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


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#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 Sassenach2

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!

http://www.youngliving.com/en_AU/thieves/n...sehold-cleaners

#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





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