From witnessing nightly sex sessions to wiping floors down with maxi pads, Teresa Guidice says she now knows what prison is all about.
In her new memoir, "Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again," the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star reveals the details of her 11-month stay at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, after pleading guilty in 2014 to multiple offenses, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud.
"I laughed the first time I wiped down the floor and my locker with a maxi pad," Giudice, 43, People reported exclusively Tuesday. "I couldn't help but think, if only everyone could see me now."
Feminine products weren't only used for cleaning purposes. Inmates turned maxi pads into face masks, slippers, makeup removers and even used it to make sex toys.
Guidice said leaving her husband, Joe, 43, and their four daughters, Gia, 15, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6, was "the hardest thing she's ever had to do in her whole entire life."
And though her stay was difficult, she made some good friends.
"I met a lot of wonderful women," Giudice wrote. "We helped each other."
Guidice said she's never seen "Orange is the New Black," but some of her experiences could be from one of the Netflix show's plot lines. Hookups went down between her roommates nightly.
"The ladies were getting it on so much that our room became known as the Boom Boom Room," she wrote.
When she arrived at the Danbury prison, she had to squat and cough during her first strip search.
But she didn't cry until learning she had to wait for money to come in to make calls to her family.
"I tried to stay in the mindframe of, 'I'm gonna do what I have to do, get it done and then come home,'" Giudice wrote.
She remained determined to get it done and even ended up coming home eight pounds lighter.
"[Yoga] got me through this whole ordeal and I can't live without it now," Giudice wrote.