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Nothing cleans linoleum like white vinegar! The smell is tough, but leaves quickly enough and the thought of not adding more chemicals to the environment in my cleaning products appeals to me. I clean my kitchen counter tops with orange oil from time to time to enjoy the smell that spreads through the entire house. It's yummy and inexpensive, but I'm not sure how environmentally friendly it is or is not...anybody know the chemical make up of it?

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I have well water. Well was drilled into limestone bluff. Needless to say there is heavy lime deposits left on everything. Dishes especially glassware gets a cloudy film when run through the dishwasher. I use straight vinegar added to the dishwasher right before the rinse cycle about once a week. Everything comes out sparkling clean. I also clean the bathroom tub, sink and shower with vinegar. It's the only thing I've found to cut through the lime quickly and easily. I like that it has no added chemicals too!

You might be careful using vinegar with some metals. The acid in the vinegar can eat through the metal. I've had no problem with stainless steel though.

I also used to work at a Sonic Drive-In long, long ago. We used a mixture of vinegar and water back then to cut through the grease on the counter tops and wash the windows. Worked great!

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Here is some info from Wikpedia.com on orange oil

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Originally Posted By: Valerie Shoopman
I have well water. Well was drilled into limestone bluff. Needless to say there is heavy lime deposits left on everything. Dishes especially glassware gets a cloudy film when run through the dishwasher. I use straight vinegar added to the dishwasher right before the rinse cycle about once a week. Everything comes out sparkling clean. I also clean the bathroom tub, sink and shower with vinegar. It's the only thing I've found to cut through the lime quickly and easily. I like that it has no added chemicals too!

You might be careful using vinegar with some metals. The acid in the vinegar can eat through the metal. I've had no problem with stainless steel though.

I also used to work at a Sonic Drive-In long, long ago. We used a mixture of vinegar and water back then to cut through the grease on the counter tops and wash the windows. Worked great!


Some people who have heavy lime or other minerals in their water swear by using a few tiny pebbles in their tea ketters. Have you tried this?


And Sue, thanks for posting the Wikipedia link!


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Thanks for the link, Sue. I haven't paid that much attention to whether or not I wear gloves when I use orange oil, but it might be a good idea even if I'm not a male rat! LOL

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hee hee - I like the smell of orange oil too. i wonder why it doesn't seem to affect female rats? weird.

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The reasons given had to do with the reaction of something in the oil with something that male mice have that female mice don't. How's that for complete over-simplification? I was amazed that I actually found something that had more of a negative for males of any species over females! I have nothing to worry about as my DH isn't the counter cleaning sort! Dishwasher loading, maybe....but the countertops don't seem to fall in his line of vision.

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How does lemon juice compare to vinegar as a cleaner? We have a lemon tree in our garden, usually with tons of lemons that we hardly use. I use them on the pots, and once tried cleaning mould off the shower with lemon juice, but that's about it...


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Lemon juice is pretty good, too. I've used lemons cut in half, dipped in salt to do some tough scrubbing jobs. Seems to work well. Plus it gets rid of funky smells. If you do not like the smell of vinegar, lemons are a great substitute.


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Of course - I forgot that one with the lemon and salt: that's absolute magic on anything copper. My parents used to have copper-bottomed pots and I became an expert at getting those gleaming pink.


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