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Cleaning Hint from the Frugalists and Simple Living team

Sunday, October 28, 2012

BAYBNJOE posted this tip for homemade cleaner that she says is better than 'store bought'! Since I'm trying to get rid of all the chemicals I can in my house I plan to try it!! I'm making it into a blog so I won't lose it!! AND I'm joining this team!

"I found a tip from Mary Hunt. Her column can be found on, under "advice". Her column is called "Everyday Cheapskate".

One of her readers gave a formula for a great all-purpose cleaner: a 50-50 solution of blue Dawn dishwashing liquid and white vinegar. It's supposed to be a great grease cutter."

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MINANCY 11/10/2012 7:41AM

    Years ago, when I was breeding my Westie, I was told to stop using chemicals to clean with, especially the floor. The chemicals leave a residue on the floor and get absorbed through the pets paws into their blood. The recommendation? White Vinegar. Since then I always have a gallon jug of white vinegar for cleaning on hand. For mopping floors, I pour about 1 cup into a gallon bucket of water. Sometimes a add a drop of either dish soap or LA Awesome cleaner. Thanks for the post!

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HARROWJET 10/28/2012 9:47PM

    Thanks for the hint.

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SUNSHINEGB 10/28/2012 2:35PM

    Thanks for sharing!
Vinegar and water is a favourite of mine.

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BARBARASDIET 10/28/2012 1:40PM

    I didn't have the patience to look for her post, but I have found that plain white vinegar and baking soda are great natural cleaners. I buy almost nothing, except for dish soap.

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LINDAKAY228 10/28/2012 11:33AM

    I use Dawn to pretreat grease stains before washing clothes because it is a great grease cutter.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/28/2012 11:30AM

    I will give it a try, thanks!

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HAPPYMOM8 10/28/2012 11:08AM


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CELIAMINER 10/28/2012 10:24AM

    Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing the tip.

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AMARILYNH 10/28/2012 9:24AM

    ok - now I think it will work!!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/28/2012 9:20AM

    PS -- can't get your link to work! :-(

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TRAVELGRRL 10/28/2012 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing. I too am looking for cheaper, better, nontoxic cleaning supplies.

I've been using a homemade laundry soap for a few months and it works great and is about 2 cents a load. Now I'm ready to branch out and get rid of my bathroom cleaner, toilet cleaner, window cleaner, etc. etc. etc!

PS -- You are still Kicking @$$ in the Fitbit/Spark Step Challenge! I am proud that you are #6 this morning -- out of 600 people!! BUT -- I was sick the first week in October and barely left the house, so be prepared to have me "on your heels" in November!


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JENGOJENGO 10/28/2012 9:18AM

  I need to try that Dawn solution!

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NELLJONES 10/28/2012 9:17AM

    I've heard of a drop of dish detergent with clear ammonia for cleaning windows.

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