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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%
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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This video shows how to make your own dusting cleaner w/ just water+vinegar, so it got me wondering how many people here have tried this to save money.

I haven't done it before, but I'm going to get some vinegar this week and give it a whirl.


YouTube - Keep on Dusting!
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I make my own cleaners from salt water and electricity.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Vinegar and water works good for outside windows. But if you have any kind of ants etc and you spray for these little monsters the vinegar may nutralize the affects of bug spray.....

Our friend uses the same home made solution for his car and work van windows but not for dusting or cleaning the home.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Is it best to use White Vinegar, or will other types of vinegar work?

The lady in the video says White Vinegar, but I'm new to this idea
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I use white vinegar and water mixed into spray bottles for windows and general cleaning, have done this for many years!
Vinegar is also good for running through the coffee maker to remove hard water deposits. Makes a good hair rinse too, removes excess soap and conditioner build-up...softens clothes in the final rinse as well.
It's also an effective wallpaper stripper/paste remover, mixed 50:50 with water.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I just use straight white vinegar in a spray bottle. In addition to being cheap, it's nontoxic.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I've always used vinegar and baking soda to clean my drains. Also use vinegar to clean the coffee pot occasionally.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:48 AM
 
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Is it best to use White Vinegar, or will other types of vinegar work?

The lady in the video says White Vinegar, but I'm new to this idea
White vinegar is pretty much the standard -- I think it's the cheapest.

Because I have cats, and I'm a janitor who works with some heavy chemicals, I prefer simple cleaning stuff at home.

I don't use vinegar, because I can smell it forever. And if I find it offensive, what about my poor cats? But I clean my tub with baking soda and liquid hand soap. I mop my floors with a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid in water. I also use lengths of nylon net to scrub with -- very scrubby but doesn't scratch. It's what we use for dishes, too.

I do use Windex on my windows. But I rarely clean my windows.
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We make our own laundry soaps, bar soaps, and bleach too.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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I HATE the smell of distilled vinegar, but I will use lemon juice (diluted with water) in a pinch, and I actually like the smell of that. I have tried to make furniture "polish" from a "frugal recipe" of oil (I think it was EVOO) and lemon juice, but it didn't do a good job.

Coca cola can clean some stuff very well (though you have to then rinse the stickyness off).

I think in many cases... warm water and elbow grease are just as effective as any other cleaner..
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