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#1 summer

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 11:20 PM

I decided a few days ago that I would try and clean my house without any harsh cleaning chemicals. I have already started to mix potions and put them in bottles and containers. So tomorrow I will clean my bathroom and let you know how I get on. I have already made a kitchen spray which is good for the benches and so forth. The trick is , is to do a little of cleaning everyday ,and therefore dirt or stains on the benches don't pile up into a big job where you then will need chemicals,.

Has anyone done anything similar? maybe we can swap cleaning recipes.

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 01:09 AM

When I got my cockatiel a few years ago, I read a lot about what was safe and what was not for the bird. What kept coming up as safe on every list was vinegar. I remember as a child the lovely smell of vinegar when my mother cleaned windows. So I took an old spray bottle and made a 5% solution of vinegar in water. I have been using it everywhere. I discovered that if I put a small bowl in the microwave with vinegar in it for a minute or two the sides wipe down easily with a damp cloth. The same goes for the oven. Some stronger vinegar solution (about half and half) in a pyrex bowl in a warm oven for an hour - long enough for it to get steamy leaves the sides of the oven fairly easy to clean. It works a treat on windows (polish with a bit of crumpled newspaper, a trick from a guy who used to detail cars. Salt is good for cleaning out vases, just sprinkle it directly on a damp sponge. A bit of baking soda on a damp clothe is a lovely way to polish chrome surfaces like the toaster.

I wipe down the tiles in the bathroom after my shower with an old towel. I don't even use cleaner on them - the steam seems to be enough. The only place I still use chemicals is bathroom mousse in the toilet or around the tub as it just melts everything away so nicely.
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 02:16 AM

I use alcohol like you use vinegar. I worked in a pharmacy for years and everything was cleaned with alcohol. Windows were done with alcohol. We wiped our counters and cash registers and all equipment down several times daily. Pill counters and counter tops we did about every two hours or more at the height of flu season or out breaks of any kind. The smell can be strong but I just don't put my face near the paper toweling. Afterwards your house smells sanitized. Keep the ideas coming girls.
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:18 AM

I don't imagine the alcohol smells any worse than the vinegar! :P I'll have to try it. Does it work well on windows? I have an awful time with my patio door.

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P.S. Did you know that vinegar can also be used to eliminate odors? Go figure!! :mellow:
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 07:18 AM

The problem with alcohol is that they put something in it (if I am not mistaken, it is to keep it from being used as a cheap source of drink). Whatever the ingredient is causes streaks to appear on glass.
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:04 AM

I have yet to find a product that gives me streak free windows. I have tried both the vinegar and the alcohol. I have alcohol in a spritz bottle so I just use the alcohol. I really take turns in the different products for windows. I have tried drying windows with news papers years ago and it did a pretty good job. Then all the inks changed and really streaked my windows. Now, I don't get a newspaper so stick with brand new baby diapers, for my windows. They work great. I even tried the pink liquid wax. Wow! Very hard to remove. I was exhausted and they still weren't sparkling. I am open for more suggestions.
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 07:38 AM

Hi,
I've been using organic, non toxic cleaning agents for years. I'm not sure I can use name brands on here, so if you want to know what I use give me a pm and I'll let you know. Now days there are several in store brands you can get.

I actually use all organic, non toxic, non tested on animals everything, from cleaners, toothpaste, shampoos, conditions, make, up to include, foundations, eye shadows, liners, lipstick etc. I was vegan for years and so I won't buy furs, leather products or anything that kills or tests on animals.

OK, probably too much information!!
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 12:46 PM

Well, I cleaned my bathroom yesterday, I was interested whether my shower glass would come clean and remove soap scum. I sprayed undiluted vinegar onto the shower glass then poured a bit of bicarbonate soda onto a scourer sponge and rubbed and rubbed. I also cleaned the shower base with this and the tiles. I hopped into the shower and rinsed a little of the glass to see whether the soap scum disappeared. Most of soap scum was gone......but I was still not satisfied.......so I hopped out of the shower like some mad woman, went into the kitchen and cut up a huge lemon into quarters. I then rubbed the flesh part of lemon onto the glass and squeezed the juice everywher :blink: e, pips and all. I waited a few minutes, rinsed the shower, and wow, it was sparkling.

My next job was the bath and the vanity unit -sink. I had already made up a mixture in a bottle (which is similar to jif cleanser) a citrus smell and cleaned the areas. After I rinsed everything was so shiny. I also used full strength vinegar and cleaned the mirror really well.

Sheryl, my husband washes our windows with just plain old soapy water, then he dries polishes them with newspaper. We have not had any problems with streaking.

Take care
Celia

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 01:11 PM

Wow Celia,

You are going to town! All I have to say is if you hire out, I have a big ole house that could use you! :lol:
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:26 AM

I just use a new window and kitchen and bath room cleaner. It is all natural.. It does an ok job. There is so many old remedies that is out there to clean our homes with. I jsut havent looked them up myself, I am trying to go green as much as possible. Sam
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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:00 AM

I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities so to keep my asthma and migraines at a low level I banned the use of chemicals in my home 15 years ago.

I mostly clean with a spray bottle mixed 50/50 white vinegar and water. I also use baking soda for smooth surfaces like stoves or counters, for the bathtub I use natural borax it comes from the earth, which you can find in the Laundry detergent aisle even though I can't stand the smell of that aisle I have the customer service desk send a bag boy to get it for me. Borax also cleans carpets and a ton of other things they have them all listed on the box.

I don't use any scented or commercially "Natural Products" they mostly have synthetic citrus oils that still are not really safe. I wash my hair with baking soda. Believe it or not it comes out super soft. I condition with yogurt or a tbl of vinegar in a cup of water or chamomile tea (I'm blonde, use something else for dark hair).

For furniture polish I use either lemon juice on a rag or a little olive oil.

Instead of air fresheners, spray deodorizers, or plug-in air fresheners I slice lemons and place them in pretty saucers or colored glass bowls around the room. You can also put out vinegar or baking soda bowls.

I applaud your efforts to de-toxify your home and clean up the planet!

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 05:02 AM

Hi Celia,

These are some really great and interesting ideas!

The problem with newspapers to clean glass, in the United States, is that the newspaper ink was reformulated here. Now I think they use a soy-based ink, which creates streaks rather than cleans glass, like it used to. So if the newspapers ever quit working good for cleaning glass in your area, it probably means they have also switched to the soy inks.
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