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  •  Ninepatch is right about the vinegar (5+ / 0-)

    It cuts the soap residue and "freshens" the rinse (and the smell goes away while drying).  It was something my mother was doing +/-60 years ago, long before hair conditioners and stinky shampoos were invented.  I use vinegar for everything from cleaning the sink (it deodorizes the drain, too, if you pour a little baking soda in the drain and vinegar on top of that), to cleaning pots and pans, to letting a cup sit in the toilet bowl overnight (or, at least until I get up in the middle of the night to tinkle), to hand-washing my undies.  Non-chemical scented soap, vinegar in the rinse and making sure all soap residue is gone.  [Smell test before leaving the store; "unscented" is also a chemical smell, and it grosses me out every time; I had to toss some Dove hand soap labeled 'unscented' because the smell was atrocious and went to the Dove soap labeled Sensitive Skin 'fragrance free' hand soap.  Only my Mitchum's deodorant can be trusted with the 'unscented' label.]  I also have a little spritz bottle that's half vinegar and half water, and if I need an "air freshener" I give it a couple of squirts and that takes away cooking odors and such.  Not much is needed.  I generally buy two gallons of clear vinegar every 4-6 weeks.

    With cats and dogs, smell is everything.  Their world is surrounded by boundaries of smell and they identify everything by smell.  Chemical "perfumes" used to make my kitties wrinkle their noses and run out of the room if I was washing dishes (not even any contact with them) - and that was before Dove quit being manufactured and the smell wasn't all that bad.  Not long after that my entire body became sensitive to multiple chemicals (some of my relatives have the same - we have very sensitive auto-immune systems and multiple pollen and food allergies on top of that).

    I'd recommend Arm & Hammer Perfume & Dye-Free laundry detergent (do a smell test before leaving the store; I once bought a big jug on sale and it was mis-labeled so I had to give it to someone who could tolerate chemical perfume because I can't without getting a migraine) or Perfume & Dye-Free Oxi-Clean (the latter has almost no smell).  If you add a cup of vinegar to the Oxi-Clean it will bubble and fizzle before it settles in to bubble out dirt and such (kinda like what happens when you add vinegar to baking soda when making volcanoes in grade school.  Wash cotton things in boiling hot water.  [One reason for the proliferation of bedbugs is cold-water wash and rinse.  Boiling water like our foremothers used for clothes washing killed the bedbugs - and fleas and lice and an assortment of germs, plus it carries off any grease clothing absorbs from our bodies.  The key to really clean clothing free of things you don't want for yourself or your fur family is boiling hot water and clear vinegar added to the warm rinse water.]

    Bonus:  Quite some time ago I read that vinegar has more germ-killing properties than Pine-Sol, Lysol, and the like - and vinegar is environmentally safe to use where the chemicals really are not safe to use around kids or pets.

    After the first warm water rinse, do a second rinse with another cup of vinegar to make sure any soap residue is gone... and do NOT use fabric softener in the rinse or fabric softener sheets.  Even if you like the smell, the chemical scents are bad for cats or dogs or other animals and most will wrinkle their noses or run away from the smell (remember, their sense of smell is hundreds, if not thousands, of times more sensitive than ours).  The chemical scents sprayed on carpeting can also do repulsive things to their liver (which is what processes toxins) or kidneys or digestive tracts since they clean themselves with their mouths and swallow whatever they clean off their paws, just as new carpeting with carcinogenic chemicals does to them.  [Ditto babies and toddlers who are short and closer to toxic carpeting, just like cats and small dogs.]

    Your little calico-tortie sweetheart is adorable!!!  She looks a lot like Bill & Michael's Fantom.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 08:44:28 PM PDT

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