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    Household Cleaning Products -

    I looooovvvveee those Magic Erasers.

    Our tub had gotten cruddy on the bottom and "nothing" seemed to remove much of it.
    I did learn that those Magic Erasers come in at least three varieties. And they do seem to disintegrate with use. Anyway, the bathroom and kitchen ones are a bit sturdier than the regular ones. The kitchen sinks had also gotten stained and they lightened up a lot!

    Do you have any products that you really like?

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    funny you should ask about this.I grew up with a mother who used White King flakes for all cleaning. Dishes, laundry, scrubbing floors...eeu. Slimy the minute the water cooled down and even as a kid I didn't think it was up to much for cleaning. But, moms house moms rules. Open the cupboard, use White King. We did get lots of dishes and glasses over the years though.

    So I've tried every magic elixir invented over the years.
    Ammonia and bleach are still top contenders.
    Ajax powdered cleanser.
    Various spray carpet cleaners over the years, the current fav is Oxy- something.
    Have never found a window cleaner I'm happy with.
    Pledge furniture polish
    Old English scratch cover up, light and dark.
    Bona floor cleaner.
    All brand dishwasher and laundry soap

    It has only taken 50 years to narrow it down to that.

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    ok, there's reason behind my madness, lol:
    I don't buy many cleaners at all.
    I use Dawn (blue), baking soda and peroxide on tubs, sinks, and stovetop,
    all appliance outsides, and insides too for that matter.
    I sometimes make my own laundry soap but Tide does get stains out of
    my shirts. I tend to wear a lot of knit mixes. (rayon+cotton, nylon+cotton)
    I will occasionally buy glass cleaner but alcohol works very well.
    I hear that vinegar does too.
    I have allergies and intolerances and like to avoid chemicals as much as
    possible.
    We only use 1/4 the amount of reccommended bleach in our white clothes,
    we mostly line dry and no dryer sheets.
    We use a mild body wash and do not buy expensive shampoos.
    I do buy a tad pricey conditioner but use it sparingly.
    I like pump bottles.
    I do buy products to clean the toilet as we get water stains.
    I Pinterest and have pinned many natural cleaners and most
    everything is unscented or very mild.
    I don't buy furniture polishes. The dust is gonna come back
    anyway.
    I'm not crazy about aerosoles. I have mild asthma and dh
    is on oxygen.
    We use a non toxic homemade mix for weeds and we can't
    afford to fertilize the lawn in Flor-heat-a.
    You'd have to spend a mint to run sprinklers.
    We have enough going on in the bill dept. so we can't make
    our yard a top priority. We clean it and keep it mowed.
    The rest is up to nature .
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    I'm fond of most of the Shaklee cleaning products -
    Shaw Floors Carpet Stain & Soil Remover works well to clean small areas of carpet
    Spic and Span
    Dawn dish detergent.

    I prefer non-scented or "gently" scented products. I don't want to be able to smell it from fifty feet away - even if it's a fragrance I like.

    I seldom use bleach.

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    I try to use natural cleaners whenever possible...but not always. I still have cleanser and oven cleaner under my sink. But for windows, I use vinegar and water and baking soda can work OK on the stove, if it's not too dirty. I've been very curious about using oxygen bleach, as opposed to using chlorine bleach

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    We like 'Awesome' Liquid Cleaner---cheap at Dollar Tree and is a great cleaner for lots of projects.

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    I have found that ordinary shampoo gets a lot of stains out of laundry. Rub it in, let it set a few minutes, wash normally.

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    Just be aware that Magic Erasers are an abrasive. Scrub too hard on painted woodwork and the paint will start coming off!!

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    Baking soda and white vinegar are my go to cleaners. White vinegar gets the mold/mildew off stucco house (outside) in Florida better than bleach and much safer. Spray with vinegar, let sit a bit, scrub with a brush and rinse off. A paste of white vinegar and baking soda cleans tile and bathrooms fixtures wonderfully. Blue Dawn is awesome on anything greasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annievee View Post
    We like 'Awesome' Liquid Cleaner---cheap at Dollar Tree and is a great cleaner for lots of projects.
    This stuff is amazing, I use the yellow one. I started using it because it gets the goo off of my scan n cut mats. And its so cheap.
    Judy

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    Yes I like the Magic Erasers too. I use whatever I can spray on and get clean without a lot of bending and scrubbing.
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    For bathroom and kitchen its usually baking soda and vinegar for me. We do have a water softener hooked up to our water supply system and I believe that helps. Love blue Dawn for laundry spots along with my trusted Tide. Love Resolve carpet cleaner works wonders and RainX (for car windshields) cleans my many windows. And can't do without my lemon Endust for my monthly dusting.

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    I have gone to making my own laundry soaps because of allergies and I can tolerate my homemade detergent the best! Then there is windex! It cleans just about everything. Just have to watch for the streaks. You may end up with a lighter spot here or there, That just tells you where you have to clean deeper. I love spic and span for most everything else and Ajax for scoring power. I have used the Ajax and spic and span powders for more than 60 years and they really do make things the best. The magic erasers are nice for spot cleaning. On carpeting (I have white carpets I use peroxide. The carpet is close to 30 years old and looks close to new!
    Best of luck you have so many choices. Try some to get the stains off the tub. For deep rust stains there is a cleanser called Zud that can work wonders too.

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    Ka-Boom for cleaning the bathrooms. Mr Clean and hot water cleans stains on the carpet better than Resolve. We have hard water also, so I use 1/4 cup of vinegar in the dishwasher, cleans the dishes and the dishwasher at the same time. I leave the that little cup in the dishwasher all the time, fill it with every dish load. Old English furniture polish for the furniture and Swiffer products for the floors. Oxy instead of bleach, Hubby is allergic to bleach.

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    For outside windows - 1/4 cup pine-sol in a bucket of water. Do not wet window first. Just take off screen and wash window with sponge mop in solution. Do not let it dry on window. Rinse with hose and it dries spot free.

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    I recently discovered that Magic Erasers are fantastic on glass. I have a mirror behind my stove to reflect light back onto the stove top - grease splatters galore. The Magic Eraser gets the grease off of the mirror and polishes it too. I have also used it on the glass shower door to great results.

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    I use the smallest amount that will get the job done. Of anything.
    I have rigged up a way to wash my outside windows. I have a paint pad that was meant to be attached to a handle. I used a broom handle and have a square bucket. I use ammonia outside and can reach to the top of outside windows with my wet pad to rub a little. Then I use my 16 in squeegee at the end of a long stick to rub down the window to get the wet off. After that, I have another long stick with a rag tied to the end to get into the corners if needed. Not a perfect job, but good enough for me. I can wash all the windows on the outside of my house in about an hour. 36 individual windows and 7 doors with glass in them. That includes the garage and breezeway, as they are attached.
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    I concur with using Awesome. My son bought a used car which was a mess inside. He used Awesome on it and when he was finished with the cleaning, it looked like a new vehicle.

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    A couple of things I've found...first, husband and i wear a lot of tee shirt knit tops and polo shirts and inevitably, something on the way to the mouth will land on the shirt and leave a greasy stain. I tried everything until I reached the end of my rope. Last ditch effort, I soaked the stain with blue dawn, folded it in on itself and threw a shirt into the laundry basket, where it sat for a couple of days...washed it with the normal load and Bingo!! stain is gone. The trick must be in letting the detergent sit for a bit of time in order to penetrate the fabric.

    The other trick is when buying Windex, do Not by the 'new advanced' one...look for something that says Original. That's the one with the ammonia and the ammonia is what does the job...will clean a mirror behind the stove in a New York minute!
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    vinigar is my favorite and sometimes with baking soda.
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