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Friday, April 13, 2012

My Crunchy House Cleaning Products

Biokleen Dishwasher Detergent- Works super, (I have city water) but I found that if you use too much it will leave residue. So I use 2 teaspoons for each wash instead of the 1-2 tablespoons. I find that since less is more in this case, it is extremely economical. It cost about $7 for a can that will last me at least 3 months washing one load a day. That is cheaper than 'the bad stuff''!
Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner- Works great for cutting grease int he kitchen and is very economical. One bottle for about $4 will make 8 gallons of cleaner. And it smells fantastic since it is citrus based.
Vinegar Spray- Super cheap cleaner as well. I use this on the floors, to clean the refrigerator, the bathrooms, the counters, pretty much everywhere. Mix it in a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle.
Baking Soda- Super cheap, I get the biggest box at the grocery store. I use this to clean the toilets. I also use this in combination with the vinegar solution for great foaming action when I clean the rest of the bathroom and my stainless steel kitchen sink. Actually I was highly impressed at how well the two cleaned my kitchen sink!
Floor Cleaner- I use a little squirt of Dr. Wood's Lavender Castile Soap with a little vinegar. Smells fantastic. I was just using vinegar, but I missed the nice smell of lavender so I decided to add the castile and am so pleased with the outcome. (I have hardwood floors and tile.) Extremely inexpensive.
Biokleen Bac Out- It is fantastic for cleaning, ahem, throw-up out of the carpet and actually getting rid of the odor. When my two year old got a stomach virus this stuff cleaned it out like a charm. No stain and no odor- and we all know how awful throw-up smells! I was in awe.
Dr. Wood's Lavender Shea Castile Soap- Hand soap, works fine and seems quite gentle.
Seventh Generation Lavender Floral and Mint  Dish Soap- works very well to cut the grease and clean. Is not harsh on your skin either.
Rubbing Alcohol- Glass cleaner. Just put it in a spray bottle and it works surprising well. Much better than the ammonia based blue stuff and once again, super inexpensive! Be forewarned, it dries much quicker than what you may be used too, so you might want to try spraying a section at a time instead of the entire area.
(I purchased all products from vitacost.com, except for my vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and baking soda.)

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