Save Zillions On Cleaning Products

edited 19 November 2020 at 10:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • ChriswilChriswil Forumite
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    I cleaned the outside of my windows and patio doors today with a white vinegar/water solution. They came up brilliantly.

    The frames are pvc and had never been cleaned since we bought the house, but they have been returned to brilliant white.

    I can't recommend vinegar as a cleaner enough!

    Waddle you do eh?
  • cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
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    well done Chris. ;D

    Ive just cleaned the whole bathroom on about 5 capfuls of vinegar added to water with a little dab of borax to get the sink  lav and bath shiny shiny 8) 8)

    we are building a conservatory and the house windows are thick with sand and cement and god knows what, I was cleaning them daily then I gave up

    so im going to try to take before and after pics when I clean them with the vinegar and newpaper to polish them

  • Elise1Elise1 Forumite
    23 Posts
    Have recently discovered a great book :"Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" by Linda Cobb (found it in my local library). Fantastic hints & tips on cleaning just about everything & stain removal - using mostly vinegar , bicarb , borax , lemon juice & soda water .
    Have tried a few of the tips & they worked a treat !
    Where can I buy borax ? Do chemists stock it ?
    Has anyone found large packets of bicarb anywhere ?
  • mink35mink35 Forumite
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    Boots stock Borax. It is with their household ammonia. :)
  • beachbethbeachbeth Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Recipe for window cleaner:

    1 cup paraffin
    1 cup water
    1 cup methylated spirit

    Shake well in a bottle, rub on glass and polish off when dry. This is from my "Down with Superwoman" book by Shirley Conran.

    Also, for carpet stains make up a pint of carpet shampoo with water according to the bottle instructions but add a teaspoon of white vinegar to it too.

    Also, for puppy wee smells or baby sick etc, soda water will get rid of the smell from furniture or carpets etc.
  • beachbethbeachbeth Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Another couple of tips I picked up from the tv this week:

    Put a quantity of baking soda into your plug hole so that it is a little heaped. Add a pint of water with a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar in it. It will start to fizz and go down your plug, fizzing and clearing as it goes.

    If you have hairspray spots on your mirror that won't come off put a little isoprophyl alcohol onto a cloth and rub onto the spots. This will make them disappear. (I believe you can get it from DIY stores).
  • cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
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    nail varnish remover gets hair spray off mirrors if you cant be botherd looking for the alcohol

    ;D ;D ;D
  • beachbethbeachbeth Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Did anyone see the tip on tv this morning about descaling your iron? I think she used white vinegar but I only heard part of it. My iron isn't steaming any more unless I keep pressing the button for extra steam. I have tried the descaling solution that you buy and this made it worse!
  • sylblakesylblake Forumite
    113 Posts
    Yes she used white vinegar & water to descale iron, and tooth paste to clean soleplate.
    Be ALERT - The world needs more LERTS
  • Barcarbonate soda & jif lemon with a toothbrush works really well to bring the grouting back so that it looks new, gets rid of mould and mildew.........
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