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#1 Miss 50s

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:33 AM

Hi All,

I'm hoping some of you with more knowledge than I have can help me. I'm wanting to switch to greener cleaners and personal products and have been looking at Neways stuff but I' wondering if there's anything else out there that doesn't use as many harmful checmicals. Could you please tell me what brands you use for the following:

Cleanser
Moisturiser
Deoderant
Washing Powder
Dishwashing Powder
All Purpose Spray
Toilet Cleaner
Floor Cleaner
Dishwashing Liquid

I'm sure there's a ton more!

TIA

#2 Lagom

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

I think you could probably do most of that cleaning with bicarb, vinegar, water and elbow grease.

For my personal products I buy organic, sulfate/petro chemical free stuff from the health food store.

Try Googling uses for bicarb and vinegar.   original.gif

I also use Earth brand dishwashing detergent for heaps of things.  (It's cheap too!) I put a tsp in a spray bottle and fill with water for all purpose spray.  My floors get steam cleaned so no detergent there.
My toilet just gets wiped down and scrubbed with a little dishwashing detergent.  It doesn't smell and I don't lick my toilet seat so see no need for disinfectant unless someone is sick with gastro.

#3 Ice Queen

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:47 AM

I just got some Moo Goo face products and they seem really great but a bit early to know just yet. I got them online.  Weleda, Dr Hauscka are good but a bit morer expensive.

#4 HurryUpAlready

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

ENJO doesn't require any "product" for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, floors etc. The microfibres in the gloves combined with drying the surface off leaves a sparkling surface with less bacteria than a cleaning chemical would.

I was sceptical until I used it at my place, now I would never use anything else.

There are videos online showing you how to use it, and experiments that measure the amount of bacteria left on a work surface when using ENJO / chemical / vinegar. ENJO won, hands down.

See http://www.enjo.com.au/

If you really do prefer to spray your surfaces, ENJO does a range of non toxic cleaners which are safe for the family and great for the environment. The range is called Method and can be bought online or in IGA stores. The range includes dish washing liquid, laundry liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen (all purpose) spray, liquid hand soaps, marble paste (use instead of Jiff or Gumption - its amazing stuff and all natural!), calcium cleaner which is great for getting rid of shower scum build up. There's a product for timber floors which I love, flushable bathroom wipes, a toilet cleaner (not great long term though), I think there is a stainless cleaner. They pretty much have it all covered. See https://www.methodhome.com.au/

That's what I use at home and I love it. When I fell pregnant last year (unplanned), I loved knowing my home was chemical free.



#5 Miss 50s

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

After I wrote this I did think 'Oh yeah I could make alot of this stuff!'.

HurryUpAlready - I've heard that Method still use some bad chemicals. They still use SLS which is one thing I definately want to steer clear of.

http://methodhome.com/support/faqs/

What about bar soaps?

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:09 AM

I use Enjo and marble paste for the bathroom, kitchen surfaces, laundry, etc (basically anywhere that would use all-purpose spray) and Enjo for dusting. I mop the timber floors with vinegar and hot water. I clean windows/mirrors with water spray only.

I do use disinfectant on the toilet, and DS2 told me last week that he loves the smell of pine-o-clean when I had the toilet seat soaking.

#7 nakedrhubarb

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

Vinegar and bi-carb or my trusty steam cleaner for the cleaning jobs wink.gif

For moisturisers, shampoo and conditioner I make it myself. I went along to a tafe afternoon on how to make your own soaps, shampoos and moisturisers and learnt how to make them (sounds scary but it is quite easy when someone shows you)

#8 nakedrhubarb

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

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Edited by nakedrhubarb, 19 November 2012 - 09:11 AM.


#9 noonehere

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

We use earthbrand for dishins, floors and spray cleaner.

Bocarb and vinegar for everything else

#10 Giota

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

The neways deoderant rocks! I have used tons of products, but this one is awesome, so is the toothpaste.

As for cleaning, it is bicarb, eucayptus and vinegar here for 99% of cleaning. It works, it is cheap and no nasties.

I use natures organics organics care range for my hair, so cheap and such good ingredients. (I know you didn't ask)

Face products, I haven't found a combo that works as well as Natio which has nasties in it.

#11 babycuddler

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

just dropping in to say that aldi sell a eucalyptus based toilet cleaner - it works really well and smells great too

#12 Silver Girl

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 19/11/2012, 08:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I also use Earth brand dishwashing detergent for heaps of things.  (It's cheap too!) I put a tsp in a spray bottle and fill with water for all purpose spray.


Thanks for this - I have the dishwashing detergent but hadn't thought of making it into an all purpose spray. I'm going to do it tomorrow!

OP, we make a lot of our own cleaners using these recipes:

http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com.au/2...-version-2.html

We also make our own washing machine powder with bi carb, salt, citric acid and borax.


#13 sunflowers81

Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

I've found some good organic options from iHerb, they ship to australia and are about half the price of what we get here - http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=jpq324

I've ordered a few times from them - organic soap, baby soap, deodorant, cleaning products - all organic and amazing quality. And a lot of the brands you buy here in Australia too so it's the same you would buy here - just half the price wink.gif

#14 purplekitty

Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:35 PM

QUOTE (Miss 50s @ 19/11/2012, 09:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HurryUpAlready - I've heard that Method still use some bad chemicals. They still use SLS which is one thing I definately want to steer clear of.

http://methodhome.com/support/faqs/
I often hear SLS being a point of concern on EB. Can anyone tell me what the problem is?

I do use Method products and find them to be quite good.



#15 niggles

Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

I use Sukin for skin and hair. It's excellent.

#16 RainRain

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:05 AM

Citric acid (like you buy from the baking section of the supermarket) is excellent for cleaning toilet bowls. Vinegar with a dash of vodka is the best for cleaning glass/surfaces streak free (I do use a micro-fibre cloth with it - they are the best)...you can easily make your own laundry powder and fabric softener, oil cleansing method for your skin care, but I am yet to find a recipe that works for my hair, so I use moo goo.

#17 KirstenMc

Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 19/11/2012, 09:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It doesn't smell and I don't lick my toilet seat so see no need for disinfectant unless someone is sick with gastro.


Haha, this made me laugh out loud! Totally agree though. biggrin.gif

#18 holycow!

Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

There are heaps of brands of green cleaning household cleaning products that you can buy in shops or online.

Just google:
Ecostore
Ecologic
Cinderella
Enviro Clean
Herbon


I personally use a great mix of cleaning products and skincare products and I'm really happy with the results. I haven't used anything from the supermarket/department store for over 10 years and my house is lovely and clean and my skin is great! Some of my favourite skincare and babycare products are Weleda, Akin + Alchemy, Neal's Yard Remedies (divine skincare from the UK but now available in Australia).

I personally get so cross about all of the chemicals like bleach and triclosan that the average Australian household uses. They're messing with our waterways and creating superbugs (tricolsan is). Good work and cudos to anyone who's trying to step away from the generic supermarket chemical cocktails.

#19 CharliMarley

Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

I make my own cleaner for benches, tiles and toilet surfaces, by mixing 10mls of Eucalyptus Oil with a little bit of dishwashing liquid and fill with water (in a spray bottle). Gives the house a lovely smell and I always use goat milk soap for showering as my husband and I have sensitive skin.

#20 KirstenMc

Posted 09 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 03/05/2013, 12:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
10mls of Eucalyptus Oil with a little bit of dishwashing liquid and fill with water (in a spray bottle). Gives the house a lovely smell


Sounds like a great, simple cleaner. There are so many options for simple green cleaners, from vinegar to this one, it makes you wonder how the Corporate World has tricked us into spending so much money on such toxic products for so long, doesn't it?

#21 MiSS_E

Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:48 PM

Cleanser - don't need it
Moisturiser - don't need it
Deoderant - some chemical filled nivea one, i'm yet to find a more natural product that works with my sweatiness
Washing Powder - soapnuts
Dishwashing Powder - make my own
All Purpose Spray - soapnuts/EO
Toilet Cleaner - bleach
Floor Cleaner - soapnuts/EO
Dishwashing Liquid - soapnuts

I don't use shampoo/conditioner or any skin care products other than soap which I make my own now.

#22 KirstenMc

Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:40 AM

QUOTE (MiSS_E @ 10/06/2013, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
<snip>
Deoderant - some chemical filled nivea one, i'm yet to find a more natural product that works with my sweatiness
<snip>

I don't use shampoo/conditioner or any skin care products other than soap which I make my own now.


I love that you don't use most skin care products at all, but then you use nivea for deoderant - it's just figuring out what works for you, without being fundamentalist about it. I've heard a lot of people who the 'natural'/DIY deodorants don't work for, it just seems to be a personal chemistry thing.

#23 KirstenMc

Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:42 AM

Oops, double post, sorry!

Edited by KirstenMc, 11 June 2013 - 10:54 AM.


#24 ballogo

Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:19 AM

Surface spray -1:1 water:vinegar in a spray bottle
Tougher strength surface spray - pure vinegar
Fabric softener - vinegar (leaves the washing machine incredibly cleanand shiny - no mucky soap scum)
Toilet bowl cleaner - 2 cups vinegar, leave for an hour, scrub
Furniture polish - mixture of vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice
Window/mirrors - vinegar
Air freshener - vinegar!

Still use Earth Choice products for clothes washing, dish washing and floors (we have a cleaner so I have it available for her but it's about to run out so will be looking to use vinegar or some other home concoction). We were rejected by a cleaner who "needs" her bleach  sick.gif .

We use Organic Care for shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers - I would love to change to vinegar and just need to bite the bullet and start.  Deodorant - I'm still finishing off Avon products my mum continually sent when I lived overseas and then I'd like to change.

We just got a second hand dishwasher and bought Earth Choice but I hope to look up home recipes and only use this one pack.  I would love to make my own laundry washing detergent but they all have Borax which I haven't read up on yet.

Good luck OP - the earth and its' inhabitants thank you. (Your bank account, skin and lungs will also thank you)

#25 librablonde

Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:38 AM

All purpose spray for toilet/ bathroom/benches- vinegar and eucalyptus or tea-tree essential oil. Sometimes also use bi-carb soda.
Floors- same as above
Hair-Organic Care brand shampoo/conditioner
Dishes- Earth Choice dishwashing liquid
Clothes-Earth Choice laundry liquid and vinegar. Use either Sunlight Soap or Planet Ark Orange Spray for spot-stain removal.
I only use something like Pine-O-Clean/bleach if we have gastro or other serious sickness issue happening in the house.
Use Thyme essential oil when we have colds/flu/chest infections in a vaporiser and spray bottle to disinfect the air.





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