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Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

Last post Sun, Feb 27 2011 7:41 AM by Brandy. 7 replies.
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  • Tue, Feb 22 2011 3:47 PM

    • Brandy
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    Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    It's time to start making spring cleaning lists and gathering our frugal and homemade cleaners!

    What are your favorite cleaners?

     

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  • Tue, Feb 22 2011 4:54 PM In reply to

    • MarthaMFI
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    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    don't have a set spring cleaning time.  I clean when needed or forced too lol.

    I use the same cleaners, water/vinegar, lysol, vim cleaner.   my stove is self cleaning.   needs to be done but I need to be home for 5hrs straight for that.

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  • Wed, Feb 23 2011 10:32 AM In reply to

    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    MarthaMFI:
    I clean when needed or forced too lol.

    Sounds like me. White vinegar is my all around  favorite cleaner. It does so many things well. I like to use microfiber cloths too.  AM
  • Sat, Feb 26 2011 10:13 PM In reply to

    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    I make a mixture of water, vinegar and a tiny bit of dish soap as an all purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom and detailed cleaning of nick-nacks.  It's safe enough for DD to use.  We just use kitchen washcloths or old too-small socks.

    For hard to clean things (like when I neglect the stove or toaster oven for a couple of weeks when I know there's something caked on...) I sprinkle on baking soda, then soak a paper towel in vinegar and lay over the baking soda for an hour or so; wipe and done! 

    My counters and cabinets are white (not a choice I would ever make) and a magic eraser can work wonders on them; I use about 4 a year, so it's not a huge investment.

    Baking soda is used on the carpets, too.  Sprinkle on, let it set a while, then vacuum up.  I like to sprinkle it on at night and vacuum in the morning.  It's not dangerous so I don't have to worry about my cats.  It's one of the few things they won't eat anyway.  Wink

    We use windex for the windows where the dog constantly looks out b/c her nose messes them up, but we try to use newspaper when we can since it's free.

    We have hard water and I found a toilet bowl cleaner that is $1 from the dollar tree -- LOVE IT.  Spray around the rim, wait 2 or 3 minutes, flush and, voila!, clean toilet.  1 bottle lasts us about 2 months.  Sometimes I even use the stuff to clean off the drain rack in the kitchen.  Just rinse it really well when I'm done cleaning it.

    Otherwise, it's my vacuum, my feather duster, and some elbow grease.  Oh, and a pillowcase for fan blades.

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  • Sat, Feb 26 2011 10:18 PM In reply to

    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    Brandy thanks for this time of year again of the big spring clean.

    1. rubber gloves-

    2.bucket

    3. trashbags

    4.fume mask I call it the fme mask its good to keep the dust from nose and the mouth I have to clean storage sheds and my closet Im goint to take my estate stuff and sell it my dad will not touch this he threw away one anticque and ruin a anticque chest of mine so thats coming in the house.

  • Sun, Feb 27 2011 12:38 AM In reply to

    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

     How long does it take for the vinegar smell to disappear?

  • Sun, Feb 27 2011 1:49 AM In reply to

    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

    seaturtle:
    How long does it take for the vinegar smell to disappear?
    Just until it dries.  AM

  • Sun, Feb 27 2011 7:41 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Gathering the Supplies for Spring Cleaning

     I don't set a specific time for my cleaning. As soon as the weather is warm and I can open windows, I begin the cleaning.

    For deep cleaning I like to pull out the commericial stuff so I have my mint cleaner which is less chemical than other choices, 409, Comet and bleach. I use whatever is approriate for the job.

     

     

     

     

     

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