GIVEAWAY: “Liquid Sunshine, On the Sunny Side”

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Liquid Sunshine was one of our featured products in the “Home Safe Home” section of the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm. Liquid Sunshine Non-toxic Cleaner by Vermont Soap Organics is a USDA-certified food-grade organic alternative to conventional chemical cleaners—a single-source solution to washing laundry, dishes, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, carpets, stains, woodwork, floors, camping gear, and any other water-safe surface. Plus, it’s safe and effective to use on the hands and body, and is even touted as a terrific shampoo for people with oily hair.


For a chance to win a FREE 16-oz bottle of Liquid Sunshine, tell me your favorite cleaning tip in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.

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  1. Avis says:

    I use baking soda to get the stain of my dishes when I am washing them.

  2. Tina Nickolaus says:

    I have learned Goop (hand cleaner) and elbow grease gets tough stains out of my son’s baseball pants every time!
    I am not sure who invented white baseball pants for little boys but I sure am grateful for Goop!

  3. Glenda Blackburn says:

    Lemons, baking soda, and vinegar. My all time favorites! Natural and fresh with no nasty chemicals!

  4. Rhonda says:

    When cooking I try to keep a sink of warm sudsy water so I can wash things along the way, making final clean up go much faster. Love all the tips I’ve been reading. I need to make note of them. 😉

  5. Margaret Wood says:

    I have to use small amount of bleach in my dish water because of hard water. My dishes come sparkling clean not build up our water is real hard

  6. Cecile Clausen says:

    Often! Always stay on top of it. I would love to try your Liquid Sunshine Vermont Soap! I love your Mary Janes Farm magazine!

  7. Amanda Munford says:

    I wish someone had taught me earlier in life how many cleaning uses there are with just baking soda and vinegar. They are wonderful to put in with your laundry too!

  8. Melissa says:

    I just love using vinegar for almost everything . I like to use orange oil too .
    It makes chrome sparkle !
    Hydrogen Peroxide is great for the mold . No toxic fumes for me !

  9. Marianne Barta says:

    I make our own Laundry Soap — love it. Use dryer balls in the dryer with essential oils.

  10. Emilie W says:

    I use salt, baking soda and vinegar around the house all the time. The vinegar keeps my stainless steel dishwasher and washing machine spic and span clean.
    I would love to try the Vermont Sunshine to see what it can do.

  11. Marissa Weaver says:

    I use dryer sheets to wipe off water spots on bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

  12. deb rowley says:

    I mix dawn dish soap and baking soda to form a paste to get burnt on spills off my glass top stove.

  13. Theresa Stone says:

    I like to take dr bonner’s castile soap in hot water mix with borax and arm and hammer washing soda, mix and keep in a jug. Great for washing clothes and getting stains out of carpets. This stuff is amazing and you can add your favorite essential oil to it as well.

  14. Leslie Stevens says:

    My go to cleaner is a mix of 1 part original Dawn dishwasher liquid to 4 parts Hydrogen Peroxide. I use it for just about everything including stains on my white clothes, bathrooms and in the kitchen.

  15. Judy Hartman says:

    Dawn dish soap for stains on clothes and carpet, definitely not just for dishes.

  16. Vinegar, a squirt or two of Dawn dishwashing liquid and lots of water cleans floors, whether they be stone, hardwood or laminate. I add a bit of lavendar oil so it smells better, too. I’d love to try your cleaning products!

  17. Cathi Davis says:

    I love using microfiber towels for cleaning. It makes cleaning easier.

  18. Adrienne LaFleur says:

    I add essential oils to all of my homemade cleaners, including in the carpet cleaner!

  19. I love using vinegar for cleaning everything from food to floors to windows. Love using it mixed with essential oils in the laundry as a fabric softner. If you mix it with a little coconut oil and spray around windows it keeps spiders away. We have a well and live on a lake so I’m very conscious of the environment.

  20. Lynna says:

    baking soda to clean plastic outdoor chairs and sheds

  21. melanie says:

    Vinegar….just can not live without vinegar for cleaning or eating…

  22. I never use a mop. I never throw away old towels either! When I clean the floor, I toss an old towel down, pour my cleaner on top and walk around rubbing the floor with my feet. Looks kinda funny but it works! After a few towels have been used this way, they all go into the washer. I think it’s much healthier than a mop.

  23. Gloria Werne says:

    Any protein based stain like puppy accidents, blood, any bodily fluid soak up as much of the stain with a clean white cloth then add hydrogen peroxide. You will see the stain start disappearing. Rinse with clear warm water . Dab up any remaining with a dry white cloth, or wash as usual. Be sure to test in a small area first.

  24. Judy Ries says:

    My favorite money saving tip is to use no-tears baby shampoo to remove makeup.

  25. Sandi Duncan says:

    My go to’s for cleaning are Dawn (original blue) dish soap, white vinager and baking powder. Together or alone these are great to have on hand!

  26. Mel Boone says:

    My favorite tip is using Dawn dish soap when I give my dogs a bath. I give them a bath every week using dog shampoo but once a month I will use Dawn. It really cleans them good!

  27. Judy Habbeshaw says:

    My favorite cleaning trick is to “short cut” cleaning. I place paper towels on my upper cabinets that don’t reach the ceilings. Because I like to cook a lot it gets pretty dirty up there and I first take down the dirty paper towels and then take my favorite degreaser to clean up the final smaller amount that is left. It sure makes cleaning up there a lot easier.

  28. Dusty Cannon says:

    My sister and I both love scrubbing our tubs with baking soda/soap mix! We add an essential oil to get our blood flowing and clean clean!!

  29. Nancy says:

    I use Fels Naptha bar soap for stains. Rub it on even after you have dried things and discover stains. It almost always gets them out. I have gifted my kids with bars of soap.

  30. sherry mckinney says:

    I clean using the “old” stand-bys…vinegar, baking soda & water…they do the job I want without too much effort…the secret is to stay ahead of the dirt & grime…I have had to use harsher cleaners on my hard water spots that accumulated on the glass doors of my shower…but now it is back to keeping ahead of the build-up with the more “natural” approach.

  31. Carolyn Brill says:

    Hydragene peroxide and dawn dish soap. 1/2 c peroxide,2tbl dish soap and water to fill and small spray bottle. Works great on stains. Especially carpet stains. I love making my own detergent also.

  32. MS Barb says:

    Nok_out for doggie accidents in the house

  33. Lynda Reid says:

    Cream of Tarter/Vinegar/ and Lemon Juice on aluminum works great for removing brown scum….

  34. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    good old baking soda! it works on so many things, with a little water brightens
    things up!

  35. Teresa says:

    Usin spray oil (Pam) to clean soap scum off glass shower doors

  36. Darlene Sorensen says:

    I fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and secure it over the faucet or shower head with a rubber band or bread tie. After it stops bubbling remove and do a final clean with tooth brush for smooth running without having to remove the shower or faucet heads!

  37. Donna Collins says:

    I put a piece of wax paper, then a paper towel on the bottom of my drawer that holds my onions and one for my potatoes (I store them separately) and when all of the onion skins and dirt from the potatoes mess up the bottom, I just replace the towels and wax paper & clean up is a breeze.

  38. Jan Grippo says:

    Just yesterday, I used mayonnaise to get a wet spot stain off my oak table. I had left a planter on the table, with a couple of paper towels. I “thought” the towels would contain any moisture from the plant. Uh….no, they trapped the moisture on the table. I was horrified when I saw it. But totally amazed when I wiped off the mayo to see my beautiful oak table was just fine.

  39. Jenny says:

    Borax. I use that.

  40. Staci McLarnon says:

    Vinegar in the laundry!

  41. Michele says:

    A cotton swab for spaces where a bottle brush is too large (straws, etc.).

  42. Karrieann M Warr says:

    Using white vinegar in my rinse cycle for my laundry! I have been doing this for about 6 years now, second nature!

  43. Trina Vasquez says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to put lemon or orange peels in a mason jar and cover with vinegar for 2 weeks. Then i dilute with water in a spray bottle and there’s my natural cleaner!

  44. T.M. Clerc says:

    My favorite cleaning tool is the sponge with the soap dispenser handle and I just go at it; scrubbing and soaping everything up. It is so, so easy and fun to clean that way. I use whatever liquid soap I have but, lately I have been using Mrs. Meyer’s soaps for the wonderful smells. The Lemon Verbena reminds me of my Grandma’s house since she had the beautiful plants right outside her kitchen door.

  45. Melanie Cooke says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to use white vinegar combined with my favorite essential oil. It disinfects and smells great. I change the choice of oil by season (lemongrass for summer or lavender, clove in the fall / winter…

  46. CMD says:

    Vinegar is great for most cleaning as well as Murphys oil soap for wood floors

  47. Sandie Gerken says:

    My favorite cleaning item is baking soda. It takes out scuff marks on my tile and vinyl floors. It disinfects my sink. It helps to soak up stains. Even works as toothpaste in a pinch. Without baking soda, scrubbing would be tougher.

  48. Bekah Marten says:

    Favorite Cleaning Tip?? Play some good music to make cleaning more fun 🙂

  49. Marie says:

    I have a book called “100 Uses for Baking Soda”. Whenever I have something to clean, I just look it up in the book. Among the many items that can be easily cleaned with baking soda are silver and leather. Baking soda is also a key ingredient in most homemade cleaners.

  50. Sue Fischer says:

    Favorite cleaning tip is actually going back to basics that I grew up with–vinegar and newspaper for cleaning windows.

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