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Offline larisa

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #240 on: November 01, 2008, 10:09:40 AM »
We just moved to Wisconsin, and are in a rental for a while.  Well, the basement here stunk, musky and wet smelling.  Come to find out it leaks.  Well, the smell is GONE!  We put a dehumidifier down there, which took care of the water, but the smell was still as strong as ever.  We bought a couple big bags of generic charcoal, and put them in ice cream buckets around the basement, and the smell is gone!  Simple, cheap and effective!

Interesting, i just checked mercola.com, and in one of his articles states that when purchasing a good air purifier you have to be sure it contains at least 15 lb of charcoals to grab chemicals circulating in the air. 
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #241 on: November 01, 2008, 10:36:26 AM »
Like Kingsford charcoal briquets?

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #242 on: November 02, 2008, 12:21:56 PM »
Like Kingsford charcoal briquets?

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I can't speak for Jenny4Wen, but I have used the cheap grilling charcoal briquets for deodorizing spaces and even a second hand fridge. Works like a charm if the source of the odor is removed first.

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #243 on: February 13, 2009, 04:53:13 AM »
What would be a good alternative to bleach to soak kids toys in to clean/disinfect them? 

I have a bunch of plastic animals that I want to get all the germs off, since they're from a garage sale and my daughter chew on everything. :P  But I'd like to use something more natural than bleach. Any suggestions for something equall effective?

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #244 on: February 13, 2009, 06:04:05 AM »
What would be a good alternative to bleach to soak kids toys in to clean/disinfect them? 

I have a bunch of plastic animals that I want to get all the germs off, since they're from a garage sale and my daughter chew on everything. :P  But I'd like to use something more natural than bleach. Any suggestions for something equall effective?

Thanks!
A soak or spray down with white vinegar should do the trick.  If they are actually grimy you could add a drop of dish soap and some water to the vinegar, and scrub the toys.
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #245 on: February 13, 2009, 06:42:34 AM »
I would think that soaking in Hydrogen Peroxide solution would work also.   As long as your water is HOT soap and water should work though.  GSE is another option.
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #246 on: July 10, 2009, 11:26:35 AM »
has anyone ever heard or read of boiling sheets? i was reading rilla of ingleside (for all of you anne of green gables fans) and in the book, boiling sheets in...oris root...or something...is mentioned. i don't have oris root, or whatever it was, but i've got lavender and i've got a ton of new little baby blankets and i'd like to soften them and make them smell all nice, and i know you boil cloth diapers, so i was wondering if the same principle worked for fleece or cotton baby blankets and sheets and all that cute stuff. any ideas?

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #247 on: July 10, 2009, 12:21:58 PM »
has anyone ever heard or read of boiling sheets? i was reading rilla of ingleside (for all of you anne of green gables fans) and in the book, boiling sheets in...oris root...or something...is mentioned. i don't have oris root, or whatever it was, but i've got lavender and i've got a ton of new little baby blankets and i'd like to soften them and make them smell all nice, and i know you boil cloth diapers, so i was wondering if the same principle worked for fleece or cotton baby blankets and sheets and all that cute stuff. any ideas?

Here's a link to some more information and history on the use of orris root.  Seems that it's used to perfume things. 

Orris Root

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #248 on: July 11, 2009, 05:20:05 PM »
I'm assuming Lavendar essential oil? the only thing about oils is that the smell goes away w/ heat so like if you put EO's in your wash and then dry them...they don't smell like your EO's anymore...I would imagine boiling would do the same thing? ? I would think the vinegar would soften things as well! As far as smelly pretty naturally....maybe wash with EO's and line dry? :)

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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #249 on: September 04, 2009, 08:08:43 AM »
Hi Moms!  I really need a cleaning trick to rescue my dining room table.  It is wood with some sort of finish on it.  It is starting to get really "gummy"  :P  I wipe it with warm water after every meal but it just isn't doing the trick.   When we do our school work the papers often stick to it  :(
I tried dawn soap to get some of the built up gunk off but I think it may have taken off some of the finish.  Does any one have a good tip to use on a regular basis? Thank you!
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #250 on: September 04, 2009, 09:05:55 AM »
If it is a real wood table, try mayonnaise. Yes, mayo, really. The mayo helps a lot on water marks, but I have done it for other things too.  Polish it in and work it off.  Here is an additional website to help you out.

http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/polishing-wood-furniture/index.html


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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #251 on: September 04, 2009, 09:29:00 AM »
The mayo trick sounds pretty good - I've heard of people having good success with it as a conditioner.  However, to get rid of the sticky build up, I would try a deep cleaning first.
Try mixing one part white vinegar to one part water and wipe down the table completely. Then to rinse, wipe the table down with clean water and a clean cloth. Let it dry completely.
You could also use full strength Murphy's Oil Soap the same way. It's a good cleaner and works well in my experience.

Depending on how much build up you have, you may have to repeat the process. Once the sticky residue is removed, apply a wood wax that repels water and stains to the surface for protection.
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #252 on: September 04, 2009, 09:37:25 AM »
Thank you ladies....new ideas always get me excited!
The website showed part olive oil and vinegar.  This may work to get the residue off as well.  Either way I will be using vinegar since I don't have any of the "normal" wood products on hand. Thanks again.
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Re: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
« Reply #253 on: January 21, 2010, 04:44:24 PM »
InEverything, you probably solved your gummy wood table problem but for others, I wanted to suggest hot water with black tea and a bit of dish soap, then wash again with clear water to rinse.  Works on wood floors, too.