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9/3/09 6:04 A

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You can try bicarb of soda & vinegar.

If that doesn't work caustic soda should get rid of anything.

You can usually get it from DIY or garden stores, the instructions will be on the tub. Be careful with it though at it will burn holes in your skin if you don't wear gloves (add vinegar to any splashes immediately to neutralise the alkaline).

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DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO CLEAN GARBAGE DISPOSALS?

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8/3/09 8:58 A

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Hi there,
If used for therapeutic purposes there should be a use by or best before date on the bottle, but they start to degrade after a year.

If just for scent or cleaning then they can be used indefinitely. Just smell them before as some can get a bit of a rancid smell, but I've only found this with oils that have been mixed with a base or carrier oil
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7/26/09 5:45 A

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Thank you for the great recipes. I will try a few of them for sure. I love to use essential oils along with baby oil when I give myself a pedicure and foot massage. I have a question about the essential oils. How long do their proprieties last? I have had some for a few years now. Are they still good to use? I just hate to throw things away.



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CD5184153 Posts: 391
7/23/09 7:33 A

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CARPET FRESHENER

1 cup of bicarbonate of soda
10 drops of essential oil

Shake together in a bottle, sprinkle onto the carpet, gently sweep in, leave for about 2 hours & vacuum away.

Should be suitable for asthmatics too.

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7/22/09 10:32 A

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I love Ylang ylang and tangerine.

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Cool! I'll have a look.

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7/22/09 8:33 A

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I like lemongrass too. It's a bit expensive to use all the time though.

I've found that on some websites you can buy oils in bulk & it works out SO much cheaper. There's also less packing. The main ones I keep are
Lavender
Orange
Tea tree
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Ylang ylang

It's also nice to have a go at mixing oils. Just put a little together & see if you like the smell. You can have your own customised blend to suit your mood then
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7/22/09 8:28 A

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That is such a lovely idea! I emoticon lavender!

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Just thought, if you prefer to line dry your clothes & don't want to use softener, add some essential oil to the rinse cycle with the vinegar

You can also add a couple of drops of oil to the water in your iron to pass on the scent

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7/22/09 8:26 A

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If you add a couple of drops of essential oil to a dry facecloth & place it in the drier the scent will diffuse throughout the washing - no chemicals & works out cheaper
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7/22/09 8:01 A

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I started using one of those bumpy balls instead of fabric softener. It works fairly well, but I miss the scent. I understand lots of those beautiful scents have evil chemicals so I'll get over it.
VaNella

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7/21/09 8:27 P

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I think I may still have a Downey ball (if I can remember where it is)!

Worth looking for it!

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7/21/09 2:32 P

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My mother in law got this 5 years ago when she stayed with us and left it. She said that she got it over by where the softners are at the grocery store. She said it was at the top. I hope they still make them cuz I sure mine will ware out before to long. I dont go to the regular grocery stores to much anymore but I am going to make a special trip when I get into town.

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7/21/09 7:41 A

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It does doesnt it? I want one as well.
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7/21/09 6:45 A

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Hiya,
Where can you get one from?? My washing machine tends to wash the softener out before it should.
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Thats so clever. we have wash balls, but the contents comes out straight away. We dont have anything like that for the fabric softner.
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7/20/09 2:16 P

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Its a ball with a opening at the top to put your fabric softener in and somehow it knows when to open up during the rinse cycle.

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What is a Downy ball?
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I use my old Downey Ball to put the vinegar in cuz Im always forgetting the rinse cycle also.

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I always miss the rinse cycle and have to go back and do it again.
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7/19/09 6:35 P

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I'm with you,Myrna!

I would like to try the vinegar as a fabric softener,if I can get down to the rinse cycle,in time.

Thanks for the tips.

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I will try the vinegar because that is simple. I dont do complicated I am not good at it.
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For fabric softener, I pour in about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup white vinegar in the rinse cycle of the wash. The clothes do not smell like vinegar once they're dry. I love this because it's not filled with fragrance or chemicals, it dissolves soap residue, has anti-static properties and actually softens clothes!

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My favorite laundry powder recipe:

- 1 bar laundry soap, grated (like Zote, but I use unscented Castile soap)
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda (if you only have baking soda, use 2 cups)

I run the grated soap through a food processor to make it very, very fine, or it won't dissolve in cold water very well. Then I mix it all up in a container and use about a tablespoon for 11 pound load.

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7/12/09 5:10 P

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Sounds great to me. Even more easy to use xxx

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I just started using soap nut. What I got at the O store is in a liquid already. Love the fact that dont have to use very much. Will this liquid form work as well that making your own liquid, any experience?

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I also use toothbrushes for cleaning. I will try your other tips. Thank you.
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THE HUMBLE TOOTHBRUSH

I'm not keen on buying things that I don't need to, & tent to use things in novel ways.

I use old toothbrushes for cleaning. They are great to get into the little nooks & crannies that other scourers don't reach. I use them around my taps, to clean the plugs & plug holes. Just been using one around the annoying little knobs of the cooker.

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7/12/09 2:19 P

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NATURAL AIR FRESHENER

8 drops lavender oil
4 drops bergamot oil
4 drops clove oil
2 drops peppermint oil
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup distilled water

Mix in a spray or spritzer bottle & use as required.
This keeps for months when using distilled water. If you use tap water it's probably best to discard it after a couple of weeks

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WINDOW CLEANER

1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid soap
2 cups water
Few drops of essential oil
PEPPERMINT - is quite good at making flies avoid your home
ORANGE - cuts grease, so is very god in urban areas

Just spray or wipe on (I use a small garden spray bottle), wipe over & buff with old newspapers.

If your windows are really dirty, give them a quick clean with diluted liquid soap first.

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7/12/09 1:51 P

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ALL PURPOSE LIQUID SOAP

This is my best liquid soap recipe. It's made from soap nuts which can also be used for clothes washing.

To be even more frugal you can use the soap nuts about 4 times in the washing machine, then use them in this recipe!!

Simmer 25g soap nuts in 500ml of water for for 10 mins & strain.

Easy as that, the soap nuts can be composted which is another bonus. The liquid is safe to use neat, or can be diluted.

I like to add essential oils - this much only needs about 5 drops

ORANGE - good for cutting grease
THYME - good anti-bacterial
TEA TREE - also a very good anti-bacterial, also has antiviral properties.

I make up a large batch & it lasts for months. It can settle out, so just needs a shake before use.

Edited by: CD5184153 at: 7/12/2009 (14:21)
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Add your cleaning recipes & tips here

Teresa
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