Friday, April 29, 2011

Melaleuca Spring Cleaning



Air Freshener
Combine 3 oz of Sol-u-Mel with 16 oz of water in spritz bottle, spray area lightly.

Upholstery
Combine 3 oz of Sol-u-Mel and 1 oz of Sol-u-Guard in 16 oz water in spritz bottle, spray upholstery lightly.

Appliances
Use 1 tsp of Tough & Tender and 1 capfull of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz of water, spray on unplugged appliances and let sit
for 2 minutes, then wipe off.

Baby Wipes (feminine wipes, wet towels, wet wipes)
Use 1 tsp Sol-u-Mel with 1 capfull of Nature's Cleanse with 1 capful of Renew Bath oil on Tough & Tender Wipes; or
use same mixture on a washcloth.  Soak papertowels in mixture, and place in easy-to-grab container for trips, picnics,
dog park, amusement parks, theme parks, play grounds, boating trips, or petting zoos.  Auto-mechanics, trash collectors,
fisherman, and Mike Rowe would benefit from these handy wipes as well.
Add 3 drops of T36-C5 for anti-bacterial cleaning hand wipes. 
Cut a star in the top of the container to easily remove papertowel (for auto-feed, do not seperate papertowels beforehand).
Add a spritz of Sun Shades to papertowels for easy sun-screen application. 

BallPoint Pen
Dab Sol--u-Mel on area (spot test for color-permanence), let sit for 3-5 minutes and dab ink away with wet towel.

Bathrooms
Clean the ceilings 1 oz Tough & Tender in 16 oz water, wipe with cloth.
Use Sol-u-Guard Botanical Disinfectant to disinfect and clean surfaces such as sink, counter, toilet, tub, and floor.
Use PreSpot for laminated countertops and stains.
Mop floor with 2 tbsp MelaMagic and 1 capfull of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz of water.
Use 1 capfull of Sol-u-Mel and 1 oz Sol-u-Guard Botanical in toilet, scrub with brush. Add 1 oz Tub & Tender for hard water stains.
(Don't use Tough & Tender on marble or granite!)
Use Clear Power, diluted 1/2 strength to clean mirrors and faucets.
Use Tub & Tile full strength for mold and mildew, let sit on surface for 5 minutes, and rinse.
Use No Work Tub Cleaner after the shower to keep soap scum from accumulating in shower stall and doors.
Use 3 oz Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz of water and 1 oz Sol-u-Guard in 16 oz water in spritzer to eliminate odors.
Mix 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel and 1 oz MelaMagic to 1/2 full bathtub of hot water, soak shower curtain in water for 15 min; or spray
mixture on curtains and wipe off with cloth. 
Use Tough & tender in regular dilution to clean walls, carpet, drawers, linen cupboards, and medicine cabinet shelves.

BBQ Grills
Soak grill in 1 oz of water in 1/2 gal of water, scrub clean with brush or foil ball. Add 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel
for really dirty grills
Use Tough & Tender in regular dilution to clean outside of grill.

Bleach Substitute
1 tblsp of MelaBrite 6x Color-Safe Brightener replaces bleach in the washing machine, carpet cleaner, and apholstry to keep
materials looking bright.

Blinds
Use 1 tbsp Tough & Tender in 16 oz water, spray on blinds and wipe with a cloth.  Use Tough & Tender Wipes for ease.
Use Rustic Touch instead, for wood blinds (don't spray glass).  
Really dirty blinds, add 1/2 capfull of Sol-u-Mel and let sit on blinds for 1 minute.

Blood
Use PreSpot and leave on for 2 minutes before rubbing stain out. Or, use PreSpot on stain and let sit in laundry before next wash.
Add 1 capfull Sol-u-Mel and 5 drops Tough & Tender with MelaPower Laundry Detergent in regular wash cycle.

Boats
Use 4 oz in 1 gal MelaMagic to clean aluminum hulls.
Use 4 capfulls of Sol-u-Mel to clean fiberglass hulls and interior.
Wood can be restored with Rustic Touch.    

Bread box
Clean your bread box with Tough & Tender to keep bread fresher longer.

Broiler
Add 1-2 oz Tough & Tender to hot water and pour in dirty broiler, add 5 drops Lemon Brite and 1 oz MelaMagic for grease.
Let sit, scrub, and rinse.

Bugs
Mix 1/4 cup Sol-u-Mel, 5 drops T36-C5, and 1 tsp of Tough & Tender to 14 oz water.  Spray on body to keep bugs away.
Add 2 oz of Breath Away to above mix and spray around outdoor areas before enjoying the outdoors.
Spray complete mixture around outside windows and doors to keep insects out of home.

Bumper Stickers (sticker residue)
use Sol-u-Mel concentrate to soak glue, then scrub off.  (May need a few applications depending on glue used).

Candle Wax
Press warm iron over damp newspaper over wax spot until wax is absorbed into newspaper.  Use several layers of newspaper to
protect iron.  Careful not to burn newspaper or melt carpet.
Clean area with regularly diluted Tough & tender.

Carpet Care
Use 1 capfull of Sol-u-Mel and 1 oz of Tough & Tender instead of commercial brand carpet cleaners.
Add 1 tbsp of MelaBrite to keep white carpets looking clean and bright.
Rinse carpet with hot water to remove residue since it can attract dirt and grime.
Spray carpet with diluted Sol-u-Mel before vacuuming to remove odors.
Use 1 tsp Tough & tender and 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz of water to remove carpet stains. Add 1 oz MelaMagic for greasy stains.

Ceilings
Mix 1 tsp Tough & Tender in 16 oz water and spray on ceiling, scrub off.  Use Sol-u-Mel for stains.

Ceilings Fans
Mix 5 drops Tough & tender in 16 oz of water, spritz on fan and wipe.  Use Tough & Tender Wipes for ease.
Use Rustic Touch on clean fans to preserve wood.

Chewing Gum
Remove residue with Sol-u-Mel concentrate.  (Check for color fastness on materials before using concentrate.)
Scrub gum out with old tooth brush.

China
Soak Fragile china in 1/4 capful of Diamond Bright in a sinkful of warm water overnight.  Wash and dry as usual.

Chrome
Use Clear Power fully diluted in distilled water when wiping chrome with rag or paper towels until dry.

Clay Flower Pots
Use 1 tsp of Sol-u-Mel mixed with 16 oz water to spray on flowerpots and scrub clean.  Use wire brush or steel wool if necessary.

Cleaning Booster
Add 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel to a cleaning job to remove tough stains and nasty odors. 

Coffee Maker
Put 1/2 tsp of Clear Power into coffee maker with 8-10 cups of water, turn on and run through.  Run another pot with just water
before brewing a pot of coffee.  (You can use hot water to clean windows or glass).
Rinse coffee caraffe with a drop of Lemon Bright under hot water, scrub if necessary.

Concrete Patios
Mix 1 oz of MelaMagic in 1 gal of warm water, scrub surface and rinse with hose.

Copper
Use regularly diluted Tub & Tile  to any copper which has tarnished or patinated.

Counter-tops
Use 1 tsp Tough & Tender in 16 oz water, spritzed on counters and wipe clean.  For tough messes, let sit for several minutes before wiping.
Use Tough & Tender for dark Formica counter-tops.
Use PreSpot to remove stains.
Disinfect with Sol-u-Guard regularly diluted.

Crayon
Use concentrated Sol-u-Mel on crayon marks on the wall.
Use PreSpot to remove crayon from clothing.  Saturate affected area, let sit, then scrub crayon out.  Use full strength if need be.

Desks
Dust with Rustic Touch. 
(Do not use full strength Tub & Tile and Sol-u-Mel on wood).

Dirt
Use 1 spritz PreSpot and 1 tsp Melapower on affected area, then wash in washing machine with MelaPower and MelaBrite.
Revive Wrinkle Relaxer prevents stains from setting into clothes.

Driveway & Garage
use 2 oz MelaMagic and 2 capfuls of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz water and spray on stains.  Scrub and rinse off.

Dust Mites
Regularly diluted Sol-u-Mel kills dust mites in vents, fabric, linens, bedding, carpet, and dresser drawers.

Electronics
Keep your electronics dust and static free by wiping them with Tough & Tender Wipes.

Enamel
Classic Tooth Polish will polish enamel too. 

Fingernail Polish
Use Sol-u-Mel on affected area, let sit, and wipe with water.

Fireplace
Use 1/2 strength Clear Power on glass.
Use diluted MelaMagic on brick and metal, scrub with brush, and rinse.

First Aid (Auto and Home)
Re-use a container to hold T36-C5, Clear Defense Hand Gel, Renew Intensive Skin Therapy, Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Melagel,
Sun Shades Sunscreen, CounterAct Extra Strength, and Antibacterial Liquid Soap.  You also need guaz, bandages, tweezers, scissors,
and plastic gloves to complete the kit.

Floors
Use 4 oz MelaMagic in 1 gal of water to mop linoleum and ceramic tile floors.  Add Sol-u-Guard to kill bacteria.
Use 1 oz Tough & Tender with 1 gal of water to dry mop hardwood floors.
Remove scuffmarks with full strength Sol-u-Mel, or on wood floors, use Antibacterial Soap.

Flies
use 1 tsp Tough & Tender and 1 capful of Renew Bath Oil in 16 oz water, spritz areas prone to flies two or three times per week.

Freezer
Use Tough & Tender regularly diluted to clean walls of freezer, or use Tough & Tender Wipes for ease. 
Kill mold or mildew by using concentrated Sol-u-Mel on areas and rinse off with diluted Tough & Tender.

Fruit Juice
Use full strength PreSpot on stain, let sit, then wash as normal.

Furniture
Soak fabric with diluted PreSpot, (check for color fastness), wipe with towel.
On wood, leather, or vinyl, use Rustic Touch to clean.

Garbage Cans
Use 1/2 cup of MelaMagic and 2 capfuls of Sol-u-Mel in 1 gal of hot water, scrub cans with soft brush and rinse. Spray with Sol-u-Guard and let dry.

Garbage Disposal
Pour 1 tsp of Sol-u-Mel into the running disposal (make sure you have a light stream of hot water draining into it as well)
To sharpen the blades, freeze 1/3 water, 1/3 Tough & Tender, 1/3 Sol-u-Mel icecubes in icecube tray. While trickling cold water into running disposal,
put 3 or 4 icecubes into disposal and wait until they are all gone before shutting disposal off.  

Glass
Use Clear Power as directed.
Use 1/4 tsp MelaSoft diluted in 16 oz water to keep lint from sticking to glass.

Grease
Use PreSpot, Sol-u-Mel, and Antibacterial Soap on affected area, let sit, rub out, wash as normal.

Grease Spills
Use full strength MelaMagic on affected area, let sit for 15-20 minutes, then wipe up.
On carpet, rub Antibacterial Soap into spots and blot out.

Greasy Hands
Wash hands with The Gold Bar or Antibacterial Soap. 
Put 1-2 drops of MelaMagic in Antibacterial Soap as shop handsoap used after working with grease or oil.
    
Humidifier
Use 1-2 capfuls of Sol-u-Mel in humidifiers will keep mildew and bacteria from forming.
Use 1 drop T36-C5 to add antiviral qualities to the mist.

Kitchen
Use regularly diluted Tough & Tender with 1 tsp Sol-u-Guard on all kitchen surfaces to clean and disinfect.
Use 2 oz of MelaMagic in 16 oz of water to clean oven, fridge, and microwave.  Add 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel for stuck on food or dirt.
Mop floors with 1 oz of MelaMagic with 1 gal water.
Use 1 tsp Tough & Tender and/or Lemon Bright in the sink, scrub food and debris and rinse.
Use Diamond Brite to clean scuff marks off enamel sinks.  Tooth Polish also does the trick.
Use full strength MelaMagic to clean grease from the hood.

Lawn Furniture
Use 1 tsp of Tough & Tender and 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz water, spray down furniture and wipe clean.

Lawn Mower
Use 1 tbsp of MelaMagic with 1/2 gal of water, spray mower with solution and let sit, rinse off and let dry.

Leather Softener
Use 1 tsp Rustic Touch and several oz of Moisturizing hand Cream into stiff leather.

Machine Parts
Use 1 oz of MelaMagic and 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel to 16 oz of water, spray on parts, let sit, rinse off.

Paint
Spray PreSpot on acrylic or oil based paint spots to be removed, let sit and then dab out. 
Soak paint brushes in Sol-u-Mel to remove paint residue.

Pet Stains
Use 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel to 5 oz of water on affected area, let sit for a minute, and scrub out.

Piano Keys
Use regularly diluted Tough & Tender on a cloth to carefully wipe the keys, dry with cloth.
Use Tough & Tender Wipes for ease. 
To remove tape residue, use 1 capful Sol-u-Mel diluted with 1-2 oz water and carefully scrub with soft brush.
(Full strength Sol-u-Mel may discolor black keys)

Plants (Indoor)
Use 1 tsp Tough & Tender to 16 oz of water, spritz onto leaves and soil to get rid of mold, mildew, and bugs.

Plastic
Use Rustic Touch to clean plastic grill covers, toaster oven covers, sunglasses, and other plastics.

Pots and Pans
Use 1 tsp Tub & Tile in sink full of hot water to soak pots and pans.  Scrub clean with Lemon Bright.

Refrigerator
Use 1 tsp, 1 capful Sol-u-Guard, plus 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in 16 oz of water to wipe shelves and bins.
Use Sol-u-Mel concentrated to clean the mold and mildew from the seal.

Rust
Use full strength Tub & Tile on rust spots and stains (except from marble and granite).
If on clothes, treat with Tub & Tile, then wash like normal.
Use Rustic Touch to loosen rusted hinges and bolts.  (It also works for lubrication on rusted parts as well).

Saw Blades
Use MelaMagic full strength to clean resin buildup from saw, sharper bit, and router bits.

Shoes
Use Rustic Touch to remove scuffs and shine leather shoes, boots, sandals, and crocs.

Sink
Use Sol-u-Guard to disinfect surface.

Silver  
Use dab of Classic Tooth Polish to remove tarnish from silver, rinse thoroughly.
Soak tarnished silverware for 1 hour in warm water with 1/2 capful of Diamond Bright.

Starch
Use 1/2 diluted Revive instead of starch for ironing clothing.
Use concentrated Revive to leave clothes extra stiff.

Static Cling
Use 1 tsp of MelaSoft in 16 oz warm water to spritz clothes with cling.
Add a spritz of 1/2 diluted Revive for a quick static fix.

Tar
Use Sol-u-Mel concentrate on affected area, wipe with rag.
Use 1 tsp Sol-u-Mel and 1 tsp PreSpot on clothes to remove tar, gum and goo; let soak
and scrub with brush, wash like usual.

Ticks & Chiggers
Spray skin with diluted Sol-u-Mel to avoid getting ticks or chiggers. 
Try using a dab of Renew Bath Oil and a drop of T36-C5 over embedded tick and wait until they back out.

Toys
Soak toys in 1 tsp Tough & Tender, 1 capful Sol-u-Mel, and 1 tsp Sol-u-Guard in 1 gal of warm water.
For stuffed animals, place in pillowcase and wash in washing machine with 1 pump MelaPower and 1 capful Sol-u-Mel.
Fill squirt guns with 1 capful of Sol-u-Mel and regularly diluted Tough & Tender to get rid of mold build-up.
  
Wood
Use Rustic Touch to clean and protect wood.
Use moisturizing Hand Cream to remove water stains, let sit, and buff out.
      
Windows
Use regularly diluted Clear Power to clean glass surfaces.  Remove streaks with cheap paper towels or an old rag.
Use 1 tsp Tough & Tender and 1/4 cup of Clear Power in power washer for outside windows.

Wrinkles
Use regularly diluted Revive to spritz clothes, shake and hang them up to dry wrinkle free.

Zippers
Dab some Rustic Touch on metal or plastic zippers to make them slide easier.

*For an extensive list check out Pamphlets: Complete Uses I - IX
Use them, print them out, and even share them.  There's more to come so hold on tight.

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