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Cleaning + chemistry: Where do you find your reliable DIY cleaner recipes?

I've seen all the usual DIY eco-friendly cleaning recipes floating around the great wide Interwebs, and tried out most of them. But I'm wondering… are they all really safe? For example, I'm kind of suspicious of the baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap chemical reaction that takes place. What are some reliable resources with DIY cleaning recipes that rely on real research about the actual safety and effectiveness of the recipes?

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Pretty-up your kitchen sink to make dishwashing more enjoyable

Our kitchen sink is awful. It only has one basin, it was disgusting when we moved in, and seems to love hanging onto water spots. We have a dishwasher but a lot of our dishes have to be hand-washed, and that's usually my job. Since I despise washing dishes I came up with a couple ideas to make it less awful…

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Vacuum out your heat ducts right now

This past spring (or the winter that would not quit here in Minnesota) we noticed that our heat seemed to not be working so well. My head immediately jumped to how to find a furnace repair person and how much that would cost. My wife suggested we try vacuuming out the ducts. A bit of internet research has shown that apparently you're supposed to do this on a regular basis, but I had never thought to do it before. So now you know!

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Use lingerie bags for washing delicates AND sweaters

I hate washing things by hand. In addition to sweaters, I think that other delicate clothing/unmentionables last longer if you wash them by hand. My first victory was moving somewhere with a washing machine that has a delicate cycle. But I was still doing multiple loads of delicate laundry since bra hooks and knit sweaters do not mix! The next victory was what I like to call a "baskets moment" or in my case, a "bags moment." For people who apparently live under rocks like I do…