• Mr. Clean According to P&G, the original model is actually a Navy sailor from the city of Pensacola, FL, although most people think he is a genie based on his earring, folded arms, and tendency to magically appear at the appropriate time.
  • In September 2008, the European Parliament deemed Mr. Clean potentially offensive, because his build might imply that cleaning can only be accomplished by a muscular man
  • oh my -_-:: they don't have more serious things to discuss about?!? - lauronsky
  • ahhah, well, in Italy is called 'mastro Lindo' and i thought was a genius too!! the sailors don't vanish! (well, apart when they drink too much rum and their wives are looking for them...) - lauronsky

Using vinegar for a natural clean

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Circumvent the armada of commercial cleaners by keeping an ample supply of these eight items, which make up the basic ingredients for nearly every do-it-yourself cleaning recipe.
Distilled white vinegar: disinfects and breaks up dirt; choose white vinegar over apple cider or red vinegars, as these might stain surfaces
Baking soda: provides grit for scrubbing and reacts with water, vinegar or lemon by fizzing, which speeds up cleaning times
Borax: disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes; very handy in laundry mixes
Hydrogen Peroxide: disinfects and bleaches
Lemons: cut grease; bottled lemon juice also works well, although you might need to use bit more to get the same results
Olive oil: picks up dirt and polishes wood; cheaper grades work well
Vegetable based (liquid castile) soap: non-petroleum all-purpose cleaners
Washing soda: stain remover, general cleaner, helps unblock pipes; should be handled with gloves due to its caustic nature. Washing soda is usually found in the laundry aisle of grocery and drug stores.

Vinegar, baking soda, and lemons all have natural cleaning powers that rival manufactured cleaning solutions. They are easy and safe to use, and can often clean for much less money than other cleaning products on the market.


How to clean your house without hurting the planet

Vinegar, from the French translation meaning "sour wine," can be produced from all kinds of fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But the fundamental process remains unchanged no matter what the initial ingredients may be: first a fermentation of sugar to alcohol, and then a second go-round to vinegar.

The ancients stumbled upon the versatility of vinegar probably 10,000 years ago. The Babylonians used it as medicine, and also mixed it with herbs to flavor their meals. The Romans drank it as a beverage. Biblical references show how it was used for its soothing and healing properties, and as recent as World War I vinegar was still being used to treat wounds.

Vinegar is a highly affordable and super-safe eco-cleaning staple we should all get familiar with. Distilled white vinegar easily neutralizes alkaline soaps, effortlessly breaks down stubborn urine odors, quickly polishes patent leather, instantly removes static cling from clothing, flawlessly cleans mirrors and glass, simply deodorizes the air, effortlessly polishes chrome, carefully removes soap scum and hard water spots, dependably cleans your automatic drip coffee maker and, in a pinch, even lifts accidentally spilled white glue. This 10,000 year-old elixir is a modern-day cleaning miracle!

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  1. biedk 68 months ago | reply

    Great pic! And what a lot of good tips! :D

  2. ladylouise62 (trying to find mojo) 68 months ago | reply

    Wow - that's useful, Thanks E. I already use vinegar for a couple of things (Mum comes from a generation that didn't have the modern stuff), but this is great. BUT I'm not going to take a leaf out of the Romans' book and start drinking it !

  3. elycefeliz 68 months ago | reply

    Yeah, the part about drinking it sounded rather dubious! >:{

  4. lauronsky 68 months ago | reply

    Thank you very much for adding this photo to the pool of Two Weeks Notice! (Theme: Environment)
    We will have a new theme running very soon... see you there! : )

  5. howipinchapenny 64 months ago | reply

    thanks you for allowing creative commons with this photograph. it will be used on my post: howipinchapenny.blogspot.com/2009/01/squeaky-clean.html

  6. nelsonmelle 60 months ago | reply

    I used your funny photo in a blog post. Thanks so much. Here's the link and a wink ;)

  7. elycefeliz 46 months ago | reply

    Thank you very much for adding this photo to the pool of Two Weeks Notice Theme: “Smells”

    We will have a new theme running very soon... hope to see you there! : )

  8. Mrs.Lyons 43 months ago | reply

    Thank you for using cc on this photo. I have used it on my blog and linked back to you.

  9. ThoughtsHappen 38 months ago | reply

    Thanks so much for putting this on Creative Commons. It was perfect for my post, "Cooking, Cleaning, or None of the Above" on my site Thoughts Happen, at www.thoughtshappen.net/2011/03/cooking-cleaning-or-none-o...

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