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I have been ordering from Melaleuca for 3 1/2 years or so and I think I want to quit now. My only dilema is how to replace the sol-u-mel. Anyone have any ideas? In case anyone is wondering, I am just not thrilled with this secrect ingredient baloney. I am just supposed to trust that they are safe and natural? I don't feel like trusting them anymore.
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I talked with a Melaleuca rep who advertises on this website...and...well, it's all a bit too "Amway" for me...
Anyhow..I don't know what Sol-u-mel is but if you tell us what the product does, perhaps we can offer alternatives
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It's sort of like a do it all cleaner. Really good for stains and as a laundry booster. Takes marker off things and stuff like that. My kids can really make a mess when they eat and I have almost no stains on their clothes.
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sol-u-mel can't be that bad, i've accidentally taken a swig of it before with no ill affects (except the horrible aftertaste. I had some full strength in a cup getting tar off the vinyl floor and drank the wrong cup :LOL)

BUT - citra-solv works pretty well on our toddler's stains, as well as for general cleaning. so does bac-out (biokleen)

You can also check out http://www.greenhome.com/products/ - for most cleaning supplies and laundry stuff et c, they also give you the MSDS sheets. (btw, caldrea countertop cleanser works awesome too, but its even more expensive than melaleuca stuff!)
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Oh, no I don't think that Sol-u-mel in particular is bad. I am just sick and tired of trying to come up with a minimum order all the time. I am also just a bit suspicious of some of the other products. I want to know exactly what I am using.
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i hate the minimum order stuff too - it's gotten to the point where we cancelled our membership and split the order every month with my MIL, since she's nuts over their diet shake crap
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I know exactly what you mean about the secret ingredient stuff. I've tried not to let it bother me but it just does. And I feel confident that melaleuca stuff is safer than stuff that i used to get at wal-mart, but I bet its not as safe as the stuff I can make at home. I still order but I'm trying despretely to find a way to make most of the stuff I use myself--but jeez, I wish my stuff worked as well
Sorry, I'm not much help...I'm a tough and tender/melapower addict :
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I know that it has to be better than anything that I was using before too. I just think that we started with Melaleuca and now we have changed so much that I think it might be time to move on, to something even better. I am just not sure what that is. How dumb do I sound?
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Sol-U-Mel is just a light soap solution with Tea Tree Oil added. Seriously, that's all it is. You can replace it by taking a couple drops of Dr Bronners liquid soap or similar and adding a couple drops of tea tree oil (available all over the place, even at Walmart!), then filling the spray bottle. Same stuff.

BTW, I do participate in Melaleuca, I have nothing against them. I use a bunch of their products where I'm just not willing to mix my own or whatnot.

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Sol-U-Mel is just a light soap solution with Tea Tree Oil added. Seriously, that's all it is.
I am not so sure about that. I am pretty sure there is a good amount of alcohol in there as well. I'll have to check again.
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I am not so sure about that. I am pretty sure there is a good amount of alcohol in there as well. I'll have to check again.
I shouldn't use such definitive language

You're right, there is alcohol in there. What I should have said was the soap and TTO are all you need to get the same effect.

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I shouldn't use such definitive language

You're right, there is alcohol in there. What I should have said was the soap and TTO are all you need to get the same effect.
Ah, I get ya now.
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I hardly use cleansers and I'm one of those moms that just doesn't care if there's a few stains on my kid's clothes :LOL
So I'm not sure what is in OxyClean but my dad swears by it. He uses it for carpet stains, laundry, kitchen...everything.
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It says on the bottle--tincture of green soap. What is green soap?
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