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Old 01-18-2010, 04:41 PM   #11
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I was told just recently that using peroxide is the best thing to clean your shelves with. It cleans and disinfects.

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Old 01-18-2010, 07:21 PM   #12
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You can use:
diluted chlorine bleach solution for disenfecting
vinegar/diluted vinegar solution for cleaning
baking soda for cleaning/scrubbing
Vodka (yes vodka) for deoderizing (put it in a spray bottle)

There is a TV show "How Clean is Your House" that has some great cleaning tips using regular household products.

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Old 07-15-2012, 02:16 PM   #13
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I've been washing dishes for over 10 years, and I clean my room and washroom roughly 3 times per month. However, my biggest concern is that I feel that I use way too many detergent and cleaning solutions to clean things. Usually, when I clean a group of dishes that fill up my sink halfway, I squeeze one tablespoon of Palmolive into a bowl, then fill it with hot water which I use to clean the dishes. When I clean the countertop of my sink, I give 10 sprays of Fantastik onto the counter to which I have to use a sponge roughly 4 times in order to get all the Fantastik out of the counter.

Would you consider them as wasting detergent and cleaning solutions? I've seen workers in restaurants using only 1 to 2 sprays of cleaning solution onto a large surface to which they use a cloth to wipe it entirely, and I feel that they used too less detergent, thus making the surface not as clean. Maybe just 1 to 2 sprays is enough?

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I know this is an old thread/post, but...

I use two different sponges - one for the dishes, and another for cleaning the fridge and countertops. For the dishes I prefer to use a degreasing product like Dawn. I've used many cleaning products over the years (mostly 409 or Fantastic, or an abrasive w/ bleach, like Comet. I finally found the simplest & most effective cleaner for countertops (& it depends on your finish), fridge, etc., is plain old All-purpose spray cleaner WITH BLEACH. Even a generic works pretty well. It does a good job on grout too. I spray it on the the grout & let it sit, then sometimes go over w/ a small brush.

I try to change/replace the sponges as often as possible (& run them through the dishwasher in very hot water). I've heard that microwaving sponges helps keep them cleaner. Try all-purpose spray cleaner w/ bleach. It's cheap & very effective.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:54 PM   #14
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I use Sal Suds by Dr Bronner. The trick is to dilute it properly and the whole bottle goes a very, very long way. I use it to wash floors, clean the toilet, as a spray to wash counters (rinses off very well) as well as a dishwashing liquid. Although I use Lisa Bronner's idea of a spray bottle when doing dishes, it works much better than filling a sink with water. Also not using a cellulose sponge makes a big difference, use a cheap tight celled one from a dollar store, foams really well. You can also use this product for doing laundry, and it smells so nice. And the myth that SLS causes cancer is completely unproven. Reminds me of the myth that aluminum causes cancer, completely untrue.

As far as cleaning goes you only need soap to suspend the germs and dirt, then rinse them away. Any remaining germs you want to kill should then be covered with either a bleach solution for 30 seconds or vinegar, rubbing alcohol, or any commercial quat or germicide and leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Wiping on and off does not kill all the germs, it needs to sit on the surface to do it's job. Only bleach kills on contact. Never mix bleach with anything but water.

I too recommend baking soda because it works marvels. However mixing baking soda and vinegar together only works on drains because of the foaming action. Once they stop foaming they cancel each other out and are no longer effective, hence the foaming. Use them with other products by themselves. Mixing them together neutralizes them both. Neither vinegar (a solvent and germ killer) or baking soda (a salt) actually cleans anything, only soap and detergents "clean". Vinegar dissolves minerals so chrome and glass look clean because the minerals were dissolved (because vinegar is a solvent), but it did not really clean the surface.

I constantly read all over the internet the common myths about these chemicals.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:52 PM   #15
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I do agree with the less is more strategy. Many times these companies do recommend higher sprays or dosages of their product for this main reason, the more and faster you use per cleaning, the sooner you will buy more of the product!! Usually use the rule of thumb of starting with half of what is recommended then working my way up as needed. So far so good, hope this advice helps ;)

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