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I made the "Mommas Earth Mop" recipe from CHCP, but my DH complains he can smell vinegar when I use it to clean. I put in <b>twice</b> the amt of tea tree oil suggested and he still complains. I don't know what to do. I love the way it cleans, but don't want my house to smell vinegary. Any suggestions?
 

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I didn't think the vinegar smell lingered when it was dry. It never has when I've used it. If it's only while you're doing it, could he be out while you do it?<br>
Then again...you're cleaning & he's complaining <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: !! What's up with that??
 

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What brand of vinegar are you using?<br><br>
I've tried a few different ones and some do seem to stink a bit. I use Heinz which is really nice, it has a mild smell which fades really fast.<br><br>
If your dh is just complaining about the smell <b>while</b> you're cleaning though.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ...couldn't he leave the room for 5 minutes?
 

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try a few or more drops of lavender essential oil in the bottle. it seems to help me tolerated the vinegar smell better.<br>
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I was just about to post a simular question! I have been on a campaign to eliminate most of our harsh chemical products before the baby gets mobile and I was very proud of having done away with Mr.Clean, Windex and toilet bowl cleaner. Yesterday I mention this to my dh and all he can say is that he misses the "pine scent".<br><br><br>
Ugh, men. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br><br>
So, if lavender oil works, do you think a lemon scent of some kind, or pine needle, would also work? How would I use it, a few drops in the vinegar?<br><br>
MM<br><br>
PS; Sorry to hijak the thread NoraB I just could not justify starting my own when you had already asked esentialy the same question. Wish I had some advice for you but I do have tons of sympathy.
 

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the vinegar with the lavender works well i think and as far as other oils i suppose it would depend on how the two smells intermingle. lavender and lemon are fresh whereas the pine or say cedar- well not that they arent fresh- they just might not mix well- you'd have to test it out.<br>
* also, i've heard that some vinegars- im assuming the cheaper types and perhaps Heinz even- use petros/petrochemicals which is toxic. i dont know this is true but something to be cautious about and it's not something they would list in ingredients probably.<br><br>
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I cant find any info to support that statement. Heres a link about vinegar:<br><br><a href="http://www.versatilevinegar.org/" target="_blank">http://www.versatilevinegar.org/</a><br><br><br>
I also use Heinz and find that the scent fades faster compared to cheaper brands. I buy it at Costco for really cheap!<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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You can use Dr. Bronners Sal Suds....they use a smaller amount of pine oil, 1%, so not as toxic as Pine Sol, which also contains alcohol. Pine oil is toxic in large amounts.<br><br>
I have an assortment of essential oils, my favs are peppermint and lemon.
 

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manitoba, Patchouli mixed with Lime smells just like pine-sol.<br><br>
Would your dh like some pine-sol soap?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
Jessica who will never, ever, ever, *EVER* mix patchouli and lime together again. Hopefully, I will get better at judging my blending *before* I actually put it in soap...LOL<br><br>
rainsmom, you sound like me..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Citris and mints are my favorites!<br><br>
My favs right now are Spearmint and grapefruit. Bio-Kleen started me on my grapefruit kick...it smells ssoooo good!
 

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Thanks for the replies all! I had been using tea tree oil to scent my cleaners and Heinz vinegar. I never noticed a problem w/ the smell, but Dh complained. He only complained while I was cleaning or right after though. I'll have to point out that the smell fades quickly. Also, maybe it's the tea tree oil he's objecting to and doesn't realize it. I just made some lavender/lemon scented all-purpose cleaner. I used it last night and got no complaints...so maybe that's the ticket.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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You know what? You are absolutely right! He should definitely <b>not</b> be complaining!!!
 
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