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I let my shower go and now it is filthy! It is tiled. What can I use to get it clean that is green? Vinegar and bs just isn't doing the job. The toilets are kinda the same. I think if I keep up with them then the vinegar and bs work OK, but if they get nasty, they don't seem to come clean.
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  • pumice for toilet rings
  • for tile - 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of plain white vinegar and 1/4 cup of washing soda and then mix with 1 gallon of warm water
  • I'm also a fan of rubbing alcohol for the hard jobs (works great on metal, caulking and glass too)

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I've found that Seventh Generation works great on our toilet, basin and bath tub.
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Try a Magic eraser instead of sponge/ scrubby
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borax and a cloth and a little water to make a paste and scrub.

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It sounds ridiculous, but Murphy's Oil Soap is the best thing I have found for showers. We use homemade body soap and we no-poo so we get a lot of build-up in our shower. On the day I am going to clean the shower, I plan to take a hot steamy shower first. Before I get out, I spray the oil soap all over. Then I get out and get dressed letting the soap sit for about 10 minutes. Then I scrub with a stiff brush. Everything comes right off. It works far better than even the harshest chemicals I used is desperation years ago.
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SOS pads and bleach. Spray the bleach on, let it sit for awhile, rinse it, and then scrub with the SOS pads. I always try something new, and end up going back to them. They get soap scum off and leave everything shiny without scratching, and they don't have a strong smell afterwards.
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Thanks!

Is Murphy's Oil soap kid safe? I am trying to get away from dangerous stuff.

I will try the Magic Eraser and pumice stone though. Sticking my hand in the toilet with the pumice stone is a turn off though.

I actually put some water softener in the shower (the kind intended for the washing machine) and it removed everything. What is that stuff?
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Is Murphy's Oil soap kid safe? I am trying to get away from dangerous stuff.

I will try the Magic Eraser and pumice stone though. Sticking my hand in the toilet with the pumice stone is a turn off though.

I actually put some water softener in the shower (the kind intended for the washing machine) and it removed everything. What is that stuff?
Murphy's Oil soap is all-natural, biodegradable, and often touted in natural-cleaning books/websites. It is made by Colgate though, so that is a drawback. I actually found the tip in an organic housekeeping book at our library after struggling with baking soda, Bon Ami, and the other methods. I was seriously considering replacing our tub/shower unit as it was hopelessly gross-looking and I thought is might be "unfixable" as it was older and had some ancient grime. Just something to keep in mind if nothing else works and you are considering resorting to really nasty chemicals....

I too use a pumice stone for the toilet and our porcelain kitchen sink. Works wonders as long as you are careful not to scratch.
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i second the murphy's oil too. that stuff can work wonders!!! also hydrogen peroxide will 'eat' mildew, soap scum etc.,. spay it on and you can see it start to foam the nasty stuff. i really like it for faucets, because of all the little crevices that are hard to clean with out a toothbrush!
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I love Murphy's too! I use it on everything in the bathroom

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Hydrogen Peroxide is my "go-to" cleaner these days. It takes spots out of carpets, lightened a black water stain on my hardwood floors, and took the smell of skunk out of my dog.

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Wow, and I thought it only worked well on wood! I'm going to have to try the Murphy's oil soap!

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Hydrogen Peroxide is my "go-to" cleaner these days. It takes spots out of carpets, lightened a black water stain on my hardwood floors, and took the smell of skunk out of my dog.
Is it safe for animals? I'm paranoid about using things like that. I want to start using it for cleaning surfaces that need disinfecting.
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