What homemade cleaning solutions do you use?

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@newtondak (3950)
United States
August 30, 2008 1:08pm CST
Many of us have found it saves money to avoid commercial cleaners and to use our own homemade formulas. I have a number of recipes for the ones I use on the website I have listed on my profile at the "Cleaning Up" link. I have found that most anything can be cleaned with baking soda, vinegar, or a combination of the two. Do you have homemade cleaners that you use and are willing to share?
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@gabbana (1815)
• China
2 Sep 08
toothpaste is very workable for erasing dirty spots like the prints of sticker. besides they leave fragmance after work though a little costly. use it to clean white microwave oven, fridge, keyboard. have a nice try.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
2 Sep 08
To clean the inside of your microwave, use 2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar in an uncovered dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let sit for another five minutes so that the mixture will steam up the inside of the microwave. Remove and wipe the inside of the oven clean. This works wonderfully as the steam from the mixture loosens all the stuck on food.
@gabbana (1815)
• China
2 Sep 08
good question and good advice. i got that and will have a try. thanks.
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@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Vineger, water, and baking soda is great for many things.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Yes it is - and I recently discovered that a mixture of equal parts of Dawn dish soap, baking soda and vinegar makes a really good dog shampoo to remove skunk scent! Our older dog got sprayed twice in one week and the younger one once, so we did a number of dog baths this week! I followed with a wash of dog shampoo and conditioner to put the moisture back in the coat that the dish soap took out.
@BinaryKat (738)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I been using this website called tipnut and she had some really cool homemade cleaning solutions to use with baking soda, dish soap and white distilled vinegar. I had to use one recently to get cat urine off my air mattress and it was soo good. It didn't leave a mess or a smell I had to deal with. I also used a combo of baking soda and vinegar in a small spray bottle and cleaned my bathtub. It is soo neat seeing the dirt lift up and not having to smell bleach.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
6 Sep 08
That you for the information - I'll check out that site. By necessity, I had to find something to swash the skunk smell from my two dogs. A mixture of equal parts of Dawn dish soap, baking soda and vinegar did the trick! I followed with another washing of regular shampoo/conditioner to put back some of the moisture in their coats that the dish soap took out, and they both came out nice and fluffy - and smelling better than ever!
@raydene (9875)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Hi Sweets I do use vinegar, baking soda but mostly I use Shaklee Basic H 2 which is an organic cleaner. xoxoxoxoxoxo
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I've looked at some of the organic cleaners but some are quite expensive.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I have been looking into this too, I use white vinegar a lot for a lot of cleanning, I use clorox and water in a spray bottle for small clean up problem, I read one tip that stated when you have just a few dishes to clean instead of making a sink full of water, just put a little dish detergent in a spray bottle with water and spray your dish and wash it that way.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
30 Aug 08
There are just the two of us, so most of the time I just wait until I have a full load in the dishwasher and use it. I do use vinegar in the rinse dispenser instead of buying the expensive stuff.