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#1 Monica

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:43 PM

I wasn't sure where to put this topic but given it's about cost cutting, I figured money was as good a place as any.

I have heard that vinegar, bi-carb soda and water are all you need for a good cleaning product. Can someone please advise of quantities?

I am also after home made washing powder/liquid for the laundry.
Washing up liquid
Soap

I currently use a spray bottle with water and a few drops of washing up liquid and I love this, I can spray the highchair tray and give it a wipe, table tops, bench tops etc etc. It's also good for rinsing a few things in the sink without having to do a full wash.

So ladies, given it's one of the most expensive aisles in the supermarket, please share your tips and perhaps save us some $$$$
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:09 PM

Good topic smile.gif

I use Bi carb and Vinegar to clean the kitchen. In terms of quantities, I don't really have any. I simply sprinkle the Bi carb on the bench and pour the vinegar over. After it fizzles for a bit, I wipe over the bench, cupboard doors and sink. I follow it with a wipe of water, just to clean off any chalky residue. I'm sure if I put the vinegar in a spray bottle it would probably be easier.

I also use lemon on our wood chopping block every couple of days. It's good for keeping it fresh.

I would love to hear other people's tips and tricks though too!
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:13 PM

I used to have a spray bottle of vinegar, as I found it easier to use.

It's not so much a home-made thing, but someone told me to clean my oven using Napisan instead of oven cleaner. So much easier to use...and it smells better!
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:15 PM

Yes, that caustic oven cleaner has always scared the bejesus out of me April, I make DH do that anyway but will suggest next time.


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:34 PM

We use bi-carb and vinegar for most of our cleaning smile.gif I swapped when Lily was little because I hated having her around all those harsh chemicals.

I have a spray bottle with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, a few squirts of soap and a few drops of vanilla essence. It makes a good all-purpose spray.

Hot water and vinegar cleans our polished floors wonderfully.

Pour a cup of bi-carb down the sink and then a cup (or as needed) or vinegar as a sink cleaner. This works better than drain-o (you can hear it fizzing the whole way down!).

bi-carb and vinegar are great on stainless steel.

Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener and also gets rid of odours.

Heat vinegar and water in a bowl for 3-4 mins, then wipe down the inside of your microwave to clean it.

1 part vinegar to 5 parts water makes a window/glass cleaner (wipe off with newspaper to prevent streaks)

To clean the shower/tiles/bath spray with vinegar then scrub with bi-carb & rinse

I've also used bi-carb and vinegar to clean our rug when Lily has spilt something: sprinkle with bicarb, spray with vinegar, let dry and then vacume up.

I use a damp cloth and a drop or so of vanilla essence to dust.

Apparently a mix of lavender and tea tree oil kills bathroom mould but we are yet to try this.

The only other cleaning products we buy is dishwashing liquid, disinfectant and toilet cleaner. We also use bought laundry products - washing powder, stain remover and soak but I have heard of people making their own of these too.

Before we switched to natural cleaners, we would have bought:
* Windex
* Mr Sheen
* All purpose spray
* Shower cleaner
* Floor cleaner
* Fabric softener
* Drain-o
* Oven cleaner
* Jif
* Carpet cleaner

So we've saved quite a bit, although not having to breathe in that stuff is a pretty good incentive anyway smile.gif
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:44 PM

Agree with BJL about the drain cleaner, it is fantastic!

I also use vinegar as a fabric softener.

I wipe the fridge out with it, then with some vinegar.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 08:31 AM

The book Spotless by Shannon Lush has a lot of really good tips. She is a big fan of using bicarb and vinegar for most things and gives tips on how to use them. She also is a fan of essential oils, like lemon to deter spiders and oil of cloves to kill mould.

I always use vinegar in the rinse cycle of the wash. It's really good for removing detergent residue. I also throw in a scoop of bicarb during the wash cycle. It releases oxygen bubbles when mixed with water and gets stains out better.

My SIL actually started a business with homemade cleaning products. She's sold out of the business to her partner now, but the link to the site is here. On the products page it has the ingredient listings that will give you an idea of how to mix up your own products.

(Just a note about windows... the newspaper advice is outdated and no longer true. The ink that they use in the printing process now is different to what is used to be and doesn't have the same effect.)

ETA: Does anyone know where the cheapest place to get bicarb is, esp in bulk? I've been buying the s@vings brand at C0les which is a fraction of the price of the Mckenzies stuff, but would love to know if it comes in bulk somewhere.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE(~BJL~ @ Mar 27 2010, 10:34 PM) View Post

Pour a cup of bi-carb down the sink and then a cup (or as needed) or vinegar as a sink cleaner. This works better than drain-o (you can hear it fizzing the whole way down!).


I forgot to mention this one! It's far better than drain-o!

Also, to give the bedroom carpets a freshen up every now and then, I sprinkle some Bi-carb over them, leave it for a few hours and then vacuum up. It helps to deodorise and remove moisture, so it's especially good in gloomy weather of after a wet week. I usually do it before I go to sleep and then vacuum it when I wake up.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 10:29 AM

I do most of the above - wasnt aware of the using it as a drain cleaner though, happy about hearing that.

If we have a bad build up of scum in the showers and baths (usually after being lazy with cleaning) then i use dishwashing liquid, seems to cut through it well. Then go back to using bi card and vinegar.

Micrfibre cloths are awesome for mirrors and taps etc to get them shiny.

A bit of tea tree oil in a spray bottle with water is good for getting rid of bits of mould.

I do know of someone who makes their own washing powder with rock salt and something else. Must ask them what it is.

And i love vanilla fridge wipe.
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:56 AM

Another question ladies.
Has anyone made their own shampoo that would be suitable for babies?

I used one on Nina last night and her eyes were so red and itchy - Organic Instinct Baby Shampoo
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:58 PM

Wow.. Vinegar can do everything!!!!
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:05 PM

Check out Lush House for more ideas. smile.gif

I saw an ad for *I think* A Current Affair tonight where they're showing a "Shannon Lush Special".
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Posted 24 April 2010 - 05:20 PM

From what I have read maybe Pool Supply stores have it...but you would need to check it is the same as what you get at Coles etc..

See this link... http://www.greenlivi...troduction.html

I think Only Oz has it in bigger boxes (but I think they are based in Bris)...will keep googling some bulk possibilities....just popped on website $4.73 for 1kg...

Or...very exciting...google Trumps - is is a bulk food place in Rocklea, Brisbane - loks like it does quite a few bulk quantities - just not sure about the prices as they don't have them listed....

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:53 PM

I used a bi-carb paste and a scourer to get rid of the gunk-y build-up at the bottom of our glass shower screen and it worked a treat. I then sprayed it with vinegar I have in a spray bottle and it came up sparkling!

Another microwave cleaning tip is to roughly chop a lemon and place in a glass bowl. Add water 3/4 of the way up the lemons and zap them for a couple of minutes in your microwave. The steam from the water and the acid in the lemon soften any mess in the microwave and it wipes away... and it smells yummy!

For stinky shoes, dust in some bi-carb and leave overnight.

I think I read it above, but bi-carb can also be used as a carpet freshener.

I'm also a fan of plain old boiling water, especially for stubborn mess in pots/pans. I boil the kettle, fill whatever I dont want to scrub, add a drop of dishwashing liquid and let it cool enough that i can stick my hand in, and usually the baked-on crap wipes away without much scrubbing.


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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:35 PM

If you have burnt on crud on a stainless saucepan, boil it with 50/50 water and vinegar and the stain lifts right out.
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