I.e., vinegar, castile soap, etc. I'm not feeling like only vinegar and water is cutting it for me. Thanks!
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Have you tried using lemon juice? I had good results with letting vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice sit for about 30 mins in our toilet bowl. Then I did a quick scrub and flush and the stains were gone.
I pretty much just use vinegar water, and scrub the hell out of whatever I'm cleaning. If I need to do a good scrub on a scummy tub or tiles, I sometimes use any variation of vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and/or salt and let it sit for a while. Sometimes I scrub it with half of a lemon, it works really well on cutting boards, kitchen counters, etc. After I scrub with lemon and baking soda, I'll usually go back over it with vinegar to get any lemony residue off.
And really, with scummy things its all about the elbow grease, just vinegar water works but after letting it sit on something, you really have to scrub the hell out of it (our old bathtub and tile is my nemesis)
I use Enjo cloths to clean everything in my home. They only need water and they clean better and deeper than anything else on the market. There aren't any chemicals embedded in the fibres, the cloths are specifically designed to clean right into the pores of surfaces and they do a fantastic job. I love how clean my home is, that I just use water and don't have any smells to deal with (even vinegar bothers me) and that these cloths are still going strong and haven't needed to be replaced after three years. They don't look as good as they did brand new but I love how durable they are and that when they do wear out to the point of no longer being effective, I can return them and they will be recycled. It doesn't get much greener than this!
For the kitchen (esp counters) and the toilet I wipe with vinegar. But if it needs more, then I sprinkle baking soda over everything and squirt some lemon juice on it (lime works as well). I swirl it into a paste and let it sit. Then I scrub with the rind of the lemon (to really press the oils out) and that has gotten out all kinds of tea, wine, and sauce stains! Sometimes on the pot I scrub first with a squirt of Dr. B's, then let some baking soda and lemon sit in there for awhile. That works the best, but there are a couple of spots in our toilet where I think the enamel is abraded because it never goes back to white (even at its cleanest it looks like a scratched pot...so...?).
For glass I use vinegar and a rag.
For mirrors I use Dr. B's and water (and a lot of elbow grease).
For tubs and tile I use baking soda and Dr. B's (make it into a paste if it is really grimy).
Oh! And I just washed our clear plastic shower curtain in vinegar in the washing machine and that worked like a dream (to my surprise)!!
What would you ladies recommend for wood laminate flooring or just floors in general? Our landlord installed the laminate before we moved in and gave us no instructions or advice other than "whatever they sell at the store." I have two young kids and a cat roaming around, so I don't want to expose them to harsh chemicals nor do I want to destroy the floor. What natural things do you use for your floors?
For tough scrubbing jobs, I keep a container of premade baking soda paste (I made it by just stirring small amounts of water into large amounts of baking soda until it all holds together, I usually stir in a few drops of essential oil also). Then I just wipe my rag into the container and start scrubbing. Great of greasy stove top gunk, bathroom deposits, etc. For lighter cleaning and disinfecting I have a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar to about 8 parts water plus a little bit of essential oil.