cleaning products

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cleaning products

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taking that crunchy quiz made me realize that i use the same cleaning products i always have. i am a huge fan of lysol wipes and bleach/pine sol so does anyone have suggestions of what i can use to clean that will kill germs/bacteria without harming Lucas? what do you use for cleaning? For those in Canada, i know there is a pc green line for cleaning but i have never looked at it. anyone used it?

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For the most part, I get the more natural stuff from Whole Foods. Sometimes it's Seventh Generation but I try to get cheaper stuff. Honestly, the reason I don't buy the conventional cleaners is the smell. It's not so much about Teagan, I just don't want my house to smell like chemicals. Our hard ward makes my toilet really hard to clean so I still use the most hardcore stuff I can find and the smell drives me nuts. I'm too lazy but I know you can even make your own cleaning solutions if you wanted to get super crunchy ;).

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haha well my main concern is like the bathtub or his plastic bib. And he likes to lick the floors which my cats put their dirty butts/paws all over. I'm not concerned with the smell, and i heard you could use vinegar but i didn't know if that killed bacteria or not...

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Most of my house (including my tile floors, bathrooms, kitchen counters, etc) is cleaned with vinegar and water. Vinegar does kill the bad guys, just not as many as say bleach. Which I'm okay with because I think people can go a bit overboard sometimes.
If I need scrubbing help, I use baking soda.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Most of my house (including my tile floors, bathrooms, kitchen counters, etc) is cleaned with vinegar and water. Vinegar does kill the bad guys, just not as many as say bleach. Which I'm okay with because I think people can go a bit overboard sometimes.
If I need scrubbing help, I use baking soda.

DITTO! Especially the overboard part. I'm not a fan of bleach. It's fine for hospitals and such, but not in my house.

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I love Biokleen products. Their prices are reasonable and their products are effective. My favorites are the bac-out live enzyme cleaner, the all purpose cleaner, and i have also used their lavender fabric refresher just for fun. Soap.com sells it.

http://biokleenhome.com/products/household/general

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Method makes a great all purpose cleaner made just for babies, I love it!!!

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I make my own stuff using vinegar and water. I also add tea tree oil to that mix for its antibacterial proporties and a little lavender oil for smell. I also use baking soda with that liquid to make a scrubbing paste.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

I make my own stuff using vinegar and water. I also add tea tree oil to that mix for its antibacterial proporties and a little lavender oil for smell. I also use baking soda with that liquid to make a scrubbing paste.

Aha! This explains how you scored more crunchy points than me ;). Do you make up big batches? Do you make a concentrate and then dilute? Is there an alternative to tea tree oil? DH would evacuate the house if I used it because it reminds him of his mother.

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I use vinegar and water alot.

The hardcore stuff is used for toilets and our bathtub (and not the kids' tub).

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Aha! This explains how you scored more crunchy points than me ;). Do you make up big batches? Do you make a concentrate and then dilute? Is there an alternative to tea tree oil? DH would evacuate the house if I used it because it reminds him of his mother.

LOL...seriously right?! And your pretty crunchy. Let me bring you over to the dark side of cleaning! Your poor DH and his tea tree oil and mother connection Lol

I make enough to fill up 3 large (costco) size squirt bottles, one in the kitchen, one for preschool, and one upstairs. About a 40/60 split of vinegar and water add 1-2 drops tea tree oil and 5-10 drops lavender. I get a funnel and just make in the bottle as needed. I've heard of using grapefruit seed oil (extract) for cleaning but I'm not sure how well it works. We used to take it daily actually to keep sickness away and though it tastes gross I'm sure it would smell much better than TTO which is so darn strong if you add too much. I use the lavender to help mask some of the smell but it can only hide it so much.

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I do a bit of both, lately I have been using some disinfectant in my mopping water because my cats have taken to pooping behind our couch.

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"ange84" wrote:

I do a bit of both, lately I have been using some disinfectant in my mopping water because my cats have taken to pooping behind our couch.

:eek: mine pee on the floor and our stuff! darn cats! luckily they are only doing it in the basement right now, but cat pee stinks!!