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homemade cleaner like pledge multi-surface spray/wipes?



 
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firewife
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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: homemade cleaner like pledge multi-surface spray/wipes?

Any ideas? I used a sample of the pledge multi-surface wipes, and I LOVED IT. Very Happy Those definitely don't fit into the budget though, so I'm trying to come up with an alternative.
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gus44107
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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject:

I use vinegar and water - about 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I use that to clean counters, glass, furniture, everything and then use a rag. Besides saving a ton of $$$ since it isn't loaded with all that toxic crap that is in regular cleaners I let my 4 year old use it. He sprays - I wipe. I also don't worry when my youngest licks the TV, chews the furniture or the like. Safe enough for them to drink but does a good job.
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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject:

I love the Pledge multi-surface cleaner too, though I use the spray bottle and rags, which is cheaper than the individual wipes. I'd love a homemade version too.
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firewife
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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:05 pm    Post subject:

gus44107 wrote:
I use vinegar and water - about 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I use that to clean counters, glass, furniture, everything and then use a rag. Besides saving a ton of $$$ since it isn't loaded with all that toxic crap that is in regular cleaners I let my 4 year old use it. He sprays - I wipe. I also don't worry when my youngest licks the TV, chews the furniture or the like. Safe enough for them to drink but does a good job.


Since vinegar is an acid, do you even use it on real wood furniture? I mean, would it hurt the finish?
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Starlite9711
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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject:

I use vinegar and water too....BUT I dont have any "real" wood in my house. lol so I am not sure if it would harm it or not. I used to teach preschool and this was a trick I learned, Take a package of baby wipes (generic refills are inexpensive...not to mention some of you have stockpiles) Rinse them out with water a few times (the whole stack at a time) and fill the wipes tub with the vinegar water solution let soak for 15-20 minutes. Then dump remaining solution, you now have your own cleaning wipes. Also works well with bleach water if there are no kids around.
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gus44107
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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject:

firewife wrote:
gus44107 wrote:
I use vinegar and water - about 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I use that to clean counters, glass, furniture, everything and then use a rag. Besides saving a ton of $$$ since it isn't loaded with all that toxic crap that is in regular cleaners I let my 4 year old use it. He sprays - I wipe. I also don't worry when my youngest licks the TV, chews the furniture or the like. Safe enough for them to drink but does a good job.


Since vinegar is an acid, do you even use it on real wood furniture? I mean, would it hurt the finish?


I dry dust most real wood furniture except our family room coffee table that gets a lot of spills on it and takes a lot of abuse. Then about 1-2 times per years I rub a tiny little bit of pure olive oil on the real wood furniture to moisturize it. But, the coffee table I do use the vinegar on is holding up fine after several years.

DH has chemical sensitivities so we cannot use products like Pledge.
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Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject:

I have to agree that Vinegar is awesome for cleaning. I use it everywhere.
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mrs.stuart
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Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:40 pm    Post subject:

I use vinegar on my hardwood floors...when I moved into my house, I ripped up all the carpets to find hardwoods...not shiny though and so I called my mom (of course) and told her that I had mopped them over and over, but they still looked dingy and she told me to use vinegar water on them. so I made a sink full and mopped the floors and taDaa...shiny floors. It is a mild acid that will help to break up any old residues, but leave any finish and such on the wood. I would not use this on raw, unfinished wood, but most furniture and floors are finished. I would also suggest trying it in a small area on the inside first just in case and see the results...you may just be surprised how great and CHEAP it...

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firewife
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Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:20 pm    Post subject:

Does anyone notice a vinegar smell after using it on the furniture and other surfaces?
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Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject:

I have never used vinigar and water to clean before, so as a newbie to this, what kind of vinigar do I use?
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Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:11 pm    Post subject:

I rarely notice a vinegar smell at all. Virtually nothing in comparison to the odors given off by regular cleaning products.

I just use plain old white distilled vinegar - the kind that is like $2 for a gallon.
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ChesapeakeAvon
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Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject:

gus44107 wrote:
I rarely notice a vinegar smell at all. Virtually nothing in comparison to the odors given off by regular cleaning products.

I just use plain old white distilled vinegar - the kind that is like $2 for a gallon.


Thanks. I thought it would be that, but I know there are other vinegars out there, so I thought I would ask first.
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Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject:

gus44107 wrote:
I use vinegar and water - about 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I use that to clean counters, glass, furniture, everything and then use a rag. Besides saving a ton of $$$ since it isn't loaded with all that toxic crap that is in regular cleaners I let my 4 year old use it. He sprays - I wipe. I also don't worry when my youngest licks the TV, chews the furniture or the like. Safe enough for them to drink but does a good job.


I use this too. A while back when target was doing the condiment deal I stocked up on vinegar for pennies! This is lots better for the environment! Very Happy
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