Cleaning with vinegar?

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I'm from Canada and used to cleaning much of the house with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Do people in the UK not use vinegar to clean with? If you do, where do you get large quantities of cheap white vinegar? Not malt vinegar -- I physically can't tolerate barley malt, and besides, it would make my house smell like a chip shop. If nobody here uses vinegar to clean with, is there an eco-friendly, affordable alternative?

cakeL Tue 13-Aug-13 07:12:01

Our eco cleaners use Distilled white vinegar I get ours from Tesco but most supermarkets should stock an equivelant. Hope that helps.

Hmm, that's distilled malt vinegar. Guess I'll have to learn to put up with the chip-shop smell and the small glass bottles, unless anyone knows of an alternative?

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 14-Aug-13 01:48:46

This place might be your friend. I've not used them but I know someone who does, and she recommended them.

cakeL Wed 14-Aug-13 09:34:07

Uhm you are welcome!! For some reason our house doesn't smell of a chip shop when the cleaners have left and they don't use that much as they dilute into spray bottles!

Vivacia Wed 14-Aug-13 10:25:23

I use a dilute solution of vinegar (and a few drops of fragrant oil). Sometimes you get a whiff of vinegar as you spray, but that's it, no chippie smell.

Scadi7 Fri 16-Aug-13 11:05:14

Vinegar is only really good for clearing limescale. You wrap a cloth soaked in it around the faucets and in 12 hours (during the night) it's sparkling. But it's fairly useless for other stuff. At least in my practice. envy

omaoma Fri 16-Aug-13 11:15:45

I use the clear malt vinegar 60p a bottle to soak off limescale (taps, toilet, kettle etc) but otherwise I find Ecover cream cleaner is the tops for getting everything else sparkling. Doesn't take much effort either. Never noticed a vinegar smell once the former is washed off tbh

Thanks, everybody! I suppose I'm just used to a slightly different-smelling vinegar that I don't associate with the chip shop so much. I do find it quite effective for cleaning, especially when combined with bicarbonate of soda. CakeL, I didn't mean to offend you, sorry!

Vivacia Fri 16-Aug-13 15:36:21

But it's fairly useless for other stuff.

In your opinion.

Rattitude Wed 21-Aug-13 12:31:03

OP, Chinese supermarkets (and possibly Indian too) sell white vinegar cheaply. If I remember correctly, I paid £2.50 for my 5 L bottle, which is half the price of Summer Naturals.

The cost of postage is also quite expensive with Summer Naturals...

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