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Old 08-18-2007, 11:18 AM   #106
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OK, I tried thisone and it really got the baked-on chili explosion out of my microwave!

Microwave Cleaner

1/4 c. baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
5-6 drops thyme, lemongrass, or lemon essential oil (I used lemon)

Combine all ingredients and make a paste. Apply to the inside of the microwave using a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well and leave the microwave door open to air dry for 25 minutes
I'm loving this thread!

I found this tip for microwaves a while back. Fill a bowl with water, add a splash of vinegar. Heat it up in the microwave until it's boiling then leave it in the microwave with the door shut and the micro off for 15 minutes. Come back and everything just wipes right off due to the steam bath.

Don't make the same mistake I did the first time. Turned the micro on for 15 minutes then wondered why there was no steam buildup. If the microwave is on, the steam vents out, so make sure to let it sit with the micro off.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:20 AM   #107
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oops, just saw someone posted the vinegar/HP tip in the first post.

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oh and for cleaning in the kitchen I keep two bottles - one of vinegar with lime EO (my favorite scent) and another larger 32 oz bottle of hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide bottle is the original bottle and I remove the cap and swap it out for a spray bottle attachment since the HP has to be in a dark bottle to retain its potency.

To disinfect, just spray vinegar first, then HP. Wipe away. I also slosh a good bit of each into the produce wash water and let it soak for a non toxic alternative.

I also use the bottles for most household cleaning.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:54 AM   #108
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I found Zote soap at the dollar general today!
I had looked at Meijer, Walmart and 2 natural stores! There was 2 bars left so I grabbed 1 although I already had fels naptha...
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:05 PM   #109
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I found Zote soap at the dollar general today!
I had looked at Meijer, Walmart and 2 natural stores! There was 2 bars left so I grabbed 1 although I already had fels naptha...
It's wild where this stuff pops up! Glad you found some though.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:26 AM   #110
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Maybe some already covered this earlier in the thread, but what is zote soap?
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:45 AM   #111
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Maybe some already covered this earlier in the thread, but what is zote soap?
I know right Leah!



It's a bar of laundry soap. There's a recipe for laundry soap and zote grated is 1 ingredient.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:09 AM   #112
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Thanks, growingmommy!! I'll have to go check it out.
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #113
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OK, I've made the laundry detergent with castille soap, washing soda, borax and even put in some OxyClean. Still.....my clothes are not coming out clean! Clothes that I've been wearing and washing for a year in Tide now are stained. Even some clothes I just bought a month ago that go something on it are stained. My husband even put that Shout gel which we have been using for years onto a spill on his pants and after I washed them......still there!

What am I doing wrong? Could it be our water?
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:04 PM   #114
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I had a similar experience...my dishes wouldn't come clean with homemade dish powder, either. I found a really good deal on super-concentrated liquid laundry detergent...it's in the basement right now, though, so I can't check it out because the cats are locked down there for the night! But I did the mental math and it costs *less* per load than conventional laundry detergent, and it works well and smells good. Remind me and I will get the name of it!
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:19 PM   #115
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This thread is so long I have absolutely no idea how to see if this has been said before. But I use vinegar/Tea Tree EO/Lavender EO/water to wash everything (the recipe that was given earlier). However, it was not removing the soap/dirt scum. All I did to remove soap scum was wipe a generous amount of baking soda over the scum (wiped because it's hard to "sprinkle" on the sides ), and immediately the scum wipes completely off! Baking soda is "cleaning gold"! (I still use the vinegar/EO mix to disinfect.)
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:32 AM   #116
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So I was looking for an alternative to my Pledge wood cleaner. I noticed one on the OP with Olive Oil. Is there a specific type, extra virgin vs other? And I was wondering if it took awhile before I'd be able to put knick knacks and things back onto the wood since it's, well, oily?
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:48 PM   #117
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one of vinegar with lime EO (my favorite scent)
Marielle, I do the seperate bottles of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide as well. My dh hates the smell of the vinegar so I got some of the lime EO. I've put 5-10 drops in, but it's not making a dent. Can you give me an idea of your ratio? Thanks!!
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:54 AM   #118
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While browsing blogs tonight I ran across some awesome looking recipes for making your own cleaners! They are much different the cleaner I make. I usually just use warm water, vinegar and some TTO. But these seem like they would work better and not smell like vinegar so bad! Check it out!

Surface Cleaner:
2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
10 – 15 drops of lavender essential oil
Fill bottle almost full with warm water
add 2 Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s

Glass Cleaner:
1/2 cup vinegar
10 – 15 drops of lavender essential oil
Fill bottle almost full with warm water
add 1 Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s

Bathroom Cleaner:
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tsp Baking Soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Fill bottle almost full with warm water
add 2 Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s


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what is dr bonners?
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what is dr bonners?
castille soap.
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