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-can you I use it to clean vinyl flooring?
-is there anything that I def. shouldn't clean with it?
-do you love it?
-how long does a bottle last for you?
-anything else you think I should know about this cleaner?
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It is a good cleaner & it can be used from regular cleaning to laundry! I would buy the smallest bottle to try before you decide on a scent & how you like it.

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Well...I found a large bottle marked down to $.89 at the store. I've always wanted to try it so I indulged...a little
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Wow! Good deal!

I use it to clean the bathroom sink and floors and dilute it in a dispenser for the kid's hand soap (peppermint). I've used the baby version as a bubble bath. Nary a problem with it

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I gave up commercial cleaners a while ago, but will never give up my Dr. Bronners! I use it as hand soap, dish soap, and all-purpose cleaner. I prefer the almond scent, but all of them are nice. I do not use it on the floors - I just use water, vinegar and baking soda if there is a spot I need to scrub clean. I buy it in a gallon jug size and it lasts about a year !

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i would advise against not using it to wash dishes-it leaves a greasy residue on everything. other than that, its great!

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Didn't like it for dishes either (plus it was too darn expensive!!). My DH makes toothsoap from it

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I use it for hand soap, body soap, and diluted in a spray bottle with water to clean the table and counters.

It lasts a while, I'd say we buy a big bottle once a month - but I also have the hemp bar soap which last even longer. If I was better about diluting it for hand/body soap I wouldn't have to buy it that often.

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we go through a big bottle a month, maybe, and we dont dilute.

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It's good for a hand soap if VERY diluted, but way too harsh to use as a body wash for our family. Does not work very well as a cleaner if you have hard water IME.
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i would advise against not using it to wash dishes-it leaves a greasy residue on everything. other than that, its great!
This is what I have found too. However, the Sal Suds from Dr. B's is fabulous for dishes (and many other things, of course!)

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we love love love dr bronners!! for hand soap, dilute about 1 to 10 and use a pump dispenser...lasts forever! i use the baby/unscented this way for hand and body soap. for cleaning i use sal suds, also quite dilute. we have had a 15 oz bottle of each for over a year now...great value, IMHO

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We use it and dilute it quite a bit -otherwise I find it too hard to rinse off or that it leaves a thick residue. Cleans my floors (mix diluted soap with vinegar), hand soap, carpet stains, and spray cleaner for the kitchen and bath. I have hard water and like the almond best.
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I use a few drops of it in my homemade spray cleaners.

DH uses it as shampoo, and we both use it as body soap. We use the peppermint and don't dilute it. I love the tingly clean feeling!

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For those of you who use Dr. B's as a baby wash, does it sting your LO's eyes?

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oh, it stings really really bad if you dont dilute it, but i use it in a 1 part soap 10 part water dilution and she never complains, i only use the baby formula on her, wouldnt want essential oils going in her eyes.
when she was 2 months old i used it straight on her and it got in her eye and we both cried for an hour straight.
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oh, it stings really really bad if you dont dilute it, but i use it in a 1 part soap 10 part water dilution and she never complains, i only use the baby formula on her,
Thanks for this.

For those of you who dilute...how do you store it, use it-- in what kind of containers, dispensers, etc?

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oh, it stings really really bad if you dont dilute it, but i use it in a 1 part soap 10 part water dilution and she never complains, i only use the baby formula on her, wouldnt want essential oils going in her eyes.
when she was 2 months old i used it straight on her and it got in her eye and we both cried for an hour straight.
On a related note, I used to use the baby formula on my kids and they got it in their eyes a few times and cried a LOT....I thought they might have been over-exaggerating a bit, BUT, I got some in my eye a few weeks back and it burns SO BAD!!! I have never had something hurts my eye as much as that did. Knowing what that feels like now, I don't want to use it on my kids as shampoo/body wash anymore, just to be safe. I use it for hand and dish soap though, and for body wash for me.

For my kids, we use the Weleda baby wash now...it's great for dry skin and we haven't had problems getting it in their eyes (I'm REALLY careful now though!)

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I just bought some Weleda for DD, and a 32 oz peppermint for DH and I to try as a body wash and hand soap. Hopefully I can make homemade cleaners, too. (DH is being weird about this.) I don't have any foaming dispensers on hand, just regular ones, so I hope they work.

I was wondering if I could put a drop or two in my steam mop. It says only to use water, though...

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