looking for simple cleaners

jannieSeptember 16, 2005

My grandmother taught me to mix water and ammonia to make window cleaner. I bought a bottle of windex once and now refill it with this concoction. Can someone provide a list of other simple- to- make household cleaners? I use fantastic or sinch spray in my kitchen, but I'd like to make something non-toxic for use around food-prep surfaces. And what about a toilet bowl cleaner?

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teacats

Baking soda appears to be the wonderchild of simple cleaning -- use it just like a cleaning scrub.

It can clean toilet bowls, stainless steel sinks -- etc. -- And use it with boiling water -- carefully -- to clean drains of icky smells.

Keep small boxes or bowls of it in the fridge, freezer and even closets to absorb problem smells too.

Also:

http://www.metrokc.gov/health/asthma/facts/greencleaning.htm

http://www.greenhome.com/

Just some sites to check out too!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 10:27AM
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marie26

Someone recently told me about putting vanilla on a cotton puff and put it into the fridge and freezer to get rid of odors.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 3:11PM
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des_arc_ya_ya

Yep, also use baking soda or vanilla after I clean the microwave. Gives it a clean, fresh smell.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 6:05PM
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cupofkindness

Not that what I'm going to suggest is really special, but I did buy a tall spray pump plastic bottle at the Container Store and filled it with water. I use this to wipe down my counter tops, cooktop, etc. Since it is virtually clear, I just keep it behind my faucet at the main sink. Because many in my family have asthma, I have to be careful about highly fragrant cleaning products. But believe me, I do use my fair share of regular cleaning products too. My newest find is OxiClean carpet cleaner. It disolves every stain I clean and doesn't leave a soapy residual so there are no "re-spots." Also, it doesn't smell. I don't like using deoderizer type products on my carpeting. So I guess that it's simple in the sense that it does the job easily, without leaving a lot of odor or residual film behind.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 7:17AM
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