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Buying Energine Cleaner?This is a page about buying Energine cleaner. Energine spot cleaner which contained naphtha and other petroleum products has been discontinued. There are other spot cleaners available on the market today that have replaced Energine.

 

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Spray Freshener from Dryer SheetsI usually buy Febreeze to freshen the house and thought "There has to be a cheaper way to freshen the house." So I took a spray bottle and put a couple of bounce Febreeze fabric softener sheets (for your dryer) and added water and it worked GREAT!

 

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Cleaning With Baking Soda and VinegarThis page is about cleaning with baking soda and vinegar. Household cleaning can be accomplished without harmful chemicals or expensive cleaners.

 

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Alternative to Dawn Dish Soap in the UK?Dawn dish soap is commonly suggested for all sorts of cleaning and household tips but it isn't available worldwide. It is a basic dishwashing liquid manufactured by Proctor and Gamble, who also make Fairy washing-up liquid in the U.K

 

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Preventing Brillo or SOS Pads from RustingThis is a page about preventing Brillo or SOS pads from rusting. These useful kitchen scouring pads have one downfall; they rust.

 

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What Is Biological Washing Powder?I watch "How Clean is Your House" every day on BBC America. Their tips are fantastic and rarely require commercial cleaning products. They make baking soda, vinegar, dish washing liquid and borax do just about everything. My question is this: they frequently use "biological washing powder". I'm thinking that they might mean Biz, because they've mentioned enzymes, but I'm not sure. Can anyone translate this for me? Thanks!

 

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Generic vs. Name Brand BleachMost generic cleaning products contain the exact same ingredients in the same percentages, making them typically interchangeable. This is a page about generic versus name brand bleach.

 

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Using Fels Naptha SoapThis is a page about using Fels Naptha soap. Fels Naptha laundry soap has many uses in addition to its traditional use to remove tough laundry stains.

 

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What is a Bleach Alternative?What is a bleach alternative and does it kill germs on towels or socks? Thanks.

 

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Other Uses for Chlorine Pool Tablets?This is a page about other uses for chlorine pool tablets. At the end of summer, some pool owners may want to find alternative uses for left over chlorine pool tablets.

 

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Cleaning With Lemon JuiceThis is a page about cleaning with lemon juice. Lemon juice is a great cleaning agent, not only is it environmentally friendly but it also works. Lemon juice can remove stains, whiten clothing and also cleans brass and copper.

 

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Magic Eraser To Clean GroutIf you carry a small container of warm water with you and use those Magic Erasers on ceramic tile, and especially to clean grout between your tiles, without much elbow work at all, the grout comes clean.

 

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Listerine as SanitizerMany people recommend Listerine as a general sanitizer, but it is untested scientifically. It has too low an alcohol content to be effective in killing bacteria and viruses on surfaces. There is some evidence that thymol and the other essential oils contained in the original Listerine can break the lipid barrier and kill viruses but more research needs to be done. At this time, Listerine should only be used for oral health.

 

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Keep Your Home Clean and GreenCleaning products are some the most common sources of dangerous chemicals and pollutants in our homes. Choosing the right cleaning products will help you keep your home clean and green.

 

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Storing LestoilIf you purchase Lestoil in quantity, be sure that you store it correctly for the long term. This is a page about storing Lestoil.

 

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Uses for Pledge Furniture PolishPledge has been used for decades to clean and polish wood furniture, but it can be used for so much more. This is a page about uses for Pledge furniture polish.

 

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Buying Lestoil in CanadaThis is a page about buying Lestoil in Canada. This product is often suggested for difficult cleaning jobs.

 

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Saving Money on Stain TreatmentThis is a page about saving money on stain treatment. There are many commercial laundry stain removing products available. Before you buy you may be able to try samples.

 

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Preservative Free Dish Soap?This page is about preservative free dish soap. Some people need to avoid certain chemicals in the cleaning products they use.

 

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Using Clorox or CLR with Blue Toilet Cleaning Tablet?I put a blue cleaning tablet in my toilet tank, it's dissolved now, but has left a sludge-like residue in the tank. I'd like to use Clorox or CLR to do so, as well as, clean the bowl which has mineral stains.

 

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Uses for Bath MittsThis page is about uses for bath mitts. These handy hand coverings can be used for other cleaning.

 

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Using Every Bit of CleanerIf a marble is put into an almost empty spray bottle, all the cleaner will be used up.

 

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Warning: Old Aerosols Can LeakMy husband and I were having a perfectly good evening, when we heard a strange pop. We couldn't figure it out, looked around, everything seemed okay.

 

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Cleaning With Baking SodaThis is a page about cleaning with baking soda. Baking soda is a great option for a safe and gentle cleaning product.

 

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Follow Written Directions On Cleaning ProductsPlease pay attention to the directions on the cleaning product label. Many cleaners are NOT to be used on fiberglass tubs, shower walls, and shower pans.

 

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Product Review: BIN Stain KillerHave you ever tried BIN stain killer? It's an alcohol based primer that works great on any kind of stains. For nicotine stains on walls and water stains on ceilings, it really has Kilz beat

 

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Shopping for the Glass Cleaner Invisible Glass?Where do you get the product called Invisible Glass?

 

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Use Orange Hand Cleaner to Clean VinylAutoZone sells a hand cleaner called Permatex Fast Orange hand cleaner that also cleans vinyl. It makes the vinyl look like new no matter how dirty it is. My grandson called me and said he had discovered this while he was cleaning his boat.

 

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Use Plumbers Cloth for CleaningSome things can be very difficult to clean, as we all know, but I have a solution to many of my cleaning problems. It is called plumbers cloth and can be purchased at Ace Hardware.

 

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Alternative Uses for Vinegar?What are some alternative uses for vinegar around the house?

 

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Dr. Bronners Magic SoapI have been a long time user of Dr. Bonner's castile soaps. It comes in bars or liquid form. I love this stuff. We use it for bathing, washing hair, laundry, dishes, household cleaning, and washing the car.

 

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Use Hand Sanitizer as a Stain RemoverOh my goodness! hand sanitizer gel removes eyelash dye stain from a cream coloured Jacquard curtain! I squirted some on and dabbed with a cotton pad. The curtains went in the wash and I had to repeat the process but in the end the stain disappeared.

 

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Effectiveness of Petodorremoval.net Products?Has anyone used petodorremoval.net to get out cat and dog odor/smell?

 

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Cola for Limescale Buildup in ToiletIf you have heavy limescale encrustation in your toilet, pour a 2 litre bottle of Coke or Pepsi in the bowl. Leave this overnight, and flush all the limescale away in the morning.

 

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Product Review: Skoy ClothI just discovered a great money saving product called Skoy cloth. Each cloth is 7x7 inch, with 15 times their own weight in absorption. They are long lasting and easy to clean, just put in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes to remove all germs.

 

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TRR for Toilet Bowl Stains?What is TRR for cleaning toilet?

 

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Animal Grade Baking Soda for CleaningA better price for baking soda. If you use baking soda often for cleaning/washing, it is cheaper to buy it from a grain and feed store. They sell an animal grade.

 

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Store Brand Cleaners?Is there any difference between brand name bleach and the store brand?

 

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Swiffer SocksIn 10th grade, we chose to do an invention using Swiffers. I want you to take a minute and think about this... Swiffer Socks. It is an invention to take the original dust cloth to the next level.

 

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Using Shampoo as a CleanerWho needs expensive cleaning products, no I am not talking about vinegar. We have all heard of that one, this one is actually great, economical and more "earth friendly" than other products.

 

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Using Clorox Clean-Up SprayI am always in a rush to get out the door for work and worry about not cleaning my bathrooms regularly. Never fear. I've found an answer. I use Clorox Clean-Up. I spray the sinks, shower and commode before I leave out and when I get home home they are sparkling white. I love this stuff!

 

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Homemade Lemishine Recipe?The water here in Phoenix is REALLY hard. My glasses come out of the dishwasher all cloudy, and my plates have white residue on them. I have tried Jet Dry, but that isn't working. I tried a product called Lemishine that I got from Wal Mart. It works wonders. I know I will get someone telling me to use vinegar, but I am really looking for a homemade recipe for Lemishine. Does anyone have any suggestions?

 

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Mixing Vinegar With Other Cleaners?So I have been using an eco-friendly dishwasher detergent. I recently started using white distilled vinegar as a rinse aid. Does anyone know if it is okay to mix the two? The dishwasher detergent does not contain chlorine bleach.

 

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Cleaning with Odor-free Oven CleanerOdor-free Oven Cleaner is especially great for cleaning dirty can openers and tops of kitchen waste cans.

 

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Safely Cleaning Porcelain, Enamel, etc.Purchase "Whiting" from your Paint department (it's used to thicken paint and is the 'white' powdered residue that you see after polishing your car) for about $5/3-5lbs. (don't worry, this will last about 15 years). I purchased a large (6oz) salt shaker for using it.

 

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Nisus DSV For Disinfecting SurfacesI work at a pest control company and was reading up on some pesticides, and came across a chemical called Nisus DSV. It is used to clean everything; from hospitals to dog kennels.

 

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Using Pool Bleach Tablets for Laundry?I have been given a bucket of chlorine tablets for my above ground pool. I am thrilled that I don't have to purchase these this year, in fact I may have enough for a couple of years. Anyway, I was wondering, can I put one of these tablets in a bucket of water and make bleach for my laundry?

 

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Oxyclean Ball Reviews?Does anyone use the OXYCLEAN ball in their washer? Its supposed to last for 25 washings and comes with a little case for it. It's on sale and I have a coupon for it, but I don't want to waste my time or money if it shows no difference in your clothes.

 

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WD-40 To Remove Sticky GlueIf you get glue on your floor tile or any where else, just spray with WD-40 and it will come off easily.

 

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Castrol Super Clean For Household TasksPart of my job working for a property manager is to clean vacated apartments. As you might imagine, some of them are pretty dirty. By far the best cleaner I have ever used is Castrol Super Clean (I think it's an engine degreaser).

 

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Ink Stain Remover ProductAs so many people have written about this situation, I though it was worth mentioning. I have not tried this item, but it might help someone. It is called Amodex, item #512003 for $10.95. You might call a local Bed Bath and Beyond or Linens Plus store to see if they have it in stock.

 

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Air Fresheners Without Perfume?Air Fresheners. Is there an air freshener that does not have a perfume?

 

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What is T.S.P.?What is T.S.P. and where can I get it? Would it work for cleaning mold, mildew and dirt off of aluminum siding?

 

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Cleveland's Superb Fabric & Leather Cleaner?I am looking to purchase a large supply of "Cleveland's Superb Fabric & Leather Cleaner". It is used to remove stains from leather products without damaging the leather itself. In the past, I have been able to purchase it at my local cobbler, but they no longer stock the item I need to locate this item.

 

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Mist and Go! CleanerI've found a great product at Dollar Tree called "Mist and Go!" It's sold as an everyday shower cleaner, but, this morning, when I'd run out of my regular stovetop cleaner, I read the precautions, then used this product, and the burned-on food that I normally have to scrape, after about two minutes, wiped up with a sponge. . .

 

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"Orange Oil" Cleaner?One of you wonderful ThriftyFuners, I think someone who cleans houses for a living, sent in a tip a few weeks ago which I printed and promptly lost! So could someone respond with it again, please? It was about some kind of cleaner (with orange oil, I think) that works great on tile showers and tubs.

 

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In Praise of WindexWindex (original blue only) is the greatest all around cleaning product for a lot more than just windows. I use it to spray on spots of dirty laundry...

 

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Looking for ExpelI am looking for a product that is called Expel. It's good for dog urine. I don't know where to find it online or in a store.

 

Downy Wrinkle Releaser ReviewsReviews of Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

 

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Buying Aluminum Pot Scrubbers?I found a couple of aluminum pot scrubbers sometime ago; they never rusted and last a long, long time. I can't find them again. Does anyone know where I can buy them?

 

Dawn Original ReviewsReviews of Dawn Original dish soap. Post your review.

 

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Where Can I Buy "Incredible"?I am trying to get the odor and stains from a dog out of my bath. I have read the other tips. I saw on another site where the man said to use the cleaner called "Incredible". Has anyone heard of this? If so where can it be found.

 

Mr. Clean AutoDry Reviews?Reviews of the Mr. Clean AutoDry Car wash system.

 

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Uses for Chlorine Tablets?I have a bucket of 1 inch chlorine pucks. Ideas for use (other than pool) would be greatly appreciated!

 

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Dishwasher Soap Reviews?Which brands of dishwasher detergent do the best job?

 

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Cleaning Grease Clog from Kitchen Plumbing?What should I do if my kitchen pipes are chocked with grease and oil products? Is there any product which can keep my kitchen pipes grease and oil free so that it does not chocked?

 

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Where Can I Buy Laundry Bluing?I am looking for a laundry whitening product and the name of it is "Miss ___"? I need to know the name and where can I purchase it.

 

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Generic Versus Name Brand Bleach?Which one works better, generic versus store brand bleach?

 

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Buying and Using Microfiber Cloths?I actually have a question about the purple rags. I've read so many stories about how wonderful they are, how they save time, work great, and clean practically anything anytime no matter how dirty it is.

 

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