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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    LOL @ DA - I know I know - we're moving back remember!
    I know I know!

    I'm kinda excited - you can tell, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Toilet bowl + electric polisher.
    Hmm ... toilet bowl .... water ... electric polisher ....... WATER .... ELECTRICITY .... surely not. Have I missed something or are you just trying to mess with my tiny wee grey cells DA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    Hmm ... toilet bowl .... water ... electric polisher ....... WATER .... ELECTRICITY .... surely not. Have I missed something or are you just trying to mess with my tiny wee grey cells DA.
    No, I'm not messing with you GSDs. PMSL.

    Husband is kind of queer, though. He scoops all the water out, towels it dry, and ueah, has never had any problem doing this. He also does the bathtub this way. He uses the pads one uses for polishing a car. But then again, I often decide he's a lunatic, so...He DID burn down our front hedge...say no more DA.

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    you can get an all purpose cleaner called 'nudie', its really good for everything and not much elbow grease is needed. Its like a natural ingredient 'spray 'n' wipe'.

    eta; actually its not called 'nudie' lol thats what I call it, It's called method 'go naked' surface cleaner.

    eta again; http://www.methodhome.com/product.aspx?page=507
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    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    you can get an all purpose cleaner called 'nudie', its really good for everything and not much elbow grease is needed. Its like a natural ingredient 'spray 'n' wipe'.

    eta; actually its not called 'nudie' lol thats what I call it, It's called method 'go naked' surface cleaner.

    eta again; method: home care and personal care products : multi-surface cleaner
    Hmm ... doesn't say what's in it. Looks like Borax is my best bet at this stage.

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    Borax contains boron

    Bicarb soda contains Sodium, Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, it's the release of CO2 that makes it fizz. Not sure it is an abrasive exactly. Not like sand anyway. Bicarb is sort of water soluble so hard to abrade a wet surface with it.

    Boron / Borax is used in ant killer. Reacts with the formic acid in the ant. Not very good for them. Not so good for people to eat. Where as bicarb soda is safe to put in cakes. Fruit cakes - boiled, - mmm...

    I've only got "Spotless 2" so far and they keep referencing another book called "Speed cleaning" so I might have to raid the online book shops or something.

    For really grotty - she says pour in water straight from the kettle - after you've pushed the water in the bowl out. She also says that some people recommned coca cola - but she says it can damage the ceramic - if leaving pee in the bowl over night hasn't already.

    For calcium deposits and rust stains - I've used something called CLR effectively. There's something else called RANEX that is also supposed to be helpful. And then you need to get the seals in the flusher replaced so there is no continuous leakage of hard water - because that's what makes the stains.

    I found fixing the seals and then a dedicated scrub with a nylon scouring pad and bicarb dealt with the adelaide water stain for me.

    Bleah.

    I confess my current number one toilet cleaner is ajax. I sprinkle it to a fresh flush and come back later and scrub. Not very natural. Although bleach is made from all natural ingredients.

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    I really like the speed cleaning one, I think it is the best one they put out. You should check it out Hyacinth.

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    I LOVE "Speed Cleaning". I got all these books at the ABC shop. Shannon Lush & Jennifer Fleming are just genius as far as showing us quick, effective, cheap cleaning methods. Bloody brilliant as far as I'm concerned. They've shown me how to have a pretty presentable house ... albeit not perfect .... without being a 1950's "slave". They tell you how to do a 15 minute whip around & a few things you can do every day that make your house presentable. Love them !!!!

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    ingredient what it is health + environmental summary
    purified water, solvent non–toxic; safe in environment; widely available

    sodium carbonate boost alkalinity, dissolve stains

    baking soda analog - non–toxic if eaten or in skin contact; disperses safely in the environment; abundant mineral source

    potassium hydroxide boost alkalinity, dissolve stains non–toxic in product use; safe in environment; abundant mineral source

    sodium gluconate buffer, anti-spotting agent non–toxic if ingested, not irritating to skin; biodegrades readily; made from corn sugars

    decyl polyglucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) very gentle on skin and non–toxic to people; biodegrades readily; made from corn sugars and coconut oil.

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    Now about non cleaning produts. if you are able to, plant some fruit & nut trees, plant more herbs, plant more vegetables, supliment your store bought food with home grown.

    Use hemp shopping bags, not cotton, cotton is one of the most enviromentally unviable crops in Australia. If you want cotton bags recycle some old pillowcases into shopping bags, they work great!

    More to come as I think of more to come.
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
    Beau.

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