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Dancergirl Mon 01-Nov-10 09:02:10

I use a lot of cleaners in my house - bleach, kitchen cleaner, oven cleaner, bathroom cleaner, Flash etc. I am starting to get a bit concerned about the amount of chemicals in these and want to try and find some alternatives.

So what 'natural' cleaning products are there? I don't mean Ecover and things like that, but things like using white vinegar, lemon juice etc.

vintageteacups Mon 01-Nov-10 10:21:58

check out this page of tips

ChocolateMoose Mon 01-Nov-10 10:23:29

This is a handy little book www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Stain-Remover-Without-Che micals/dp/1840924195

aprildays Sun 07-Nov-10 22:20:51

Method cleaning products are really good

nannyl Tue 09-Nov-10 19:28:42

i love soda crystals

they clean my floor far better than any chemical filled "floor cleaner"
they are so cheap and you only need a couple of tablespoons

they are useful to add into a load of laundry in the washing machine as they help get out stains and you can use less chemical filled expensive laundry detergent

white vinegar is just the best at cleaning glass / mirrors and shining metal taps

covkimbo Tue 16-Nov-10 11:46:53

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Longstocking2 Wed 01-Dec-10 00:24:33

Where can I buy vinegar in larger quantities?

Thistledew Wed 01-Dec-10 00:38:39

Has anyone been using microfibre cloths? I bought one recently and have to say that I am not that impressed. It does work quite well on the stainless steel sink and hob, but does not seem all that great for the bath and basin. It does work eventually, but only in the sense that rubbing the bath with anything for long enough will eventually get it clean. Any tips on how I could make it more efficient?

covkimbo Wed 01-Dec-10 13:59:15

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RitaM Sun 12-Dec-10 11:48:51

I use a lot of white (ie clear) vinegar - for removing limescale from kettles/shower head/taps, removing tea stains from teaspoons, as a fabric softener when I wash towels etc.

Here's a useful thread on another website about where you can buy it in large quantities:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php ?t=331660

Minnerva Sun 09-Jan-11 22:07:00

I use soapnuts for my machine washing but only of dark clothes and bedlinen-still use ecover powder for whites as the soapnuts don't work quite as well on whites.Highly recommended for everything else though-cheap to use as well!.

covkimbo Tue 11-Jan-11 09:09:57

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Minnerva Wed 12-Jan-11 12:24:07

Oohh I hadn't heard of Biod-will go and investigate-thank you.

covkimbo Thu 13-Jan-11 14:31:54

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covkimbo Tue 01-Feb-11 09:52:17

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covkimbo Wed 02-Feb-11 13:18:47

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GreenDameEdna Thu 26-May-11 22:22:59

To Covkimbo,
Please message me with details on how I can join Wikaniko.

jlollypop Sun 07-Aug-11 15:27:18

I have an eco business and sell a range of eco cleaning products, my customers just love them ! check out my website www.ecofriendly.vpweb.co.uk

covkimbo Sat 13-Aug-11 12:45:05

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MissFoodie Wed 24-Aug-11 11:46:11

here you go:
http://yumetc.blogspot.com/2011/05/green-clean.html

overmydeadbody Wed 24-Aug-11 12:04:57

I use distilled white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to clean everything and I find it works really well.

Wabbit Wed 24-Aug-11 12:19:45

Sprinkle bicarb in smelly shoes leave overnight and pong gone <or so I'm told>

Wabbit wears socks so no stinky feet <no word of a lie face emoticon>

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