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View Poll Results: Do you make your own cleaning solution at home?
Yes, I make my own and it saves a ton of $$ 27 52.94%
No, I've never tried it before... 24 47.06%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-30-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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Personally, no.

Just ne careful NOT to mix household chemicals. Combining products with bleach and ammonia will generate chlorine gas which will be toxic to your lungs.

I bring this up solely as a warning as I have seen a couple of people overcome by the gas.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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I've tried using water and vinegar to clean things and it has always been a nightmare that works like crap. But I usually get the desire to try it again after a couple of years, thinking maybe I just did something wrong. To date, I've never had much success with it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I've got to say I'm not the biggest fan of that strong vinegar smell, but I like the lemon juice idea! Will have to give it a whirl. You should add the lemon juice tip to the comments section of that video--it sounds like a great alternative
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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About the lemon juice ..

It doesn't leave a sticky residue?
What about ants or other buggy friends?
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Like many of you, I use white vinegar a lot. It works for so many things!
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I use a spray bottle of 11 parts water and 1 part ammonia. This is great for windows, counters, cleaning bathrooms, removing carpet stains, etc. Costs next to nothing.

ANTS! I use a spray bottle of Pledge Orange Oil. Ants HATE it. I spray it where ants are entering and it stops them dead. I use it in the kitchen and it is non-toxic. Just be careful if you spray it on the floor as it can be slippery.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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update: I tried using white vinegar, water + lemon juice (as recommended by you all) and it worked out great!

Definitely a big $$ saver - as mentioned in the video - compared to buying all sorts of products at the store.

Also interesting to see the poll is dead even at a lucky 13 votes for each side...anyone able to budge it over to a nicer number?
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:38 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I use vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice for cleaning. I also use vanilla extract if something in the fridge smells funky. I still use windex, I haven't found a suitable replacement. Plus if you write to the windex company, they will send you coupons. Last year they sent me 2 coupons for a free bottle of windex. When Safeway had windex on sale buy one get one free, I used the coupon and got 4 bottles for free. That lasts a long time around here.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:45 AM
 
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I use vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice for cleaning. I also use vanilla extract if something in the fridge smells funky. I still use windex, I haven't found a suitable replacement. Plus if you write to the windex company, they will send you coupons. Last year they sent me 2 coupons for a free bottle of windex. When Safeway had windex on sale buy one get one free, I used the coupon and got 4 bottles for free. That lasts a long time around here.
How do you use vanilla to clean the fridge? Just a spot, diluted on undiluted?
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Soak a cotton ball with the vanilla and put it in an open dish to get rid of smells. That's what my Grandma did, anyway :-)
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