A thread of favourite cleaning products/tips

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princesspxx Wed 21-Mar-18 13:07:13

Some of my fave products are -

Tesco Apple anti bac spray, it’s only about 70p smells really strong and is great for wiping down surfaces
Windolene, it’s the best glass cleaner I’ve tried
Dettol anti bac air freshener, only tried the purple and blue ones. I prefer the scent of the blue but they are really strong and also kill bacteria wink
Wilko bathroom spray, it just smells really nice and does the job! I clean the toilet and sink with it
Zoflora flowers especially bouquet!

Some of my favourite tips are

Putting tumble dryer sheets in cushion covers to make them smell fresh
Mixing your favourite fabric softener with water in a spray bottle for fabric refresher
Using a lemon to clean the microwave
Wiping neat zoflora on the radiators whilst they are on low, turn them up and house smells amazing
Putting fabric softener and boiling water in the washing up bowl to make the house smell lovely, works well with Zoflora too
Putting a tissue soaked in zoflora in vacuum filter (double check to make sure this is safe with your vacuum!!) to release a nice scent whilst vacuuming
Before vacuuming your mattress sprinkle bicarb on and leave for an hour, it neutralises odours and leaves the mattress nice and soft then hoover off smile x

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Myownwendyhouse Wed 21-Mar-18 16:01:38

I recently started putting tumble dryer sheets in my airing cupboard. Sheets and towels smell really nice.

doubtingmyself18 Wed 21-Mar-18 16:04:49

I need this thread!!

Laucu Wed 21-Mar-18 16:43:15

Fave products are

Zoflora (of course) - I clean my floor with it as my neighbourhood seems to be covered in dog s**t

Method pink grapefruit anti bac -smells lush

Cif power and shine bathroom spray - smells great and shifts limescale in my hard watered bathroom

Soda Crystals - softens water in washing machine and is much cheaper than Calgon. Clears the moss by my back door.

Tips? I don't think I have any!

princesspxx Wed 21-Mar-18 16:47:01

I really want to try the method pink grapefruit grin

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Synecdoche Wed 21-Mar-18 16:51:02

Tesco now do an eco range with a pink grapefruit anti-bac spray for £1!

I put some cat litter and a few drops of essential oils in the Hoover bag so it smells nice when DP Hoovers. Also sprinkle a bit in the bottom of the bin to tackle odours.

MajestyRoyal Wed 21-Mar-18 17:15:15

Vacuum up a handful of the lenor scent boosters to make your vacuum smell amazing.

Wipe neat zoflora/fabric softener/essential oil on radiators. If you regularly dry washing on them, you can just soak the liquid in cotton wool and put on the radiator so it doesn't get on your clothing.

Mix dettol and fabric softener in a spray bottle to use on curtains, carpets and other fabrics that aren't easy to throw in the washing machine. Makes them smell nice and sanitises.

Use a window cleaning spray and wipe only using kitchen roll for completely streak free mirrors, glass furniture and windows.

Any hard toys can be thrown in the washing machine with dettol laundry cleanser on a 15 minute cycle, instead of spending hours cleaning them all.

The dettol antibacterial aerosol sprays can be used on door handles, remotes, phones, switches, wires, plugs, pram handles, bags, purses, taps, keys etc. Literally anything that is used regularly and should be cleaned daily but is a big faff to clean. Just spray and it's done. Probably my favourite ever cleaning product.

I don't know what they are called but it's a tube with a sponge connected. It's used for washing up. You put the liquid in the tube and it runs into the sponge so you've always got product on the sponge. I fill them with toilet cleaner and clean the toilets with them. Really really cheap and the sponges are disposable so you can throw after each use.

The 'shake and vac' carpet powder stuff. I put some in the bottom of my kitchen bin (before the bin liner) and it prevents any smells and soaks up any 'bin gunk'

Use a mop to clean the bath. Especially good for people who have a bad back. I did this when I got to month 8 of pregnancy and wouldn't have been able to get up again if I'd bent down to clean a bath tub!

Have two plug ins, switch them regularly so you don't go nose blind.

Two Milton tablets and a quick wash each month will keep your washing machine happy.

A lint roller is the best thing for getting dust off lampshades.

All oven cleaners work the exact same, I've had ones that are £30+ and one from the pound shop. Both did amazing.

To clean the blender put a cup of water and a drop (literally just one tiny drop) of washing up liquid and blitz for 30 seconds after use. Gets all the sauce off and just needs to be rinsed after that.


Greenteandchives Wed 21-Mar-18 17:22:36

Method Anti Bac Wild Rhubarb was a suggestion on here once. I love it so much I clean my kitchen more often now.
I wear old gloves to clean Venetian blinds with my fingers, but I don’t suppose many people have these now.

pinkmummy1 Wed 21-Mar-18 17:36:05

Thank you for this thread. I've got some amazing tips.

metalmum15 Wed 21-Mar-18 17:45:56

The Tesco pink grapefruit kitchen cleaner smells just as nice as the Method one and is much cheaper. I also second Cif bathroom cleaner. Might have to try the Wilko one though.

I use the e cloth window cleaning cloths and would never go back to Windolene, I just found it left too many streaks. E cloths are fab, they last ages and are washable.

I've just discovered magic eraser sponges and I'm using them on bloody everything! My loo seats have never been so clean!

I've really gone off Zoflora though, I used to love it but now I just find all the scents really 'chemical' smelling.

boxthefox Wed 21-Mar-18 17:50:21


You mentioned soda crystals getting rid of moss. How do you use the crystals for this please? Do you just sprinkle them on the moss or add water.... thanks.

Laucu Wed 21-Mar-18 18:15:28


It was a while ago but I think I just sprinkled the soda crystals on. After a while the moss went brown and I could then just brush it off with a broom.

If you go on the dri-pak website it should give instructions!

boxthefox Wed 21-Mar-18 18:37:48


Thank you very much!

princesspxx Wed 21-Mar-18 19:19:54

@MajestyRoyal some great tips grin I use a dishmatic too for washing up and cleaning the toilet (of course a separate one). And cleaning the bath with a mop is excellent idea I’m 6 months pregnant and struggled to do it today! x

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princesspxx Wed 21-Mar-18 19:20:31

Haven’t tried it ladies but home bargaisnbis meant to have a really good Zoflora dupe, bigger bottles and cheaper x

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princesspxx Wed 21-Mar-18 19:29:01

@metalmum15 where do you get your e cloths and magic erasers?

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metalmum15 Wed 21-Mar-18 19:42:25

princess I get them from Amazon. I think the cloths are about £7 but they last and last, and they're washable up to 90 degrees. There are kitchen and bathroom cloths too which I might invest in. Seriously, they make window cleaning so easy! (And I hate window cleaning! !) The magic eraser sponges are also Amazon but I'm sure I've seen something similar in places like Savers and B&M.

KatherinaMinola Wed 21-Mar-18 19:45:44

To clean the blender put a cup of water and a drop (literally just one tiny drop) of washing up liquid and blitz for 30 seconds after use. Gets all the sauce off and just needs to be rinsed after that.

That is genius.

Blogwoman Wed 21-Mar-18 23:42:16

I need this thread! Trying to eradicate any sources of kitchen smells that may be compounding the effect of a crap cooker hood. Anyone use cleaning products on their dishwasher? Any tips for keeping food waste caddies from smelling? I’m experimenting with white vinegar for lots of things - quite pleased with it in place of fabric softener with essential oils but daughter is unconvinced!

Laucu Thu 22-Mar-18 06:36:55

@Blogwoman the only way I've found to stop my food caddy smelling is a wipe down with diluted zoflora every time I empty it.

Blogwoman Thu 22-Mar-18 07:55:28

I keep seeing Zoflora mentioned here but never come across it in rl! Must look it up!

ReversingSnail Thu 22-Mar-18 08:10:48

Food caddy - scrub it out with washing up liquid each week.

awesomeness Thu 22-Mar-18 17:58:07

Astonish products! Amazing!

Their fabric stain remover, ment I didn't need to buy new ikea storage boxes

Their Carpet cleaner got red lipstick off cream carpet

So many amazing products!

DistanceCall Thu 22-Mar-18 20:50:26

Sticking any used half lemons you might have in the washing machine when you do the dishes. Makes them shiny and the smell is wonderful.

insertimaginativeusername Thu 22-Mar-18 20:54:40

I microwave leftover lemon in a bowl of water for a chemical free clean 👍🏻

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