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Old 01-21-2008, 10:56 AM   #121
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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?
no one answered....does anyone know?
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:26 AM   #122
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oh, good, I have castille. and I need a good glass cleaner that doesn't smell like vinegar.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:35 AM   #123
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awesome thread! It's now a sticky on my desktop.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:17 PM   #124
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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?
no one answered....does anyone know?
i just use whatever olive oil I have in my cabinet. and I haven't noticed it being too oily actually...i guess b/c its mixed with lemon juice or vinegar so that sort cuts the oilyness.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:46 PM   #125
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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?
no one answered....does anyone know?
i just use whatever olive oil I have in my cabinet. and I haven't noticed it being too oily actually...i guess b/c its mixed with lemon juice or vinegar so that sort cuts the oilyness.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:03 PM   #126
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Instead of pledge I have always used this stuff http://www.ecos.com/pages/furniture.html but I would love to try a homemade olive oil and EO mix!
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:11 PM   #127
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Instead of pledge I have always used this stuff http://www.ecos.com/pages/furniture.html but I would love to try a homemade olive oil and EO mix!
Ah... I'm really not into making my own stuff.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:52 PM   #128
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Instead of pledge I have always used this stuff http://www.ecos.com/pages/furniture.html but I would love to try a homemade olive oil and EO mix!
Ah... I'm really not into making my own stuff.

That's cool! I don't always make my stuff either, but I do quite often. Anyway, you will just love that stuff. It's amazing to me how well it works, as my daughter is at that toddler stage where she manages to cover the wood coffeetables in all sorts of sticky icky gunk and that cleaner gets it all off and shines it up easily! And the smell is lovely.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:57 AM   #129
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is it only available online, or would i be able to get it locally at our local co-op or wild oats?
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:08 AM   #130
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Just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their recipes! I have made the scrub, which I LOVE, the glass cleaner that I like, and the anti-bacterial spray that is great.

My FAVORITE was the wood polish with the lemon juice and olive oil. I can't believe the shine! I have used Old English in the past and you can't even compare the two. I did find you have to really do some buff work afterward on the larger pieces.

I have also done the steam up the microwave and wipe it down thing and it worked well.

Anywho, I have always worried about my kids getting in contact with something toxic, especially DS who is into everything and opens all the cabinets on a daily basis. I had NO IDEA that these recipes would work as well as they do. I don't post as much as I would like because I am still so busy absorbing all of the information on the board. But I wanted to thank everyone who posted their recipes for sharing!
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:36 PM   #131
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I was wondering would putting vinegar and baking soda in the wash cycle bleach or discolor the clothes. and would peroxide discolor carpet? sorry im new at this and i remember my grandmother telling me not to get it on me or the spill it because of that reason.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:00 AM   #132
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my carpet is beige & the hp and baking soda/vinegar combos have not caused any problems at all.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:22 AM   #133
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I use vinegar & baking soda in every load of my laundry... whites, darks, dipes, and I've never had any problem with it taking out color. I've used HP on lots of blood stains again with whites, creams & darks and it only took out the stain I was working on.

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i am almost positive i read somewhere that youre not supposed to use olive oil to clean or treat wood because it can go rancid. it said to use mineral oil instead.... im not 100% sure, but it makes sense. i'll look for some info later today
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:55 PM   #135
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I know I was always taught too that hydrogen peroxide can bleach out colors but so far I've definitely had no problems and I use it all the time. My carpets are a beige and I use a lot of hp when I clean them too. I've also used it on my couch and my bright red curtains with no problems! If your hesitant I would definitely do a spot test before treating a large area. I did on my curtains b/c I was a little nervous about them.
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