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By Linda 05/21/2010
OMG, all the criticism. The point was Green Apple shampoo for the residual smell. Thanks for the tip. Folks, come on don't be so critical. I use old towels torn up, wash them until they fall apart and then throw them away. It is a good tip, I'll get some green apple shampoo and try it. Peace.
By Liz WI (Guest Post)04/11/2007
What! Do you bleach their underwear like mad too? I mean, guys dribble all the time. And, hello, even paper towels go in the landfill as well. I use old ratty T-shirts and cut them washcloth size to clean the bathroom. I wash them seperately from the rest of the wash, but in a smaller wash cycle and then hang them to dry. By the way, the cleaning solution you wiped around the toilet to sanitize it also is on the cloth in a concentrated form, thus sanitizing it as well when you wash it. I understand the Eww factor with toilet cleaning. If it really bugs you, resort to the lysol santizing wipes and find some other way to save the earth.
By Mary 03/29/2007
great tip Jennifer!
By Paula 03/20/2007
I am going to have to try the Green Apple Shampoo, hope I can find it at the Dollar store. I will have to also try the paper towels for cleaning; I have always used cloth rags and then wash them in the machine with bleach both in the wash and the rinse. Think of all the energy, water, and bleach I have been wasting all of those years!
By Tina Brown 03/20/2007
Back to the urine smell, glue the seat down and teach them to sit to pee. lol Better yet, give each male in the house a chance to clean the mess up themselves. You could get the toilet cleaned 3 times a week, set their days and have cleaning supplies handy. Teaches them to respect how they treat property and when they go to other people's homes, they won't be missing and leaving a nasty trail.
I guess I just don't believe that all housework should be a woman's chore. Everyone lives there and it should be divided up. Believe it or not, it can happen!
By Jennifer 03/19/2007
I always use paper towels for cleaning. I really wanted to scrub the area well so I used a sponge. Haven't had to scrub the area since. So sorry for not being more specific on the sponge use. I usually apply about the size of a nickel to a few wet paper towels then I wipe down and wipe it off(drying). No more scrubbing now! It was the smell that I was the most pleased to get rid of. I guess I should of elimated the sponge in photo! As far as landfill deposits, be serious. You can sanitize/sterilize most anything. You could use a rag instead and bleach it in washing machine/sink dry in dryer or hang out to dry. Whatever works for you.
By Marge Mayhew 03/19/2007
Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to try it. I hope no one is losing sleep over how many sponges I might throw into the landfill. For those of you who may be stressing......... I use a sturdy paper towel for that job and just pitch it when I'm done!
By kidsNclutter (Guest Post)03/19/2007
Too many disposable items in our society. Did you never hear of laundering cleaning cloths with bleach to disinfect them then drying in a hot dryer? You can do it to sponges too, or soak them in a bucket of bleach water, but rinse well & air dry them b/c they could catch fire in the dryer. Always rinse well b/c bleach can react dangerously w/ other cleaning products. What do you use to clean your bathrooms (toilet area)? If it's paper towels or wipes they can be eco-unfriendly as well, in a different way. Everything costs something, in terms of money and also the environment. Every product must be manufactured from raw materials or recycled materials then used & disposed or of laundered & reused, or recycled. I personally would not consider cleaning sponges disposable until they are well worn. I choose cotton terry cloth bar towels & sponges which I launder when I have a load. That doesn't take long in our house. But that is a personal choice. Everything has its pros & cons.
By Sam (Guest Post)03/19/2007
Hmmm....clean your bathroom twice a week, dispose of the sponges after each use, that would be 104 sponges a year into the landfill; just how long does it take 104 sponges to deteriorate?
By Vi Johnson 03/19/2007
With sponges 8-10 or even more for 99 cents they are disposible, better safe than sorry.
Great Granny Vi
By Allison 03/19/2007
That's pretty neat about it getting rid of urine odors, but are you sure its a good idea to clean the toilet with a sponge? Wouldn't the sponge grow LOTS of bacteria, which would get redeposited back onto the toilet the next time you clean?
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