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Household products you recommend

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phoenix Mon 22-Apr-19 17:47:54


I thought it has been sometime since we had a thread like this, so here we go! smile

(Also thought it might be an idea to keep recommendations for food things separate?)

Lidl W5 kitchen cleaner definitely gets a vote from me, cheaper and better than the Flash with Fairy one that I was using.

Impressed with the bathroom one from the same range, effective and has a nice fresh smell.

David1968 Mon 22-Apr-19 18:01:33

It's not cheap initially, but I love BioMex Multi surface cleaner. Worth the money IMO, because I find it lasts for ages. It's £11.99 and I get mine from Lakeland Ltd. A wonderful cleaner for stainless steel and so many other areas. The claims are:
An incredible universal cleaner
Dissolves dirt, limescale, oil and grease
Suitable for almost every surface
Natural ingredients
Extremely concentrated to last a long time.
And I have to say that I agree with them all! (And I have no connection with any of the companies involved.)

grannysue05 Mon 22-Apr-19 18:08:15

I use "Stardrops" for absolutely everything nowadays.
I used to spend a fortune on cleaners for every type of situation, but not any more.
"Stardrops" is cheap and cleans thoroughly and smells fresh.
Used on Kitchen grease, bathroom, showers, cupboard fronts and flooring.
Gosh .... I sound like an advert ! blush

phoenix Mon 22-Apr-19 18:35:27

grannysue I have never heard of "Stardrops"!

GrannyGravy13 Mon 22-Apr-19 18:40:42

I use Method, ecover or Waitrose own brand eco friendly products, my ownly naughty vice is I squirt bleach down the lavatories every so often!!!

Chewbacca Mon 22-Apr-19 18:44:48

WD40. Absolutely the best thing to bring up the shine on anything stainless steel; remove fine scratches in vinyl flooring and worktops and removes greasy marks from laminate cupboard doors; cleans upvc window frames, doors and garden furniture. Brilliant value for a pound and lasts ages.

Maggiemaybe Mon 22-Apr-19 19:00:20

I like the Method range too, and love the smell of them. They last for ages. I have a pomegranate spray in the kitchen, watermelon in the bathroom, and my favourite, the wood floor cleaner (just splash a bit on, go over it with a dry mop) that leaves the rooms smelling of marzipan.

Saying that, I don’t think you can better vinegar in warm water and crumpled newspaper to clean glass, vinegar in water again for wooden furniture, and bicarb to get rid of nasty smells and burnt on food.

Greyduster Mon 22-Apr-19 19:01:46

Aldi microfibre cloths for finishing off the shower screen, mirrors, gloss kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Very quick and no smears.

phoenix Mon 22-Apr-19 19:04:04

Chewbacca there is school of thought that says if it doesn't move, and should, use WD40. If it moves, and shouldn't, use duck tape grin

Eglantine21 Mon 22-Apr-19 19:12:56

I’m another that goes with WD40. 😀

jusnoneed Mon 22-Apr-19 19:15:24

Another Stardrops user, the whole range is good.

Farmor15 Mon 22-Apr-19 19:19:55

I find oxy-action products excellent for vases with scum inside, demi-johns which have been used to brew cider or other awkward shaped containers. Also compost bin which gets black inside. Just put in a scoop with warm water and the debris seems to float off after a few hours.

The own-brand ones from Aldi and Lidl work fine.

Grannyrebel27 Mon 22-Apr-19 19:24:45

I love Cillit Bang!

phoenix Mon 22-Apr-19 19:45:28

Grannyrebel27 I think you might mean CILLIT BANG!

(As in the shouty adverts!)

BBbevan Mon 22-Apr-19 19:49:34

Just cleaned my awful salt encrusted windows with warm water, white vinegar and a cloth. Sparkling and smear free. Also use white vinegar for shower heads etc,. Cheap and effective

Niobe Mon 22-Apr-19 20:48:29

My stainless steel fridge freezer is sparkling with no streaks or finger prints to be seen because I used a spoonful of baby oil on a soft cloth to wipe it. Magic!

M0nica Mon 22-Apr-19 20:59:45

Most of my household cleaning products I buy in the French supermarket chain LeClerc. I try where possible to buy only ecologically approved products and they have a far wider range of products and brands there than in the UK, where Ecover seems to hold a monopoly position and can charge as much as it likes.

In particular I am able to get a soap based washing machine liquid, which is the only brand my DDiL can use as she has an auto-immune disease that means detergent based ones cause her skin to itch and redden.

Grannyknot Mon 22-Apr-19 21:01:44

I'd be very happy to read recommendations for a wooden floor cleaner that doesn't need rinsing ... smile

IAmWhatIAm Mon 22-Apr-19 22:13:43

Using fabric softener on high shine items/tiles.

dragonfly46 Mon 22-Apr-19 22:18:15

I have been reading the labels recently and I am horrified by what they contain. I only use eco brands now.

crazyH Mon 22-Apr-19 22:23:37

Soda clean greasy pans, it does tend to leave a white reissue but rising with water will sort it.

craftyone Tue 23-Apr-19 06:23:35

bio D washing up liquid

craftyone Tue 23-Apr-19 06:24:06

A`kin hair and body products, contain no nasties

Anja Tue 23-Apr-19 06:35:42

Another vote here for Method. Comes in recycled and recyclable plastic and is animal friendly.

Re bleach. I buy the baby sterilisation tablet (comes in foil) and drop one or two into an old spray bottle. Saves buying more plastic and overdoing the bleach.

A slice of lemon left overnight in the toilets seem to keep them nice and fresh. Can use slice left over from the G&T !

Larissa67 Tue 23-Apr-19 06:38:06

Steradent tablets to soak away tea stains in mugs and cups.

aggie Tue 23-Apr-19 08:22:40

Salt or Bicarb rubbed in takes the stains off cups , mine go in the dishwasher , before he got a dishwasher my son, lived next door , brought his cups and mugs in for me to run them through !

Pittcity Tue 23-Apr-19 08:44:14

I'm with dragonfly on this one. I am always reading labels as I get headaches from breathing in droplets from cleaning sprays.
Diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle is great for Windows, mirrors etc.
Thanks for the lemon tip anja and I will refill my bleach bottle too.

Cabbie21 Tue 23-Apr-19 08:48:51

I use a refillable spray bottle for many jobs. I fill it with white vinegar, a few drops of Stardrops and lots of water. Sorry, I am not sure of the proportions, but at a guess, about one third white vinegar to two thirds water.

M0nica Tue 23-Apr-19 14:45:26

Use drop of olive oil on laminate worktops. Rub over, leave to 'dry' for half an hour or so then polish off with a soft clothe. You can safely put food on the worktop without fear contamination.

Miep1 Tue 23-Apr-19 15:02:04

Vote for 'Elbow Greased' here; £1 a bottle, cleans everything

Miep1 Tue 23-Apr-19 15:02:26


Willow500 Tue 23-Apr-19 16:28:32

I've started using Aldi's shower spray on my SIL's recommendation and it's excellent. I did buy a rotary brush a few weeks ago to get rid of the limescale on one of the shower doors which worked a treat.

I used soda crystals and white vinegar down the sinks following the cleaning hacks by Mrs Hinch on YouTube which left them all lovely and clean. She also uses fabric conditioner diluted in a spray bottle to clean kitchen cabinet doors so I tried that - works well and smells lovely.

phoenix Tue 23-Apr-19 16:45:37

I always have a bag of soda crystals in the cupboard, so useful, soaking greasy pots and pans, washing down gloss prior to decorating (pretty well dikuted, and add a splash of suitable detergent) pour some straight from the pack to freshen up your plugholes, good stuff and cheap!

BTW, didn't find Mrs Hinch's tip for denture tablets down the loo worked at all!

PamelaJ1 Tue 23-Apr-19 17:07:13

Like Bevin I’m a fan of white vinegar. I’ll try it with soda crystals down the toilet now.

lilypollen Tue 23-Apr-19 19:11:35

Small-handled microfibre duster, recommended to me and it's transformed my dusting now. Sainsbury's or Wilko, also find online.

dahlia Tue 23-Apr-19 19:44:10

We are on septic tank drainage, so bio harsh products are a no no. We like Method too, a little goes a long way, and our local healthfood store refills our Ecover bottles, saves the planet and my purse! Always use white vinegar and newspaper for glass (from that old series "How Dirty is your House?") and yes, baby oil is fab for stainless steel machines.I don't have much wooden furniture but love National Trust polish in a tin - nice smell, reminds me of my childhood when my friend and I wrapped our feet in clean dusters to polish Mum's floors!

Sara65 Tue 23-Apr-19 21:05:55

Another fan of method, I love the smell of the furniture polish, I’m also in agreement about household soda, brilliant at keeping sinks and basins running, and smelling fresh

Missfoodlove Tue 23-Apr-19 21:08:25

White vinegar and water, nothing cleans glass as well.
Really miss Orange Glo. Loved it on wood.

jura2 Tue 23-Apr-19 21:11:29

You beat me to it Missfl - white vinegar is brilliant, Here in FRance it is really cheap, so I take a 5 litre container to both daughters when we visit UK.

JenniferEccles Wed 24-Apr-19 16:59:05

Another white vinegar fan here.

Periodically I put some in the washing machine drawer and run it on 90 deg to remove any build up of detergent, and to generally freshen the machine.

My mum used it to clean windows as I do, and it is brilliant at removing limescale from showerheads.

Greenfinch Fri 26-Apr-19 11:42:36

Thanks for all these hints .I was in Waitrose yesterday and they had the whole Method range on offer. I remembered some of you lovely people had recommended it and so I bought some of the bathroom cleaner .I am delighted with it and the smell is lovely. The tiles in the shower now look better than they have done for ages. I am off to buy some of the other ones tomorrow. Thank you.

Tweedle24 Fri 26-Apr-19 12:11:22

Not necessarily for cleaning, although there is a long list on Fb from time to time saying what it can do, I find WD40 a useful thing to keep to hand, it takes sticky labels off like a dream and, when I used it to unstick a swivel tap, it brought the stainless steel of the tap up to a beautiful shine,

Cloudshaper Fri 26-Apr-19 13:02:54

Thanks Miepl for the Elbow Grease recommendation. I bought a spray bottle of it yesterday for 89p. It has de-gunked the top of the kitchen cupboards very easily (for someone with short arms and poor reach).

SirChenjin Fri 26-Apr-19 14:01:18

HG Mould Remover Spray - black mould on grouting, silicon sealant (an indeed everywhere you get black mould) completely disappears within about 30 mins. It's either very clever chemistry or dark magic, but I intend to be buried with the stuff in case there is an afterlife.

shysal Fri 26-Apr-19 14:30:41

Oven Pride makes oven/shelves cleaning almost enjoyable.

For dissolving grease spots on clothing and removing sticky label residue I recommend lighter fluid.

Maggiemaybe Sun 28-Apr-19 08:43:29

Oh, I thought the Elbow Grease recommendation was a joke! blush I’ve been using the free stuff for a long time.

Yes to the HG, SirChenjin - I think it is indeed magic.

overthehill Tue 30-Apr-19 17:23:15

If you get mold marks on grouting in the shower. When dry get neat bleach and old toothbrush and give a little scrub at the grout with the bleach. Don't rinse off just leave over night, next day all gone and just give a quick rinse before using shower

Oldfossil Mon 06-May-19 18:32:57

On the recommendation of my sister I ordered a product called Koh, advertised online. It’s very eco-friendly and scentless ( you can add a drop or two of essential oil - but I actually prefer it scent free as both DH and I are allergy-prone.) The liquid comes in a cube shaped pack with a little tap on - as DH remarked, it looks like a rather disappointing wine box. You get one spray bottle which you refill. I have found it to be highly effective and use it on practically everything.

Callistemon Mon 06-May-19 19:32:54

Method cleaners.

DD has just recommended Koh for cleaning my oven, Oldfossil - can we buy it in this country?

My supply of Elbow Grease has resulted in a sore shoulder and elbow sad.
Can I buy a fresh supply anywhere?

Callistemon Mon 06-May-19 19:34:14

I've just read miep1s post - it is a product, not what I was using which was hard graft.

Oldfossil Thu 16-May-19 21:11:25

I bought Koh from their website. It was delivered swiftly. I haven’t seen it in the shops.

Twobabes Fri 31-May-19 11:24:35

Arthritic hands make it impossible to work the squeeze mechanism on all sponge floormops I’ve tried. Are there any easy ones out there? Must be a sponge one!

gmelon Fri 31-May-19 11:57:23

I like flash in the squeezy bottle that gives a measured dose. Neat or diluted. It cuts through grease.
Also Cillit Bang with bleach.

fizzers Fri 31-May-19 12:01:31

baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixed to a paste will remove almost any stain - but check for colourfast first, removed dried in blood from clothing and vomit stains off a mattress