Cheaper Ways To Cleaning

Hosted by Melanie Campbell
Group active since Thu, Jul 28, 2011

I am going to show you that you don't have to spend tons of money to buy things to clean, remove stains and other issues around your home.

Cathy White
Feb 18, 2014

Homemade laundry detergent

Just made up my first batch of liquid laundry detergent. My hubby said I look like a "mad scientist" LOL I'm so excited! I'm going to add some lavender essential oil. Thanks so much Carrie Sutter for the recipe!

Cathy White
Feb 10, 2014

Mildew/Mold removal in the Bathroom

Anyone have any suggestion on how to get rid of the mold/mildew in the bathroom without using bleach? I don't know, is there a more environmentally safe way? There's no fan in the bathroom, and I'm a renter, so I cannot afford to have one installed. We even get the mildew on the ceiling! Ugh!!! Help!!

Kimi Gaines
May 28, 2013

104 uses for Avon's Skin so Soft


1 It's a bath oil and after shower moisturizer.
2 It can be used to remove makeup.
3 Great tanning oil (no sunscreen).
4 Hot oil treatment to soften cuticles.
5 Great massage oil for tired muscles.
6 Cleans off tape marks left from bandages on skin.
7 Cleans ink off the skin.
8 Insect repellent.
9 Helps relieve itching caused by dry skin.
10 Cleans oil and grease off of skin.
11 Painting something? Use SSS to remove paint from the hands. (Instead of turpentine).
12 It soothes light sunburn.
13 Rub hands with it before washing, it helps get them cleaner.
14 Rub on dry, cracked skin.... helps heal skin in 2-3 days.
15 Put 1-2 cap fills in liquid soap and use it for shaving legs and under arms.
16 Pour a little into your Foot Saver to help moisturize your feet while you relax them.
17 It removes chewing gum from hair, skin, and most nonporous surfaces.
18 Cleans permanent ink off stamps.
19 Bath Oil works GREAT on Head Lice!!!!! Saturate head and let it set for 15 minutes. Then rinse under an outdoor faucet, lice will be gone! Of course shampoo hair a couple of times to get the oil out, but the lice were gone and stayed gone!
20 It kills ants instantly.
21 Spray on skin to relieve dry itching skin. Helps skin retain it's elasticity
22 Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner like always and after it dries.... Use a dime-sized dab of SSS and rub it in your hair. It goes straight in and leaves hair as shiny as the ads on TV, not greasy at all, just soft and shiny.
23 Use bath oil towelettes -- cover window sill with towelettes to keep ants out.
24 (LICE) Sometimes, using a bath oil, like Avon's SSS, will work to loosen the glue, which holds the nits to the hair. There is a product called Neon Nits, which when sprayed on the hair, will highlight the nits so you can see them to then snip them out with a small scissors.
25 If you have psoriasis on your elbows, an internist recommended trying Avon's SSS bath oil spray. After using SSS, it eliminated the psoriasis on my elbows.
26 Bath use, fill bath with water and add a little SSS, very relaxing and gets rid of dry skin.
27 Sponge it around doors, windows, and on screens to keep crawling bugs out.
28 It's a good wood cleaner and conditioner for natural wood.
29 It removes price tag and label glue from glass, metals, and most plastics.
30 It removes soap scum from shower doors and curtains, and bathroom and kitchen figures.
31 It removes lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors and windows.
32 It's an oil lubricant for fitting pipe joints that won't slip together.
33 It cleans ink off most vinyl and painted surfaces.
34 It cleans heavy oil and grease from nonporous surfaces.
35 It takes fur off of clothing.
36 Rub on brass ornaments or figurines to help keep them from turning dark.
37 Removes crayon from appliances and most painted surfaces.
38 Wash cupboards with it mixed in your cleaning water to keep ants off and out of the cupboards.
39 Use it to discourage hornets from building their nests. After using a hornet killing spray, remove the nest and keep the area sprayed with SSS. They will not rebuild there.
40 Use it to clean leather; it will also keep it soft and supple.
41 Use it on your air conditioning screen (filter)--your incoming air will smell fresher and the filter is easier to clean.
42 Rub all over windowsills to keep ants out.
43 It cleans paintbrushes easily and leaves them soft as new.
44 It removes gum from carpets.
45 It removes scuffmarks from patent leather shoes.
46 Use it on running rails for sliding glass doors and windows.
47 It removes "ring around the collar".
48 It removes liquid nail (paneling glue).
49 Two glass bowls or glasses stuck together? Drizzle a little SSS down the sides and they'll come apart easily.
50 It removes candle wax from furniture, carpets and clothing.
51 Hummingbird Feeders: To deter bees try rubbing SSS on the feeder surface by the feeder ports.
52 Maggots too!! Apply SSS inside the can and lid, then later, flush with soapy water. You shouldn't have any maggots for the rest of the summer!
53 It is a great furniture polish!
54 Put SSS in one of those insecticide sprayers on the garden hose. Spray the back yard! This will cut down on ants, mosquitoes and fleas!
55 Spray it on your prized roses and even on flowers you place at the cemetery. Keeps both bugs and animals from eating the flowers.
56 Kills spiders.
57 It cuts grease and cleans dirt from range hoods.
58 Add a capful to wash water of clothes...acts as a fabric softener and keeps the bugs off clothes.
59 Spray on orchids and other flowers for moisture and to keep bugs away.
60 Cleans baseball caps. Just spray on and rub with toothbrush.
61 Mix one part SSS and 2 parts water and spray on your tomato plants every 2-3 days to keep tomato worms off.
62 SSS bath oil also does a great job cleaning cherry wood cabinets.
63 Put a little in your mopping water to help keep crawling bugs out. (Not too much or the floor gets slippery.)
64 Use to clean windows.
65 Removes crayon from most surfaces.
66 It's a great insect repellent (or you can use Bug Guard, the actual SSS repellent).
67 Screens can be lightly sprayed with Avon SSS to repel no-see-'ums and tiny gnats that otherwise might slip though the screens.
68 Another use for SSS is it will kill those pesky earwigs. Spray it on & they don't return to life.
69 Also if you ever make candles, use clear melted wax and put SSS in as it harden. Works great for outdoor use to keep the mosquitoes away.
70 As a deodorizer, spray into air and let settle, kills those nasty pet orders.
71 Kids rooms if a child wets the bed, spray the bedding and sheets before washing and will give it a fresh clean smell.
72 It's a great insect repellent for your pet. (As recommended in "Outdoor Life" and "Field and Stream").
73 Mix 5 parts water, 1 part SSS and mist on animals. Brushing it in makes their coats gleam and keeps insects off so the animals don't fidget in the show ring.
74 Mix in your pet's bath water. It takes the fleas off of them...and in between sprays them with the same mixture as in #2 to help keep them off.
75 Rub on your hands before and after working with your pets and farm animals. It will remove the strong smells.
76 Black Fly Spray For Dogs: Use as a spray or a dip. 1 cup SSS, 1/2 cup liquid detergent and 3 gallons of water.
77 For dogs dry skin mix 1 tablespoon of SSS per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse. Or spritz your pet's coat once per week.
78 If your dog should get tar or asphalt on the pads of their feet rub on SSS and then wipe off.
79 Flea Bath: Use a flea and tick shampoo. Rinse, rinse, rinse so no soap residue is left. Follow with final rinse of 2 gallons of water mixed with flea dip and 1 capful of SSS. The SSS helps replace the oils lost in bathing and has the added benefit of repelling insects.
80 Flea Repellent: Avon's SSS Bath Oil. 1-1/2 ounces per gallon of water; used as a sponge-on dip (or as a spritz) has been tested and proven to have significant, but not complete, flea-repellent activity for a 6-day period. It should help those dry coats, too.
81 If you have a Chow, they are notorious for dry, flakey skin. Add SSS bath oil on their skin and it does wonders!
82 I use the following on my horses and on my dogs when necessary. 1-cup Avon SSS bath oil 1-cup white vinegar 1-cup (or more) water 5 cc of essential oil of citronella (from the health food store NOT the type you burn to keep insects away that is available in a drug store) Mix in a spray bottle. Straight SSS works well for mosquito’s too but really makes your dog greasy.
83 (Barns) Use of an inexpensive fly control spray or a diluted mix of Avon SSS in water can be sprayed on barn walls and floor to discourage insects from hanging around or to eliminate them before putting in the new bedding. As time permits, and if you can keep your goats out of the barn for a few hours - let the barn stand and air out before re-filling with bedding.
84 Rub on your hands before and after working with pets and farm animals, takes away pet odor.
85 Avon's SSS bath oil massaged directly into the skin of your Rottweiler acts not only as a successful repellant and makes their dogs smell good but helps prevent drying and itchy skin.
86 A natural way to help cats with flea problems and flea allergies is to rub Skin So Soft into the skin. Once a bug, always a bug. Fleas don't like it either! Spread the word!
87 Cats: SSS IS SAFE FOR FUR LICKING -------The SSS plus is safe as long as it is the one without sunscreen.
88 Don't overuse the SSS. I just use the lotion, and rub it into the skin, not more than every few days. My cat's sensitive and we're being careful. Common sense is the rule. Sprinkling Yeast on the cat food helps, too. My cat's fur is medium-length; he's part Persian, and he's doing fine, no ill effects from the SSS. You can check with your vet to be sure if it's okay.
89 SSS can be used as a hoof polish. This will put a nice shine to the hoof without drying it. The farrier's wife will appreciate this one!
90 SSS can be used as a muzzle, eye, and ear enhancer. Generally we used baby oil but it was so messy. I tried SSS and it works great and still helps keep bugs away.
91 I have a show mare that has allergies and also gets dry skin very easily so I started giving her baths in SSS. What I do is bathe her like normal and then I put a capful of SSS in a 5-gallon bucket of warm water and sponge this all over her. Her hair coat dries silky soft and she quits itching. Works for her.
92 When I have to band (braid) their manes I use SSS Bath Oil. It seems to help hold the braids a lot better and they don't try to rub them out.
93 It removes tar spots from the car without damage to the paint.
94 Use it to clean vinyl dashboards, seats, and tops. It not only cleans, but also keeps it soft and helps to prevent any cracking.
95 After washing your car, use it as a tire dressing to keep them looking like new.
96 Put some on a small washcloth and leave in the car to help keep the air fresh and clean.
97 Wipe down vinyl surfaces inside your car. Cleans nicely and removes smoke odors left by cigarette smokers.
98 It gently cleans heavy grease and oil from skin and nonporous surfaces (great for Mechanic's Hands).
99 It removes tree sap.
100 Prior to traveling...rub SSS on headlights and grill. It makes insects and bugs easier to remove.
104 Open a towelette and use as an automotive air freshener.

Kimi Gaines
May 20, 2013



Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “ oxiclean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!

But it wasn't until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical makeup as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive doses in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rainwater because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I've started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I've been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don't worry, it won't hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

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Kristie Etzel
Sep 25, 2012

Quick kitchen clean up!

I use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a cleaning solution for my kitchen surfaces and appliances. It works great for cleaning and also kills odors! :)

Kristie Etzel
Sep 25, 2012

Rust stains around edge of tub.

We have some rust stains around our tub where shaving cream cans sat and the shower water rusted the metal bottoms. I would like to get these stains off. I think it's a fiberglass tub. Any suggestions?

Barbara J. Matern
Aug 11, 2012

cheaper alternative/toilet stains

I moved into a different apartment a few years ago, the Landlord/maintenance told Me the toilet could not be cleaned of some stains, that if I perferred they could give me some CLR, to soak in it,see if that cleaned it, after trying the CLR, it was not any different, so I bought a pumis stone(the kind you use to rub dry heels of feet), put on a pair of rubber gloves, the pumis cleans without scratching porcelin worked like a charm!

Brenda Reynolds
Dec 31, 2011

Cheers to Borox and Baking Soda

I introduced myself to whom I think will become 2 of my BFF's for 2012 in hopes to keep a cleaner home, their names are Borox and Baking Soda.

1. I added the Borox to clean a pan that had some grease - cleaned up well.

2. I mixed together equal ammounts of borox and baking soda in a zip lock back and used in my laundry with just a little detergent.

3. i used the mix in the zip lock bag - 1 TBSp in my shampooer and it worked like a charm on my carpet that had some serious stains.

Anyone else out there used these products?