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Old 02-10-2002, 05:40 PM
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Need a homemade mix for cleaning my couch & carpet

Its that time of year again ........

Since we just moved into this house last Spring, the carpet in the living room was clean and didnt need deep cleaning until now ......almost a yr. with us living in it and it needs cleaned BAD !!
Along with that, my couch needs a good scrubbing too. Since Im trying to save $$$, Im wondering if anyone uses a HM cleaner that works well ?

Should I rent a rug scrubber w/ attachments or what do you use on the couch ?
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Old 02-12-2002, 10:43 AM
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Lightbulb Cleaning solution

My husband and I operate a retail flooring supply store and we never reccomend shampooing a carpet. Typically, the soapy cleaners used with such equipment can't be rinsed out completely and the residue becomes sticky....leading to more dirt adhering to your carpets. I would reccomend using a damp mop with very little suds, such as a mild dish washing liquid or diluted "oxygen cleaner" and mopping your rug. If this doesn't produce satisfactory results, try the cleaning equipment but use a non-soapy cleaner, again, such as the "cleaner that utilizes oxygen". This solution will work for your furniture as well with a damp cloth or a soft brush. I hope this works well for you.
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Thanks for the advice.

Is there a name brand cleaner that "utilizes oxygen" ?
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Carpet Cleaner

I used Oxy Clean. It's very economical in the large bucket from Sam's or smaller containers from WalMart.
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Need recipe for Arm & Hammer Clean Shower

I'm disabled. It's hard to type this right now. This product saves me a lot of work, but costs a small fortune. Can someone please help me find a comparable recipe? It needs to be safe for most surfaces, not smell strong, and keep shower walls, floor clean and mildew free.

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Old 02-25-2002, 04:04 PM
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Here are some ideas:

Baking soda - Removes mildew from small areas. Use to clean tubs and sinks (won't scratch). Makes a great scouring powder: Keep in a jar with shaker top. Excellent for those with chemical allergies.

Treat stubborn bathtub stains with a mixture of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. By the time the paste dries, the stain should be gone.

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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Recipes + Cleaning Wipes

Here are several recipes to choose from. Simply mix the ingredients together and store in plastic bottle.

1 Cup Ammonia
1 Cup Washing soda
14 Cups Warm water

Pour ammonia and washing soda into a clean gallon size plastic jug. Add 2 cups warm water and close jug. Shake to mix. Fill with the rest of the warm water. Close and label. Keep out of the reach of children.

To Use: For large jobs, pour 1/2 cup solution into a bucket, fill with warm water and scrub walls or floors. To avoid streaks, wash walls from the bottom up, working in small sections and change water frequently. No rinsing is necessary if you make sure your water stays clean. A good rule of thumb is to make the water as hot as you can comfortably stand and then change it when it has cooled off. For small jobs, fill a spray container with solution and use full strength on appliances, tile, and for spots on any washable surface.

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Salt + Vinegar

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4 tablespoons baking soda
1 quart warm water

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1 T liquid dishwashing soap
1 cup clear amonia

Add water if too strong.

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2 oz. soap powder
3 oz. soda ash
40 oz. trisodium phosphate
55 oz. finely ground silica

Most of the above items can be purchased from drug stores or hardware stores.

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2 tbsp. borax or 1 tbsp. washing soda
1/2 tsp. dish detergent
2 cups hot water

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1 tsp. borax
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dishwashing liquid
2 cups hot water

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1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

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2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon soap
1 quart water

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Make your own All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes

1/4 pint of rubbing alcohol
1/2 tbsp. amonia
1/2 tbsp. liquid dish soap
1 quart water

Mix all liquid ingredients in 2 quart container. Cut roll of paper towels in half. Set 1/2 roll in a container pour 1/2 solution on the towels. turn towels over, pour the rest. Remove cardboard center.
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Old 02-25-2002, 07:42 PM
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Thank You Shawn,

I am unable to do the scrubbing motion or bending required to scrub a shower stall. So I was looking for a spray-on solution to use in a bottle. Arm & Hammer Clean Shower cleans beautifully merely by being applied/sprayed on all surfaces daily.

I will try several of your suggestions in a spray bottle. These three look promising:

1 tsp. borax
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dishwashing liquid
2 cups hot water

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1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

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2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon soap
1 quart water

Thank you so much for your very prompt reply!
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I will see what else I can come up with.

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Old 02-26-2002, 03:08 PM
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Thanks again,

Also, I wonder if A&H would tell me what the ingredients are if I call their 800 number and explain my situation...

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Old 02-27-2002, 09:46 AM
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Homemade Cleaners, Mixes and Recipes

I have merged all the threads on Homemade laundry detergent, mixes, cleaners and recipes here in one thread.

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