Contest: Win an e-cloth ® Mop!

Congratulations Mandy Tew! Winner of the e-cloth ® mop.

Thanks to everyone who entered and for all the great green cleaning tips. To make your tips more visible to others searching the net I’ll likely put a post together that lists them all.

I woke up this morning with the Beatles’ “Revolution” playing in my head. No idea why. But it got me thinking… we need a darned cleaning revolution.

Lets get people talking about alternatives to chemical sprays for everyday household cleaning. And for just a little added incentive (aside from the fame associated with getting your written word printed here), one lucky healthy-green-cleaning-wonder-person will win an e-cloth® mop! The whole shabang – the mop, the damp pad and the dusting/dry pad. (If you’re wondering if this is worth your time, check out my review of the e-cloth ® mop – well, it’s more of a comparison to the Norwex Mop, but it’ll give you an idea of what a great mop this is!)

Queue the music (hit the play button) and scroll down…

What do you need to do?

  1. leave a comment below (scroll waaaaaaaaaay down) with your favourite green (healthy/non-toxic) cleaning tip/magic potion/technique. That’s it. Easy right? Need an example? How about:
  •  “if you’re a person who uses baking soda to clean, try putting some in jar and punch some holes in the lid for an easy home-made soda-shaker.” (I totally stole this idea from homewithJamie – thanks!) OR
  •  “use water from your rain barrel to clean your deck, porch, outdoor furniture etc.”
  • “nothing beats e-cloth ® microfiber cloths for…you can fill in the blank here

What will you win?

Well, one lucky person will win a brand spanking new e-cloth ® mop along with the damp mop pad and dusting/dry pad. This is a $54.00 US mop and will clean your hard surface floors in a snap. So easy even a baby can do it…

win an ecloth mop contest - even a baby can use it!

What are the Contest Rules?

  1. no references to commercial cleaners/sprays/pastes etc. (even the “green” ones). I’m looking for cool tips that anyone can use.
  2. if someone has already posted your tip and you can’t think of another one, add it again (as a new comment). Although please don’t copy the tips I gave as examples. Put your thinking caps on, people.
  3. if you like someone else’s tip, comment on their post. This won’t help you in the contest but everyone likes to get feedback, right? Just keep it friendly.
  4. the contest is open to US and Canadian Residents only (sorry rest of the world). Yes, even you poor folks in Hawaii and Alaska who live in paradise but never get free shipping.
  5. Contest closes at midnight April 30, 2012
  6. Any entries deemed inappropriate (by me) will be deleted and disqualified. Please don’t waste my time or yours! Don’t ask me what “inappropriate comment” means. I just never know until I get one. I get some WACKY (to put it nicely) comments on this blog.
  7. Please add as many tips as you like but there’s a limit of one contest entry per person (since otherwise people will just start copying other people’s ideas for multiple entries).
  8. I’ll put all the names in a hat and draw them (with a reliable witness – Darling Husband Mark) and notify the winner – hopefully on May 1, 2012 but with the 2 small kids running my life these days it’s sometimes difficult to get computer time.
  9. Here’s a funny one. I reserve the right to change the rules (or add more). Don’t worry, it won’t be anything drastic. I’m just a mom spending a bit of time on a blog. I’m not a big corporation with lawyers to help me here and I’m new to the “contest” game. I’ll only be “adjusting” the rules if I’ve neglected something important.
  10. This isn’t a rule, but I sure would appreciate it if you’d hope over and like my facebook page. (sheepish grin).

Thanks for participating and good luck! I look forward to reading your green cleaning tips!

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82 Responses to Contest: Win an e-cloth ® Mop!

  1. Amber Scamehorn says:

    I use vinegar and water to spray on armpit deoderant stains and instead of fabric softener.

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  2. DONNA BECKERT says:

    Donna Says,
    Fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar to kill weeds, don’t let spray get on grass or plants you don’t want to kill. Simple and WORKS like a charm ❤

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  3. Maria says:

    Tough carpet stains — including pet stains — are no longer a stressor with this technique: Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia in 2 cups of warm water. Dip a clean, white absorbent cloth (e.g. towel, diaper) in the solution then wring the cloth out. Place the moist cloth over the stained area and press a hot clothes iron onto the cloth for 10-20 seconds. The stain will come up on the cloth. If necessary, repeat with a fresh cloth.

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  4. John Siemiaszko says:

    Clear up foggy headlights on your auto with normal, non-baking soda toothpaste, rub a dab of toothpaste onto the headlights, work it around a bit, then rinse with water.

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  5. John Siemiaszko says:

    For a whitish discoloured heat stain on a wood table, place a cotton cloth over the spot, then apply low heat with an iron to the cloth, and watch the spot disappear.

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  6. Loraine says:

    Anyone have a pukey toddler? If my little guy happens to vomit in bed, on the floor, basically anywhere BUT the toilet, I wipe it all up and then use straight vinegar on a cloth on all the surfaces, then rinse with water. Magically that disgusting smell disappears immediately….I imagine it has something to do with science and neutralizing acids…..but who’s to say 🙂

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  7. Lsyts says:

    I was trying to get rid of soap scum in my shower and just regular vinegar wasn’t doing anything until I came across this recipe! Use equal parts HOT vinegar and any concentrated dish soap in a spray bottle and let sit for 30 min! The soap makes the vinegar stick to the walls and the hot vinegar “melts” the scum. I was so happy with the results..

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    • Lsysts – Great tip. I hope people find this one because I get a lot of questions about removing old soap scum buildup. I think I’m going to have to create a new blog post with everyone’s suggestions so that people can easily find them.

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  8. Kellie D. says:

    I like to use vinegar to clean out my Keurig/coffee maker. I also use a baking soda paste to clean the glass top surface of my stove.

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    • Kellie – Thanks for the tips. I’m sure people will be interested to hear about your glass top stove. People have asked me if baking soda would scratch their glass top stove but since I don’t have one, I could never really answer. Are you noticing any scratches on yours?

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  9. Has says:

    Club soda works well on carpet stains if you attack the mess right away. Lift off any solids, then liberally pour on club soda. Blot with an old rag. The soda’s carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda prevent staining.

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    • Has – Very happy to see your entry here! I was worried you weren’t going to get a comment in on time. I had a big smile when I read your tip. If you scroll waaaaay down the comments here you’ll see I described a “mishap” my younger dog had with a 1/4 lb of coffee beans when we were living in San Antonio a few years ago. Since it was a short-term rental, I was paranoid about losing our deposit and tried EVERYTHING to get the poopy mess that the coffee lead to out of the brand new cream carpet. I even went out and bought a carpet cleaner. Nothing worked. So as a last resort – which I quickly discovered should have been my FIRST resort – I tried Club Soda. I couldn’t believe my eyes as the poop just bubbled up and out of the carpet. Lesson learned. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Heather says:

    I love reading your comparisions between the the e cloth and norwex. I am acutally putting an order together. Some of the cleaning tips I have are the following:

    To clean the bathroom combine this stuff in a bottle:
    1lb baking soda
    4tsp liquid soap
    1 cup warm water.
    Shake to mix and use to clean sinks, faucets, etc.

    Upholstery cleaner
    1 c bakings soda
    1 c cornstarch

    mix in a small bowl an add cold water to prepare into a loose paste. Sponge on the fabric dirty spots and allow to stand for 20-30 minutes and dry. Then vaccum or dust off. It creates a clean look and fresh secent.

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    • Heather – interesting that you should send this tip now. Someone – I won’t say who, but it’s a boy and he’s 3 yrs old – recently ate a piece of toast with blueberry jam and used the couch as a napkin so I’ll be trying your tip in the very near future!

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  11. Mandy Tew says:

    One little tip I have is for cleaning jewlery. I simply place the items to be cleaned (e.g. a necklace, rings, ear rings, etc.) on top of a small piece of tin foil set in a small bowl (I use a cereal bowl), then sprinkle a teaspoon or two of baking soda on top and poor boiling water to cover. The fizzing action will go nuts at first so wait till everything is calm and cool to remove the pieces. Rinse, being careful not to drop the goodies down the drain (!), dry, and enjoy all the sparkliness. For really tough customers, try another round. 🙂

    [Disclaimer: This works great for silver. I’m not sure how well it works for gold or other metals].

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  12. Alysia Peters says:

    I use ice cubes to get rid of dents left in the carpet by furniture. Set an ice cube on the spot, let it melt, let it dry and vacuum. Voila! The carpet should stand back up. If not, get down there and pull on it a bit with your hands and re-vacuum.

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    • Alysia – this is a really interesting green cleaning tip. I’ve never heard anything like it. I’m going to have to think about the “science” of that one. Thanks for entering!

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  13. Jennifer says:

    I found your website and really like your reviews of norwex and e-cloth. My favorite alternative cleaning approach is using my steam cleaner with my e-cloth or norwex cloths. I love the steam action that breaks through things and love microfiber that picks it up.

    Getting rid of chemicals has gotten rid of this terrible hand rash that I have had for a long time. Now, I send way too much time searching the internet for info on microfiber.

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    • Jennifer- thanks for entering! I don’t have a steam cleaner. How do you use it with the microfiber cloths? Do they go ON the steam cleaner somehow or do you use them afterwards?

      PS – now you know where to come for microfiber info 🙂

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      • Jennifer says:

        I just use my microfiber cloths after to pick up all of the stuff my steam cleaner has dislodged. It’s essentially the same as just using microfiber cloths with water but I like the double anti-bacterial protection (kill the bacteria with steam and then pickup any left with the cloth). I have thought about attaching a mop head to my floor steam cleaner attachment (the one that comes with it is only okay), but haven’t tried that yet.

        I have found a lot of info on your site about microfiber. Thanks!

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    • Cheryl says:

      I’ve had a rash on my palms for several years. Dermatologist called it Dystrophic Eczema. I’m trying to figure which chemicals are causing it. Any suggestions?

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      • Hi Cheryl – I’m sadly ignorant in the area of allergies and Eczema. But I’ll leave your question here in the hopes that someone else will read it and have some suggestions.

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  14. Peggy says:

    Fruit stains in clothing or table cloths and napkins are easily removed. Boil some water in your kettle, drape the stained fabric over the sink, in a single layer if possible. Hold the kettle about 6 inches above the stain and slowly pour the water over it. The stain disappears instantly!! It’s magic!

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    • Hey everyone – Meet my mom! Thanks mom. I remember thinking this was just another one of your kooky ideas and ate my words (thoughts) when I saw you do it. For you moms out there with small kids that eat berries the messy way, this is a trick you’re going to want to remember! It also comes in handy when your son puts a blackberry on your seat without you knowing.

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  15. Dana says:

    I like to use lemons to throw down our garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh!

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    • Dana – Gee I wish I’d known this when we lived in San Antonio a few years ago. That’s the only time I’ve ever had a garbage disposal and I can tell you it was smelling anything BUT fresh. We eat a lot of onions and garlic 🙂

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  16. Lesli says:

    To get yucky stuff off your non-stick pans, you can put them in the freezer for about an hour (only once they’re cooled!) and then the stuck on stuff will wipe right off. It makes for a quick solution to scrubbing and soaking your pans for hours on end and requires no chemical cleaners!

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  17. Amber A says:

    I love vinegar to clean and baking soda. It was also interesting for me to find out that your own saliva gets your own blood out. so if you bleed on your shirt just spit on it 🙂

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    • Amber – thanks for taking the time to comment. The saliva and blood one is a good one. My mom told me that when I was pretty young. I recall one particularly embarrassing basketball game when I was 13 or so and got my period unexpectedly. I took a “break” and someone found me 20 minutes later in the change room spitting on my shorts. I can’t recall which I was more embarrassed by: the blood or the spitting. But I will admit that it was working!

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  18. olha says:

    To clean carpet stains use dishwashing soap, I used one time toothpaste and old toothbrush to clean red crayons marks from the wall- worked very well.

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  19. Tammie says:

    Great use for the e-cloth and polishing cloth…chandelier crystals. Beautiful results!!!!

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    • Tammie – will you come over and do my chandelier? It’s been collecting dust for 11 years now. It’s just a job I don’t want to handle. Although admittedly your e-cloth tip would be an easy solution.

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  20. Michelle says:

    Vinegar is a cleaning SUPER HERO! I pour some in the bottom of the dishwasher before a wash. Dishes come out SPARKLING! No spots and no need for a rinse aid. Not only much less expensive, but much better for the environment!

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    • Michelle – how I wish you had posted this earlier! I just went out and bought more rinse agent. 😦 . I’ll definitely be using your tip when that bottle is empty though! Thank you.

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  21. Yuka M. says:

    Hi Kate,
    +1 for using baking soda, vinegar and newspapers for cleaning. We put baking soda and water in our tea and coffee stained mugs and it helps lift the stains. I also use vinegar to clean out my coffee maker: I pour 2 cups of vinegar in the water dispenser, run a cycle, then follow that with 2 cycles of water to flush out the vinegar.

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    • Yuka – YES! baking soda in the tea mugs! Wonderful. I remember watching my mom do this when I was growing up and thinking “why doesn’t she just use soap?”. Now I know! Tea STAINS! Also, I use it in our stainless steel travel mugs. I have one travel mug that I like to keep separate because I only drink tea and can smell that “used coffee” smell in them. But sometimes someone (like my mother who thinks I’m over-reacting and doesn’t understand the power of my nose) uses MY travel mug for coffee and I simply must clean it with baking soda to get rid of that smell.

      Tell me, do you use the vinegar again for something after cleaning your coffee maker? My husband has the same cleaning method and it’s just occurring to me that I could probably use the vinegar to clean something else afterwards. Hmmm.

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  22. Stella says:

    I have made my own fruit & veggie wash using a quart spray bottle: fill 1/4 to 1/2 of the bottle with white vinegar, add a couple of squirts of dish soap, and fill the rest with water. Spray on fruits and vegetables, let it sit about 5 minutes, then use the Veggie & Fruit Scrub Cloth or a soft brush (whichever is most appropriate for your item) as you rinse under running water.

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  23. Gina says:

    To clean the interior of your dirty microwave or just “freshen it,” cut one lemon into quarters, place it in a bowl and fill with water. Place the bowl inside the microwave, and “nuke” the bowl and its contents for two to three minutes on high. Carefully remove the hot lemon water and bowl, slightly dampen a rag with a little lemon water and wipe clean. The steam from the bowl helps loosen the grime, and the lemon leaves a nice fresh scent. You can also use a lemon that you have squeeze the juice from for another purpose 🙂

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    • Gina – thanks for adding this tip! I like “freshening” idea. I imagine it would come in especially handy after someone cooks bacon in the microwave. I love bacon but hate the smell it leaves in there.

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  24. Cloth Diaper Guru says:

    We have a really old desk we acquired from the previous home owners. The top is a gorgeous unfinished wood, but it was covered in water spots and really dingy and beat up! I used a warm iron and some steam to get off some of the worst water spots, and then I followed by rubbing olive oil across the surface of the desk. Since the wood was unfinished, it absorbed the olive oil and gave the wood back its beautiful deep and natural color (for free)! I have read some tips about scratches on doors- that you can use a walnut to “buff” these out. I wanted to try the olive oil trick and see if that worked as well! Side note- I also love the vinegar and baking soda trick :). It’s perfect for removing soap scum!

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    • Cloth Diaper Guru – I was just on my way up to bed when I heard the “ding” on my computer that notified me of your comment. So thanks for keeping me up 🙂 That iron trick is great on tables. We tried it a couple of years ago on my mother-in-law’s table and couldn’t believe it. We put a white t-shirt down and ironed that on the table and the rings just disappeared. I’ve got a really nice cedar chest that’s got a few rings from hot mugs on it and I’ve been meaning to try that again. I should do that and post pics here. Hmmm…

      I’m definitely going to try that walnut trick. We were dog-sitting once and the dog jumped up on our door and left huge scratch marks down them. Do you use the nut or the shell?

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      • Cloth Diaper Guru – yes, I’m tired. I’m just rethinking my nut/shell question. You MUST just use the nut right? That’s what has the oils in it. I imagine the shell would scratch our old pine doors.

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        • Cloth Diaper Guru says:

          Yep the nut! I haven’t tried it yet, but I saw a post on pintrest about it and wanted to give it a shot :). That was kind of the reason I thought the olive oil might be better… however we also have a dog and when I’ve previously used olive oil to shine up the refrigerator she has sat there licking it for 30 minutes lol ;).

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        • Cloth Diaper Guru says:

          update! I tried the olive oil on our door scuffs and it worked really well! We had some closet doors in the master bedroom that I was wanting to replace because they were so beat up, and they are looking like *almost* new now. I used a microfiber cloth to apply the olive oil. Much less work than the walnut, although I don’t know if the walnut would work better on large gouges or not.

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  25. Jen says:

    For cleaning drains I use baking soda and you guessed it vinegar. You put the baking soda down the drain and leave it sit a few minutes. Then pour white distilled vinegar. It will bubble and fizz. When that slows down, I add some good ol’ table salt to reactivate the baking soda and vinegar. Add more vinegar, add more salt. I do this until I think to clog is pretty much gone and then I follow it with a 2 gallon bucket of really hot water. Do not use the water straight from your tub faucet if cleaning your tub drain unless you have instant hot water. You want the water to be very hot the whole time you are washing this down the drain. Takes a little work, but no more chemicals! And it’s cheaper!

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    • Jen – thanks so much for the tip. This is another one that I’ll definitely add to my “to do” list. Our ancient bathroom sink drain is making funny gurgling noises and is more than a bit slow to drain lately.

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  26. Jennifer Young says:

    Since everyone is on the vinegar topic…my fav use was cleaning throw up (one of my kids, not me=) stains out of white carpet. Use a vinegar/water solution and rub the area liberally. Then lay an old white towel on the stain and iron it for 30 sec. or so. You’ll see your stain transfer to the towel. A carpet cleaner told me this trick. Unfortunately, I’ve had to use it several times…

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    • Jennifer – this is a really good tip. We don’t have any carpet right now but I could have used this information a few years ago when we were renting a brand new apartment in San Antonio for 9 months. It had brand new cream carpet. Apart from the daily disaster of muddy dog feet, one afternoon our younger dog decided to eat a 1/4 lb of coffee beans. (wish I had video of the 24 hours afterwards – zoom, zoom, zooming around!) I stayed up with her until 3 am because I knew what was coming. At 5 am my husband got up for work and said “I’m sorry”. I thought he was joking. You simply cannot imagine what the carpet THROUGHOUT the apartment looked like.

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  27. homewithjamie says:

    I know this is simple and I see other vinegar loving cleaners, like myself… but I like to use water diluted white vinegar to wipe down my bathroom each day. After I get myself cleaned up and see that I now have spots on the mirror and makeup dust on the counters, I spray the whole bathroom with vinegar/water and and then wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth. If you start with the mirror, you can use the same cloth for everything and it only takes a few minutes, depending on the size of your bathroom. I usually spray the air with something that smells good while I’m waiting for the vinegar smell to dissipate, which isn’t very long, even in my tiny bathroom!! 🙂

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  28. anna b says:

    I can’t rememeber which website sorry internet but : to remove cat urine smell out of concrete etc . use a combination of peroxide , baking soda and vinegar . Please search the internet for specific measurements ! This worked really! And a crazy tip from the old country you can squeaky clean your outside windows by washing them with vinegar and newspaper !

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  29. Kyla says:

    Nothing works better on hard water scale buildup in your kettle and coffee maker than vinegar! Vinegar and newspapers for dirty windows too – who needs paper towels?

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    • Kyla – you are SOoooooooo right! I find that if I turn the kettle on while the vinegar is in there it makes cleaning the sides of the kettle easier (the steamy vinegar loosens the buildup). It also does a pretty darn good job of cleaning your sinuses too hee hee. Frugal me – after I clean my kettle, I dump the vinegar into the kitchen sink (put the plug in of course) with a little baking soda (using my new nifty soda-shaker!) and watch the cleaning science happen.

      I like that newspaper for windows idea too. It always boggled my mind but it really works, doesn’t it. I read recently that if you had been using commercial sprays on your windows and switch to vinegar, you may get streaks the first couple of times (because the spray has left layers of film) so add a bit of dish soap to your vinegar the first time or two.

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  30. Katie says:

    So this is more of a green ‘magic potion’ tip for lawncare (with kiddos running around, I feel much better about using this than many other toxic products): You will need:
    One full can of regular pop (any kind-no diet soda)
    One full can of beer (no light beer) 12oz
    1/2 Cup of Liquid dishwashing soap (do NOT use anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid)
    1/2 Cup of household ammonia
    1/2 Cup of mouthwash (any brand)

    Directions:
    Pour into 10-gallon hose-end sprayer (other sizes will work too)
    In high heat, apply every three weeks
    I found it on this site:
    http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper
    Note: this will be more or less green depending on which products you use at home.
    We just started using it and have noticed a difference. One of the neighbors has been using this for years and they have the best lawn on the block – a deep grean already!

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    • Katie – this is an amazing recipe. Thank you. Our lawn leaves a lot to be desired (thank you dogs!) and it annoys my husband to no end. I’m going to try this. The only thing I’d change is to add an extra can of beer for consumption purposes ;o).

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  31. Megan says:

    We bought a nice maple dining table before the kids were born. Both have now left pen all over the table. This can be easily cleaned with a baking soda/water paste. I quickly did this before my husband noticed and we avoided the grown-up temper tantrum I was expecting from him 😉

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  32. I like to use my e-cloth on a sw_ _fer mop to clean the floors. Use one e-cloth for sweeping the dust & then wet another cloth to wash the floors. Initially, I spray water on the floor so the dirt softens & then mop the floor. It’s a bit of bother since my old sw_ _ _er is rather feeble but it works good enough. I imagine the e-cloth Mop would be awesome. I hope I win…”fingers are crossed”

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  33. Lina says:

    I like to use my steam cleaner to clean most built up dirt and grime. If its really bad I will soak the area with vinegar and then either scrub clean or blast it clean with the steamer. Vinegar is great for cleaning almost everything!

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    • Lina – i think it was you that told me the steam cleaner was great for cleaning the grout between tiles.

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      • Lina says:

        Yep…sure is. Chris even used it to “disinfect” the washroom after he had the Norwalk virus. That way he could kill whatever germs were left around and not have to touch it. I was just glad to have him cleaning something! I have also tried the baking soda and vinegar down the drain, but I think we need to do it a few times in some of our drains…yuck!

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