Jump to content

Environmentally friendly cleaning products...
Like vinegar, bicarb etc. do they really work?

  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 paula1

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

I'm wanting to use less chemicals in my home a I have a child with asthma

I know that many people talk about using vinegar and bicarb.
I have no problem trying these things but do they actually really do a good job of cleaning? Or are they time wasters?

I've read that a huge amount of elbow grease is required.....does this mean that I could basically just use nothing or a damp cloth to get the same effect?

Would like to hear your experiences.

Edited by paula1, 06 February 2013 - 05:33 PM.

#2 katpaws

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

I  use bicarb on my caesar stone benches and polished concrete floor for stains (both are white) and find that works a treat.

ETA i use sugar soap mostly for cleaning surfaces etc

Edited by katpaws, 06 February 2013 - 05:48 PM.

#3 giggleandhoot

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

I did try the vinegar - but it stank! That and i always wanted chips lol. I switched to Enjo products and they clean wonderfully. Helps my asthma plus my eczema has gone too.

#4 ~Supernova~

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I always have a spray bottle filled with water, vinegar, and a squirt of dish liquid. I use it for heaps of stuff, wiping down cupboards, benches, the high chair, walls, windows...it works great!

ETA, I add the dish liquid because it makes for a streak free shine on glass and stainless steel (which is most of my kitchen!).

Edited by Mareek, 06 February 2013 - 05:48 PM.

#5 Azadel

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

I swear by it the fizzing action loosens the dirt making for an easier clean.I hate the smell of chemical cleaners. Nothing gets the sink shiny like a bicarb and vinegar scrub

#6 Copper and May

Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

QUOTE (Mareek @ 06/02/2013, 06:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I always have a spray bottle filled with water, vinegar, and a squirt of dish liquid. I use it for heaps of stuff, wiping down cupboards, benches, the high chair, walls, windows...it works great!

ETA, I add the dish liquid because it makes for a streak free shine on glass and stainless steel (which is most of my kitchen!).

I prefer water, eucalyptus oil and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. - smells lovely too.

#7 paula1

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

Thanks guys,

I'll give them a go.

#8 *-*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

Oh, I have just discovered olive oil for wooden surfaces.  Awesome stuff!!

#9 Genabee

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

I use thieves. Fan-bloody-tastic.

Leaves the house disinfected, chemical free and smelling nice!


#10 bettymm

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Just wanted to second how brilliant the vinegar, water and squirt of dishwasher liquid works! on everything!  If the vinegar smell bothers you, I sometimes add 10 drops lavender essential oil.

#11 blenheim

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

They do work but I like Gumption - doesn't really smell too much and it might be ok with your child with asthma.  You can buy it at the supermarket.

#12 Xiola

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

We've used bicarb and vinegar for years and it works a treat.  I'd much rather a bit of elbow grease over nasty chemicals!

#13 ubermum

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

I use Enjo. It works great. Only thing I use chemicals for is a toilet duck thing and oven cleaner.

#14 jcbenny

Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

Love love vinegar and bicarb!

We also use nutrimetics nutriclean. No chemicals and really sensitive to the skin!

#15 redheeler

Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

In our kitchen we mainly use vinegar & bi-carb...works brilliantly - esp. on stainless steel sinks. We have the vinegar in a spray bottle & the bi-carb in a shaker (like the ones people use for icing sugar).
We have been able to source a cheap supplier of bi-carb soda (supermarket is too expensive for the quantities we use for cleaning & washing clothes). Bi-Carb Soda 2Kg

We use gumption for stubborn stains on our benches (this depends on the type of bench top you have).

#16 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

Yep they really do work but I prefer just vinegar the bicarb makes such a mess.  I also like Gumption, it scrubs off anything and has virtually no smell (not offense get in your lungs smell) and I read online once that you can practically eat it, don't know if that's true but I don't think it's too nasty ifykwim.
It's ingredients are secret apparently but it apparently has nothing too toxic in it.

#17 Praetor VitaeChel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:11 AM

Bicarb and vinegar work well, but I find the vinegar smell a bit hard to take. I have also used a little salt to help scrub off dried messes - that works well and doesn't scratch.
I have also used Method products - I like their eucalyptus bathroom cleaner. They have a list of everything in their products on the website.

I currently use Melaleuca products and they are REALLY good. Their dishwasher liquid is great and their clothes washing liquid uses so little and is brilliant. Their glass cleaner is one of the best I have used and does not smell like it will burn your lungs. Actually they have a bunch of brilliant stuff. Although at first it seems pricey, you dilute and use so little that it actually works out to be inexpensive. DH signed up as a member as he tried their products years ago and loves their toothpaste.  DS and I get Eczema so we try to avoid too many chemicals.

#18 unicycle

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:27 AM

What do you use on marble surfaces? Particularly to get the shine back.

#19 Praetor VitaeChel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:40 AM

A friend uses the Method Granite/Marble daily cleaner and says it is good.
The Melaleuca tough and tender can be used on granite and marble. I have only used it on laminate here, so I can only say it works well for that.

#20 paula1

Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Has anyone tried olive oil, lemon juice and hot water to clean timber floors?
A friend told me about this and I want to give it a go.

#21 wenchwitch

Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

I second gumption. It's environmentally friendly and gets rid of anything! I use it for absolutely everything original.gif

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


First look at Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget is now in her 40s and is a successful publishing executive - but also has a pregnancy to contend with as well.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.

Silence is golden ... or is it?

Silence is golden, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to children, quite the opposite is true.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Running for beginners: taking the first steps

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and there's more opportunity to get out and go for a jog.

Tips for turning yourself into a morning person

Mornings are a great time to spend time in reflection or to get outside and get moving.

Thousands sign petition for unborn babies killed by domestic violence

Almost 8000 people have signed a petition calling for a law to recognise unborn babies killed by domestic violence in NSW.

Pregnant Sarah Harris tells body-shamers to 'get stuffed'

Television presenter Sarah Harris has a message for anyone who tries to body-shame pregnant women or new mums.

In defence of 'brexting'

Mums spend literally hours a day with a baby attached to their boob, or giving them a bottle. Surely they don't all need to be spent looking at the baby?

How a fellow passenger made a mum's day on a flight

As any parent who has ever travelled with a baby knows it can be a daunting experience. The stares and attitude of unsympathetic fellow travellers only serve to make the journey even more stressful. 


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.