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Old 12-27-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Can You Recommend an All-Purpose Cleaner

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Can you recommend a low-cost all-purpose cleaner to me? I am looking for a low-cost pre-made brand or generic product or something that I can make myself. I want to be able to use it for cleaning things like formica counter tops, appliances, sinks, stove tops, cabinets, mirrors, glass, tiles, marble counter tops, toilet bowls, tub/shower, glass shower door, wood furniture, audio/visual equipment, etc. If you do not know of one low-cost product that covers all of these items, you can recommend multiple low-cost products to clean these different household items.

Thank you for your advice.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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Glass cleaner: mix 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Shine the glass with some newspaper.
I am a big fan of bar keeper's friend. I use it for sinks, tubs, countertops, grout, stainless steel, toilet bowls, cooktop, etc...
For wood furniture, leather, granite, and cabinets, I like Pledge.
For tile floors, I just use plain water in a steamer.
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I'm no expert, but I'm a big fan of Simple Green. Buy the concentrate and dilute it yourself to whatever strength you need.
It certainly works on everything you mentioned, and is available in most markets.
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I'm a big fan of natural, cheap cleaners. For an all purpose cleaner, you can't beat white vinegar. I also use Borax, bleach and baking soda for various jobs. Good stuff, cheap, and non toxic if you have kids or pets in the house.
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Invisible Glass for windows
Formby's furniture oil for wood furniture
Simple Green for tile floors
Barkeepers Friend for sinks, etc
CLR for tough stuff
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I want to be able to use it for cleaning things like formica counter tops, appliances, sinks, stove tops, cabinets, mirrors, glass, tiles, marble counter tops, toilet bowls, tub/shower, glass shower door, wood furniture, audio/visual equipment, etc.
To reduce the need to clean things in the first place, we've installed a whole-house water conditioner. It's especially helpful in reducing mineral deposits on faucets, sinks, tubs/showers, & toilet bowls.
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Hello:

Can you recommend a low-cost all-purpose cleaner to me? I am looking for a low-cost pre-made brand or generic product or something that I can make myself. I want to be able to use it for cleaning things like formica counter tops, appliances, sinks, stove tops, cabinets, mirrors, glass, tiles, marble counter tops, toilet bowls, tub/shower, glass shower door, wood furniture, audio/visual equipment, etc. If you do not know of one low-cost product that covers all of these items, you can recommend multiple low-cost products to clean these different household items.

Thank you for your advice.
I use a Norwegian product called Krystal. It works, and I can attest that it is harmless as one evening I did a shooter with it, thinking it was vodka.

Didn't taste very good, but didn't hurt me either. Although I have been acting a little funny...
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I use a Norwegian product called Krystal. It works, and I can attest that it is harmless as one evening I did a shooter with it, thinking it was vodka.

Didn't taste very good, but didn't hurt me either. Although I have been acting a little funny...
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