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I'm trying to cut down on the number of cleaners I have. I have seperate ones for windows, toilets, tubs, sinks, kitchen, bathroom, car, wipes...you name it we've had it or have it now. A lot of these things were wedding gifts from over 2 years ago (yes we registered for things like this...and spices...that stuff is expensive)<br><br>
Anyway, what works good as a universal cleaner?? I'm not against using something that is home made either....
 

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Highly reccommend getting CLEAN HOUSE CLEAN PLANET by Karen Logan.<br><br>
Recipes using vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. I make all my house cleaners and alot are interchangeable. She also lists how they compare to regular commercial chemical cleaners. ONe thing I use now is club soda to clean windows! I save soooo much money now, not having to support the chemical industry buying needless chemicals to clean with!
 

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for anything that needs more than hot water, i use dr. bronner's sal suds. i use that in the bathroom and the kitchen. vinegar will work great on your windows, but the stink is unbearable to some, so you need a scented oil to add to it.<br><br>
definitely get clean house, clean planet. i used to buy all those commercial cleaners and wonder why i felt sick after cleaning the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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Another vote for "Clean House, Clean Planet"<br><br>
I bought it about a month ago when I wanted to switch to nontoxic cleaners. Her recipes work really well I feel so much better about my son being in the vicinity while I'm cleaning and after. She recommends old standbys like baking soda, vinegar, soap and water, etc., but it's nice to have a guide on how to use the items.
 

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I'm gonna have to check it out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Thanks ladies!! I hate the ida of having all these chemicals around. I'm afraid that even though the are really high and in locked cabinets that my kids will still find them!
 

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I really like Simple Green. Depending on how you dilute it, it can be used for just about everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use a small spray bottle of about 8 parts water, 1 part vinegar. I kind of like the smell of vinegar although if it's too strong (ie, cleaned the whole kitchen and bathroom in one morning), I jsut light a couple of scented candles. There isn't much vinegar and water and some elbow grease can't handle. I will break out some diluted bleach for the shower stall every now and again. And I'll add baking soda to the vinegar if I have some scrubbing to do (works on the berber carpet, some furniture and the walls).
 

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I also use lemon juice, it is good for getting rid of mildew on clothes as well as in the bathroom and kitchen. Bi-carb soda made into a paste with water will clean most things although make sure you rinse well as it leaves a powdery film. Bi-carb and vinegar is good for cleaning drains and stuff burnt onto pots. We don't use any chemical cleaners. Tea tree oil is a good disinfectant as is lavender (also good for cuts and stings).<br>
Linda
 
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