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Old 01-27-2008, 03:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but I am DONE with all the chemicals and smells in my house. Next week I want to whip up a bunch of stuff for cleaning the house, specifically something tough enough for our stovetop and bathtubs. Any good "recipes"? I'd like something that I can keep in a spray bottle b/c I hate to admit I'm too lazy to mix it up everytime and I probably wouldn't clean as much as I should.

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Half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle. If you got some tough baked on junk on the stove top, you might need to spray the solution and let it soak for 10 minutes before cleaning. They work like magic. If you want, you can always add EO to "cover" the vinegar scent.

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My brain doesn't want to think, what is "EO"?

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EO = essential oils

I also use diluted vinegar in a spray bottle. For baked on or really greasy stuff, I sprinkle on a little baking soda and get it slightly damp with just regular water and let it sit a while. Then gently rub it off with a cloth or sponge. Use the vinegar and water spray after to get any remaining residue.

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My brain doesn't want to think, what is "EO"?

It's essential oil.

I second the vinegar. I almost exclusively clean with vinegar and baking soda. My everyday cleaning for kitchen counters, table, bathrooms, etc is equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. I also make a soft scrub type thing for the stovetop and sink which is some baking soda and enough Dr. Bronner's soap (or dishsoap) to make it thick like frosting. I scoop it onto a washclothe and scrub. It works great, but I know you said you don't want to make it everytime. It takes 30 seconds to mix up though and works so well.
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I have a shaker full of plain baking soda. Its one of those that you might find at a pizza restaurant.

Then a spray bottle of water and vinegar. For crusty things I shake on a little baking soda. Spray it down, wait, and wipe off. It works really well.

Otherwise we just have a spray bottle with a tiny bit of soap mixed with water. Cleans the counters quite well.

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Next week I want to whip up a bunch of stuff for cleaning the house, specifically something tough enough for our stovetop and bathtubs. Any good "recipes"?
It's not a spray, but I make a soft scrub and keep it in a little tupperware container. It works for tubs and stoves, and lasts 3-4 months, so you don't have to worry about mixing new stuff all the time.

1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap/detergent
1 TBSP glycerine
Mix well.

That's it. Smells like whatever dish stuff you use You can also add any EOs you want.
Just dip the corner of a sponge or rag into the container and scoop out about about a teaspoon per use (tubs may take more). Very gentle and effective scrubbing. Rinses easily

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Stovetop: we wet a washcloth (to almost-dripping) and lay it on the baked-on gunk. Go do something else for an hour or two. Come back, wipe it all up. That's it! Works every time.

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Baking soda works better than any Ajax or soft soap product that I've tried. I use it on my stove top every week and it gets off all the burnt on gunk.
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Baking soda does the trick every time! We don't dilute our vinegar and we add a few table spoons of rubbing alcohol to the mix to reduce streaking. I use this mix on everything; ceiling to floors.

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Baking soda works, and so does any laundry detergent with ensymes.(sp?) The ensymes will eat the baked on mess.

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Baking soda and vinegar, can't praise them enough. I use them for EVERYTHING, including on my oven and my hair. I firmly believe that all you need to clean your entire house and everything in it, inmcluding yourself, is vinegar, baking soda, and a few drops of soap.

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