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Old 12-07-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Minimalist Cleaning!

SICK and TIRED of STUFF! It's wonderful that DS has developed a forum for people who don't want to waste life taking care of/organizing/arranging/cleaning stuff!

I've gotten to the point where I don't even go into stores unless grocery shopping (and I prefer a co-op for that, but they're too expensive around here in dh's opinion). It's overwhelming. You walk in and are immediately bombarded with products that you do NOT need...which brings me to the point of cleaning.

How do you stay simple w/ your cleaning supplies?

I use baking soda/lemon juice paste for the bathtub (works wonders on oil soap residue), and a condensed natural cleaner I mix in a spray bottle with a bit of eucalyptus oil for multipurpose cleaning (kitchen counters, table, rug spills, sinks, outside of toilets). For floors/dusting I use a condensed natural enzyme cleaner. For sanitizing white vinegar and/or hydrogen peroxide

Under my sink you see a pumice stone, baking soda, 2 bottles of condensed cleaners, a tub of vinegar, and a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide (lemon juice stays in fridge). I just use rags to clean with.

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Old 12-08-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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Re: Minimalist Cleaning!

I feel ya mama, I actually can't stand whole foods for exactly this reason, it is so overwhelming, and honestly it is so NOT green to market all those unnecessary products to people!

We use vinegar/water for just about everything from surfaces to spills, bathroom, kitchen, you name it. We use baking soda for toilets and tubs. We use baby mild dr bronners for hand soap/dish soap/body wash/DHs shampoo (lol). We use rags and microfiber cloths for dusting. We make our own laundry soap and dishwashing detergent and use a bac-out/water solution for stain treatment... that's it. We love it
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: Minimalist Cleaning!

My friend makes a kind of soap that we use for cleaning everything. Aside from the bathroom, DH will not give up his bathroom cleaners. I use vingear in the kitchen.

This is my friends soap. I use it for just about everything.
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I feel ya mama, I actually can't stand whole foods for exactly this reason, it is so overwhelming, and honestly it is so NOT green to market all those unnecessary products to people!

We use vinegar/water for just about everything from surfaces to spills, bathroom, kitchen, you name it. We use baking soda for toilets and tubs. We use baby mild dr bronners for hand soap/dish soap/body wash/DHs shampoo (lol). We use rags and microfiber cloths for dusting. We make our own laundry soap and dishwashing detergent and use a bac-out/water solution for stain treatment... that's it. We love it
This EXCEPT for the bolded (we don't make our dish soap....yet and I don't usually use stain stuff but when I do I use shout since I still have some hanging around from forever ago)
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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I use Miracle II for just about everything. Bathing the kids, shower gel for me, brushing my teeth, washing my hair, mopping the floors, doing the dishes, etc. (though I do still have some left over Mrs. Meyers from last Christmas, and some bioKleen for laundry)
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:00 AM   #6
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I use Miracle II for just about everything. Bathing the kids, shower gel for me, brushing my teeth, washing my hair, mopping the floors, doing the dishes, etc. (though I do still have some left over Mrs. Meyers from last Christmas, and some bioKleen for laundry)
Hmm, I'm going to look into this when I run out of my current stuff!
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I use vinegar & water with essential oil for scent for most cleaning. I have a Bissell steam & sweep for mopping. I have Flylady's purple rags for cleaning windows, mirrors & televisions instead of Windex type stuff. I am not green with dish soap. Sorry, must be blue Dawn or it doesn't work. I had such terrible residue from other types. As for toilet cleaner, I squirt some diluted Dr Bronners (from the sink foamer soap pump) most days I swish the toilet. I do use Lysol toilet cleaner once a week or so. I have 2 diabetics using those toilets & they don't always flush so it gets gross fast.
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I use Norwex and it has really minimalized my cleaning, a LOT.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:27 PM   #9
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good food for thought, ladies!
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