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Cleaning products (on a Saturday, cant you tell the weather is bad)

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e1y1 Sat 26-Jan-13 20:24:44


Just wondering what cleaning products you use all around your home and why?

E.G. what brands etc. Does anyone find the whole range of Cif rather caustic and could strip your lungs?

I think I may have a slight thing for cleaning products blush I seem to have accumalated a few (although only get them on offer, never full price) I find some I use regularly and some stay in the garage forever.

Just wondering what other peoples cleaning arsenal is?


KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 29-Jan-13 13:36:46


educatingarti Tue 29-Jan-13 12:39:15

Actually, <flouts> I've got even more interesting cleaning products here that I'm really sure Katy would like to try! <desperately tries to sound like her flat is the most interesting cleaning experience in the world!>

herewegoloubylou Sun 27-Jan-13 00:39:04

Oh, gwan, you can test some products 'n' everything. grin

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:38:14

Hah! I've got more than enough to do, here! grin

herewegoloubylou Sun 27-Jan-13 00:37:01

Katy, you are funny. Would you like to come round my house and clean a bit? grin (Plenty to do...)

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:34:55

I do remember the nozzle being dribbly!

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:33:38

Sodium Hypochlorite is liquid bleach
Sodium Hydroxide is caustic soda
Lauramine Oxide is a surfactant (aka detergent, emulsifier, wetting agent, foaming agent, softener, milling agent, dyeing auxiliary, sterilizing agent or antistatic agent)


I probably will go on buying the Dettol stuff (although the spray nozzle always dribbles, mostly all over my hand hmm)

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:32:54

Ponders, I see what you mean. Hmmm... that sounds really good.

I can't justify buying it, though, as I've got 250 litres of degreaser already! (Well, five litres of concentrate.)

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:29:10

oh definitely give it a go, e1y1 smile

ISeeSmallPeople Sun 27-Jan-13 00:28:55

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KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:28:20

Well, the Sodium Hydroxide is drain cleaner, and that may do something. I'm thinking it may break down the actual fungal matter that bleach has killed (and whitened to invisibility).

I'm thinking maybe I'll buy some Dettol and do a side-by-side comparison when I'm next confronted with a moldy shower.

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:28:05

the pink grapefruit is a spray bottle, Katy - I'm guessing your lavender stuff is in a pouring bottle. It'll be a different formulation I would think.

can't find cleaning stuff on their website so no link, but it'll be in the same part of the shop as the flash-type liquid

e1y1 Sun 27-Jan-13 00:26:58

ponders off to Aldi I go grin

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:25:07

oooh, I have some of that, I'll try it next time, Katy - thanks!

I just read the label on my bottle of Dettol mould remover - active ingredient is 2.5% "sodium hypochlorite"

complete ingredient list from their website:

Sodium Hypochlorite
Sodium Hydroxide
Lauramine Oxide

so I'd guess that water plus a splash of chlorine bleach should do the same job pretty much?

e1y1 Sun 27-Jan-13 00:23:37

katy sounds ace, suppose as consumers we don't think of what goes into a product when we just throw it in the trolley.

ISee Yes, love the Method range. Especially the smell, exactly like you say with the almond one. I just don't get to buy that often as my Tesco only stock 2 of their products, I have to use Ocado as they have by far the widest range but I don't do my normal shop there, so can only get it when I do the odd one shop there (which nearly ends up consisting entirely of cleaning products blush).

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:21:39

Wait, I've bought a lavender Powerforce general cleaner - it's sort of like Flash, meant to be diluted for floors. Is the pink grapefruit better or just a different scent?

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:20:07

What is this Aldi pink stuff? Can you post a link to a picture of it?

KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:19:37

Ponders, I can beat it: oven cleaning gel. No scrubbing even needed. I have a baking tray that is dark brown/black all over. I just use it for chicken nuggets and I don't really care but one day when I was cleaning my oven, I put some of the left-over gel on it and when I rinsed it, it was shiny silver again.

I've wondered if Dettol Mould (or that HG-something stuff that is even more expensive) is really any different than simply chlorine bleach. That's what it smells like. I just use bleach, myself. But, maybe there's some other ingredient that helps it work or penetrate.

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:18:05

I do mine with the Aldi pink stuff & a soft sink brush, smallpeople - then wipe down with the wet microfibre cloth.

They are completely greaseless afterwards.

It's fabulous smile

Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:16:15

oh, that Fairy Power Spray is pretty much unbeatable for baked-on-blackness - that plus a steel scourer will shift almost anything.

& one of those mould & mildew sprays for - er - mould & mildew. It's expensive though, & it's basically just dilute chlorine bleach, so you could probably make up a solution of bleach+water in a spray bottle

ISeeSmallPeople Sun 27-Jan-13 00:14:11

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Ponders Sun 27-Jan-13 00:12:31

Aldi Power Force pink grapefruit general purpose cleaner is AMAZING

it cuts through grease better than anything else I've ever tried, doesn't froth up so wipes clean easily (with a wet Aldi Power Force microfibre cloth wink) & doesn't smell of chemicals

it's fantastic for things like moulded cupboard doors - which I have the misfortune to own - also tiles & grouting & really anything that isn't a dead flat surface

& it's only 79p a bottle

brilliant smile

ISeeSmallPeople Sun 27-Jan-13 00:10:41

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KatyTheCleaningLady Sun 27-Jan-13 00:06:33

e1y1 It was awesome! They had all these things they'd test. Like, I did a lot of stuff for laundry products. They had this huge laundrette/laboratory where you could set a computer to control things about the water to mimic the water conditions of anywhere in the world (minerals, hardness, etc). And they'd do things like make cloth dingy using a very specific formula of precisely measured ingredients (grease, clay, etc) and then use them to test whitening agents by photographing them with special cameras that could measure how much light was reflected.

And there were all these rooms at different temperatures so you could test how long products would remain stable in storage in hot or cold conditions. And they had this one room that shook up and down like the back of a lorry to test how products settled.

We'd do things like churn detergent into water in a special chamber, then time how long the bubbles lasted with a stopwatch. There would be all these people applying precise measurements of grease to dishes and then soaking them in different solutions and then measuring exactly how much grease was left. Man, it was just amazing. And always interesting.

e1y1 Sun 27-Jan-13 00:00:43

katy I bet that was interesting, would love to see somewhere like that and see what actually happens in the creating of cleaning products. Funny you should mention BKF - my Mum used to use that all the time, I have honestly never bought it.

mink do you mean the pink paste type thing in a pink tub, again my Mum used to buy that and I never have (I think i'm too sucked into the main commercialised cleaners - Flash, Cif etc.) I will have to start looking at all these other things I never even look at. You're right about baby wipes - the amount of times I have dropped pasta/beans chips covered in sauce on my sofa and a baby wipe has got it right out of the fabric.

Thanks for the tips smile

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