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slippermaiden Sat 08-Jun-19 16:36:15

I like to think I'm pretty good at environmental stuff, reuse and recycle where I can, vegetarian, eco cleaning products at home, but one thing I don't know what to do is toilet cleaning wipes. I know they are terrible for the environment but not sure how else to clean the seat, lid and outside surfaces of the toilet? What do other people do?

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StealthPolarBear Sat 08-Jun-19 16:38:43

Cloth then hot wash. I did originally think it was urgh but I got over it and no one has died.

NaomifromMilkshake Sat 08-Jun-19 16:38:54

Use a normal cloth and then wash it .

Disfordarkchocolate Sat 08-Jun-19 16:41:15

We have white cotton cloths, they clean the whole bathroom ending with the loo. They then get rinsed, left in a weak bleach solution and dried. Washed at the end of the week with all the rest of the white cloths. It works really well.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 08-Jun-19 16:42:15

I do a compromise and use Ecover or Method cleaning spray and wipe off with a couple of sheets of economy recycled kitchen paper.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 08-Jun-19 16:43:13

Please don't use bleach for anything. It's not necessary!

BobbyBrewstersMagicTorch Sat 08-Jun-19 16:43:40

I use toilet roll (I know it's not great, but it is the recycled stuff). Then flush it.

SpacePlusTime Sat 08-Jun-19 16:43:53

I’m similar in terms of general approach and wondered the same.

Then I realised that there was a time before wipes, people used cloths and washed them. And they were fine!

I’m planning to buy different coloured ones for toilets, but not sure what to wash them with... does it matter as it all gets clean? On 60?

Interested to hear others views.

SassyBadger Sat 08-Jun-19 16:45:25

Cloths obviously!

Have coloured coded cloths for each section of the house, say purple cloths for toilet cleaning duties, so you won't be worried you'll accidentally use the toilet cloth to clean kitchen surfaces.

Then chuck all cleaning cloths in a boil wash.

elQuintoConyo Sat 08-Jun-19 16:45:59

Old cut up t-shirts, hot wash.

StealthPolarBear Sat 08-Jun-19 16:52:08

Yes good point, micro cloths or whatever the hell they're called to clean thw bathroom with toilet as last thing. Dishcloths for kitchen!

Orangepear Sat 08-Jun-19 16:55:07

Blue for the loo, pink for the sink!

Tigger001 Sat 08-Jun-19 17:07:33

Absolutely love blue for the loo, pink for the sink, I will definitely be adopting this motto !!!

StealthPolarBear Sat 08-Jun-19 17:12:16

I think standards have slipped but I just don't stress about that stuff any more. As long as I'm not washing dishes with it, they're all interchangeable really

orangeshoebox Sat 08-Jun-19 17:15:55

as pp.
cloths and a bucket of warm soapy water.
the bathroom is cleaned with that top to bottom with the toilet last.

SpacePlusTime Sat 08-Jun-19 19:38:04

Sorry to be an eco bore, but if possible aim for cotton cloths.

Microfibre release tiny particles of plastic into the water system every time you wash them sad

thenightsky Sat 08-Jun-19 19:47:29

I used cotton cloths and stardrops - the one with ammonia. Does anyone know if ammonia is better or worse than bleach for the environment?

I hate bleach. Smells vile. I won't have it in the house, but DH keeps sneaking it in to put down the drain. angry

Disfordarkchocolate Sat 08-Jun-19 19:56:19

I don't like the smell either thenightskybut half a teaspoon in a plastic tub topped up with water is not too bad, it then goes down the sink at the end of the day.

skankywhitenail Sun 09-Jun-19 08:27:58

Genuine question - for the cloths do you all have lots of them? I ask because I only clean my bathroom a couple of times a week and although I use cloths elsewhere in the house I am not a cleaning fiend...I would only need to wash maybe 4clothes a week? I don't want to put a whole hot wash on my washing machine for only a few cloths? Seems counter productive? In fact i never hot wash anything to be honest, I wash towels on 50degrees but everything else is 40 or 30?

Would chucking them in a bucket with a little bleach and boiling water do the job?

orangeshoebox Sun 09-Jun-19 08:46:36

I have lots of cloths.
many flannels that got a bit frayed and cut up old jeans

orangeshoebox Sun 09-Jun-19 08:53:15

cleaning cloths and tea towels go in the same (hot wash) with just a little soda crystals.

Disfordarkchocolate Sun 09-Jun-19 08:55:06

I have about 8 cloths, as they have been rinsed and bleached I wash at 40 at a weekend with the white school tops. Need a few more though just looking out for nice affordable cotton ones so they can go in a hot wash if needed.

skankywhitenail Sun 09-Jun-19 09:59:07

Ok, I have ordered some cotton clothes. I think if I'm going to completely ditch all forms of wet wipe then I will need to go all out in order to have something to wash. They are colour coded too. Good idea about putting them on with school things. My daughter starts school in September so I will have more whites to wash then!

TheLastUNIC0RN Sun 09-Jun-19 10:05:28

Came on to say ... cloths.. pink for the sink, blue for the loo but someone beat me to it!

slippermaiden Sun 09-Jun-19 21:56:32

Brilliant, thanks guys, I have a load of old cloths so will start using them with hot soapy water. Good for cleaning the bathroom floor too 😊

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