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Cleaning Formulas

Very Vinegar Cleaner


Cleaning formulas aren't all they're cracked up to be. You'd think, for instance, that anti-bacterial cleaners would be a happy slob's best friends. If it cleans and kills nasty bacteria, it must be good, right? Wrong-o my friend! In fact, these cleaners can make bacteria more resistant and cause even more harm in the long run. Plus, the chemicals in many commercial cleaners are dangerous for our children and pets.

Instead, making your own cleaners is simple, effective and darned inexpensive. Nearly any cleaner that you're using right now can be replaced with a common ingredient in your pantry…vinegar! Yes, I know, it does smell like pickles, but this stuff is masterful to clean the home. It kills germs, mold, and bacteria. Unlike bleach, it's not harmful to your lungs when you breathe it in. It's non-toxic, so it's safe to use around children and pets. And it really works - vinegar is marvelous to get windows streak-free clean, to clean the bathroom, floors, etc. And to top it off, my Very Vinegar Cleaner costs literally pennies a bottle.

Here's my favorite all-purpose cleaner that is so simple and effective. I use it for just about everything, and you will too once you try it.

Very Vinegar Cleaner
In a clean spray bottle (not a bottle that has contained other chemicals) pour 1 part white vinegar to 3 or 4 parts plain cool tap water. Give the bottle a good shake. This stuff is amazing on glass, mirrors, and all other surfaces in the home. And don't worry, the smell dissipates quickly. If you want to add extra cleaning power, add a squirt of natural liquid soap.


About the Author:
Christina - the Original Happy Slob - is the author of: "The Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning." This 125-page book is JAM PACKED with dozens of homemade cleaning formulas, the detailed 3-step solution to cleaning, clever cleaning techniques, and good humor throughout to finally make housecleaning less of a challenge. Visit http://www.happyslob.com today to get YOUR copy AND join her free weekly newsletter, The Happy Slob Gazette.

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