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I cleaned out under the sink

Last week the weather was just horribly humid and hot. Our house doesn't have air conditioning, and many of the cabinet doors are made from solid wood. The end result was that the child safety latch on one side of my kitchen sink cabinet didn't latch for several days. We tied a ribbon around the two handles, and that's doing the job for now. I can't wait until the latch works again.

Since the cabinet was no longer reliably child-proof, I cleaned out the cabinet. I pulled all the almost-empty bottles of cleaning formulas out of the cabinet and arrayed them on the kitchen counter. Anything that hadn't been used in a year was thrown out. I know they should have gone to the Household Hazardous Waste place but I just wanted them OUT, you know? I threw out:
  • Ammonia
  • Soft scrub
  • Window cleaner
  • CLR
  • Fantastic
  • Several kinds of "cleaner with bleach"
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
I moved to the laundry room:
  • Bleach
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Goo Gone
Now under the sink I have:
  • Borax
  • Dishwasher soap (homemade formula)
  • Bon Ami
  • Shaker bottle of baking soda
  • Vinegar spray
  • All-purpose cleaning spray (homemade formula)
  • Lemon oil
  • Murphy's Oil Soap
  • And tucked away at the back, silver polish and furniture polish
  • Dustpan and brush
Once I get the laundry room organized and get all of my old housemate's stuff (like the stinky Febreze laundry detergent) out of there I'll probably move the silver polish down there. I just tried cleaning silver with baking soda and it worked, so I can phase out the silver polish.


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Aug. 16th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
You have a homemade formula for dishwasher soap? That is my #1 most annoying (and most common) thing to run out of! Please share!

Aug. 17th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Dishwasher Soap
My dishwasher soap is 2 parts washing soda to one part borax and one part baking soda. You can throw in some citric acid (or Koolaid lemonade powder) for extra cleaning power if you like. And then fill the rinse aid dispenser with vinegar. Use 1 tablespoon of dishwasher soap per load.
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: Dishwasher Soap
I just added that to memorable entries. That's something I'd never previously considered making myself.
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