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  •  Found one on your link I already use... (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, Lujane

    Put a rubber band over the shower head.  Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, put shower head inside bag, wrap rubber band around the bag top so it doesn't slip off (those thick ones used on broccoli work great for this, BTW), leave..., several hours later go back and all that lime gunk has cleaned the shower head inside and out.

    Don't toss the vinegar in the sink....  Instead, in a cleanly-flushed toilet, put it in there (the baggie holds maybe a cup or so of vinegar), let it sit in the toilet as long as possible, swish, and the vinegar should have cleaned the toilet, too.  I usually add fragrance-and-dye-free Oxy-Clean to the vinegar in the toilet.  It does a foamy thing right away.  After a few hours, brush and flush (this works best overnight when the bathroom is not used for a few hours).

    For at least the last 20+ years I've done the thing with the last sliver of soap and plastered it on to the new bar.  Works slick (one or both need to be slightly softened by water for this to work really well, otherwise the old sliver can slip off before it's used up if it's too dry to stick properly).

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:23:38 PM PDT

    •  I found that one about the baggie (2+ / 0-)
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      on the shower head useful, as well, and your tip of repurposing a brocolli band is excellent.  Instead of wasting the vinegar I plan on disposing of it down the bathroom sink to clear and sanitize the drain like I do when I do the vinegar thing to descale the coffee maker.

      For anyone using bar soap, the sliver idea works (I used it when I still used bar soap and found that soaking both for about a minute or two helped them adhere better).  However, I switched over to liquid soap (buy the huge refills and just reuse the pump container over and over again) because those bars always just became a funky, disgusting mess in the soap dish.  

      Thanks for adding your tips to the comments.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:38:01 PM PDT

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      •  I'd love to switch to liquid soap (2+ / 0-)
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        I haven't found one that doesn't have a chemical stench to it, and so far there's only one brand of soap that doesn't leave a sticky residue on my body, so I'm kinda stuck for hand/body soap [Dove sensitive skin, fragrance free, comes in a white and pale, pale green box - their "unscented" kind in a different colored box reeks of chemical stench, so that's out because this is one of those things where 'unscented' is also a chemical perfume].

        I use perfume-and-dye-free Arm and Hammer liquid detergent for dishes.  Haven't found any that don't stink of chemical scents that give me a raging headache just doing a sniff test in the store aisle.  Adding insult to injury, the "environmentally friendly" dish soaps actually stink as bad, or worse, than the regular dish soaps.  Even the Arm and Hammer liquid I have to be careful about.  I bought a huge jug on special once, normal label..., got it home, opened it a few weeks later (had thrown away the receipt by that time), and it reeked of chemical stench, so it had obviously been mis-labeled (I gave the whole big jug to someone who doesn't mind chemical smells).  Now I do the sniff test of that one while standing in the store aisle, too, just to make sure I'm not wasting my money on chemical stenches I can't use.

        I use plain clear vinegar for the rinse because it removes soap residue; I can't use fabric softeners of any kind; the chemical stenches clog my sinuses instantly, and give me a headache.  Learned that vinegar cuts soap residue from Mom as a kid when she used vinegar in our hair to remove shampoo residue; I still do that, too.

        Being either outright allergic (pollens, foods) and/or sensitive (chemicals of all kinds) to so many things makes for lots of wasted money before finding the right combination of nearly unscented products to use.  Antihistamines work on pollens, but don't work on chemical stenches, altho one must use a nasal spray to clear out one's swollen sinuses.

        Siiiiiiiigh....

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Sat May 18, 2013 at 11:53:55 PM PDT

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        •  Can I suggest a few things (1+ / 0-)
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          that might help you.  Chemical odors (particularly bleach) trigger my asthma, too, so I understand your sensitivities.

          Bio Green Clean - I tried this after hearing ads and testimonials on Ed Schultz's radio show.  Made from plants, it's safe and effective (no chemical smells).  Try the ready mix first to make sure it's OK for you.  Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's US manufactured and environmentally friendly.

          For laundry, I've found these S2O products- also environmentally friendly with no chemical odors - from Home Shopping Network.  Added bonus - you rub a sheet on a clothing stain before dropping the sheet into the washer.  You might want to try a small sample pack first (I do have to use 2 sheets with each load in my apartments sized washer/dryer).  They also offer cleaners, but I haven't tried them.

          And then there's Supercloth which I found years ago on QVC which works miracles on windows, mirrors and other surfaces when moistened with warm water.  Check out the video on their web site (they're not on QVC anymore).  I wouldn't have a clean mirror or window in my house without these.  No blue stuff or paper towels needed - just this cloth and warm water (yeah, you have to go back to the sink to rinse the cloth for re-use, but it's worth it.  I take 3 with me at a time to delay my trip back to the sink).

          Of course, a plain old microfiber cloth moistened with warm water is a great way to clean and "dust" without creating a dust cloud or use of chemicals.  

          I hope at least one of those help you.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun May 19, 2013 at 11:39:05 AM PDT

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          Better demos on Supercloth here.  The one on the website is an ad rather than a demo.

          Sadly, no longer available on QVC.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sun May 19, 2013 at 11:56:35 AM PDT

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