PRODUCTS I USE:
Brillo Steel Wool Soap Pads
Household Cleaner All Purpose
Distilled White Vinegar
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Laundry Soaps & OTHER STUFF:
Borax & Washing Soda
Zote Laundry Soap Bar
Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing
Fels Naptha Laundry Bar and Stain Remover
20 MULE TEAM Borax Multi-Purpose Laundry Boost
SIMPLE WAYS TO CLEAN
PINEOLENE can be used for many different applications in cleaning, home remedies, and much more. I personally knew the elderly woman from New Augusta, Mississippi that had the original recipe. I wish I had known at the time what a treasure it was, and wrote it down. It can be purchased in some feed stores, farm supply stores, etc.
The website is no longer available, but here is the address for anyone interested:
PINEOLENE, L.L.C. of P.O. BOX 47, HURLEY MS 39555-0047
I’m not above using bleach, ammonia, and other things some people would consider too toxic for use, as long as it is used sparingly, and with proper handling.
There are many things I consider very useful, that might seem a bit old fashioned, but they are tried and true. (Always read directions for cleaning products on bottle first):
I'm learning more and more to depend on food, herbs, spices and other natural sources for cleaning, deodorizing and .
~Octagon Soap...Yes, it is still available.
~White toothpaste for cleaning white shoes (mostly patent leather) the sole of white tennis shoes for scuff marks on tile or linoleum.
~There is something to be said for using a little elbow grease as well...Very therapeutic!
~Just so everyone won't think I'm too "old fogey"... I do love using essential oils and natural homemade products as well!! My favorite is Sweet Orange! There are tons of resources online for homemade cleaning recipes using EO's. But I'll add a few of my own as time allows!
~Some stains are resistant to the harsh chemical cleaners as well...We have an old claw-foot tub that has mineral stains, and "nothing" has cut through those stains! We tried lemon juice, baking soda, salt, Brillo pads, bleach, even rust remover (which did leave white streaks, but I only used one small bottle) The dangers listed were just too harsh, so I figured I'd just live with the stains rather than take the risk ...And also my husband took an electric sander to it!! Nothing has worked!! Short of sandblasting, I guess I'll just have to live with it, as it is too expensive to get it refinished.
~Another stain that is tough, is mildew on fabric and clothing...I've read where lemon juice and salt gets rid of it, but I beg to differ! Very rarely will it come out, so be very careful about letting clothes, sheets, or other fabric get damp and staying damp for very long! Mold and mildew will set up and you might as well throw it away.
I do occasionally use spray bleach and it works very well, but I use it very sparingly.