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PharaohKatt
07 Jan 2011, 05:09
What sort of things do you use to clean around the home? Vinegar, bicarb, natural oils... What gets those carpet stains out?

I'll start off by offering a solution and asking a question.

First, to get pee out of the carpet. Those of you who have kids or pets know what a pain it can be when they wee on the carpet. It smells, it stains, and it's annoying to clean up.
A method I've found that works is to sprinkle the area with bicarb soda to soak up the wee. Then pour some vinegar on the area. It'll fizz up and look very cool. Leave this to dry, then vacuum up the remaining bicarb. Done!

And now a question:
I have recently adopted a cat, and now my house smells. I have cleaned up all the areas he has peed, but it still lingers. I can't find any one object or area with the smell, just this constant scent in the air. Any idea how I can get rid of it?

Amber
07 Jan 2011, 11:20
You may have to find an enzyme remover for cat urine. Untill the smell is gone, the cat will probably keep peeing over it

PharaohKatt
08 Jan 2011, 08:17
I did a huge clean of the bathroom today and found some hidden objects that had been peed on. I cleaned all of it up and aired it out. Now the smell is gone! Woo! :D

Clive
08 Jan 2011, 15:31
Vinegar and baking soda are also useful for cleaning out the refrigerator. Sprinkle on the bicarb, spritz some vinegar, let it foam and wipe it away. This is especially handy when mold has popped up.

Slice a lemon in half, sprinkle some salt on it, and use it to scrub candlesticks or other metal ware that has gotten dingy. You could also use vinegar and a toothbrush in place of the lemon.

Sprinkle cinnamon powder or some other strong spice on the carpet before you vacuum to keep the vacuum bag from getting smelly.

To clean kitchen rags and the mop, fill the sink with hot water, add a squirt of soap and a capful of bleach. Let the rags and/or mop soak overnight, ring out and dry, or just use the wet rags to wipe down surfaces.

Celest
08 Jan 2011, 17:14
to clean stuck on food from inside the microwave,
put half a lemon in a bowl of water and microwave for a couple of minutes,
the lemon steam loosens the food, all you do is wipe off

PharaohKatt
09 Jan 2011, 06:11
Thanks for the ideas, guys, keep em coming!

Cabbage is really handy to use to polish pewter. Best thing I've found. Also, grate a lemon skin to get zest, then squeeze this to get lemon oil. Very handy for floors, plus it smells great! (quite time consuming though).

Anyone have a recipe for a good all-purpose cleaner? Preferably one I can spray.

thalassa
09 Jan 2011, 06:24
Anyone have a recipe for a good all-purpose cleaner? Preferably one I can spray.


I've used a fairly similar recipe for a while now, that I change up a bit here and there, but its basically soap, essential oils and water, along with lemon juice or vinegar. Right now I've been using a capful of Dr Bonner's lavender soap, about 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil and a 1/3 cup of lemon juice (it smells better than vinegar) in a spray bottle to clean just about everything. I have a blog post on the subject (http://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/thalassas-herbal/greener-cleaning/), which I had originally posted on the pre-crash forum.

Hawkfeathers
09 Jan 2011, 06:38
There is an enzyme product made for cleaning up parrot poop which is called "Poop-Off" LOL It comes in a spray bottle, is non-toxic, and cleans everything. It's expensive but I'm only on my 2nd bottle in 21 years since it goes a long way. I even got red wine out of white carpet with it. And there's absolutely no sign of my bird's occasional "carpet bombs".

thalassa
09 Jan 2011, 07:29
I steam clean my carpets with white vinegar. It works pretty well, but the best thing for urine is a commercial product called Nature's Miracle---it gets rid of pee smell like nothing else (http://www.naturemakesitwork.com/home/index.php).

PharaohKatt
10 Jan 2011, 02:30
I've used a fairly similar recipe for a while now, that I change up a bit here and there, but its basically soap, essential oils and water, along with lemon juice or vinegar. Right now I've been using a capful of Dr Bonner's lavender soap, about 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil and a 1/3 cup of lemon juice (it smells better than vinegar) in a spray bottle to clean just about everything. I have a blog post on the subject (http://nuannaarpoq.wordpress.com/thalassas-herbal/greener-cleaning/), which I had originally posted on the pre-crash forum.


I tried a mix of this, without the soap though. I used vinegar, water and eucalyptus oil (much more common than lavender oil here). Ended Uo doing a ratio of 1cup vinegar, 1 cup hot water, capful of oil.

OMG it works so brilliantly! It cleans, disinfects, smells great! I love it :D

thalassa
10 Jan 2011, 05:07
^I add the soap because it acts as an emulsifying agent and mixes in the oils throughout the mixture.

PharaohKatt
10 Jan 2011, 20:56
Would any sort of soap do? Like dishwashing liquid?

thalassa
11 Jan 2011, 09:13
Would any sort of soap do? Like dishwashing liquid?


Absolutely. I've used Ivory and Dawn in a pinch, but mainly I use Dr Bonner's.

Corvus
11 Jan 2011, 10:21
*bookmarks* I have to show my mum this page. I hear ash mixed with water is a good jewlery cleaner, I haven't tried myself yet though.

Clive
11 Jan 2011, 10:44
*bookmarks* I have to show my mum this page. I hear ash mixed with water is a good jewlery cleaner, I haven't tried myself yet though.


That reminds me, if you dye your hair and get a stain on your skin, get your finger wet with saliva, dip it in some ash (if anybody in the house smokes an ashtray works well), and rub it on the stain. Leave it for about ten minutes and scrub it off; the stain will be gone. Apparently this is an old theater trick but I've tried it myself several times and it works wonders.

PharaohKatt
11 Jan 2011, 15:44
Oh excellent! I thought it had to be that specific soap, which is why I didn't add it :P Reading comprehension fail!

I'll have to try that ash thing. I dye my hair all the time, and for a few weeks afterwards, Teh colour runs when I shower and stains my ears. Would be good not looking like a smurf ;D

thalassa
16 Jan 2011, 19:20
Here are a few that I've just found:

(not all of them are necessarily "natural", but they are all DIY versions of commercial products)


reusable drier sheets (http://www.ehow.com/how_5069506_make-own-reusable-dryer-sheets.html)
Magic Eraser (http://home.howstuffworks.com/magic-eraser.htm)
Lemon air freshener (http://tipnut.com/homemade-lemon-air-freshener-spray/)
wrinkle release spray (http://www.homemademamas.net/2009/09/wrinkle-release-spray.html)
swiffer covers (http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-swiffer-cloths/)

Bjorn
15 Apr 2011, 19:57
I have a vinegar testimonial to share.

I used to work in an optical lab where I operated a series of machines that put coating on lenses. This was done by a process that turned hard substances into vapor, so it got pretty damn hot in there, obviously. A few squirts of vinegar and all that caked on crud came off like it does in the CLR commercials.

LadyGarnetRose
17 Apr 2011, 20:21
Ash (hard wood or dried leaf) + Water (left to sit) = Lye

That's why it cleans so good.

magusphredde
17 Apr 2011, 22:17
Here is a stick to beat the nice troll with ...
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Celest
18 Apr 2011, 10:44
I have been using some products form www.norwex.com,
many of the microfiber cloths require no cleaning solution at all, just water.
The dishcloth is amazing! Yes, you still use dish soap, but the cloth can be used for months and it never smells, because it is not absorbant.
The products are a bit pricey, but they do save you money in the not-so-long-run.

Azvanna
14 Apr 2013, 01:24
Found a formula for a very cheap and fairly effective multi-purpose spray.

1/4 tsp tea tree oil

1/4 cup white vinegar

3 cups water.

Not sure how heavy duty this is because I don't let my benchtops get that crusty, but it does cut through oils.