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house cleaning methods – swapping tips?

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12:40 pm
May 29, 2011



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For some years now, I've been cleaning my house in ways that I heard were environmentally friendlier than buying certain products. I see now the words of advice different friends gave me are being set down in books, magazines, blog sites, but there's nothing like testing it out yourself to see if it works. Still, wouldn't mind hearing what other people do.

My floors get a mop with hot water and one of two additives – white vinegar or eucalyptus oil. It works really well and I like to think isn't as bad down the drain as other chemicals.

Windows, a spray bottle loaded with vinegar again, cuts out the wipe marks.

Cold water washing machine with soap flakes for woollens seems better to me than many other products – although I'd be happy to be corrected there.

This one really surprised me. For years I'd been cleaning the drains with draino crystals to get rid of the green slime build up that somehow just seems unavoidable (is it the sugar in the toothpaste or something?), but discovered two liberal doses of bicarbonate of soda sprinkled into the drain topped up with vinegar and a fierce shot from the hot water tap also works just as well! Forget the draino. The good old bicarb and vinegar is otherwise brilliant for all sort of scrubbing and cleaning of stove tops I find.

I heard the woman who appears on 666 radio one day talking about this amazing mixture for cleaning carpets – as usual she went so quickly I didn't catch the recipe – that you could use instead of commercial shampoos (it involved vinegar and glycerine I think) but with one of those rentable carpet cleaners. Now, if anyone knows what that recipe is I'd love to hear it!



11:12 pm
June 1, 2011



posts 456

Hi Quetzal, funny you should mention cleaning products. A recent article in the SEE-Change newsletter by Amanda Kay covered that topic, and the author of the article has written a book that you can access online. I had a quick look and it does refer to a method for cleaning carpet, as well as lots of other useful tips.

See her article here.

She said she is happy to be contacted at amanda@vitalwithin.com or for more information go to http://www.vitalwithin.com.


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