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: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks Ever!
: StephTallent June 16, 2006, 10:37:09 AM
This is for those of you that have figured out the most amazing, convenient and (preferably) natural household cleaning products. 

As a young wife I know some of the bare basics...Meaning, Vinegar for everything.  :D

I am currently specifically in need of something natural to clean the tub/toilets with.  I've bought an all natural spray from Trader Joe's that works Ok but it is really expensive and doesn't work THAT well.

Any and all tips/experiences welcome!  ;D
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: healthybratt June 16, 2006, 11:12:53 AM
BAKING SODA is the BEST for tubs.  CLICK HERE (http://welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,870.0.html) to learn more.
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: Pennie June 16, 2006, 11:16:59 AM
orange TKO is good. I can get it at ACE hardware and my local healthfood store.  You an also get it here. www.longlifeunlimited.com and I'm sure they have a TKO website too.  
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: Honey Bee June 16, 2006, 12:00:47 PM
Since my 4 1/2 year old son is completely in charge of cleaning the bathroom he shares with his 2 year old brother, I have found that natural products are a must!

Baking Soda--tub
Rubbing Alcohol-- put in spray bottle and spritz then wipe toilet seat and sink and counter top
Window cleaner--for mirror
"Works" Toilet Cleaner--$1 at dollar store and though it's not natural, it works awesome!

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: Julie G June 16, 2006, 03:29:57 PM
This is not natural...but I love Bar Keepers Friend (it is powder in a canister similar to Bon Ami)...it's great for the shower/tub, kitchen stains, rust...you name it.
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: mamasboys June 16, 2006, 07:11:17 PM
I just dug out the recipes that I've amassed for natural cleaning products.  Here goes:

SCOURING BATHROOM CLEANSER
1/2 liquid Castile soap
1 t borax
2 t baking soda
1 3/4 c very warm water
4 drops essential oil of choice, optional
Pour water into stainless steel bowl and add soap.  Stire well, then add the dry ingredients.  Add essential oil if desired.  Stire until well blended.  Store in a squeeze bottle and stir or shake before using.  If you have a stubborn stain on fiberglass or plastic surgace, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture for extra stain-fighting power.
**For the essential oil, I use tea tree oil.  It is anti microbial and gives a nice clean scent. 

GENTLE WINDOW CLEANER
1/2 c witch hazel extract
1/2 c vinegar
2 t liquid castile soap
6 c warm water
4 drops essential oil, optional
Mix all ingredients together in large plastic jug and shake well.  To use, pour some into a plastic spray bottle. Shake well prior to each use and store in a cool, dark place.  Shelf life: 4-6 months.

MULTI PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANSER
1 c liquid castile soap
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t tea tree extract
2 T witch hazel extract
4 drops essential oil, optional
Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake gently.  This works well on stove and counter tops and the outside of refrigerators and microwaves.  Shelf life 6 mos.
If you need a stronger cleaner, replace the witch hazel extract with an equal amount of isopropyl alcohol. 

ALL PURPOSE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
1/2 c baking soda
1/2 c powdered castile soap
1/4 c washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1/4 c borax
Mix dry ingredients together and store in tightly closed container.  Use about 1/2 c of this soap toa  load of laundry as you would with any commercial detergent.  Shelf life 12 mos.

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHING SOAP
1/2 c liquid castile soap
1/2 c water
1 t fresh lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract
1/4 c white vinegar
Combine water and soap.  Sitr and then add lemon juice, tea tree extract and vinegar.  Stir until blended evenly and store in a squeeze bottle.  Use 2 Tablespoons per wash in a standard sized dishwasher.  Note:  Do not substitute convential liquid soap for the castile soap unless it is a "low sudsing" soap.  Regular soap will produce too many suds and overload the dishwasher.

I hope this helps!  I've only used the cleaner recipes and they've always worked great.  My bathroom smells soooo good when I'm done  :)  A note on the castile soap - It makes a WONDERFUL shampoo.  I use the almond scented one with organic oils and even with my long hair find that I don't really need to use conditioner.  I just rinse with vinegar. 
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: Helen June 17, 2006, 02:07:40 AM
i still faithfully use my melaluca tub and tile and also the tough and tender, I really love those, I clean my bathroom most every day, and you can just spray all over tub, toilet, and sink, then wipe off, no rinsing.  it is pretty cheep cause you dilute it, but you have to sign up to get it and that is kinda unhandy for some people.
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: kittyninja June 22, 2006, 12:47:16 PM
Bringing this one back- Does anyone on here use Simple Green? My hubby had me get rid of all cleaning products and just buy the concentrated bottle at Sams and dilute them into spray bottles. It works real well as a spot remover for clothes and carpet. I use it for the counters and sinks and windows and in the bathrooms (don't know how well it does on germs though on the toilet) , mop floors, and hubby uses his out in the shed to clean the grease on his bike etc..) Pretty good stuff-it says non-toxic. We use to use it in the restaurants we managed all the time. Anyone have any negative info on this? Anyone use it? I would say it is definately a money saver- as long as it's ok!
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: OneMaster June 22, 2006, 01:55:18 PM
My husband bought me a machine that I just love!  It is a steam cleaning machine.  I have a Fogacci machine.  I have heard from others that they did not like the Oreck or some of the smaller steam cleaners.  This one comes from Italy, and supposedly these machines are much more popular in Europe.

So anyway, the basic premise is that you need no chemicals or cleaners, just fill it up with water.  The steam lifts most dirt and stains.  In the mean time, it is so hot that it sanitizes whatever you are cleaning.  So I know that even if I don't get it all, I have sanitized the surface.  I use it mostly on tile and wood floors, but you can use it on carpet, glass, upholstery, etc.  There are many attachments.

The downside...these machines are expensive!  My husband splurged on me on some occasion a few years ago in an effort to help me in my endeavors at home.  The great thing is that I wash the hard floors much more frequently because of it!

Now that I have endorsed it, I would love to hear if there are any reasons to not clean this way ::)  I know there can be downsides that I may not have considered.  Anything harmful about steaming?
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: healthybratt June 22, 2006, 02:12:48 PM
Bringing this one back- Does anyone on here use Simple Green? My hubby had me get rid of all cleaning products and just buy the concentrated bottle at Sams and dilute them into spray bottles. It works real well as a spot remover for clothes and carpet. I use it for the counters and sinks and windows and in the bathrooms (don't know how well it does on germs though on the toilet) , mop floors, and hubby uses his out in the shed to clean the grease on his bike etc..) Pretty good stuff-it says non-toxic. We use to use it in the restaurants we managed all the time. Anyone have any negative info on this? Anyone use it? I would say it is definately a money saver- as long as it's ok!

I use it.  Pretty strong stuff.  Cleans crud off coffee makers and that oily buildup off steering wheels.  I once had it soaking in my flower vase and my daughter (then 2), decided to drink it (every drop).  I had a heart attack, but I found the bottle and it said "non-toxic" so we just watched her instead of calling poison control.  Nothing happened.  So I wouldn't recommend it as a dietary supplement, but definately as a fairly safe cleaner to have around the house.  I'm not sure, but I think it's chlorophyll based.  I don't think I was able to determine this from the label, but I came to that conclusion somehow.
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: 1ofeach June 22, 2006, 03:22:01 PM
If I have neglected cleaning the tub, I pull out baking soda and orange essential oil. Smells so good, and really gets the job done. After that intitial scrubbing, the cheapest shampoo I can find keeps the tub pretty clean. The orange oil is pricey, but you don't use very much of it.
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: heatheronthehill June 22, 2006, 03:37:15 PM
I spray the tub with vinegar every week and this keeps it very clean and sparkley!  About twice a year, I scrub it out with baking soda and vinegar - works better than any cleaner I've tried - even better than Soft Scrub!

I've heard using Tang (the orange drink stuff) to clean to toilet works really well, though I've never tried it.  I have used denture tabs on the toilet though, and that works great.

I use a mixture of borax, hot water and a splash of ammonia to clean my floors.  I suppose ammonia is probably toxic though.  It works without the ammonia too, just doesn't get your floors as shiny. 

Well, that's my two cents!
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: healthybratt June 22, 2006, 04:20:34 PM
I use a mixture of borax, hot water and a splash of ammonia to clean my floors.  I suppose ammonia is probably toxic though.  It works without the ammonia too, just doesn't get your floors as shiny. 

I must be a slob.  *snicker*  I'm happy if my floors aren't sticky or covered with crumbs.  Shiny - hee hee -- I figure they are just there to walk on so who cares.  LOL   ;D
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: Christal June 26, 2006, 01:37:59 AM
I searched Amazon for liquid castile and there are pages to choose from.  Do you have a certain brand or type you use?  All of them had tea tree oil or some other scent like peppermint added.  Thanks for the recipes.
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: 4myhoonie June 26, 2006, 02:29:55 AM
i still faithfully use my melaluca tub and tile and also the tough and tender, I really love those, I clean my bathroom most every day, and you can just spray all over tub, toilet, and sink, then wipe off, no rinsing.  it is pretty cheep cause you dilute it, but you have to sign up to get it and that is kinda unhandy for some people.

hi helen!  i have a friend who uses the products, so i'm thinking about ordering thru her.  she gave me a gallon of laundry soap and it's awesome!  any products you wouldn't recommend?  is it all non-toxic or natural? 
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: amazonmama2five June 26, 2006, 03:25:30 AM
:D :D :D  Move to a South American country and hire a maid!!!   :D :D :D
Seriously, we have a large family and everyone does chores and this really lightens Mama's load!  Everyone is responsible for their own bed and clothes (dirty and clean).  I am a baking soda and vinegar girl myself, but my mom really likes the Bar Keepers Friend stuff.  She says it takes ANYTHING off of her countertops.  I do not think it is natural, but my parents also use Greased Lightening for lots of cleaning projects.  We like that website http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm  She has good ideas and tested methods.  Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Lisa
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: mexmarr June 26, 2006, 03:39:57 AM
:D :D :D  Move to a South American country and hire a maid!!!   :D :D :D


LOL!  That's a good one!  I lived in Mexico for 13 years.  We had a maid for a while.  We paid her $10 a day, and she was thrilled that the Americans paid so well. 

I've been back in the US for 6 months now (Culture shock for sure!) and my house is never as clean as it was in the good ol days....
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: amazonmama2five June 26, 2006, 04:21:10 AM
;) I hear ya! :D  Furlough was a killer!  All kidding aside, furlough was the reason we took our maid off of full time and put her on three days a week.  I wanted my kids (girls and boys) to know how to keep a house clean and she did everything even the stuff I designated for the kids to do!  So now she is only here MWF to do the floors and bathrooms.  It is a lot dirtier and dustier here than my hometown in the U.S. so I do appreciate what she does, but my children need to learn!  The locals think I'm crazy doing housework when I could hire it done, but they have accepted "that crazy American missionary lady" and think the kids are angels--------------so we must be doing something right! ;D
Lisa
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: dara June 26, 2006, 08:26:05 AM
I just got an empty spray bottle, filled it with filtered water, 6 drops GSE, a T. peroxide, a little dollop of (natural from the HFS) dishsoap for the bubbles, 3 drops lemongrass EO, and I really like it as an all purpose cleaner. I am going to add vinegar to the bathroom bottle though, for the soap scum.
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: WithLoveAndJoy June 27, 2006, 03:40:14 AM
I know it is a little bit off topic, not to do with mold that is, but if you want to find affordable non toxic cleaning supplies...I LOVE Method brand cleaning supplies.  You can buy them at Target and they are worth their weight in gold, in my opinion.  They clean really well and smell WONDERFUL because they are scented with essential oils.

Or if you dont' have a target store near you you can visit www.methodhome.com to order directly from them.  Prices are lower at target though.

Hope that helps!
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: Grace September 10, 2006, 05:59:37 PM
Does anyone have a good way to clean a shower curtain? Mine gets all moldy and gross.
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: InEverything September 10, 2006, 06:08:10 PM
For my plastic shower curtain I put it on the gentle cycle in the washing machine with hot water and bleach. Vinegar would probably work also.  Then just shake it out and hang up!
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: petrimama September 11, 2006, 03:58:32 AM
Just be careful when you take the curtain out of the washing machine.  They tend to hold water and I always end up with a puddle to clean up!     ::)      ~L
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: Pennie September 11, 2006, 03:59:07 AM
:D :D :D  Move to a South American country and hire a maid!!!   :D :D :D
My mom never hired a maid.  Two reasons. 1)she said she didn't want us to get lazy and wanted us to learn and 2)NO ONE could do the job like she would have wanted it done.  :D
I however have 5 children (she had just us two girls).  My husband is quite impressed with my cleaning skills. The other day the kitchen was a mess and I cleaned it up pretty quickly and he said man, you are good in here.  When you decide to clean it it gets done so fast.  Hm, I think the operative word was WHEN.   :-[  I do go through phases though where it is spotless and then I go through phases where I can't get it clean b/f it't time to start over.   ::)  We just bought a grain mill and since Caleb was sick yesterday(still is) I stayed home from church and was able to bake some bread and when hubby came home he said "look at you, but do you enjoy it?"  I said "yes, I enjoy it. You  know I do.  If I didn't I wouldn't do it."  :D That was proabaly a good time to ask for a raise.   :D  haha
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: amazonmama2five September 11, 2006, 04:16:39 AM
:'( :'(  My maid asked for a leave of absence 2 1/2 months ago................it looks like she is not coming back.  Her health is not good.  I am going to split my kefir grains with her and give her a kombucha mushroom but, we are getting along fine without the extra help.  DH is getting along even better without the extra outgo. ($$$) ;D 
The NT cookbook is also helping, because one has to think several meals ahead to plan.  While this is always a good idea, it is IMPERATIVE in this culture where "instant" means you use the pressure cooker.  :D  My teenage daughters are beginning to appreciate planning ahead.  ;D 
The house has suffered a little, but DH feels that it was worth it.  He said it feels more like a home now and not a museum.  ::)  So, this is going to be my new favorite topic.  ;) :P
Lisa
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: Grace September 11, 2006, 04:18:41 AM
For my plastic shower curtain I put it on the gentle cycle in the washing machine with hot water and bleach. Vinegar would probably work also.  Then just shake it out and hang up!

Great idea! I should hav thought of that! I am going to try it today! Thanks!!!!!
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: healthybratt September 11, 2006, 06:28:01 AM
For my plastic shower curtain I put it on the gentle cycle in the washing machine with hot water and bleach. Vinegar would probably work also.  Then just shake it out and hang up!

I was going to say this too, but you beat me to it. ;)
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: Pennie September 11, 2006, 06:48:42 AM
is vinegar a disinfectant? IF I clean the bathroom with vinegar after someone is sick is that going to kill the germs? Or do I need a lysol type of thing?
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: healthybratt September 11, 2006, 07:00:32 AM
is vinegar a disinfectant? IF I clean the bathroom with vinegar after someone is sick is that going to kill the germs? Or do I need a lysol type of thing?

Vinegar makes the surfaces more acidic which is undersirable for some organisms and helps others to thrive.  In most cases the thriving bacteria will hamper the growth of bad organisms.  I don't believe; however that vinegar actually kills germs like lysol does.
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: boysmama September 11, 2006, 09:17:43 AM
is vinegar a disinfectant? IF I clean the bathroom with vinegar after someone is sick is that going to kill the germs? Or do I need a lysol type of thing?
I have been looking at essential oils and that type of thing for disinfecting. I've been using grapefruit seed crush/extract (GSC or GSE) for disinfecting and it kills all odor so I think it is also killing the germs. Other options I've been looking at are tea tree oil (meleluca), Lavendar essential oil, and citrus oils. I'm sorry I don't have links (need to learn how to post them ::)), but I think itwould  be worth your time to look into if you are looking for something natural.
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: jbbabyslings September 15, 2006, 10:38:11 AM
So funny you are saving this today since I just scrubbed my tub and catching my breath at the moment.

Scrubbing tub and sinks baking soda (safe for kids to use too)

All purpose cleaners (windex) ammonia and water with blue food coloring if you like.

Bleach water disinfectant fill empty milk jug with water add 1 teaspoon bleach if using ultra concetrated kind. Shake with lid on. Then pour into empty spray bottle. Spray and let dry. We used to disinfect all the toys in the playroom when I had the daycare with this.

Oh also at the Dollar Tree that orange oil degreaser. It kills ants wonderful!!!!

I heard you can clean toilets and smelly ice coolers with tablets of denture cleaner

Also you can clean sticky  and clooged drains drains with 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vingar. Just let sit overnight
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: jbbabyslings September 15, 2006, 10:38:54 AM
Oh yeah. To clean dry erase board use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. Makes it the whitest its ever been!

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: healthyinOhio September 15, 2006, 03:03:12 PM
Does anyone have a recipe for something to sprinkle on carpet before you vacuum to make it smell nice?  I think I tried a baking soda recipe once and it never got sucked up by the vac, so it was like powder on my floor for weeks.  Maybe I made it wrong or something, or I just have really bad carpet.
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: jbbabyslings September 15, 2006, 03:12:30 PM
Last time we made lavender sachets we spilled a lot of the floor and it smelled like lavender for weeks. Just let sit for a while and then vacuum. The longer it sits the more it smells.

Marie
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: bmason September 20, 2006, 08:57:23 AM

We use Simple Green all the time and love it.  It's wonderful to mop and clean just about anything except glass or mirrors.  I buy it at Sam's for like $7.00 for 1 gallon and it'll last me at least 6 months or longer, if I'm really careful, and that's using it at the very least 3 times a week. I haven't heard anything about it being toxic or bad or negative side effects or anything like that, and I have to be very careful what I use because of my oldest child's allergies and lung weakness.   We love Simple Green!!!! try it you'll love it too. ;D
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: Julia November 20, 2006, 06:05:40 PM
Does anyone have a natural alternative to dish soap? Not dishwasher soap, just dish soap. Mine is about to run out and I'm not sure what to get next.
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: healthybratt November 20, 2006, 06:51:12 PM
Does anyone have a natural alternative to dish soap? Not dishwasher soap, just dish soap. Mine is about to run out and I'm not sure what to get next.

Homemade Dish Washing Soap (http://welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,2021.0.html)
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: born-an-okie November 21, 2006, 04:37:38 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?  My 2 yr. old found one the other day and tried drawing a picture while sitting on the floor.  I guess the paper wasn't quite big enough for him!   :D  He was long gone by the time I found the 2 foot long mark on the carpet!  We are renting and although my husband just considers the deposit $ as gone, I would really like to get it back when we leave.  We have horrible carpet stains next the kitchen area.  Thanks!
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: Julia November 21, 2006, 05:03:59 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?  My 2 yr. old found one the other day and tried drawing a picture while sitting on the floor.  I guess the paper wasn't quite big enough for him!   :D  He was long gone by the time I found the 2 foot long mark on the carpet!  We are renting and although my husband just considers the deposit $ as gone, I would really like to get it back when we leave.  We have horrible carpet stains next the kitchen area.  Thanks!


I searched on the net for a similar thing this summer and found a page called "ask a scientist" that gave me an answer. You might look for that or something like it. I was trying to get marker off a blackboard and it said to use fingernail polish remover - it worked!
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: carolinachic November 21, 2006, 05:08:24 AM
Does anyone have a recipe for something to sprinkle on carpet before you vacuum to make it smell nice?  I think I tried a baking soda recipe once and it never got sucked up by the vac, so it was like powder on my floor for weeks.  Maybe I made it wrong or something, or I just have really bad carpet.

I put a piece of scented cloth or gauze in my vacuum bag and it smells the whole house nicely. Use your favorite E. oil :)
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: carolinachic November 21, 2006, 05:13:07 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?  My 2 yr. old found one the other day and tried drawing a picture while sitting on the floor.  I guess the paper wasn't quite big enough for him!   :D  He was long gone by the time I found the 2 foot long mark on the carpet!  We are renting and although my husband just considers the deposit $ as gone, I would really like to get it back when we leave.  We have horrible carpet stains next the kitchen area.  Thanks!


Well I haven't tried this yet, but a friend told me she uses lemon juice on EVERYTHING! So maybe you could give the lemon juice a try and tell us if it worked :)
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: fisherovi5 November 21, 2006, 05:25:02 AM
Dr. Bronner's all-in-one castile soap took cranberry stains out of our carpet....no kidding!  And we have the kind of carpet that shows everything. 
Just an added note: For a window and mirror cleaner,  I put tonic water in a spray bottle (mineral water, soda water - however you would like to call it) - then wipe with a soft cotton cloth.  Learned this from Martha Stewart and it works great....AND it's totally non-toxic and doesn't have a lingering smell that overpowers my lemon bath scrub :)!  Vinegar always leaves streaks for me. 
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: wyomama3 November 21, 2006, 05:30:12 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?
I use Windex.  I have a friend who cleaned motel rooms in college, and that is what they used.  It took many scrubbings over the days, but I was able to get black perm marker out of my carpet this way.  It also works well with the spots on the floor of your vehicle; and the seats too.  This is the only reason I buy windex, and it is worth it.  I smile when I see one of my kids scrubbing the carpet with windex.  It means that they had something where they shouldn't have, and they know that they had better cure the problem :D
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: healthybratt November 21, 2006, 06:44:23 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?  My 2 yr. old found one the other day and tried drawing a picture while sitting on the floor.  I guess the paper wasn't quite big enough for him!   :D  He was long gone by the time I found the 2 foot long mark on the carpet!  We are renting and although my husband just considers the deposit $ as gone, I would really like to get it back when we leave.  We have horrible carpet stains next the kitchen area.  Thanks!

My mother once got laundry marker on her wood cabinets.  Skin So Soft, by Avon took it off.
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: WithLoveAndJoy November 21, 2006, 07:54:11 AM
Skin So Soft is GREAT stuff!  I sell AVON so, I have all sorts of things like that around.  The AVON bubble bath works really well for tons of stuff too.
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: born-an-okie November 21, 2006, 08:01:51 AM
Thanks for all of the great ideas!  I happen to have unscented Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, and it looks like it is going to work.  It might take a second round, but it is coming out!  Hurray!  I was thinking of trying to find someone in our area that sells Melalueca products since I've had success with them in getting out ink in our dryer (the pen made it through the wash without opening, but exploded in the dryer, ink everywhere  :P)  Since Dr. Bronner's soap is going to work I won't have to do that now.  Yeah!
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: Julia November 21, 2006, 09:16:35 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?
I use Windex.  I have a friend who cleaned motel rooms in college, and that is what they used.  It took many scrubbings over the days, but I was able to get black perm marker out of my carpet this way.  It also works well with the spots on the floor of your vehicle; and the seats too.  This is the only reason I buy windex, and it is worth it.  I smile when I see one of my kids scrubbing the carpet with windex.  It means that they had something where they shouldn't have, and they know that they had better cure the problem :D

Are you Greek? I remember they did that in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".
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: healthybratt November 21, 2006, 09:25:12 AM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?
I use Windex.  I have a friend who cleaned motel rooms in college, and that is what they used.  It took many scrubbings over the days, but I was able to get black perm marker out of my carpet this way.  It also works well with the spots on the floor of your vehicle; and the seats too.  This is the only reason I buy windex, and it is worth it.  I smile when I see one of my kids scrubbing the carpet with windex.  It means that they had something where they shouldn't have, and they know that they had better cure the problem :D
Are you Greek? I remember they did that in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".
Works for zits too.  AHAHAHAHA.  ;D
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: Christal November 21, 2006, 11:13:14 AM
I use Baking Soda to remove permanent marker from my kitchen counters.  The first time my 3 yo daughter missed the paper on my new counter I freaked but grabbed the soda and it came off without water even.  Now I don't even worry about cleaning it right away and it still works even if the mark has been there a day or two.
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: savedbygrace November 21, 2006, 02:35:31 PM

So I wouldn't recommend it as a dietary supplement,

LOL
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: KeepItSimple November 22, 2006, 07:47:19 AM
Is tea tree extract and tea tree oil the same thing?  Just wondering!  Thanks!
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: Jemima January 10, 2007, 07:28:59 AM
Anyone have suggestions on cleaning a hardwood kitchen table?  I like to wipe my counters and table down when I clean, but I never know what to use on the table. It's a varnished, shinier finish, and I think a regular all purpose spray might dull it down. What do you use on your table? 
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: KeepItSimple January 10, 2007, 07:37:51 AM
Ours came with a spray from the furniture store..but essentially it is orange essential oil.

Since everything is 'sealed' with the varnish or whatever they put on it these days I don't see how bacteria/germs could get into the wood.


Hope that helps!
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: paprika January 19, 2007, 02:27:09 PM
I've heard that Vodka is really good at getting stains out of the carpet.
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: herbalmom January 19, 2007, 02:51:53 PM
Does anyone know of anything that will take permanent marker out of carpet?  My 2 yr. old found one the other day and tried drawing a picture while sitting on the floor.  I guess the paper wasn't quite big enough for him!   :D  He was long gone by the time I found the 2 foot long mark on the carpet!  We are renting and although my husband just considers the deposit $ as gone, I would really like to get it back when we leave.  We have horrible carpet stains next the kitchen area.  Thanks!

Cheap shaving cream. Barbarsol is the brand we get. We have used it on permanent maker on carpet & it took it right out. Rub some shaving cream in w/your hand, then rub the stain out with a towel. My sister's ex told me about it & said it works on most stains. I haven't needed to use it much but I was amazed at how well it worked on marker. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: Whiterock January 19, 2007, 04:46:50 PM
I must be a slob.  *snicker*  I'm happy if my floors aren't sticky or covered with crumbs.  Shiny - hee hee -- I figure they are just there to walk on so who cares.  LOL   ;D
Honestly, you and I must be related somehow.  ;D
WR
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: earthymomof2 January 19, 2007, 05:31:13 PM
If you use a microwave:

Put a bowl of water with the juice of a lemon in it and boil it for a few minutes in teh micro.  Let it sit there a few more minutes without opening to door, take the bowl out and wipe down the inside.

I've been using bon-ami to clean my toilet bowls, sinks, and tubs.  Every now and again I have to use a little bleach to get the stains out or disinfect more thoroughly (I'm a whiteness and germless freak).  When I use just the bon-ami, I put a couple drops of tea tree oil on my paper towel or rag as I wipe and rinse everything  to give it that crisp clean smell. 
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: Myjoy February 01, 2007, 09:17:04 AM
I found a great book "Naturally Clean Home" from More Than Alive (http://www.morethanalive.com/). It has great recipes for around the house. We have prefinished engineered hardwood floors and I either use Murphy's Oil (which is vegetable based) or a recipe I found in that book that used castille soap, lemon juice, water, and some citrus essential oils. They both work great. My tub is made of fiberglass, and I couldn't figure out what to use on it. I started using baking soda and it's great. I only have to scrub a lot when I haven't cleaned it in  a couple weeks. Fiberglass gets soap scum on it VERY easily. I miss a porcelain tub!
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: healthyinOhio February 01, 2007, 03:16:07 PM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?
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: oneblessedwoman February 01, 2007, 03:45:32 PM
Have you tried bleach?  I work for a cleaning company and  sometimes we use one of those bleach pens to clean up white grout or stubborn stains.  What material is it made out of?  You can't use bleach, at least not full strength, on all surfaces, but it is an idea.
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: SC February 01, 2007, 03:50:56 PM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?

I would be tempted to try a baking soda/salt mixture and then full strength white distilled vinegar. It will have a fizzing action that can actually unclog a sluggish drain. Wonder if it will also remove those stains? I'm also wondering about hydrogen peroxide.
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: healthyinOhio February 01, 2007, 03:58:25 PM
Have you tried bleach? 

DUH, no.  I don't have any.  I hate the smell of it, but I suppose it would be worth a shot. 




I would be tempted to try a baking soda/salt mixture and then full strength white distilled vinegar. It will have a fizzing action that can actually unclog a sluggish drain. Wonder if it will also remove those stains? I'm also wondering about hydrogen peroxide.

Okay, I just made a paste of baking soda and salt and mixed with a little peroxide.  Nothing.   :-\ So, I added some vinegar on it.....fizzed....I scrubbed....I think it looks a little bit lighter.  ??

We read a book this week with the kids on all the wondeful uses for pee.  So, I am seriously thinking about urinating on it at this point!!  :D
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: SC February 01, 2007, 04:17:09 PM
We read a book this week with the kids on all the wondeful uses for pee.  So, I am seriously thinking about urinating on it at this point!!  :D

Okay, Hio, I love you and all, but we just are NOT going to have lunch at your house! :o
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: 4myhoonie February 01, 2007, 06:34:29 PM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?

i used to use all fabric bleach for stuff like this.  clorox powder the color safe stuff.  worth a shot! 

or maybe Melaleuca's Sol-U-Mel?  i've heard it's great stuff. 

or possibly comet powder?  works for me for this sort of thing.

just thinking outloud....HTH.  :D 
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: heatheronthehill February 02, 2007, 03:03:06 AM
I would try bon-ami with a little peroxide I think.  It won't scratch your countertops and the peroxide is supposed to whiten.  Comet has bleach already in it, but I'm afraid it might scratch. 
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: healthyinOhio February 02, 2007, 04:03:36 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies.  I really didn't want to have to buy any nasty chemicals, but I am desperate.  So, I am off to the dollar store!!
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: healthybratt February 02, 2007, 04:47:40 AM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?
Soft scrub with bleach will take koolaid and other stains off most countertops.  You could also just dilute some bleach in water in a squirt bottle and try that.  I don't use this stuff often, but I do use it for the really stubborn stains.
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: herbalmom February 06, 2007, 08:30:30 PM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?
Soft scrub with bleach will take koolaid and other stains off most countertops.  You could also just dilute some bleach in water in a squirt bottle and try that.  I don't use this stuff often, but I do use it for the really stubborn stains.

I use cheap comet type cleanser which also has bleach occasionally (with the window wide open because bleach makes me sick) on my old white sink but bleach tends to set rust stains. Zud cleanser (oxalic acid) will take it right out. Do NOT mix the 2 types of cleanser, it will make a poisonous gas! HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: mexmarr February 07, 2007, 03:55:31 AM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?

Did you get it off?  If so, what eventually worked for you?
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: Whiterock February 07, 2007, 07:32:53 AM
The area where the hinges are on the toilet seat is the bane of my existence (well, that and plastic shower curtains)!Yuck! Any tips on cleaning that area?
WR
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: healthybratt February 07, 2007, 07:53:43 AM
The area where the hinges are on the toilet seat is the bane of my existence (well, that and plastic shower curtains)!Yuck! Any tips on cleaning that area?
WR
toothbrush and baking soda work like a dream for the toilet.

Shower curtain - throw it in the washing machine.
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: Whiterock February 07, 2007, 08:18:05 AM
Hmmm... The only question now is, who's toothbrush?  ;D
WR
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: freshisbest February 07, 2007, 08:19:47 AM
For a white countertop I would use bleach. For anything white I use bleach!
For antique lace, or linens, soak in BIZ. You can soak for days if its really bad..but an antique dealer swears by it.
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: herbalmom February 07, 2007, 10:23:29 AM
The area where the hinges are on the toilet seat is the bane of my existence (well, that and plastic shower curtains)!Yuck! Any tips on cleaning that area?
WR
toothbrush and baking soda work like a dream for the toilet.

Shower curtain - throw it in the washing machine.
Hmmm... The only question now is, who's toothbrush? ;D
WR

Well, if your mad at hubby.............. ;) ;) ;) ;) just kidding.

We use toothbrushes for scrubbing all the time. I usually buy those 8 for $1 tear up your gums but work great for scrubbing toothbrushes. If you use the ones that the family has worn out then I suggest marking them w/nail polish or something. We use our scrubbing ones in the bathroom a lot- they work great around faucets. If they are not marked & get left next to the sink & it just happens to look exactly like your child's toothbrush that you replaced last week.......... ::) ::) Not that it's EVER happened in MY house ::) ::) ::) yea, right. That's why I now buy cheap toothbrushes for cleaning that are a different style than the ones we use for brushing teeth.

As far as the plastic shower curtain- fabric shower curtains work great. Check this thread for more info:
 Shower Curtain Alternatives (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,3407.0.html)
HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: healthyinOhio February 07, 2007, 04:19:08 PM


Did you get it off?  If so, what eventually worked for you?

Nothing has worked thus far!  :(  I tried bleach and it didn't even budge.  Was I suppose to use bleach straight?  I diluted it with warm water.  UGH!!
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: Julia February 07, 2007, 04:22:40 PM
Did you try the one herbalmom reccomended?
Zud cleanser (oxalic acid) will take it right out.
I had a rust stain on our old white sink at our old house and no amount of bleach will get rid of it.
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: healthyinOhio February 07, 2007, 04:31:42 PM
Did you try the one herbalmom reccomended?

No, just regular bleach.  I have never heard of Zud cleanser.  Where can you buy it?  I have not bought a chemical cleaner in like three years.  I am clueless with name brands.  Mine is a white countertop, not a sink, though.  Will that make a difference?
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: hsmamafl February 07, 2007, 04:44:22 PM
Did you try the one herbalmom reccomended?

No, just regular bleach.  I have never heard of Zud cleanser.  Where can you buy it?  I have not bought a chemical cleaner in like three years.  I am clueless with name brands.  Mine is a white countertop, not a sink, though.  Will that make a difference?

I hadn't heard of Zud cleanser either until today on this thread.  I have the same problem with rust from my cast iron skillets on my counters so I am going to get some.  I saw online that it is available at Ace Hardware so that is probably where I will pick it up.  I also saw it on Amazon.

Michelle
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: healthyinOhio February 07, 2007, 04:57:53 PM
  I saw online that it is available at Ace Hardware so that is probably where I will pick it up.  I also saw it on Amazon.

Michelle

Okay, thanks for the tip, Michelle!!
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: herbalmom February 07, 2007, 06:05:51 PM
Did you try the one herbalmom reccomended?

No, just regular bleach.  I have never heard of Zud cleanser.  Where can you buy it?  I have not bought a chemical cleaner in like three years.  I am clueless with name brands.  Mine is a white countertop, not a sink, though.  Will that make a difference?

I hadn't heard of Zud cleanser either until today on this thread.  I have the same problem with rust from my cast iron skillets on my counters so I am going to get some.  I saw online that it is available at Ace Hardware so that is probably where I will pick it up.  I also saw it on Amazon.

I used to get Zud at the grocery store but I don't know if they still carry it. I only use it on rust stains so it lasts me a LONG time. Now that I think of it, I think that the last time I bought it I got it at ACE Hardware.

Yes, you can use it on counters. Zud contains oxalic acid which is why it works on rust. Bleach sets rust stains but oxalic acid takes it out. There are also liquid oxalic acid solutions that take rust out of fabric & carpet.

Now for some possible GOOD news. I was just looking for my Zud & it turns out that I'm out. I do have Bar Keepers Friend however & was looking at the label & it ALSO contains oxalic acid & works on rust. That's probably WHY I have it- the last time I went to buy Zud they didn't have it so I got to reading labels. To be honest, I don't even remember buying it. If I'm not mistaken, most GROCERY stores carry Bar Keepers Friend which will make it MUCH easier to find.  HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: healthyinOhio February 07, 2007, 06:31:46 PM
Zud contains oxalic acid which is why it works on rust.

Did you say oxalic acid?  Couldn't I just blend some spinach or rhubarb on it? LOL!  :D
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: herbalmom February 07, 2007, 07:03:26 PM
Zud contains oxalic acid which is why it works on rust.

Did you say oxalic acid?  Couldn't I just blend some spinach or rhubarb on it? LOL!  :D

Sure, if  you want to add stubborn food stains to your stubborn rust stains. ;) ;) :P :P :P Blessings ~herbalmom
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: Texas Girl. February 07, 2007, 07:26:49 PM
Anybody have any ideas for cleaning old tile?  This is SO nasty ... but, our house is 80 years old, and the previous owners were lifelong smokers ~ and from the looks of the tile & grout in our bathrooms, they must have done all their smoking in there, with the doors closed!  I have LITERALLY spent DAYS in there scrubbing (4 hours at a time), with every cleaner I could find, and the tile will LOOK clean and white, but my cleaning rag will ALWAYS get brown, like its down in the pores of the tile, or something.  I just hate that my family is stepping out of the tub onto this floor, for nicotine or whatever to seep up through their skin!  I know we just need to replace it, and that's on the to-do list....after the kitchen is done!  Any ideas in the mean-time?
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: herbalmom February 07, 2007, 08:03:28 PM
Anybody have any ideas for cleaning old tile?  This is SO nasty ... but, our house is 80 years old, and the previous owners were lifelong smokers ~ and from the looks of the tile & grout in our bathrooms, they must have done all their smoking in there, with the doors closed!  I have LITERALLY spent DAYS in there scrubbing (4 hours at a time), with every cleaner I could find, and the tile will LOOK clean and white, but my cleaning rag will ALWAYS get brown, like its down in the pores of the tile, or something.  I just hate that my family is stepping out of the tub onto this floor, for nicotine or whatever to seep up through their skin!  I know we just need to replace it, and that's on the to-do list....after the kitchen is done!  Any ideas in the mean-time?

It IS in the pores. You get what's on the surface & what is deeper works it's way up so that the next time you get still more of it. A dry sponge MAY get a lot of it out, they are used to help get smoke damage out of things. To get dry sponges go to:
Don Aslett's Cleaning Center (http://www.cleanreport.com/index.cfm)
You can ask questions on this site & they should be able to tell you something to use, my guess is they will tell you to use the dry sponge. If you use one the surface must be COMPLETELY dry- ANY water will ruin the sponge.

You may be able to seal it but I'm not sure what to use to do it with.  Contact this company & ask them:
American Formulating & Manufacturing  (http://www.afmsafecoat.com/FrontPage.html)
They are really good about answering questions & they have a whole line of non toxic paints, sealants, (including grout sealant) etc. I have used some of their products & were happy with them. You can can either send them an email from their web site or get their phone # from the site & call them. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: heatheronthehill February 08, 2007, 03:05:47 AM
We lived in an apartment where the previous resident had lived and smoked for 15 years!  It was cleaned, new carpet, new paint, but in the bathroom, the steam would bring out the nasty orangey nicotine gunk.  It just slowly seeped out through the walls!  Nothing to do, but just keep cleaning it!  Every couple of months I would wash down all of the walls and the ceiling.  It was so gross!   :P
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: healthyinOhio February 08, 2007, 07:57:48 AM
My local ACE hardware did not have Zud Cleaner.  Now what?  Any other stores?  Should I purchase on-line?
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: amazonmama2five February 08, 2007, 08:02:19 AM
I have read that some of the girls mentioned Bar Keeper's Friend.  My Mom insists that this is the BEST thing to hit the market.  I can't get it down here of course, but am having some sent to me.  Try it out, Healthy and see how it works.
Have a great day,
Lisa
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: healthyinOhio February 08, 2007, 08:05:35 AM
Try it out, Healthy and see how it works.


I am willing to try anything at this point.  I want our counters spotless for when we put it on the market(hopefully this year) to sell.  Anyone interested in cold OHIO? LOL!!
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: MotherOfBlessings February 08, 2007, 08:08:42 AM
I know it is not a natural product but Bar Keepers Friend rocks!!!  It takes off rust, scum, and even those grey marks that come from pans rubbing on the sink.  Makes it white and shiny. ;D  I really like it.  I get a big can cheaper at Lowes (home improvement store) than at WalMart  :o.  
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: herbalmom February 08, 2007, 09:15:47 AM
My local ACE hardware did not have Zud Cleaner.  Now what?  Any other stores?  Should I purchase on-line?

Now for some possible GOOD news. I was just looking for my Zud & it turns out that I'm out. I do have Bar Keepers Friend however & was looking at the label & it ALSO contains oxalic acid & works on rust. That's probably WHY I have it- the last time I went to buy Zud they didn't have it so I got to reading labels. To be honest, I don't even remember buying it. If I'm not mistaken, most GROCERY stores carry Bar Keepers Friend which will make it MUCH easier to find. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: Julia February 08, 2007, 09:39:38 AM
I am willing to try anything at this point.  I want our counters spotless for when we put it on the market(hopefully this year) to sell.  Anyone interested in cold OHIO? LOL!!
To where are you moving? You might have to change your name!
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: Texas Girl. February 08, 2007, 02:49:53 PM
We lived in an apartment where the previous resident had lived and smoked for 15 years!  It was cleaned, new carpet, new paint, but in the bathroom, the steam would bring out the nasty orangey nicotine gunk.  It just slowly seeped out through the walls!  Nothing to do, but just keep cleaning it!  Every couple of months I would wash down all of the walls and the ceiling.  It was so gross!   :P

Ick!  Thank goodness, we sheetrocked the whole house when we moved in ~ otherwise we'd be having the same problem, I'm sure! 
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: healthyinOhio February 08, 2007, 03:31:54 PM

To where are you moving? You might have to change your name!

Yes, I know.  I will have to change just about everything!!  So....can I interest you in a house?  :P
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: atthebeginning February 08, 2007, 05:41:43 PM
We like that website http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm (http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm)  She has good ideas and tested methods.  Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Lisa
THANK YOU for this tip!
I used her recipes for an all-purpose cleaner:
2 Tablespoons ammonia
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol
a few drops of your favorite EO for a nice fresh scent (I used tea tree oil)
+enough water to fill a gallon container, then use spray bottles

and a window cleaner:
½ t mild dish detergent (would probably do a little less next time)
3T vinegar
2 cups water
mix in spray bottle 

They worked great, as did the baking soda! I do housecleaning to pay my rent while at college, and whenever I have the choice I like to use the more natural stuff. It's a lot cheaper too. Very happy with the results.
~ATB
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: Hootie Hoo/the-beth May 28, 2007, 11:39:05 AM
Just wondering if ammonia and rubbing alcohol are safe for kids to use.  I use this recipe:
All-purpose cleaner:
2 Tablespoons ammonia
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol
a few drops of your favorite EO for a nice fresh scent (I used tea tree oil)
+enough water to fill a gallon container, then use spray bottles

from this site:  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm (http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm)

Sometimes I like to have my my 5 and 3 year olds help me clean.  They use this cleaner, and I am just wondering if it is okay for them to use.
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: Hootie Hoo/the-beth June 03, 2007, 12:45:34 PM
BUMP!

Just wondering if ammonia and rubbing alcohol are safe for kids to use.  I use this recipe:
All-purpose cleaner:
2 Tablespoons ammonia
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol
a few drops of your favorite EO for a nice fresh scent (I used tea tree oil)
+enough water to fill a gallon container, then use spray bottles

from this site:  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm (http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm)

Sometimes I like to have my my 5 and 3 year olds help me clean.  They use this cleaner, and I am just wondering if it is okay for them to use.
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: Mom2FourBlessings June 03, 2007, 02:21:08 PM
I know that ammonia vapors can be harmful, and are very damaging to the skin, probably more so to young tender skin.. I would probably not let the children use anything with ammonia in it.. Just my opinion though.. I am  curious to hear from someone that might have some more factual information..  ;) :P

Mom2FourBlessings
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: Farm Wife June 13, 2007, 01:45:26 PM
Hi all,
I will soon be going to farmers markets peddling my fresh dairy products and cheese that we are making in our on farm creamery and using a large white cooler.
My question is how do you keep a cooler clean and nice looking?  ??? Some of the venders had the rattiest filthiest coolers which deterred me from buying their food!  :P Coolers have that textured outside that only seems to attract dirt and white was not the best choice but $40. for a 120 quart cooler was too good to pass up!!! I cleaned my old one yesterday with ammonia which did pretty well. We don't camp so I though some of you campers might have ideas and tips I could use.  ;)
Thanks, Susan
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: makingchanges June 13, 2007, 03:55:11 PM
Just wondering if ammonia and rubbing alcohol are safe for kids to use.  I use this recipe:
All-purpose cleaner:
2 Tablespoons ammonia
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 pint (2 cups) rubbing alcohol
a few drops of your favorite EO for a nice fresh scent (I used tea tree oil)
+enough water to fill a gallon container, then use spray bottles

from this site:  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm (http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm)

Sometimes I like to have my my 5 and 3 year olds help me clean.  They use this cleaner, and I am just wondering if it is okay for them to use.

I just read Green this-greening your cleaning by Deirdre Imus. This is what the book says about ammonia. "Ammonia is listed as a toxic chemical on the EPA's Community Right-to-know list. It irritates the skin, eyes, and respiratory passages, causing all sorts of respiratory problems, including pulmonary edema. It is extremely toxic when inhaled in concentrated vapors and repeated exposure may lead to bronchitis and pneumonia. Ammonia can cause chemical burns, cataracts, and corneal damage, and has been shown to produce skin cancer. Cleaning products that might contain ammonia: automatic dishwasher detergents, window cleaners, furniture polishes and waxes metal polishes and cleaners."

I sure was shocked on how dangerous ammonia appears to be. Since all chemicals bother me I plan on staying away from ammonia. She states "children have higher metabolic rates and a proportionally greater lung surface area so this poses ever greater threats."
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: Isaacsmama June 14, 2007, 05:20:31 AM
does anyone have a great idea for getting KILZ or Primer off of skin(hands and arms).  My husband used Goof Off, but that stuff smells aweful and has a huge warning list.  I thought I would try a safer alternative for him tonight.  any ideas?
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: Kansas Girl June 14, 2007, 05:57:32 AM
does anyone have a great idea for getting KILZ or Primer off of skin(hands and arms).  My husband used Goof Off, but that stuff smells aweful and has a huge warning list.  I thought I would try a safer alternative for him tonight.  any ideas?

I always use Crisco.  (It is good for something after all!!!! ;D)  However, my guess is that any oil would probably work.  Let us know what you figure out.  -KG
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: herbalmom June 15, 2007, 07:19:13 PM
does anyone have a great idea for getting KILZ or Primer off of skin(hands and arms).  My husband used Goof Off, but that stuff smells aweful and has a huge warning list.  I thought I would try a safer alternative for him tonight.  any ideas?

Check this thread:

DS sprayed oil based paint in DD hair . Help!!!! (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,6896.0.html)

HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: debbiez July 26, 2007, 05:34:01 AM
 Well one of my favorite tricks is ... when my cloth lampshades get really dusty is too lint roll them it works great.Works good on the giant speakers my DH insist we need. :D
   Not a cleaning tip but neat.I have a big porch and we love to sit on it.So for outdoor pillows I sewed plastic table cloths( you  have to get somewhat thick ones) and stuffed them with plastic bags.No mildew and they wipe clean. :)
                      Debbiez :)
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: BoPeep July 26, 2007, 06:03:40 AM
Well one of my favorite tricks is ... when my cloth lampshades get really dusty is too lint roll them it works great.Works good on the giant speakers my DH insist we need. :D

Great idea! I was just thinking the other day that there MUST be a better way to clean my lampshades! I can't wait to give it a try!  ;D
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: joyofthelord July 26, 2007, 07:05:19 AM
Hi all,
I will soon be going to farmers markets peddling my fresh dairy products and cheese that we are making in our on farm creamery and using a large white cooler.
My question is how do you keep a cooler clean and nice looking?  ??? Some of the venders had the rattiest filthiest coolers which deterred me from buying their food!  :P Coolers have that textured outside that only seems to attract dirt and white was not the best choice but $40. for a 120 quart cooler was too good to pass up!!! I cleaned my old one yesterday with ammonia which did pretty well. We don't camp so I though some of you campers might have ideas and tips I could use.  ;)
Thanks, Susan

Haven't read this whole thread, so sorry if I'm repeating something.  I would definitely use Mr. Clean magic eraser for this.  These are great on anything with a texture, like fridge handles, or dishwasher tops.  I love them!  Just don't use them on your skin.
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: girly January 03, 2008, 10:42:37 AM
I have a big problem and I am hoping that you ladies might have some ideas.  My husband just bought me new stainless steel pans and today I burned chicken noodle soup to the bottom of one - badly.  It smelled awful and I just have it soaking in the pan right now.  Any tips on how to salvage my beautiful new pan?  It had a lid on it but the lid appears okay.  Thank you.  It is polished stainless steel if that makes a difference.  I am so, so sad about this.
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: YoopreMama January 03, 2008, 10:45:36 AM
I have a big problem and I am hoping that you ladies might have some ideas.  My husband just bought me new stainless steel pans and today I burned chicken noodle soup to the bottom of one - badly.  It smelled awful and I just have it soaking in the pan right now.  Any tips on how to salvage my beautiful new pan?  It had a lid on it but the lid appears okay.  Thank you.  It is polished stainless steel if that makes a difference.  I am so, so sad about this.
Fear not!  It can be redeemed!  ;D  (I think).  I've done this enough so...take a small amount of water (to cover the bottom plus some), and sprinkle cream of tartar in it...maybe 2 T.  Boil gently and scrape w/ a wooden spoon as it boils.  Baking soda may work in a similar fashion.  HTH!
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: jenl January 03, 2008, 10:53:13 AM
I have a big problem and I am hoping that you ladies might have some ideas.  My husband just bought me new stainless steel pans and today I burned chicken noodle soup to the bottom of one - badly.  It smelled awful and I just have it soaking in the pan right now.  Any tips on how to salvage my beautiful new pan?  It had a lid on it but the lid appears okay.  Thank you.  It is polished stainless steel if that makes a difference.  I am so, so sad about this.

I have burnt food on to my pans before.  I fill bottom with water, add a drop of dishsoap and bring to boil.  At this point you should be able to scrape up crust and if it is too hard just let boil a little longer.  Then I wash out and scrub with a chore boy until it looks new again.
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: girly January 03, 2008, 10:56:47 AM
Whew!  I'll do that - boil, scrape, cream of tarter... I was so worried I had ruined my new pans.  I have wanted stainless pans for quite a while and there I went getting distracted and thought I ruined it.  Thank you so much!
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: blondiegreen January 03, 2008, 06:57:38 PM
I have used Borax in my toilet bowl. Just sprinkle it in, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it out. Awesome!!!
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: herbalmom January 03, 2008, 07:16:03 PM
I have a big problem and I am hoping that you ladies might have some ideas.  My husband just bought me new stainless steel pans and today I burned chicken noodle soup to the bottom of one - badly.  It smelled awful and I just have it soaking in the pan right now.  Any tips on how to salvage my beautiful new pan?  It had a lid on it but the lid appears okay.  Thank you.  It is polished stainless steel if that makes a difference.  I am so, so sad about this.

Use SC's method on the thread linked below & next time (& there WILL be a next time, it goes with cooking) add some water to the pan while it is still hot as soon as you notice the pan is burnt or food is stuck, it really works. Not too much water, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Read the whole thread for an explanation of why.

Burned Pots & Pans  (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,13399.0.html)

HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: Isaacsmama January 03, 2008, 07:33:10 PM
I have used Borax in my toilet bowl. Just sprinkle it in, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it out. Awesome!!!

that is what I do, but I add some tea tree oil with the borax and let it sit while I clean the rest of the bathroom.
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: Jemima January 04, 2008, 06:41:59 AM
What is the best way to clean carpet that's been spit up/puked on? :P  My little guy did a number on our nice new, berber carpet this morning, and while not too many messes scare me, (they can be cleaned up) I had no idea how to tackle this one.

It was about a 3 foot square area, total.  I just took a big rag and wrung hot water over the carpet to cover about all of it.  Then I got my rag really wet and went to work scrubbing the entire area.  Finally, I sprayed some OxiClean on it, and some SoluMel (from Melaleuca) and let that sit for a while. Came back and scrubbed the whole thing again. 

Did I do the right thing? Is there something different i should have done, or can still do? I really hope this cleans up ok, and doesn't get left stinky! Tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I expect more the same messes in my mommy career!  ;D  :-X
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: crystal January 04, 2008, 01:16:12 PM
What is the best way to clean carpet that's been spit up/puked on? :P  My little guy did a number on our nice new, berber carpet this morning, and while not too many messes scare me, (they can be cleaned up) I had no idea how to tackle this one.

It was about a 3 foot square area, total.  I just took a big rag and wrung hot water over the carpet to cover about all of it.  Then I got my rag really wet and went to work scrubbing the entire area.  Finally, I sprayed some OxiClean on it, and some SoluMel (from Melaleuca) and let that sit for a while. Came back and scrubbed the whole thing again. 

Did I do the right thing? Is there something different i should have done, or can still do? I really hope this cleans up ok, and doesn't get left stinky! Tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I expect more the same messes in my mommy career!  ;D  :-X

Dh was janitor/youth pastor/school principal at our last church and he always used white vinegar on carpet stains in the church fellowship hall (which we all know can get disgusting).  I also use Folex for carpet. 

Do any of you have any ideas about how to clean upholstured furniture.  I have some nice, but very well used pieces. ;)  The cans of foaming stuff are scary! :o

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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: ladyhen January 04, 2008, 01:32:35 PM
We have a Bissell carpet cleaner and we LOVE it!  It works really well for the types of spots you are talking about and also works for upholstery.  It is an upright type - looks like a big vacuum cleaner - so can be used on carpeting in the upright position.  It has a reservoir for water, a reservoir for soap, and a 'HEAT' setting to heat the water.  It also has a hose and brush attached that can be used instead of the upright head. 

Since I am allergic to most cleaners, I use white vinegar to clean most things.  For bad spots, I sometimes use a gentle soap solution in a spray bottle.

The carpet cleaner sprays the hot cleaning solution onto the carpet - or upholstery - and then sucks it back out on the next pass.  We have been really happy with how it cleans.

I was the 'janitor' at our church for a couple of years, too.  I cleaned all of the carpetting and the pews with this machine a couple of times. 
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: blondiegreen January 04, 2008, 05:38:49 PM
I have a portable steam cleaner thingy which I love using. It's sooo handy for those families with small kids. I think it cost about $50 from Wallyworld, and I've used it dozens of times. I hate commercial stain removal stuff for carpets, so I use vinegar and/or soapnuts liquid.
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: girly January 04, 2008, 06:41:11 PM
I just wanted to update on my burnt pan... Immediately I soaked the pan and when I went back to it to try your advice it was very easy to clean.  Much of that caked on soup came off easily - probably because it had been soaking right away (while very hot).  I'm so thankful that my pan is saved.  It is still nice and shiny.  Thank you for your helpful advice - WHEW!!! 
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: kper January 05, 2008, 04:49:31 AM
To stop the gag reflux before cleaning up vomit, we spray it with Fabreeze (SP?) I realize it's a chemical, but it take the nasty smell away and we have a MUCH easier time cleaning it up.
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: kamom January 17, 2008, 11:19:31 AM
  Can anyone give me some tips on how to clean a stove naturally? I'm talking about the inside, charred spots of something that ran over :-\

  Thanks!
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: YoopreMama January 17, 2008, 01:09:25 PM
It doesn't have a self-cleaning feature?  I know I've forgotten that handy trick before.  ::)
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: healthybratt January 17, 2008, 02:03:44 PM
  Can anyone give me some tips on how to clean a stove naturally? I'm talking about the inside, charred spots of something that ran over :-\

  Thanks!
Baking soda.  Sprinkle it on the spot and use a wet cloth to rub it around (like Comet or Ajax).  Works pretty good on most things.  Self-cleaning works too.
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: blondiegreen February 13, 2008, 07:17:33 AM
I've also used dandruff shampoo on my old porcelain tub to get rid of that yucky black ring. When the tub is dry, smear on the 'poo and let it sit for at least an hour. Scrub it down, rinse, and voila - a shinier tub!
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: mommie March 18, 2008, 11:13:54 AM
I know there are plenty clean freaks out there...so here's my question...I just bought new toilet seats for my toilets but I have mold growing under the rim of my toilet seat..I scrub it with the scrubber and cleaner and such all the time but its not going away and its creeping down and its nasty. I want to soak the entire toilet bowl but once the water hits that certain level it automatically flushes..my hubby tried everything this weekend (including the top of a plunger with BIG rock on top but the water seeped through and leaked out...I want to soak my toilet (up to the rim) with bleach and water or do something to kill that mold up there ( I hate bleach...but I bought it for the occassion :)) I'm thinking of some sort of gadget that will hold rags soaked in bleach up at the rim or something...I want it to soak for 4-5 hours or over night even...While I was trying desperately to come up with an idea I thought of WTM...I know some of you have to be worse than I am about these sort of things  one of you must have figured out how to do this...I live in an old house so the mold came with the house :) and I've considered replacing the bowls but you just can't get good toilets anymore. HELP!! :)
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: healthybratt March 18, 2008, 12:04:07 PM
I know there are plenty clean freaks out there...so here's my question...I just bought new toilet seats for my toilets but I have mold growing under the rim of my toilet seat..I scrub it with the scrubber and cleaner and such all the time but its not going away and its creeping down and its nasty. I want to soak the entire toilet bowl but once the water hits that certain level it automatically flushes..my hubby tried everything this weekend (including the top of a plunger with BIG rock on top but the water seeped through and leaked out...I want to soak my toilet (up to the rim) with bleach and water or do something to kill that mold up there ( I hate bleach...but I bought it for the occassion :)) I'm thinking of some sort of gadget that will hold rags soaked in bleach up at the rim or something...I want it to soak for 4-5 hours or over night even...While I was trying desperately to come up with an idea I thought of WTM...I know some of you have to be worse than I am about these sort of things  one of you must have figured out how to do this...I live in an old house so the mold came with the house :) and I've considered replacing the bowls but you just can't get good toilets anymore. HELP!! :)
you could try a bleach scrub like soft scrub.  if the sides of the toilet are dry it should stick fairly well.  or you could just spray it every so often with a bleach solution.
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: herbalmom March 18, 2008, 12:44:02 PM
I know there are plenty clean freaks out there...so here's my question...I just bought new toilet seats for my toilets but I have mold growing under the rim of my toilet seat..I scrub it with the scrubber and cleaner and such all the time but its not going away and its creeping down and its nasty. I want to soak the entire toilet bowl but once the water hits that certain level it automatically flushes..my hubby tried everything this weekend (including the top of a plunger with BIG rock on top but the water seeped through and leaked out...I want to soak my toilet (up to the rim) with bleach and water or do something to kill that mold up there ( I hate bleach...but I bought it for the occassion :)) I'm thinking of some sort of gadget that will hold rags soaked in bleach up at the rim or something...I want it to soak for 4-5 hours or over night even...While I was trying desperately to come up with an idea I thought of WTM...I know some of you have to be worse than I am about these sort of things  one of you must have figured out how to do this...I live in an old house so the mold came with the house :) and I've considered replacing the bowls but you just can't get good toilets anymore. HELP!! :)

I am definitely not a clean freak  ;) :D but I think I can help. Turn the water leading to the toilet off. Usually the shut off is right there at the toilet. If you don't have a shut off there then I highly recommend that you have one put in. The next time the toilet overflows it will come in very handy & we all know tat it WILL overflow sometime.  ::)

So anyways, once the water is off, flush the toilet to drain as much water as possible out of the bowl & bail the rest of the water out. Wet paper towels with the bleach & lay them on the areas that you want to bleach. Wet paper towels will stick to toilet. Re-wet as needed.

WARNING Be absolutely sure that ALL of the bleach is rinsed out of the toilet before using any other cleaner. Years ago I almost killed myself once when I thought all of the cleanser I had used in the toilet was completely rinsed out. The cleanser wasn't doing the job so I switched cleaners. I found out the hard way that the cleanser WASN'T all rinsed out. Bleach & other cleaners combine to make DEADLY chlorine gas. I almost passed out. If my DH hadn't heard me & helped me I probably would have passed out & died. Please be carefull.

In the future, spraying Grapefruit Seed Extract in water (2 drop per ounce of Nutribiotic's GSE- adjust amount for Beeyoutiful's GSE) should keep it away. We use that as a spray disinfectant all over the house. Just spray on, let sit for a minute or two & dry off with a cloth.

Also we clean our toilet with 7th Generation's Automatic Dishwashing Powder. (yes, dish washer detergent- but I only use 7th Generation's) It doesn't have any bleach or chlorine but it does a great job. Just turn off the water, flush to drain sprinkle some in, dampen with water (you could use the GSE water for mold prevention) & scrub with the toilet brush, turn the water back on & flush a couple of times to rinse. I don't have a problem with mold in my toilet but it might work better than what you are using now. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom   
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: Hen March 18, 2008, 03:47:53 PM
And it only takes a 10% solution of bleach to kill mold, so don't overdo the bleach.  If you can leave a wet solution of diluted bleach on the surface for awhile, it will kill the mold and should just wipe off.
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: GarlicMomma March 19, 2008, 03:20:04 AM
White vinegar works well too. Use undiluted.
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: Jemima March 19, 2008, 04:29:02 AM
Anyone else have a problem (and solution!) with hand towels getting so soiled they don't come clean out of the wash? Seems to be when the guys use them...  ::) But it's not like they have totally filthy hands, either.  Has anyone found a way to keep the towels from needing to be replaced every few weeks? (whew, that gets expensive!)
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: lovingmomof2 March 19, 2008, 04:33:16 AM
Anyone else have a problem (and solution!) with hand towels getting so soiled they don't come clean out of the wash? Seems to be when the guys use them...  ::) But it's not like they have totally filthy hands, either.  Has anyone found a way to keep the towels from needing to be replaced every few weeks? (whew, that gets expensive!)

They don't come clean or they are stained.  If they are stained you could just by towels for the guys to use so they don't mess up your nicer towels.  Just a thought.
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: Jemima March 19, 2008, 05:38:21 AM
Anyone else have a problem (and solution!) with hand towels getting so soiled they don't come clean out of the wash? Seems to be when the guys use them...  ::) But it's not like they have totally filthy hands, either.  Has anyone found a way to keep the towels from needing to be replaced every few weeks? (whew, that gets expensive!)

They don't come clean or they are stained.  If they are stained you could just by towels for the guys to use so they don't mess up your nicer towels.  Just a thought.

Well, I guess they're stained. They're clean, as in no smell or germs, but have a grey dirty look.
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: ladyhen March 19, 2008, 05:43:44 AM
I have the same problem.  I think it must be a 'guy' thing.   :-\  I can't get my boys to use soap long enough, and they seem to just wipe the wet grime onto the towels.   

I put dark colored towels in the bathroom that they use most and I'm a lot happier.
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: petrimama March 19, 2008, 06:29:52 AM
And it only takes a 10% solution of bleach to kill mold, so don't overdo the bleach.  If you can leave a wet solution of diluted bleach on the surface for awhile, it will kill the mold and should just wipe off.

This is a myth.  This will only kill live mold, not dormant.  The only cleaning solution that will kill mold is a mixture of bleach and ammonia.  Unfortunately, it will also kill the person cleaning the mold. :o  So, what I recommend to anyone with mold problems is that they contact a local mold remediation company and ask to purchase their cleaner.  (Just explain that you would like to do it yourself to save $$ and that you are willing to sign a waiver so they won't be responsible if you decide to drink it or something bizarre.)  If they are nice, they will accommodate you - and if not, call another place.  We did this with great results.
  The key is that they have a solution of bleach and ammonia that has been specially formulated so that it does not release deadly fumes.  (It does smell bad, though, so open windows and wear a mask for extra safety.)  This solution is not available on the open market - only they can get it, but it works like a charm.  Also, for walls, floors, etc. after cleaning them you should paint them with silicone.  For tile grout, use a good quality sealer.   ~L
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: Whiterock March 19, 2008, 01:22:22 PM
For killing mold, get two spray bottles and fill one with peroxide and the other with ACV, then spray the mold with one then the other and scrub. Do not mix the two together in one bottle, they have to be kept separate until they hit the mold.

WR
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: sweetestday March 19, 2008, 02:41:33 PM
For killing mold, get two spray bottles and fill one with peroxide and the other with ACV, then spray the mold with one then the other and scrub. Do not mix the two together in one bottle, they have to be kept separate until they hit the mold.

WR

Thanks, We seem to run into mold problems in all the houses we live in.
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: happyhomemaker April 02, 2008, 04:41:09 PM
I've not read everything (ya'll have such good ideas!!)...but does anyone know of something that is good for removing old carpet stains? The carpet is a light"Wheat" color. My 3 year old stained them with the stomach bug 1 1/2- 2 years ago. While I did try to clean it then with Resolve carpet cleaner, it left a dark area everywhere that he barfed on. :-\ :P :o  Does anyone know if the carpet machines that walmart rents work for problems like this ?  Thanks!!!
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: ~CKMom~ April 03, 2008, 02:27:25 AM
I would say Oxy-Clean, but it was the original formula (for me) that could get anything out. The newer formula just doesn't seem to work as well.  The old formula took out rust stains from my carpet that had been there for years.  I wish I knew exactly how to make that formula - it was so powerful without bleaching.
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: pljammie April 03, 2008, 03:12:54 AM
This is drastic, I know, but here is what I did when my puppy that was supposedly potty trained, turned out to be carpet trained!  I used the oxyclean in my steam cleaner with liquid Tide.  It worked better than the store bought steam cleaner stuff. (o, the rentable steam cleaners work fine, I used them before I bought one)  However, this did not get rid of the smell.  I was very desperate and used 3/4 c. of bleach with the hot water and no soap at all.  It did not bleach the carpet at all and removed the stains and smell.  (I have a light tan carpet with little dark tan and black fibers here and there...it is a shag type carpet)  Anyway, you would need to try it in a hidden area first. If you don't have an odor problem then look for a product called Folex.  It is in a white spray bottle with very simple labelling.  I find it at Wal-Mart next to the carpet stain removers.  It will get up any stain you can imagine. 

Jammie
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: happyhomemaker April 03, 2008, 04:02:50 AM
Thanks a buch!  I will look when I go to town later.  Smell isn't problem, just the color.
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: ~CKMom~ April 03, 2008, 04:15:22 AM
Folex - Does anyone know if this works with old, greasy stains? ???  I've got some stains even Dawn doesn't help!
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: lovingmomof2 April 09, 2008, 02:56:06 PM
What do some of you use to mop your floors?  I have been using vinegar, but I don't feel that it is killing the germs.  I only mop once, I don't like to do a second mop (rinse).  I have toddlers and time is precious.  Any ideas would be great.  Thanks
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: Mrs. B April 09, 2008, 03:14:03 PM
What do some of you use to mop your floors?  I have been using vinegar, but I don't feel that it is killing the germs.  I only mop once, I don't like to do a second mop (rinse).  I have toddlers and time is precious.  Any ideas would be great.  Thanks
I rely on essential oils to do this... I dilute vinegar with water and add some tea tree oil with rosemary eo and maybe some lavender or eucalytus eo.  Sometimes I'll go with citrus eo, or lavender with lemon eo.
Some people think that the rosemary smells a bit to "sanitized" but I really like it...
I also don't mop twice... we have all hardwoods and I just mop with this solution and that's it...
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: lovingmomof2 April 09, 2008, 04:42:16 PM
What do some of you use to mop your floors?  I have been using vinegar, but I don't feel that it is killing the germs.  I only mop once, I don't like to do a second mop (rinse).  I have toddlers and time is precious.  Any ideas would be great.  Thanks
I rely on essential oils to do this... I dilute vinegar with water and add some tea tree oil with rosemary eo and maybe some lavender or eucalytus eo.  Sometimes I'll go with citrus eo, or lavender with lemon eo.
Some people think that the rosemary smells a bit to "sanitized" but I really like it...
I also don't mop twice... we have all hardwoods and I just mop with this solution and that's it...

About how much  EO do you use?  What is the at least amount that I would need to add to the water?  Thanks.
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: Mrs. B April 09, 2008, 05:20:07 PM
What do some of you use to mop your floors?  I have been using vinegar, but I don't feel that it is killing the germs.  I only mop once, I don't like to do a second mop (rinse).  I have toddlers and time is precious.  Any ideas would be great.  Thanks
I rely on essential oils to do this... I dilute vinegar with water and add some tea tree oil with rosemary eo and maybe some lavender or eucalytus eo.  Sometimes I'll go with citrus eo, or lavender with lemon eo.
Some people think that the rosemary smells a bit to "sanitized" but I really like it...
I also don't mop twice... we have all hardwoods and I just mop with this solution and that's it...

About how much  EO do you use?  What is the at least amount that I would need to add to the water?  Thanks.
Sorry, I didn't even think of this...  I usually mix about a pint of this solution at a time.  I usually add about 5-10 drops tea tree oil and rosemary each, and then maybe 5 more drops of whatever other ones I might be using.
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: lovingmomof2 April 10, 2008, 03:19:33 AM
What do some of you use to mop your floors?  I have been using vinegar, but I don't feel that it is killing the germs.  I only mop once, I don't like to do a second mop (rinse).  I have toddlers and time is precious.  Any ideas would be great.  Thanks
I rely on essential oils to do this... I dilute vinegar with water and add some tea tree oil with rosemary eo and maybe some lavender or eucalytus eo.  Sometimes I'll go with citrus eo, or lavender with lemon eo.
Some people think that the rosemary smells a bit to "sanitized" but I really like it...
I also don't mop twice... we have all hardwoods and I just mop with this solution and that's it...

About how much  EO do you use?  What is the at least amount that I would need to add to the water?  Thanks.
Sorry, I didn't even think of this...  I usually mix about a pint of this solution at a time.  I usually add about 5-10 drops tea tree oil and rosemary each, and then maybe 5 more drops of whatever other ones I might be using.

Sometimes I am hard of understanding.  When you say you mix a pint at a time, do you mean each time you mop you use a pint or you mix a pint and then use a little each time you mop.  I am not normally this difficult, if you are wondering.  I just don't want to be wasteful and I want my floors clean.  Thanks so much.
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: Mrs. B April 10, 2008, 06:18:40 PM
Sometimes I am hard of understanding.  When you say you mix a pint at a time, do you mean each time you mop you use a pint or you mix a pint and then use a little each time you mop.  I am not normally this difficult, if you are wondering.  I just don't want to be wasteful and I want my floors clean.  Thanks so much.
You may be hard of understanding, but I have the clarity of mud ;)
The main level of our house is hardwoods.  I use either a regular sponge style mop or one of the swiffer style ones to mop.  What I do is mix up this cleaner in an old cup with a lid that has a spout.  It holds 2 cups and I can turn the cup upside down and the fluid squirts out.  I generally just put it in the cup and squeeze it onto the floor and then mop.  There is generally just a bit left, and I'll use it to clean the cabinets or something, or even just save it for the next time.
I just tend to be fickle and like to change the scents here and there and don't want to have to use left overs...
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: lovingmomof2 April 11, 2008, 02:59:46 AM
I was trying to figure out exactly what is in Simple Green and here is the reply I received:

Thank you for your inquiry and for your interest in Simple Green products.

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a proprietary formula that is protected by the U.S. Trade Secrecy Laws. Because of that, we only list the one reportable ingredient of Simple Green on the label.  I have attached a Generic Composition document to this email that should answer your question about what Simple Green is made from.

If there is a specific ingredient you are looking to avoid, please feel free to contact me and I will let you know if it is or is not found within this or any of our other products.

I hope this answers your question. If you have further questions about this or other Simple Green products or uses, please feel free to contact me directly.  My contact information is provided below and my regular business hours are Mon thru Fri from 8 – 5 Pacific Standard Time.

 

Thank you again for your inquiry. 

Sincerely,

 

Theresa R. Provolt

Technical and Customer Liaison

Simple Green


GENERIC DISCLOSURE OF COMPOSITION AND
U.S. FDA OR EPA APPROVAL STATUS OF INGREDIENTS
In order to maintain trade secrecy for the formulas of Simple Green and Crystal Simple Green, as
provided under U.S. law and international agreements of trade and tariffs to which the United States
is a signatory, while providing relevant and informative disclosure of the composition of Simple Green
and Crystal Simple Green, Sunshine Makers, Inc. (makers of Simple Green products) has requested
that a generic disclosure of composition, prepared by qualified experts, be prepared. This
confidential disclosure follows. Also provided in this disclosure is the U.S. FDA or approval status of
each ingredient, which is so generically disclosed.
For purpose of this disclosure statement, the percentages of each ingredient are not provided
precisely so as to preclude duplication of the proprietary formula. The percentages are given as less
than 1%, less than 10%, or more than 10%, with the exception of the diluent water for which the
percentage is stated as being more than 80%.
Each ingredient is given a meaningful generic name that provides information as to its chemical class
but not as to its precise identification. The selection of generic names follows the principles used for
selection of generic names for substances whose precise identity is trade secret which are provided
under the Toxic Substances Control Act of the United States (TSCA).
The disclosure of composition is given in the Table on the following page.
GENERIC DISCLOSURE OF COMPOSITION FOR SIMPLE GREEN AND
CRYSTAL SIMPLE GREEN
AND U.S. FDA OR EPA APPROVAL STATUS OF INGREDIENTS
Generic Name for Ingredient % Range * FDA, EPA Status

Water > 80% Not Applicable

Undecyl alcohol ethoxylate C11 <10% FDA approved for indirect food contact, EPA approved for food crop contact

Citric acid & alkaline salts thereof
The major industrial route to citric acid used today:
Cultures of Aspergillus niger are fed on sucrose to
produce citric acid. After the mold is filtered out of the
resulting solution, citric acid is isolated by precipitating it
with lime (calcium hydroxide) to yield calcium citrate
salt, from which citric acid is regenerated by treatment
with sulfuric acid. <10% FDA approved as GRAS **
EPA approved for food crop contact
The explanation to the left is given so that “citric
acid” will not be confused with a plant or citrus
ingredient.

Monoalkyl glycol ether <5% FDA approved for indirect food contact
EPA approved for food crop contact

Pyrophosphate salt <5% FDA approved as GRAS
EPA approved for food crop contact

Sodium arylsulfonate <1% FDA approved for indirect food contact
EPA approved for food crop contact

Aqueous solution of polyhydroxy polyoxyalkane <1% FDA approved for indirect food contact, EPA approved for food crop contact

Non-azo type green dye (Original Simple Green only) <1% FDA approved for drug & cosmetic use

Fragrance or Mask <1% Complies with International Fragrance
Association (IFRA) Code of Practice.
IFRA establishes and issues standards to industry
on fragrance manufacturing, purity, and safety.

* Ranges are: <1%, <10%, and >10% for specific substances other than water
** GRAS means “Generally Recognized As Safe”

I am not exactly sure about all that stuff, I guess its research time. :-\  I thought some of you might be interested in the reply I received.
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: mommie April 11, 2008, 05:29:22 PM
hmmm thats interesting...I wouldn't want to touch the stuff in those circumstances...sounds odd...has anyone tried clorox green works cleaners...suppose to be all natural but anything associated the word clorox scares me..even if it doesn't contain clorox :) http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/products/detail.php?id=napc&WT.srch=1
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: ladyhen April 12, 2008, 08:13:05 AM
I was trying to figure out exactly what is in Simple Green and here is the reply I received:

 . . . . . . . . . 


* Ranges are: <1%, <10%, and >10% for specific substances other than water
** GRAS means “Generally Recognized As Safe”

I am not exactly sure about all that stuff, I guess its research time. :-\  I thought some of you might be interested in the reply I received.

You know, to me it looks like a mix of 80% water, less than 10% of each of citric acid and alcohol, some salt, some green coloring, and fragrance.  Hmmmmmm, seems like something that would be easily made.   And, except in the case of an allergy to one of the ingredients, it is not terribly toxic. 
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: Julia April 12, 2008, 02:58:34 PM
Any ideas on how to clean plastic off the bottom of a pan and a stove burner? A plastic bag got too close to the stove while I was cooking and now the bottom of the pan is coated with plastic. I can really smell the fumes if I try to use it.
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: Lizzy April 23, 2008, 05:36:01 AM
I am looking for a solution to burnt marks on my stainless steel pots. I have
two that I use to make popcorn, and every time, a little burns on one side
of the pot. I don't know why this happens, but it is very hard to get off.
I get off as much as I can with a butter knife, but the rest is stuck.
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: YoopreMama April 23, 2008, 05:42:00 AM
Have you read this post and the surrounding ones?
http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,1070.msg136912.html#msg136912
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: mommie April 23, 2008, 06:53:48 AM
I am looking for a solution to burnt marks on my stainless steel pots. I have
two that I use to make popcorn, and every time, a little burns on one side
of the pot. I don't know why this happens, but it is very hard to get off.
I get off as much as I can with a butter knife, but the rest is stuck.

Have you tried baking soda works GREAT for me!!!
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: JeffAngie April 23, 2008, 01:19:14 PM
Has anyone ever Read or listened to "It's ALL too much"  or Don Astlett's "Is there life after housework"

I would like to hear your opinion on these if you have ever read them, listened ot or watched it.

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: healthyinOhio April 23, 2008, 02:04:47 PM
What is the easiest way to take a large sticker off of a window?  I have had new replacement window stickers on our windows for a couple years.  I probably should get around to taking them off, but soapy water and window cleaner doesn't work.
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: JeffAngie April 23, 2008, 02:36:21 PM
I think there is something called goo gone that takes stickers right off.  Not sure how healthy it would be though.  I never tryed taking stickers of with something like that but I know an elderly woman who thinks it is the best thing.
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: kcb April 23, 2008, 03:32:50 PM
Peanut butter.  Not kidding!!  :D  The best way I've found to get stickers off is to soak them overnight in oil.  And what better oil than peanut butter -- it doesn't drip! 

Also, for glass, a straight flat razor blade works well.  I recommend using a razor blade first, and then getting the leftovers with peanut butter.
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: mommie April 23, 2008, 03:57:13 PM
yeah goo be gone works great!! But the razor blade and pb you probably have around already!bb
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: Lizzy April 24, 2008, 11:40:54 AM
I am looking for a solution to burnt marks on my stainless steel pots. I have
two that I use to make popcorn, and every time, a little burns on one side
of the pot. I don't know why this happens, but it is very hard to get off.
I get off as much as I can with a butter knife, but the rest is stuck.

Bump
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: mommie April 24, 2008, 12:39:06 PM
the bs didn't work? always works for me...soak for a little bit with a dab of water on the baking soda and than scrub off...use repeated amounts of fresh baking soda that isn't wet if necessary
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: healthybratt April 24, 2008, 12:40:29 PM
Razor and alcohol would be my first choice for windows.  Isopropyl alcohol will cut most sticker goo and will be less cleanup than oil.  If it doesn't work, then I would go with the oil.
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: YoopreMama April 24, 2008, 01:05:40 PM
the bs didn't work? always works for me...soak for a little bit with a dab of water on the baking soda and than scrub off...use repeated amounts of fresh baking soda that isn't wet if necessary
The boiling water w/ cream of tartar (increasing amounts as it boiled) or baking soda, and scraping while it boiled didn't work? ???

Windex works on our sticker goo. 
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: daisey April 24, 2008, 01:44:43 PM
Try lemon juice~~~straight.   Just let it sit in the pan overnight and see if it will help.
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: healthyinOhio May 05, 2008, 04:47:31 AM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?

I have found my cure!!  After an ENTIRE year of trying everything, someone game me a "magic eraser".  I have heard of them on WTM before, but never gave it a thought.  It WORKED!  I have NO idea what is in them, but they are AWESOME!
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: Roehrmomma May 05, 2008, 04:48:37 AM
Does anyone have suggestions for an old, white, countertop?  It has brown stains from my wet cast iron pots.  I have tried BS, vinegar, method all-purpose cleaner.  Anything to get stubborn stains that have been on there for months?

I have found my cure!!  After an ENTIRE year of trying everything, someone game me a "magic eraser".  I have heard of them on WTM before, but never gave it a thought.  It WORKED!  I have NO idea what is in them, but they are AWESOME!

They do work but be careful they can cause nasty chemical burns.
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: healthyinOhio May 05, 2008, 04:56:39 AM


They do work but be careful they can cause nasty chemical burns.

On what?  My counter top?  Or my skin?  Cause I used it without gloves and didn't feel anything.  Great!  I cleaned my sandals, too.  It isn't going to disintegrate my toes, is it?  :P
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: Roehrmomma May 05, 2008, 05:07:25 AM


They do work but be careful they can cause nasty chemical burns.

On what?  My counter top?  Or my skin?  Cause I used it without gloves and didn't feel anything.  Great!  I cleaned my sandals, too.  It isn't going to disintegrate my toes, is it?  :P

Skin. I will look for the article. Should be easy I have seen several

Edit:  OK I googled it. I guess it is not proven but some believe it does some say not. :-\  So I guess just treat it as a normal cleaner? ( I do use these on occasion but wear gloves just in case and do not let the girls)
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: Siege May 05, 2008, 05:18:39 AM
Used them for years and never been burned. Never used them with gloves either. I think the scare was a myth.

For the record, HiO, you toes will burn right off as you are driving on the autoban in Germany, as Magic Erasers are not legal in foreign contries and there are chemicals in the air there that disinegrate anything that has touched a magic eraser.  :P CJ
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: Roehrmomma May 05, 2008, 05:20:28 AM


Guess she will need to buy some nice and cheap Birkenstocks. :D  Worth a trip to Germany.
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: healthyinOhio May 05, 2008, 05:23:48 AM
Used them for years and never been burned. Never used them with gloves either. I think the scare was a myth.

For the record, HiO, you toes will burn right off as you are driving on the autoban in Germany, as Magic Erasers are not legal in foreign contries and there are chemicals in the air there that disinegrate anything that has touched a magic eraser.  :P CJ


Guess she will need to buy some nice and cheap Birkenstocks. :D  Worth a trip to Germany.

LOL!  Magic Erasers are actually made in Germany.  Go figure!  :D
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: herbalmom May 05, 2008, 05:34:19 AM
Apparently, 'Magic Eraser Sponges' are basically a chunk of Melamine & the work by rubbing the dirt, grease, etc off. We stopped using them for a while due to reading that they could cause chemical burns but once someone on WTM posted that they thought the sponges were the same as Melamine sponges used in food service I got to thinking about it. My family uses them w/out gloves all the time & we are all chemically sensitive. They haven't bothered us AT ALL. SO I really think that the 'chemical' burns people have posted on line about are really friction burns where the Melamine has rubbed the skin off. My kids are all 13 & above so I don't think that scrubbing their skin with it is going to be an issue. Admittedly, I don't know what chemicals are used to make Melamine & they may have something toxic in them, I don't know. At least for now, we have gone back to using them although we don't use them as much as we used to. Just my .02.
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: mammamaude May 05, 2008, 05:45:29 AM
Used them for years and never been burned. Never used them with gloves either. I think the scare was a myth.


I have never been bothered, and use them all of the time.  They even get the dingy spots of white plastic lawn chairs!!  :D
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: herbs girl May 05, 2008, 07:40:04 AM
I absolutley love magic erasers, and it is the most used cleaner almost around our house. I am very sensitive to chemical cleaners like Mr Clean, Toilet bowl cleaner, laundry soap, bathroom cleaner, anything like that. So Magic Erasers have really helped me get my house clean without having my nose start burning from the  chemical fumes from the above cleaners I mentioned!

I did find a natural Toilet bowl cleaner in walmart called GreenWorks, it is natural and has essential oils in it!!!!
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: daisey May 05, 2008, 09:50:47 AM
Where do you buy Magic Erasers?
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: MamaSong May 05, 2008, 10:09:19 AM
Where do you buy Magic Erasers?

Most grocery stores carry them, as well as places like Walmart & Target...basically any place that carries cleaning supplies.
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: herbs girl May 05, 2008, 10:44:35 AM
Where do you buy Magic Erasers?

Most grocery stores carry them, as well as places like Walmart & Target...basically any place that carries cleaning supplies.

I get the Great Value brand of Magic Erasers, they are cheaper! They are right beside the Magic Eraser brand in the cleaners aisle in Walmart.
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: FindingMe May 09, 2008, 01:57:46 PM
I'm pretty sure no one has ever asked this before... my tub needs to be cleaned. Due to circumstances beyond my control, the tub has sat neglected for a LONG time. We have hard, hard water AND a jetted tub. Sigh. Not a good combo. I used to SCRUB it to get all of the hard water deposits off once every week or two, but now it's all so built up that the stuff (calcium? lime?) is becoming a permanent part of the tub. I have a condition (ahem! LARGELY pregnant belly) that is deterring me from wanting to bend over the tub for hours, scrubbing with harsh chemicals. I read on here that people loved baking soda for scrubbing their tubs, but honestly, I haven't had that good of luck with scrubbing with baking soda. Could it be because my tub isn't porcelain? ANYWAY, here's my question: has anyone ever tried dumping like... three pounds of citric acid in a tub full of water?

Don't laugh.  ;D I'm quite serious. I've read about cleaning with citric acid, and supposedly, if you get the concentration high enough, it does a really good job of removing hard water deposits. So I'm thinking... instead of trying and trying and trying to scrub all those little nooks and crannies around the jets (and nothing has been satisfactory yet, anyway), why not just fill up the whole tub with water and citric acid? Yes, I realize this isn't the CHEAPEST solution, but if I can get a 1 lb. of citric acid for $3.50, why not spend $10-12 dollars on citric acid and get my whole tub REALLY clean once, and then I can easily maintain it?

Is this a really, really stupid idea? Or, would three pounds of citric acid not be anywhere near enough to make a difference? OR... will this eat holes in my tub?  ;D
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: mamato5 May 09, 2008, 02:53:17 PM
FindingMe, I don't know anything about citric acid, but we have really hard water too and the only thing that works is baking soda, borax, and vinegar. You mentioned the baking soda, so I was wondering if you've tried all 3 together? I sprinkle the baking soda and borax in the tub and then put vinegar on my sponge an it works great. I've tried everything and that's the only thing I've found that works. Hope it works for you. You at least won't have to worry about the fumes.  :)
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: FindingMe May 09, 2008, 03:16:13 PM
FindingMe, I don't know anything about citric acid, but we have really hard water too and the only thing that works is baking soda, borax, and vinegar. You mentioned the baking soda, so I was wondering if you've tried all 3 together? I sprinkle the baking soda and borax in the tub and then put vinegar on my sponge an it works great. I've tried everything and that's the only thing I've found that works. Hope it works for you. You at least won't have to worry about the fumes.  :)

Thank you! I've never tried Borax... is it pretty abrasive? My tub is made with some kind of finish; I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it came with instructions NOT to use Ajax on it, as it could ruin the finish. They recommended either Bon Ami or Gel Gloss. I've never found Gel Gloss, and Bon Ami simply is NOT getting the hard water deposits off. The main problem I have is in the crevices around/in the jets. I even bought a special little brush, hoping that would help get into those spots, but so far... nothing is really working. I think I need something to "eat" or dissolve the hard water stuff off. Is your mixture just abrasive, or does the combo kind of dissolve the hard water stuff?

Hmmmm... maybe could I mix the baking soda and borax and a bit of water, slather the paste all over the jets, and then spray with vinegar? And then scrub. I also have a spot on my kitchen sink faucet where there was a filter attached; underneath the filter, this layer of stuff formed that NOTHING has touched yet. I can't even really scrape it off. (Maybe a hammer and chisel...) ;D Maybe I'll try it first on the faucet in the kitchen to see how it does, then test a small spot on the tub to see what happens.

I really appreciate your response! And if anyone else has ever tried a tub full of citric acid and water, I'm still interested.  ;D
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: Melie May 09, 2008, 03:44:01 PM
Cool water works better than hot for cleaning bread dough off pans and counter tops.
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: daisey May 09, 2008, 04:40:22 PM
FindingMe~~~I'm not sure if this will help but Coke really works well to get mineral deposits off of things.   We had a bad build up of minerals around the faucet on the kitchen sink.  We poured Coke on it and let it sit for at least half an hour and it was pretty easy to wipe off.   
It also works well for getting bolts and stuff unstuck when they are corroded on.
Might be worth a try on the tub.  HTH
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: mommie May 09, 2008, 05:01:15 PM
borax has the same feel as baking soda I believe. gel gloss is normally carried at home depot...
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: mamato5 May 10, 2008, 02:19:31 PM
The borax and baking soda are pretty gritty, but it seems like once the vinegar hits it they start eating away the buildup. I don't really have to scrub. Maybe try the paste and if that doesn't work rub gently. I hope it works for you.
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: FindingMe May 11, 2008, 04:16:33 AM
I hope to buy some borax today and try this! I have high hopes!  :) And if that doesn't work, I might pick up a couple of cans of Coke and try those...
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: joy b May 11, 2008, 07:50:18 AM
I checked out a book on speed cleaning from the library.  One good tip I read was to use an apron for cleaning.  Carry around stuff like a cleaning toothbrush, rags, etc.  And have a pocket for stuff you find as you clean- marbles, BB's, hair barrettes, doll shoes, etc!  Also, keep you cleaning supplies in a bucket/caddy and take it with you from room to room.  You don't have to make so many trips for another cleaner that you need. 

I have yet to practice this!  ;)
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: English Lady May 11, 2008, 03:39:13 PM
Any ideas on how to clean plastic off the bottom of a pan and a stove burner? A plastic bag got too close to the stove while I was cooking and now the bottom of the pan is coated with plastic. I can really smell the fumes if I try to use it.

My husband's way of getting plastic off the stove burner (don't ask!) is just to turn it on and let it heat up and burn it off. He turns on the overhead fan so all the fumes go out.

:)
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: daisey May 12, 2008, 03:02:44 PM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)
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: *MommaJo* May 12, 2008, 03:16:04 PM
....  My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip. ...

Mine, too.  I guess you could say it's porus.  Mine happens to be a double-wide house bathtub from 1979!  I think I've decided to just enjoy the new orangey-rust color that streaks the walls!  LOL!  Hey, the shower curtain hides it from company anyway!


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: medontdo May 23, 2008, 11:32:41 AM
while all the flu has been going around, i used tea tree oil, in a spray bottle and water, and sprayed it around the house often, we didn't have one bout of it!! also if you use lavender oil and water the same way it works, it also works with asthmatics. my son has asthma, so we use lavender and water and spray it sometimes when he gets kinda wheezy, he calms down.
those two are disinfectants. i don't know i think its like 1 tsp for 1/2 a qt that's how mine looks.  and especially get the doorknobs and light switches! LOL
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: herbalmom May 23, 2008, 11:38:55 AM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)

Oxalic acid takes rust right out. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser contains oxalic acid as well as Zud cleanser & some liquid rust removers. DON'T scrub hard with cleansers though on a plastic tub. I would really wet it so it was a soft, thin paste & gently rub it on or use a liquid. HTH Blessings. ~herbalmom
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: daisey May 26, 2008, 04:03:27 PM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)

Oxalic acid takes rust right out. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser contains oxalic acid as well as Zud cleanser & some liquid rust removers. DON'T scrub hard with cleansers though on a plastic tub. I would really wet it so it was a soft, thin paste & gently rub it on or use a liquid. HTH Blessings. ~herbalmom

Someone said rhubarb leaves have Oxalic acid in them, can I make a paste with them to clean my shower????
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: healthybratt May 27, 2008, 04:07:30 AM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)

Oxalic acid takes rust right out. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser contains oxalic acid as well as Zud cleanser & some liquid rust removers. DON'T scrub hard with cleansers though on a plastic tub. I would really wet it so it was a soft, thin paste & gently rub it on or use a liquid. HTH Blessings. ~herbalmom

Someone said rhubarb leaves have Oxalic acid in them, can I make a paste with them to clean my shower????
Interesting....anyone?
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: marksgirl June 08, 2008, 03:56:20 PM
Question about using Coke for cleaning...will Pepsi or the generic colas work, too?
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: daisey June 08, 2008, 04:00:08 PM
Question about using Coke for cleaning...will Pepsi or the generic colas work, too?

I have only ever used regular Coke so I'm not sure if the others work.  It would be worth a try.  Check ingredients.....if they are the same they should work the same shouldn't they?   Sorry I don't have a definite answer.
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: WithLoveAndJoy June 08, 2008, 04:02:15 PM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)

Oxalic acid takes rust right out. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser contains oxalic acid as well as Zud cleanser & some liquid rust removers. DON'T scrub hard with cleansers though on a plastic tub. I would really wet it so it was a soft, thin paste & gently rub it on or use a liquid. HTH Blessings. ~herbalmom

I have the same problem with rust in my shower, too.  It is tiled with a billion tiny tiles in the bottom of the shower and the best way I have found to clean them is to get a stiff tile grout brush (the stiffer and narrower the better) and to make a thick paste of just plain baking soda and water.  I just did this two days ago and it cleaned the orange glow off right away.  I hope that helps.
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: healthybratt June 11, 2008, 05:16:21 PM
Question about using Coke for cleaning...will Pepsi or the generic colas work, too?
They should.  I have a friend who uses generic cola in her wash.  If I remember correctly, she said in her whites, but I'm a bit skeptical.  However, I'm pretty sure I've used RC Cola in a pinch for the same purpose.

I'm not sure what you're using it for, but I've had great success using RC and Coke to clean lime and calcium deposits out of the baby potty and off the water main shut-off in our basement (soak for 12 or more hours and it wipes right off with no scrubbing  ;D ).  They'll also take the green gunk off your car battery connectors.    :o ;D
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: daisey June 12, 2008, 04:46:29 AM
Well, I tired BS, Citric Acid, and Borax today on my shower.  I sprinkled this on my shower then sprayed with ACV.    Sorry to say it didn't get the rust off the shower so I had to resort chemicals.    My shower is one that has the plasticy base that is pokey for good grip.   It is hard to keep clean even with chemicals.   Anyone have any suggestions?   Maybe I should learn to love that orange glow.   ::)

Oxalic acid takes rust right out. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser contains oxalic acid as well as Zud cleanser & some liquid rust removers. DON'T scrub hard with cleansers though on a plastic tub. I would really wet it so it was a soft, thin paste & gently rub it on or use a liquid. HTH Blessings. ~herbalmom

Someone said rhubarb leaves have Oxalic acid in them, can I make a paste with them to clean my shower????

OK all you experimenters.......I have an update and a question.   I took 2 rhubarb leaves and just rubbed them around on my shower floor.  It is really bumpy so it bruised the leaves enough to get juice.  My shower is not orange anymore.   However............I need to come up with a better way to do this so I don't have leaf particles clogging my drain.    ::)   I didn't want to blend the leaves in my blender because I don't want the poison to get on the plastic blender.   Anyone have any suggestions??????????  Thanks
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: *MommaJo* June 24, 2008, 11:57:49 AM
I got a couple of rhubarb leaves from my sil yesterday.  I'm gonna try this trick.  Thanks for the tip, daisey. 
I'm sure my leaves will have dried out quite a bit since yesterday, so I think I'll just put the plug in and try to catch the leaves before the pieces go down the drain. 
Did you wear gloves because the leaves are poisonous, aren't they?

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: daisey June 24, 2008, 01:45:12 PM
Yes the leaves are poison and yes I did wear gloves but I wear gloves always when I clean because my hands are so sensitive to all kinds of things.   I guess I am vain but I like to keep my hands looking as nice as I possibly can.   ;)   
Let me know how it works for you.   I'm still trying to think of a better way.  I was looking at my shower this morning thinking I need to do this again.  Maybe tomorrow.
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: herbalmom June 24, 2008, 02:05:09 PM
How about finely shredding them with a knife & making a tea out of them? Or finely shred & soak in some room temp salt water- salt will pull the juice out of the leaves. Then you can strain it & use the liquid to do the cleaning.

Personally though I would just use the Bar Keeper's Friend or Zud. Bar Keepers Friend can be gotten at the grocery store, it's only $3-4 a can, lasts a long time & is MUCH easier, esp for something that is going to be a reg cleaning chore. But that's just my opinion on the matter. But then too, I don't have any rhubarb anyway to even GET any leaves.  ;) Blessings ~herbalmom
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: drfalk June 24, 2008, 08:30:06 PM
I have neat trick( or tip) I do with my bathroom mirrors. I actually have two ways. The first one is: I take a hand towel that does not have any fabric softener on it and dry rub the mirror. I noticed a while ago that if I did this then many of the spots would come off and I didn't need to use any cleaner. The second ( and my fav ;D) is: after I have taken a shower and the hot steam has fogged up the mirrors I take a clean rag ( again with no fabric softener on it) and just rub it down twice.  This works amazingly well for me and I don't have to mess with cleaners, natural or not. 

I don't know if fabric softener would smear the mirror or not if its on a hand towel. We don't use it anymore so I don't even have any to find out. But I know that paper towels would work just as well.
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: FindingMe June 25, 2008, 07:49:20 AM
FindingMe, I don't know anything about citric acid, but we have really hard water too and the only thing that works is baking soda, borax, and vinegar. You mentioned the baking soda, so I was wondering if you've tried all 3 together? I sprinkle the baking soda and borax in the tub and then put vinegar on my sponge an it works great. I've tried everything and that's the only thing I've found that works. Hope it works for you. You at least won't have to worry about the fumes.  :)

Okay. I've tried the baking soda, borax, and vinegar mixture. It got some of the buildup off, but NOTHING is removing the buildup right around the jets. I've tried scrubbing is with a stiff bristle brush, an old toothbrush, a scrubby sponge, along with the borax/baking soda/vinegar mixture. The stuff just won't come off. I had great success with my kitchen faucet, though - mostly just soaked it in vinegar for hours, and the majority of the build-up just came off easily. Way cool.  :) But my faucet is metal, and my tub is fiberglass, I think. I've noticed that the build-up doesn't seem to come off very well when it's coated anything more "plastic". Does anyone have any great tips for cleaning calcium deposits off of fiberglass or plastic?

Also, I haven't tried using Coke, but from what I've read, you have to let it sit on for hours. I haven't figured out a way to soak the outside edges of the jets on the sides of the tub with Coke... I can just pour it over them, but I doubt that's going to help much. I tried spraying them with vinegar, but it either didn't sit on there long enough, or it just didn't help.

Any ideas, or am I gonna just have to start saving for a new tub? (Or more likely, learn to live with the calcium deposits!  ::))
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: herbalmom June 25, 2008, 08:19:20 AM
I think at this point if it were me I would either run the tub with 5-10 pounds of citric acid in the water or use CLR & a toothbrush to scrub the jets. Personally I would go with the CLR. You can get CLR (stands for Calcium, Lime, Rust) at the grocery store, drugstore, WalMart, etc. It's not bad on fumes. I am chemically sensitive & I can use it.

When DH had to take our front load washing machine apart b/c it needed repaired we found that the outer drum (the drum is plastic) & support arm (metal)  was covered in water deposits. We decided to clean it up since it was apart anyway. After trying vinegar, citric acid, etc that helped a little but just wasn't doing it I tried the CLR & it took care of the build up much better then anything else I had tried. I just used the liquid straight to wet a paper towel, plastered the paper towel to the area, let it sit for a while, then scrubbed with a toothbrush dipped in more straight CLR. If a paper towel is wet you can mold it to an object & get it to stick.  I think I used the paper towel 2-3 layers thick so it would hold more liquid & I re-wet the paper towel with more CLR if it started drying out. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom
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: FindingMe June 25, 2008, 08:37:01 AM
I think at this point if it were me I would either run the tub with 5-10 pounds of citric acid in the water or use CLR & a toothbrush to scrub the jets. Personally I would go with the CLR. You can get CLR (stands for Calcium, Lime, Rust) at the grocery store, drugstore, WalMart, etc. It's not bad on fumes. I am chemically sensitive & I can use it.

When DH had to take our front load washing machine apart b/c it needed repaired we found that the outer drum (the drum is plastic) & support arm (metal)  was covered in water deposits. We decided to clean it up since it was apart anyway. After trying vinegar, citric acid, etc that helped a little but just wasn't doing it I tried the CLR & it took care of the build up much better then anything else I had tried. I just used the liquid straight to wet a paper towel, plastered the paper towel to the area, let it sit for a while, then scrubbed with a toothbrush dipped in more straight CLR. If a paper towel is wet you can mold it to an object & get it to stick.  I think I used the paper towel 2-3 layers thick so it would hold more liquid & I re-wet the paper towel with more CLR if it started drying out. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom

Thanks! I'm going to try the paper towel trick over the jets - except I think I'm going to try soaking them in Coke first. I haven't had any luck with the CLR, but the last time I tried it was years ago on a different project, so maybe it's time to try again.

You suggested using 5-10 pounds of citric acid ... do you buy yours in bulk cheaply somewhere or am I right in estimating that it's going to cost me $35-40 do try this?  :(
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: Farm Wife June 25, 2008, 12:01:36 PM
I read you should not run CLR through tub not good for plastic pipes and you bath in iwhat stays in system. Use the Citric acid or 5 gallons of white Vinagar. I found the following tips at another web site:
 He put 5 gallons of vinegar in and fill the rest with water. Run the jets for about 30 minutes. You will see brown scum float to the top while it's working. Drain and clean up the scum. Fill again to rinse and run for about 15 minutes. I usually do 2 rinses, on the last rinse add 2 cups of bleach. run for 15 minutes.
I try to do that every six months.
Sometimes if it's really dirty with hard water deposits in the jets I screw them out and soak them in CLR individually.( I don't want the CLR in the inner workings of the tub because I don't want to take a bath in CLR.)


or try this: When I worked at hotels as a housekeeper, we would fill the tub with water and a couple of cups of bleach and then run the jets for 5-10 minutes.
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: mommyoftwins July 25, 2008, 07:08:03 AM
Just wanted to share what cleaned dh's shirts of stinky underarm odor. He works outside all day, so the armpits of his shirts are impossible to get clean & fresh, with homemade laundry soap or store-bought. I mixed some bakings soda & a little water in a cup, dipped the stinky part of the shirt in the mixture, and scrubbed them for a few seconds. The smell was already gone before putting them in the washer. I just washed with my homemade soap, and they came out perfect! Finally!
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: AgainstTheGrain July 25, 2008, 09:58:23 AM
Does anyone know if baking soda would neutralize the amonia smell from my DH's shirts?  He plays racquetball before work and soaks his shirts with sweat then leaves them in the hot car trunck all day :o and they have sort of a built in amonia smell.

Any suggestions?
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: jenstar July 25, 2008, 01:18:21 PM
My Mom always put a cup of washing soda in with the "stinky" loads or like was mentioned, rubbed some soda paste directly on the the smelly parts of the garment.

I have been using baking soda for cleaning my tubs and sinks. But I found that it did not cut the greasy-soap-dirt stuff. I added a squirt of dish soap(liquid, NOT dishwasher soap) and it worked REALY well! :D Does anyone have any other suggestions that are more natural?
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: healthybratt July 28, 2008, 08:53:25 AM
Does anyone know if baking soda would neutralize the amonia smell from my DH's shirts?  He plays racquetball before work and soaks his shirts with sweat then leaves them in the hot car trunck all day :o and they have sort of a built in amonia smell.

Any suggestions?
If baking soda doesn't work, you could try enzyme spray.  I've seen it both in the baby dept and the pet dept.  The one in the baby dept had a pink label and is touted as a super stain remover and the one in the pet dept is touted for pet smells.  They both use live enzymes to take out the stains and odors.  They sell both of these at Walmart.  They also have an enzyme pet spray at Petco.  These are becoming more common and easier to find.  For best results you should pretreat and allow the garment, carpet, etc to air dry and then wash.  This gives the enzymes enough time to do their work before you wash them out.
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: Grace July 28, 2008, 03:01:19 PM
If you got a cleaning solution with the following ingredients on glass windows, what would you use to remove it? It left a residue.
(Hydroxyacetic Acid)  (Hydrogen Fluoride) (Nonionic Surfactant) (Phosphoric Acid) (Citric Acid)
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: DHW July 28, 2008, 03:18:23 PM
Several of those ingredients are acids, so baking soda might work to neutralize them.
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: Grace July 28, 2008, 04:20:05 PM
Thanks...I'll give it a try!

Several of those ingredients are acids, so baking soda might work to neutralize them.
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: hi_itsgwen July 28, 2008, 06:39:12 PM
I haven't figured out a way to soak the outside edges of the jets on the sides of the tub with Coke... I can just pour it over them, but I doubt that's going to help much.

When I want to soak a smaller area that's vertical, I soak a sponge in the solution and prop it over the area...it holds it in contact with the solution.  Vinegar softens the calcium in egg shells, so I would think that a vinegar soak would help a lot.
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: healthybratt July 31, 2008, 12:37:34 PM
I haven't figured out a way to soak the outside edges of the jets on the sides of the tub with Coke... I can just pour it over them, but I doubt that's going to help much.

When I want to soak a smaller area that's vertical, I soak a sponge in the solution and prop it over the area...it holds it in contact with the solution.  Vinegar softens the calcium in egg shells, so I would think that a vinegar soak would help a lot.
I have soaked a sponge in Coke and lay it atop of a water main valve overnight with a bucket underneath to catch the drips.  Next day the green gook from the water shutoff wiped right off.
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: SarahK August 27, 2008, 02:15:29 PM
If you put your dishes in the refrigerator, they won't get moldy in the sink.
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: herbalmom August 27, 2008, 03:18:22 PM
Does anyone know if baking soda would neutralize the amonia smell from my DH's shirts?  He plays racquetball before work and soaks his shirts with sweat then leaves them in the hot car trunck all day :o and they have sort of a built in amonia smell.

Any suggestions?

I know this is a kinda old post but I just saw it. ATG, my guess would be that your DH has a mild fungal infection. Ever since I developed the underarm fungal infection I refer to in the post below my underarm & clothes smell like ammonia on that side when it's acting up.

I just saw this. I haven't been on much lately with organizing the new house & unpacking.

I would use one of 2 things: 60 drops of Nutibiotic's grapefruit seed extract (GSE) in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on heavy to totally saturate the fabric, let sit for a few mins to kill the fungus & wash. I would run the clothes through 2 full cycles of the washer (second cycle with water only or water with 1-2 cups vinegar in the wash cycle) to be sure it's fully rinsed. If you use Beeyoutiful's GSE keep in mind that it's twice as strong as Nutibiotic's & adjust the amount used. This is the same spray I recommended he use under his arms in this post:

I have the same problem right now. Because of the arm injury I have I can't raise my arm so my underarm never fully dries out & doesn't air out. I have a yeast/fungus rash there- I can tell it's yeast/fungus by the smell. I also apparently got some on my fingers & managed to transfer some of it to my ear lobe & face.  :P :-\

The way I treat it (& my DS's athlete's foot when it acts up) is to use 2 drops of NUTRIBIOTIC'S grapefruit seed extract (GSE) to each ounce of water & just pat it on. (we use a spray bottle to apply to feet) On feet we let it dry on, on my underarm & face I let it sit for a few mins then rinse it off.

Sometimes it does sting at first but GSE knocks the yeast/fungus right out. With DS's feet, 1 application usually knocks it out (& believe me, when his athlete's foot acts up the smell is HORRIBLE  :P) 1 application & the smell is GONE & it doesn't come back anytime soon.  ;D With my underarm, the GSE knocks it out for a few days but then it comes back. The reason it comes back under my arm is because I still can't raise my arm so it never fully dries out, NOT because the GSE doesn't work- your DH can raise his arm so his underarm won't stay damp.

GSE can also be taken internally to kill yeast. Here is a link for a usage chart for Nutribiotic's (standard health food store brand) GSE:

Nutribiotic GSE Usage Chart (http://www.nutribiotic.com/GSELiquid.htm)

Keep in mind that if you use use Beeyoutiful's GSE it is TWICE as strong as Nutribiotic's so BE SURE TO ADJUST THE DOSAGE. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom

 
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: lovingmomof2 September 03, 2008, 01:50:42 PM
dose anyone make their own daily shower spray?  I am wanting something I can spray in the shower to help fight the soap scum from real soap.  Is there anything out there that I can make?
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: healthybratt September 09, 2008, 05:35:57 AM
If you put your dishes in the refrigerator, they won't get moldy in the sink.
ROTFL
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: ladyhen September 09, 2008, 08:38:20 AM
dose anyone make their own daily shower spray?  I am wanting something I can spray in the shower to help fight the soap scum from real soap.  Is there anything out there that I can make?

Spray bottle with about 9 parts water to 1 part vinegar.
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: lovingmomof2 September 10, 2008, 02:56:56 AM
dose anyone make their own daily shower spray?  I am wanting something I can spray in the shower to help fight the soap scum from real soap.  Is there anything out there that I can make?

Spray bottle with about 9 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

Thanks so much. :)
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: CountyCork September 10, 2008, 03:49:17 AM
dose anyone make their own daily shower spray?  I am wanting something I can spray in the shower to help fight the soap scum from real soap.  Is there anything out there that I can make?

Spray bottle with about 9 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

Thanks so much. :)

I add about a tablespoon of inexpensive Tea Tree Oil (found at Target) to fight the bacteria/fungus/germ stuff, too.
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: boysmama September 10, 2008, 02:26:38 PM
If you miss the lemon scented cleaners put a little lemon or litsea EO in there.
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: petrimama September 24, 2008, 07:47:53 AM
My favorite trick is to make the kids do it. ;D
Seriously, for a quarter (which he traded in for a dessert) my 7yo scrubbed the shower.  Then my 6yo thought she was missing out and the next time I had a clean shower and bath tub.  Ah, the beauty of kid-safe cleaners....
~L
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: healthybratt October 11, 2008, 03:31:35 AM
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: blsd2bhome October 11, 2008, 05:28:42 AM
I have been using vinegar/water/EO combo to clean with, and in another bottle Mrs Meyers gen purpose cleaner(diluted).  Not at the same time, but I keep a spray bottle of cleaner in both bathrooms and the kitchen so it is always there when you need it (easy for kids to find, and easy for us all clean at the same time).

What I have been noticing is like a "film" on my hardwood and vinyl floors.  almost like grease, and right after cleaning!  It will smear, and make smudges when you walk on it, and my kids feet still get dirty when they walk around the house!  I clean floors about once a week (3 kids) and TRY to get everyone to remove outside shoes when in the house.

It seems that even after I clean the floors, they are still grimy.  We have no pets, and are inside quite alot. 

Does anyone have anything I could try?  I would like to get my shiny vinyl back again, and the shine back in my hardwood (as much as possible anyway).  We live in a rental and they installed/refinished the floors less than a year ago!  Could the vinegar have taken the  finish off the floors?

We will be moving out at the end of the month, and would like to get the floors clean.  But also for me, I need to know if I am cleaning them wrong!

Thanks!!
blsd2bhome (even if the floors aren't clean!  ::) )
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: joychild24seven October 11, 2008, 06:49:18 AM
I have been using vinegar/water/EO combo to clean with, and in another bottle Mrs Meyers gen purpose cleaner(diluted).  Not at the same time, but I keep a spray bottle of cleaner in both bathrooms and the kitchen so it is always there when you need it (easy for kids to find, and easy for us all clean at the same time).

What I have been noticing is like a "film" on my hardwood and vinyl floors.  almost like grease, and right after cleaning!  It will smear, and make smudges when you walk on it, and my kids feet still get dirty when they walk around the house!  I clean floors about once a week (3 kids) and TRY to get everyone to remove outside shoes when in the house.

It seems that even after I clean the floors, they are still grimy.  We have no pets, and are inside quite alot. 

Does anyone have anything I could try?  I would like to get my shiny vinyl back again, and the shine back in my hardwood (as much as possible anyway).  We live in a rental and they installed/refinished the floors less than a year ago!  Could the vinegar have taken the  finish off the floors?

We will be moving out at the end of the month, and would like to get the floors clean.  But also for me, I need to know if I am cleaning them wrong!

Thanks!!
blsd2bhome (even if the floors aren't clean!  ::) )

(I own and run a moderately successful cleaning business that uses all family safe "green" cleaning products... here's my take)

Vinegar is great to clean with, in it's disinfecting and soap-scum cutting properties. It will break down soap, and mineral deposits, but it will not break down oils and grease.

To make your vinyl floor sparkle mix about 3 quarts of warm water with about 6-8 drops of dish soap. The first time make sure to wash the floor "Cinderella Style" on your hands and knees with a scrub brush - scrub around you as far as you can reach, and then wipe up the water with a damp rag (just squeeze out the water into your bucket) and let the floor dry.

You can do the same with your wood floors. I personally would not use vinegar on wood floors as I feel it would possibly dry out the wood or even remove the finish over time. I DO wash wood floors (in the very expensive homes of my clients) with warm water, just a few drops of dish soap, and a wet washrag, (no scrub brush, but microfiber rags are nice!) making SURE to only wash a small portion at a time and wipe it as dry as possible with the damp rag (so that water can't soak into anything or create water spots). Those floors and some very beat up wood floors in another home that I clean all end up shiny and clean.

Another thing you could try is to soak several black tea bags in a gallon of warm water and mop your wood floor with that. The tannic acid in the tea is supposed to refresh wood floors. I've never actually done this one though.

Vinegar btw is great for cleaning tile floors, but I use the above methods for cleaning almost every other type of hard flooring.

Hope that helps! JAmie
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: sarajane October 11, 2008, 09:44:18 AM
Be sure you don't use the dark tea bags on a light colored floor. It could stain it.
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: blsd2bhome October 11, 2008, 02:07:15 PM
I will try the dishsoap tomorrow, and if it still feels greasy, I will try the black tea (the floors are dark wood).

Thanks for sharing all that you do!  I really thought that vinegar cut grease!  Guess I was wrong!  I just hate that grimy film, it looks like I didn't even clean! >:(
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: healthyinOhio October 11, 2008, 02:40:39 PM
How much EO are you using?  Perhaps, it is just too many drops?
I have done that myself and had better results with fewer drops of EO.  HTH!
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: blsd2bhome October 12, 2008, 07:27:48 AM
How much EO are you using?  Perhaps, it is just too many drops?
I have done that myself and had better results with fewer drops of EO.  HTH!

I use about 5 drops per 32 oz liquid.  Is that too much?  It is the Aura Cacia brand of EO, not sure how strong it is.
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: healthyinOhio October 13, 2008, 03:25:04 AM
How much EO are you using?  Perhaps, it is just too many drops?
I have done that myself and had better results with fewer drops of EO.  HTH!

I use about 5 drops per 32 oz liquid.  Is that too much?  It is the Aura Cacia brand of EO, not sure how strong it is.

Well, you wouldn't think it would be too much, but I would reduce it and see if it helps.  If not, then it is something else.  Trial of elimination is usually a good protocol for me.  ;)
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: Julia October 25, 2008, 10:43:10 AM
What do you all use to remove old stains from clothing? Or am I the only one who doesn't diligently pre-treat them as soon as they happen? I want to give away some of my little girl clothing but a lot of those pink shirts have stains on the front. I haven't been all that impressed with Oxi-Clean but maybe I'm using it wrong. I don't really care if it's natural as I figure it will come off before anyone wears it.
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: mhoward1999 October 27, 2008, 01:10:37 AM
Shaklee makes a product called Nature Bright that is wonderful. You can make up a bucket and soak things up to ten days with amazing results. However, right now I have no funds for that, and so I use a solution of equal parts ammonia, original blue dawn dish soap, and water. I keep it in a spray bottle and use a small scrub brush to work it into the stain. Be sure the stain is out before putting the clothing in the dryer. Once it's gone through the dryer, I think all hope is lost. The stain is set.
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: ~CKMom~ October 27, 2008, 02:23:27 AM
If what I've read is true, Oxi-Clean is using less sodium percarbonate (I think) than it originally did; that's why it's multipurpose formula doesn't work as well as the original did (IMHO!).  Nature Brite from Shaklee (I love it, too!) has a much higher percentage of that percarbonate, plus some enzymes; that's why it works so well.  There is also something called OxyBoost which has a high percentage of the percarbonate, too; haven't used it personally, but may try it sometime. 

If you're paying full price, plus shipping, for the Nature Brite, the OxyBoost may be a better deal - especially if you can find a place that sells it near you and you don't have to pay for shipping.  I joined Shaklee, mainly to get the 15% discount; I get help with shipping that way, so right now Nature Brite is cheaper for me.  If I find a place that sells OxyBoost near me, I may give that a try if it works out to be cheaper.  I've saved a couple of shirts already with the Nature Brite; and we came home from church camp last night with my daughter's white down coat stained with pumpkin (from Capture the Pumpkin!).  Anyways, I soaked it overnite, and it is white this morning!
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: mhoward1999 October 27, 2008, 03:26:22 AM
If you're paying full price, plus shipping, for the Nature Brite, the OxyBoost may be a better deal - especially if you can find a place that sells it near you and you don't have to pay for shipping.  I joined Shaklee, mainly to get the 15% discount; I get help with shipping that way, so right now Nature Brite is cheaper for me. 

 :) I'm actually a distributor. I'm just THAT broke right now.  ::) We closed on our new house with a $200 a month increase in housing expense, and I had a cut in pay by 30% two weeks later. There is a deficit in our budget at this point, and I am so tied up with my two jobs (which do not include Shaklee) that I have no way to earn more.  :)
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: ~CKMom~ October 27, 2008, 07:47:42 AM
I feel your 'pain'.  I would love to use the Nature Bright all the time, but I save it for "special occasions"! 

On a side note, my son went to fall retreat and brought home a bag full of muddy clothes.  I was tired when I washed last night, and this morning I took his jeans out of the dryer, the knees had huge grass stains dried into them.  I put a couple of gallons of warm water in a bucket and added a scoop of Charlie's Soap and a scoop of Nature Brite.  I thought it might be a lost cause since they had been through the dryer, but right now the water is definitely green.  I'll let them soak til tonight or tomorrow, and I'll let y'all know if they come completely clean or not!
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: Julia October 28, 2008, 12:53:59 PM
What do you all use to remove old stains from clothing? Or am I the only one who doesn't diligently pre-treat them as soon as they happen? I want to give away some of my little girl clothing but a lot of those pink shirts have stains on the front. I haven't been all that impressed with Oxi-Clean but maybe I'm using it wrong. I don't really care if it's natural as I figure it will come off before anyone wears it.

Does anyone have a way to remove old stains that does not require joining with a company and paying membership fees? And these are stains that have already been through the dryer.
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: ~CKMom~ October 28, 2008, 04:44:56 PM
Here's what I would say:  try to get the Oxy-brite.  (Several companies online carry it that you don't have to join.)  From reading about it, I'm guessing that it has the same ingredient, probably in the same quantities, that Nature Bright does.  Or, I guess you could try an oxy type cleaner in a larger amount if it is not as potent, and try soaking for days if needed.

As stated before, my 17 yr old ds badly stained his knees with mud and grass; I washed them late, didn't notice, and sent them through the dryer.  He had been crawling on the ground playing paintball, and the knees had large, ground-in, now dried grass stains.  After soaking them for 10 hours in Charlie's Soap & Nature Bright, they came out almost perfect.  There are a couple of faint grass spots, and I wouldn't be surprised if it would have come out if I had left it overnight.  I'm pleased as punch!  To be honest, I thought since they had been through the dryer on hot that the grass stains were mostly there for good!
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: jenny4wen October 29, 2008, 03:47:53 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!
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: *MommaJo* October 29, 2008, 05:21:03 AM
Awesome idea, Jenny!  I'll have to talk to my dad about doing that in his basement.

(hope you are well, btw!) :)
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: DHW October 29, 2008, 02:49:16 PM
Like Kingsford charcoal briquets?

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!
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: larisa 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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: Whiterock November 01, 2008, 10:36:26 AM
Like Kingsford charcoal briquets?

Bump ??

WR
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: boysmama November 02, 2008, 12:21:56 PM
Like Kingsford charcoal briquets?

Bump ??

WR
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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: Jemima 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?

Thanks!
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: miamama 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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: daisey 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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: littlewife 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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: ladyhen 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 (http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_florentine_iris.htm)

Just about all fabrics contain sizing or a resin-like coating.  This accounts for the fabric holding it's shape or being stiff.  I usually wash all new clothing and fabrics with a couple of cups of vinegar in the wash water to remove this coating due to my allergy to it.   I buy only natural fiber clothing and fabrics, and they are extremely soft after this one wash.  I don't know if this would work on fleece, as it's usually made of synthetic materials.
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: mommie 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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: InEverything 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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: GarlicMomma 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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: rainygladness 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.
HTH!  :)
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: InEverything 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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: GibsonTown 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.