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  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 04:51pm

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    LindaRowe

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    Household Cleaning Equiptment & Cleaners

Looking to share some post-reliable/affordable energy home cleaning preparations I’ve been doing, and to gleen more ideas from others! First for me is how to keep the house clean without electricity? To this beginign I’ve acquired the following:

2 Dust Mops w/ washable heads & 2 replacement heads

2 Carpet Sweepers (manual)

3 Foaming Handsoap dispensers (manual pump; uses 75% less soap)

4 gallons White Cider Vinegar (as cleaning agent)

10 Lbs Baking Soda (as cleaning agent; can be used w/ vinergar, too)

1 Scrubbing Board

4 jugs Environmentally Safe Laundry detergent (will clean 360 loads of laundry)

3 Gallons Chlorine Bleach (NOTE: I hope never to need to use this; have it as a last resort)

This is where I’ve begun. What are you doing?

 

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 05:15pm

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    Travlin

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    Welcome to the forums

Welcome to the forums Linda.  You’ve hit on an issue that is often overlooked.  Keeping clean is important for many reasons.  I think you’ve made a good start.  I’m sure others will be along with more suggestions.

Travlin 

  • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - 07:46pm

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    mainebob

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    Rumen Buffer…

Hi Linda my love!
and to others…

Rumen Buffer…. know what that is?

It’s the same as baking soda… and ALOT cheaper.
you can get a whole 50# bag at your local farm store…

There are many uses for this simple product that
is “Sodium Bicarbonate”
Cooking, Medical uses, Personal Hygiene, Cleaning, Cattle Feed Supplement,
fire extinguisher…
Sodium Loading for endurance athletes (not recommended)…

wow… 

from wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_bicarbonate

AND my friend Andree Bella did a special Yankee Frugality show on the local
indi radio station  WERU..  (we are you!).   This is where I first heard of
Rumen Buffer… and other frugal tips on saving money and living well.

Some might enjoy the archived audio of that show:

http://archives.weru.org/specials/special-yankee-frugality-73009

-Bob O

 

 

 

  • Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 05:51am

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    thatchmo

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    about that chlorine bleach….

I read somewhere that chlorine bleach only had a shelf life of 6-12 months.  Can anyone verify that?  Thanks, Aloha, Steve.

  • Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 06:03am

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    Saffron

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    hand washer

I’m planning to purchase this mobile washer from Emergency essentials … use in a bucket or tub to wash clothes. Would love to hear from anyone who has tried it:

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MC%20W050_A_name_E_Mobile%20Washer%20(Hand%20Operated%20Washing%20Machine)

hmmm, just saw this one … never noticed it before:

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MC%20W100_A_name_E_Wonder+Washer

~ s

  • Sun, Mar 27, 2011 - 03:22pm

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    LindaRowe

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    Hand Powered Washing Machine or Plunger

Hi Saffron-

Thet both look like great alternative laundry washing units. Thanks for the links.

 

  • Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 03:54pm

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    LindaRowe

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    hand washer

Saffron-

I’ve had time to look more closely at both of these. I noticed the hand crank Wonder Washer’s process requires hot/warm water for its vacuum cleaning process. As I only use cold water, I guess it would still be benificial to beable to use the agitation and detergent in cold waster. The other “plunger looking” device would be great for hardy fabrics, and heavily soiled wash, too. I think it would be hard on other fabric over time.

Here is another site I found for laundry: http://www.laundry-alternative.com/washing.htm

I have a cherished full size glass insert scrub/wash board I have used since I was in my teens. It wa my main washing tool for a 2 year period, and continues to be my handy hand wash, and tough stains tool.

 

 

 

  • Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 03:59pm

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    LindaRowe

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    Chlorine Bleach – Shelf life

Thatchmo-

To my knowledge chlorine bleach does not have a shelf life. and the 2 bottles I bought for extreme emergency (its a known toxin to the environment and all living things), only have a production date; no expiration dates on them.

  • Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 05:32pm

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    Travlin

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    More on bleach

[quote=LindaRowe]

Thatchmo-

To my knowledge chlorine bleach does not have a shelf life. and the 2 bottles I bought for extreme emergency (its a known toxin to the environment and all living things), only have a production date; no expiration dates on them.

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Linda

Check out the link below.  They present a good case that the disinfectant properties of bleach break down in a few months.  They suggest an inexpensive alternative too.

http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/better-than-bleach-use-calcium-hypochlorite-to-disinfect-water/

Travlin 

  • Mon, Mar 28, 2011 - 07:42pm

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    Full Moon

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      I have hopes to get this

  I have hopes to get this washer

http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Goods___Laundry___Washing___Lehman_s__Laundry_Hand_Washer___32823315?Args=

 

 Although when I was over at the Amish  this morning   Lena was running her ringer washer with gas .  This has got to get expensive !    I noticed that  she had built  this neat little  dryer .    It was a bicycle tire rim .  Hung with  chain and an S hook .    little lengths of chain hung  down  attached with metal shower hooks . On the bottom of the chains she had  plastic  clothes pins .   So  She hangs her  socks and undies on them and carries them out to the clothes line pole .  Or she can just hang it inside over the wood stove .

 FM

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