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django7
04:42 PM on 02/24/2012
I miss Glass Wax
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ATrenner
I need a macro-bio!
08:27 AM on 03/01/2012
Me too! Can't find it anywhere. Does anyone know a way to procure this great product?
09:34 AM on 03/01/2012
Web site Vermont Country Store
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scollingsworth
Sarcastic only when lips are moving
03:11 PM on 02/24/2012
Rain-X
03:06 PM on 02/24/2012
Fireplace glass cleaner: Crumple up a sheet of newspaper, dip it in water, then ashes. Scrub fireplace/wood stove glass in circles. Voila! Soot and tar rub off. Follow with a fresh newspaper crumpled and dipped only in water. You'll save in cleaners and exposure to chemicals that may be harmful to you.
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03:40 PM on 02/24/2012
hey, thanks for that tip...kids were wanting me to clean the glass, and I wasn't exactly sure the best method...I'll give it a try
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onwisconsin
Trust women; protect choice.
03:03 PM on 02/24/2012
My mother-in-law loves to clean windows. Seriously. LOVES. I just make her lunch or take her shopping or to the movies and she cleans our windows to her heart's content. She is an awesome housekeeper. I, unfortunately, am not. My husband is very neat and we're both clean in the kitchen and bathroom. Otherwise, we have a paid housekeeper who comes in once a week.
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CR46
spay/neuter and adopt
03:58 PM on 02/24/2012
Glad I am not the only one who is a lousy housekeeper :) and yes, I have a housekeeper come in too!
garystartswithg
el sueno de la razon produce republicans
08:00 PM on 02/24/2012
i have a friend that is a pig all over -- i feel for her housekeeper. she is really nice and does all the dishes, picks up and does laundry, way above and beyond..
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onwisconsin
Trust women; protect choice.
08:16 PM on 02/24/2012
Ours does just the basics that we can't get to during the week: floors, deep cleaning, bathrooms, dusting, etc. We wash our own clothes, keep the house neat, and the kitchen stays clean as well because we cook every night. My husband also vacuums at least 3 times per week to stay ahead of the dust and dog hair. That helps with my allergies quite a bit. I've often wondered why people can't do their own laundry. Of course, one has to have the machines, but past that it's really an easy endeavor. We send out the clothes that need to be pressed and just deal with the rest as they come out. It's not rocket science.
02:58 PM on 02/24/2012
Ammonia causes black edge on mirrors that are manufactured with copper-backing, which is most of them installed before the last ten years.
02:33 PM on 02/24/2012
I bought the E-cloth microfiber cleaning cloths for my windows and mirrors on Amazon - you only use water! The larger microfiber cloth is dampened and used on the window then the other dark green cloth is used to evaporate whatever moisture is left. It really does work on my windows - inside and out (my dogs keep my slider rather filthy!) Streak-free! No chemicals, no paper waste especially for those folks who don't know what newspapers are. When dirty, I put a few drops of dishwasher soap in a pot full of water with the dirty cloths and bring to a boil. Then hang to dry and reuse. I have tried all the other methods mentioned above but they don't compare to these cloths - don't think they should be used by the high-rise window washer guy, however. Website: http://www.buyecloth.com/all-e-cloth-products/
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Genius
Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance
06:33 PM on 02/24/2012
Sounded great until I got to the bottom line. Made in Korea.
We need a Chamber of Commerce that cares about what the American companies can do for the commerce in the United States.
As it is now, it is the Chamber of Congress.
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CR46
spay/neuter and adopt
02:22 PM on 02/24/2012
The best way to clean your house is to hire someone! People may think it is an extravagance, but I am just a lousy housekeeper that likes a really clean house. I seem to do okay with "keeping it up" between the weekly visits, it is where my extra pocket money has always gone :)
02:34 PM on 02/24/2012
You are missing out on good exercise! Besides, I have always had to follow-up on my cleaning person to clean the things that they miss.
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CR46
spay/neuter and adopt
03:05 PM on 02/24/2012
Running a ranch and a coonstruction business seem to give me all the exercise I need, and my housekeeper is the best and I realize just how lucky we are to have her.
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Barbara DeZan
Knowledge is Power
08:13 PM on 02/24/2012
I can relate. Since retiring, I find housekeeping to be a real bore. I live alone and you'd think it would be a snap....a small one bedroom place and all.

About 4 years ago, I decided there were better things I could do with the rest of my life and recognized that the "mess" didn't bother me anymore. Which quickly became a problem. I have so many things to enjoy..projects, genealogy, scrapbooking, eBay, etc...and soon, I had piles of stuff and dusty furniture which got on my nerves.

Even though I live on a fixed income...and am frugal beyond reason. My extra cash is "fun money", a movie once in a while...a weekend getaway or dinner out with friends, etc. I manage to put aside the money needed to hire a "merry maid" type who comes in once a month and makes my place spit-spot in no time.

Between visits, it's no problem to keep up....
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CR46
spay/neuter and adopt
01:32 PM on 02/25/2012
:) I consider it one of the true luxuries in life
02:12 PM on 02/24/2012
Good old vinegar and water with a speck of ammonia and newspapers. The best glass cleaners there are.
03:09 PM on 02/24/2012
Bingo. We don't even use the ammonia. Just a bit of vinegar with water and any old daily rag of a newspaper.
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RButler
I've always wanted to have everything I wanted
09:14 PM on 02/24/2012
I don't understand mixing an acid (vinegar) with an alkaline (ammonia).  Don't they neutralize each other?
12:15 PM on 02/25/2012
No, because it's only a teeny amount of ammonia, designed to cut grease, which is does exceedingly well. Here's our old family recipe:

4 cups of tepid or cool water
1 1/2 cups vinegar
4 tablespoons of ammonia (plain but lemon is better)

This makes a lot, and I usually just mix it well and put it into spray bottles. You can adjust the vinegar ratio if you want to make it a little lighter, but this is a tried and true recipe. Good question! But in this case there is not enough ammonia to neutralize the acid of the vinegar.
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BonzaSheila
What's disgusting? UNION BUSTING!!
01:45 PM on 02/24/2012
"There's nothing more frustrating than cloudy streak-ridden windows and mirrors"
Dude, have you been paying attention to the Republican presidential candidates?
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RButler
I've always wanted to have everything I wanted
09:16 PM on 02/24/2012
Beat me to it.  Or how about nowhere to dispose of your empty sugar packets at a restaurant?  Now, THAT has to be the most frustrating thing in the world.
03:19 PM on 04/11/2012
cloudy and fuzzy like obama
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Bill O Smiley
01:26 PM on 02/24/2012
Isopropyl Alcohol works great. It evaporates so quickly it doesn't streak and is just about the best disinfectant you can buy. I make a 70% solution in a spray bottle. It has to be 70% in order for it to disinfect properly.
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GraniteSkyline
I wish your happiness, or, bqhatevwr....
02:26 PM on 02/24/2012
That's what we used to use in the lab when I was an optician. I've been using Iso on my glasses, mirrors, windows, and a few other things ever since. It makes chrome fixtures sparkle!
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millfarm
01:10 PM on 02/24/2012
Fill up a bucket of warm water.
Add DAWN dishwasher soap to water.
Wash windows--wipe off with clean paper towel.
Sparkling clean and easy!
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RButler
I've always wanted to have everything I wanted
09:17 PM on 02/24/2012
No rinsing?  Doesn't it leave a soap film?  Just curious.
01:10 PM on 02/24/2012
Newspaper
beverlyamy1
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11:14 AM on 03/01/2012
spot on....no streaks at all.
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millfarm
01:07 PM on 02/24/2012
Get a bottle of original DAWN dishwasher liquid.
put warm water in a bucket, squeeze some DAWN in bucket.
Wipe off with paper towels. Sparkling clean!
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Tom Weidermeijer
If you're easily offended... try to laugh more : )
12:51 PM on 02/24/2012
What is this 'newspaper' you speak of?
03:10 PM on 02/24/2012
19th centruy technology, but if you can still find it, it works great for cleaning windows.
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pcplz
Children, children....think before you speak!!
04:50 PM on 02/24/2012
I tried rubbing my laptop on the windows but it just doesn't work
beverlyamy1
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11:15 AM on 03/01/2012
everyday newspaper works well.
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TheMuckraker
12:50 PM on 02/24/2012
I used to use Trisodium Phosphate, (TSP; 3 salts), but it made the water super slippery.... which is frowned upon if you are doing Hi-Rise windows. The squeegee could slip out of your hand and land in a pedestrians skull below. Its a great cleaner if you are specifically cleaning Hard Water Spots on glass. Otherwise I used Joy liquid dish soap, appx. 2 Tbsp in 4 gallons water. Also, I recommend AGAINST using warm water, as suggested in the article. It dries too fast on the glass, which will inevitably lead to streaks. The only time I used warm water is when it was freezing outside and my hands were getting frozen to the squeegee or pole. The water would also get frozen on the glass if you werent fast enough.
02:36 PM on 02/24/2012
This mixture with a little bleach gets rid of the mold that grows on the gasket of the front-loader washing machines.