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#1 of 8 Old 03-11-2005, 05:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm in a spring cleaning frenzy here (a bit early, but the bug bit) and this year wanted to clean with eco and family friendly cleaning supplies. BUT - I don't want to spend big bucks to get the commercially produced eco friendly cleaning supplies.

Any great tips out there for cleaning in a way that won't introduce noxious chemicals to my household but will also be inexpensive?

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vinegar cleans shower heads, faucets, toilets...just let the vinegar soak a few minutes in the toilet and scrub it away.

Baking soda cleans the sink, tub, counters, etc. Just wet the baking soda and it works like comet. I use a fabric sheet to dust because it's an awesome dust collector...I of course use one I've already used so getting two uses there.

Hmm that's all I can think of at this time. HTH.

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Castile soap works well too and a bottle lasts a long time.
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Check your local library for a copy of Clean House, Clean Planet. There are recipes in there for absolutely everything! Off the top of my head, the key ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, borax, cream of tartar, washing soda, lemons... I think those things will basically help you clean anything that needs to be cleaned, and do as good or better a job than the commercial products.

We pretty much clean everything with either baking soda or vinegar. Vinegar whenever we need a spray - faucets, mirrors, windows, floors, dusting; baking soda whenever we need to scrub - tubs, counter tops, sinks.

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Thank you all for your great suggestions. I'm going to also check out the book!

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I just did an online search of my library and put a hold on the book!
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We use baking soda and/or vinegar on everything!
Baking soda paste is a non-abrasive scrub. It works well on counters, sinks, toilets, etc. I also sprinkle baking soda on our carpets and let it sit for a few minutes before vacumming. I also use baking soda to wash dishes and clothes.
Vinegar works well on counters, sinks, mirrors, walls, woodwork, floors, dusting, etc.
If our toilet gets really icky, I first scrub the bowl with baking soda, then pour in vinegar and let it fizz ... let it sit for a while, then flush and it's sparkling clean!
Once or twice a year I use lemon oil on woodwork. This keeps our cat from scratching it, gives the wood moisture and rejuvinates it.
Baking soda and vinegar are also environmentally safe!

We also use baking soda and vinegar on our hair! The males in our family use apple cider vinegar rinse on their long, curly hair (a tablespoon of vinegar in a big spray bottle) and my dd and I use baking soda rinse on our hair. (Vinegar makes the folicles lay smooth and makes my boys' tangly hair extremely easy to comb and super soft! Baking soda is good on oily hair and on people whose hair needs more body, as it makes the follicles stand up and makes hair appear fuller ...and nice and soft, too!)

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KoalaMama:

I got the book from our library and love the recipes! I especially like how the author rated the different cleaning recipes to let the reader know how much effort they would take to use.

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