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I am trying to switch over my cleaning supplies from earth killing poisinous lemon scented crap to normal natural but truly cleaning cleaning products.<br>
This is difficult since I was raised a germophobe in a family that thought nothing of cleaning with bleach mixed with all kinds of stuff all over our hands as we cleaned!<br>
I need cheap easy ideas. I thought simple green was supposed to be good (ignorant me) but now i am hearing differnt.<br><br>
So what do you all use instead of windex (vinegar?)<br>
What do you use as a scrub and cleaner for the bathroom?<br>
What do you use as laundry detergent (is it ok to use all free and clear and how about oxyclean?)<br><br>
Someone was telling me something about food grade peroxide?<br><br>
Help and TIA!
 

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I use club soda in a spray bottle instead of windex.<br><br>
For the bathroom, I use a cleaner made of water, eucalyptus Dr. Bronner's soap and tea tree oil. For a "soft scrub", I mix baking soda and Dr. B's soap.<br><br>
For laundry, I either use Sal's Suds or the powdered laundry detergent recipe in the sticky. I use oxy-clean in the detergent recipe.
 

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Subbing to this thread....<br><br>
I have lately fallen in love with baking soda. Almost anything that is grimy in my house gets the BS treatment first, just to see if it works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So far, it has worked really well on the stove, sink, countertop, pots & pans, etc., especially for cooked-on stains that I thought were hopeless. I put some in an empty spice shaker bottle for convenience. BS is also SUPER CHEAP. Just like me!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I tried it in the bathroom, and it was fine for the sink, but didn't get rid of the soap scum in the tub. Honestly, I'm not sure if it's soap scum or just the finish of the tub coming off-- I have scrubbed that thing till the cows came home. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading others' ideas.
 

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honestly and truly, i have found nothing in my house that cannot be cleaned with vinegar and/or baking soda. i keep a spray bottle of 50/50 vinegar and distilled water and use it for floors, counter tops, and the shower. anything that needs a "scrub" gets baking soda (tile in bathroom, bathtub, etc.) and then wiped down with the vinegar.<br><br>
i make my laundry detergent with borax, washing soda, and ivory soap.
 

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Washing soda is a lot stronger than baking soda (washing soda will consume two equivalents of acid, while baking soda will only consume one equivalent), and different enough you want to find washing soda. I use that in my homemade laundry soap (which is a 5 gallon bucket filled with: 1 melted fels naptha bar, 2 cups borax, 2 cups washing soda, water). I can find washing soda in my supermarket, as well as fels naptha.<br><br>
For cleaning:<br><br>
Bathroom: vinegar for everything, including floors and tub...also use baking soda as a soft scrub for the tub, sink, toilet sometimes<br><br>
Windows/Mirrors: vinegar...DH likes to wipe them with newspaper after spraying with vinegar but I find a cloth works just fine, we don't use paper towels in this house unless it's for really gross pet things (with 4 dogs there's bound to be gross pet stuff, rare enough I can justify paper towels)<br><br>
Kitchen: diluted vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to sanitize (I usually just use that after really icky stuff like raw meat), a natural dish soap (I handwash all dishes)<br><br>
Dusting furniture: spray bottle with vinegar, water, olive oil and lemon essential oil...works great!<br><br>
Floors: vinegar or castille soap and water with a mop or old fashioned rag and hands and knees scrubbing....can't stand swiffers, etc. so wasteful!<br><br>
And about BLEACH....I've read that studies have shown that bacteria and germs can actually live in bleach! Plus I've seen what years of washing towels with bleach has done....scary how they've been eaten! DH used to wash with bleach before I came along.<br><br>
Anyway, good luck! You're making a great move to simplify your life and make your household healthier! You know, most households contain toxic air due to all the air fresheners, toxic cleaning products, etc.
 

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Baking soda is great for so many things.<br><br>
Diluted vinegar in a spray bottle for kitchen counters and spot cleaning floors.<br><br>
Borax is great for greasy messes or for scouring tubs, sinks and toilets when BS isn't enough. Also for pots and pans with tough stains. Takes a little more rinsing, but leaves things sparkling. Very versitle cleaner! (have to keep this one away from pets and children though - not safe to ingest despite being rather environmentally friendly).<br><br>
Bon Ami is another good scouring powder option.<br><br>
I actually do sometimes use *diluted* simple green for tough greasy messes that I can't use Borax on (like places/things that are hard to rinse or just can't tolerate water). It isn't the greatest, but for occasional use it is still better than many of the harsher chemical cleaners. Just make sure you dilute it, that is key!<br><br>
A few drops of EO on a dust cloth for furniture and to dust mop floors (be careful - some people have said this can make floors very slippery! our finish is kind of worn so I haven't had that problem.) I actually have a "swiffer" thing, but I only use washable fabric cloths/rags on it, not the disposable ones. I have a larger dust mop thing too, but the swiffer is nice and flexible and slender and gets under some of my furniture more easily <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br><br>
Yay for you for taking this on!!! Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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**Lurking**<br><br><br>
Interesting thread as I am working on quitting toxic cleansers and having a greener, healthier home. . . .
 
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