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method's new laundry detergent

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just bought this today at target! already used it. I love the pump bottle. I am notorious for accidentally overfilling the cup and going past the line inside of it. Hence I use too much and “waste” laundry detergent! I also love that it comes in a super tiny container. I got the fresh air scent b/c it came in a smaller size, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I’ll get the free + clear one next time, just cause I prefer no scents. The fresh air scent is really light though, and I like it! It says it does 25 loads but it doesn’t say what load size it bases that on. It says one pump for a small load, 4 for a medium load and 6 for a large.

according to their website “two words: laundry revolution. that’s what this is. it’s a brand new detergent that’s changing the way people do laundry. this teeny package packs a lot of punch. our patent-pending smartclean technologyTM uses an ultra concentrated plant-based formula that delivers big cleaning power with just a few tiny squirts. a 35% smaller carbon footprint than conventional detergent, this lightweight pump bottle is designed for easy, one-handed use. made from 50% recycled plastic, it’s a lean, mean, stain-fighting machine.”

“our high-powered formula is readily biodegradable, non—toxic in use and is made using 95% natural and renewable ingredients. thanks to our ultra concentrated formula (it’s 8x!), our bottle uses over 36% less plastic compared to traditional 2x detergents and is made from 50% recycled plastic (PCR, for those in the know). overall, it has a 35% lower carbon footprint than conventional detergents (calculated per load from cradle to gate using planetmetricsTM rapid carbon modeling software). the result? meet the world’s most innovative green laundry detergent. and like other method home cleaning products, it’s recognized by the US EPA’s DfE program for its safer chemistry.”

got a shark steam mop!

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and I am officially in love. if it’s possible to fall in love with a cleaning appliance, I have done it!

I actually bought two. first I was at Kohl’s and thought it was on sale. which it wasn’t but since the signs were wrong they took 20% of the $139.99 price tag. so it was $111.99. I had a gift card, so it was free! But then I went to BB&B. it was $119.99 there but I had a 20% off coupon so it was only $95.99 and it came with a free gift with purchase. the $29.99 XL kit, which has a larger mop head and cover. I had a $25 gift card, so I had to pay some money out of pocket, but it was a better deal than kohl’s. I’ll return the kohl’s one!

I was so excited to use it! It was super easy to set up. I did my kitchen floor which is a dupont laminate and couldn’t believe how dirty the pad got! and I just recently mopped the usual way – with a reusable microfiber mop and method floor cleaner. I feel like I got the floor a lot cleaner with less elbow grease and no cleaning products! I then cleaned my bathroom tile floor, which is super old from the 1940’s, it did an awesome job there too. then I tested it out on my hardwood floors, just did a small walkway area, and it looks great! barely gets wet, so it is dry quick! my hardwoods aren’t a shiny kind, they are old from the 40’s as well. I now have the mop pad in the washer, it was filthy! can’t wait to use the mop again!!!

some good cleaning tips….

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copied from somewhere!

baking soda, vinegar, ice, lemons – clean garbage disposal

baking soda, vinegar, boiling water – unclog clogged drains

plaster walls are easy to clean – I would just use some vinegar and hot water and a scrub brush.

for the dishwasher I would suggest vinegar and a hot water cycle.

For the washer, bleach or vinegar and a hot water cycle.

I pour straight vinegar into the dishwasher then sprinkle baking soda all over the inside. Just kinda throw them both in. I run the hottest water cycle..does the trick every time.

I don’t really deep clean my wash machine..never had a reason too. However, after something really gross has been in it..I’ll pour in the Borax powder then run two rinse cycles.

Dishsoapy water on the hotter side..and a soft bristled scrub brush does a great job on my microfiber.

How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

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How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute and save you money. Most are found in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and environmentally friendly green cleaning products found in health food stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-toxic and healthy haven.

Non-toxic cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in knowing that your family’s health is protected, and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote harm.

Soft Scrub
This superstar formula is as good for cleaning the bathtub as it is for stainless steel appliances and shower stalls.
1/2 cup baking soda Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frosting-like consistency 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree oil, or rosemary (optional)
Pour the baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in the liquid soap or detergent, stirring all the while, until the consistency reaches that of frosting. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse.

Window Cleaner
Nothing works as well as this formula for windows, so why look further? Besides, once it is made you can double it up as a great degreaser, especially handy in the kitchen.
1/4 cup vinegar (distilled, white, 5%)1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent2 cups of water
Combine in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.

All-Purpose Cleaner
Here you meet the wonders of washing soda (commonly found in the laundry section of the supermarket), and its super heavy-duty alkaline cleaning power.
1/2 teaspoon washing soda A dab of liquid soap2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Deodorizer, Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Vinegar is astonishing as an acidic cleaning powerhouse. Heinz references studies that say vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of old, and 80 percent of germs.
5 percent straight white distilled vinegar
Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray directly onto areas to be cleaned or deodorized. Don’t rinse!

CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.
Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

WINDOW CLEANER
1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

OVEN CLEANER
1 cup or more baking soda
Water
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.

ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

FURNITURE POLISH
1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

VINEGAR DEODORIZER
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.

MOLD KILLERS
Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.

HELPFUL HINTS: Make sure to label all your homemade cleaning products, and keep them away from pets and children.

SIMPLE SOLUTION: Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning. As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils, and concentrated, all-purpose detergents for homemade recipes.

SUPPLIES
Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Tea tree oil
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars

Top 10 Uses of Baking Soda in the Home

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Top 10 Uses of Baking Soda in the Home copied from somewhere!
The one item that I can’t do without when I clean is baking soda. I use it for so many things, if I don’t have a box of it around I’ll make a special trip to the store 5 miles away just as I would if I were out of a mainstay like milk. SIMPLE SOLUTION: What do I use so much baking soda for? Here are my top 10 uses of baking soda for cleaning in the home:A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (it’s pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air.
1. Drain cleaner: Pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.
2. Chemical smells out of clothes: Soak clothes for two to three hours or overnight, in one cup of baking soda. Agitate the machine occasionally. Repeat if necessary. Wash as usual. (This method is great for removing the new smell out of clothes.)
3. Cat urine: Alternate sprinkling baking soda, which will neutralize acid odors, with white distilled vinegar.
4. Dog odors and urine: Sprinkle with baking soda. Let set for a few hours before sweeping up.
5. Silver polish: Make a paste of baking soda and water, scoop some onto a clean, soft rag, and polish the silver. Rinse and polish dry.
6. Soft scrubber: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop onto a sponge and clean the bathtub or tiles. Rinse.
7. Scouring powder: Simply sprinkle baking soda into a sink and scrub.
8. Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Squirt with enough water that the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge. Rinse.
9. Refrigerator deodorizer: Place an open box in the back of the fridge. It will “adsorb” odors, which means that it will draw odors to the baking soda molecules.
10. Cutting board deodorizer: Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.
For the laundry, I just sprinkle about a 1/4 cup (approx. guess, I don’t ever measure) in with the clothes. For stains I make a paste with water and work it into the stain or sprinkle some baking soda on the stain and apply a few drops of vinegar
To clean the floor or tub of a shower without scrubbing I sprinkle on some baking soda and then spray on some vinegar. It foams up and does a good job of dissolving any gunk. (I usually have to do this after I give my dogs a bath)
I also do the drain trick with baking soda and vinegar.
To freshen the carpet I sprinkle on baking soda, let it set for about 15 minutes and then vacuum it up. It absorbs odors and loosens up gunk to make vacuuming more effective.

Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes

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Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes copied from Women’s Voices for the Earth

All-Purpose Cleaners
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups waterEssential oil (optional)
Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap*
4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin** (acts as a preservative)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)
Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years.
*WVE recommends using a liquid castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or Diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects. You can find castile soap in your local natural food store or online through Co-Op America’s National Green Pages
**Vegetable glycerin is used as a preservative and is a by-product of palm and coconut oil production. The internet is a great resource for purchasing vegetable glycerin or it can be found in soap-making supply stores, health food and/or herbal supplement stores.
Tips: For exceptionally tough jobs spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub.
Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent

Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
20-30 drops lemon essential oil
Shake well before using
(2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator)
Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.
Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste
To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak as needed and scrub with toilet brush.
Give the vinegar and baking soda time to work (at least 30 minutes). Letting these ingredients soak for a while will make for easier scrubbing, especially on more persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.
Tip: Rubbing with a pumice stone will remove excessive hard water buildup

Drain Opener
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain, then follow with 1/2 cup vinegar, cover and let sit, flush with boiling water.

Laundry Detergent
1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water.
This standard recipe can be adjusted for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup borax.
Note: Borax should not be ingested so take care with children and pets
Tip: Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener.