Save Zillions On Cleaning Products

edited 19 November 2020 at 10:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    my daughter was recently given a second hand fridge that her grand parants had, it worked perfectly well with no smell, it was turned off for about three weeks and now smells really bad, like a fishy smell, she has tried all sorts to clean it but still the smell persists. any ideas?
  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in warm water ( 4 tblspns to 4 pints) and wash out the fridege with this to clean and get rid of the smell.
  • NixNix Forumite
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    Just a quickie about the magic qualities of CYDER VINEGAR. Did you know that it is not only an antiseptic but an anaesthetic as well? And you can use it (diluted of course!) internally and externally? Nothing else can match those unique qualities as far as I know. In days of old, it was regarded as a panacea. Great for insect bites, cuts, sore throats, bad breath, etc. A must for the medicine cabinet methinks!


    Cider's pretty good too... ;D
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  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    Another great and cleaning tip I've picked up is to use baby oil to clean stainless steel - kettles, toasters etc. Just rub it on with kitchen towel then rub in gently. It gives a lovely shine - far cheaper than all those very expensive stainless steel cleaners +just as good. :D
  • ErinErin Forumite
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    I've been using vinegar for yonks - the brown stuff is quite ok for most cleaning jobs but *not* for clothes. (might stain) I boil it in my electric kettle to descale it. Don't all laugh but I told a friend how to use it to keep her plastic showerhead limescale free and she boiled the showerhead and not just for a few minutes!!!
    when you've cleaned your oven shelves wipe them with some Bicarb on a damp cloth - leave a residue, it wont smell- and the shelves are easy to clean next time. Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda stock "white" (i.e., water coloured) vinegar. I think someone mentioned it's called distilled malt Vinegar and the brown just malt. More please from anyone with useful moneysaving tips
  • ErinErin Forumite
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    sorry everyone. I said Baking Powder for keeping your oven shelves easy to clean. I meant Soda Bicarb.
    about 20 tears ago the man servicing my washing machine told me to forget water softeners (we live in a very hard water area) and to use soda crystals - washing soda in some places- I use a spare coffee measuring scoop and heap it slightly. It not only gives lovely soft water, allows use of minimum quantity of detergent; it also keeps your pipes clear as it discharges
  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    To keep your stainless steel cooker shiny, after washing it to remove the grease, use windolene, it works a treat and doesn't attract dust etc. like baby oil. I use the baby oil on my splashback though.
  • Ok folks, you asked for it!

    1. DIY cleaning solutions from Canada;

    2. Yet more baking soda magic:

    3. Omigosh more vinegar! (Good resource site, but too many @#&! pop-ups! Grrrr.)

    4. Here's one of my favoritest sites:

    5. Last but not least, a homegrown version

    Have fun y'all! (Believe me, trawling through all this stuff will keep you occupied for days!)

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  • Carole_HardyCarole_Hardy Forumite
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    I enjoyed reading this thread - now a question...

    How can I remove those grease spots that accumulate on the tiles behind my hob.  I'm guilty of not cleaning the tiles every time I cook and so end up having to use brillo pads to scrub them off.  Will vinegar dissolve them?  

    Any tips gratefully received.

    UPDATE!! Have just tried bicarbonate of soda and it worked brilliantly.....! :)
  • robannrobann Forumite
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    Vinegar is dilute Acetic Acid.

    If you want it in 'industrial' quantities for cleaning then you can get DILUTE acetic acid from chemical suppliers. (It will come as a clear liquid). Search the web for chemical suppliers and buy the dilute stuff that is suitable for use in classrooms.

    Do not be tempted to experiment with other, stronger acids or you'll melt your taps or maybe your face ;-)

    For a gardening application what about using vinegar to kill weeds as well?
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