for all of your Halloween entertaining needs! I actually tried the Mango Peach and it is tasty!

The following two flavors are bound to be a hit!

Monaco Cocktails Mango Peach – Another fun and festive option, this delicious canned cocktail combines vodka with sweet peach and mango. 

Monaco Cocktails Sun Crush – This perfectly premixed cocktail combines agave tequila with delicious orange soda for a bright and bubbly mashup of flavors.

Happy Halloween!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday post. Images were also provided.

Don’t miss Boo at the L.A. Zoo!

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids

The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, presented by 99 Cents Only Stores, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds.

Daily fun through October 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Spooky Stroll – Make your way down a mysterious path of hauntingly festive décor for some hair-raising photo ops.

Extinct Animal Graveyard – Honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today. 

The LAIR – Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion! My son and I had the opportunity to check out the Zoo today and loved the Spooky Stroll!

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour – Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.

                                                     Weekend Adventures

“Spooktacular Science” Show – Watch as a mad scientist conjures up spine-tingling experiments, bubbling potions, and other fun surprises in his spirited lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 2:30 p.m.

“AbracaZoo!” – Magician Brandon Scott will present AbracaZoo! Take a step into the funny side of the twilight zone where prestidigitation and illusion will delight and amaze you. 

Green-Screen Photo Booth – Get a snap of yourself among some of our most Halloween-y critters. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Creepy Craft – EEK! Make a creepy crawly spider web at our craft station, or take the supplies with you to assemble at home.

Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. 

Education Stations – Stop by to learn some frightful facts that will delight and amaze.

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids
  • California Critters – Discover the hauntingly amazing native wildlife of California by examining their bones and listening for their calls.  Some of these animals may even live in your neighborhood!
  • All the Better to Bite With! – Learn about the sharp teeth and fangs of carnivores – they’re frighteningly functional and have been inspiring monsters and ghouls for centuries! 
  • Fact or Fiction? – Animals are so awesome it’s scary! Can you tell which adaptation belongs to a fantastical beast and which two are real facts?

Upcoming Animal Pumpkin Feedings

October 23
Hippos 11:30 a.m.
Aldabra tortoise in the South America section at 1:30 p.m.

October 24
Howler monkeys in Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Red River hogs at 1:30 p.m.

October 30
Peccaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

October 31
Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Elephants at 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about this spooktacular event, please visit

WHEN:  Oct. 1-31, 2021

WHERE:  Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca. 90027 

COST:  Activities are included with the purchase of admission

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit the L.A. Zoo to facilitate this post. Information was also received for posting.