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  • #248082
    Morriske
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    Hi all

    I am trying to use only Bicarb and Vinegar to clean the bathroom and toilet. Seems to work well. The only problem is that it works out quite expensive buying it at the supermarket. You can get homebrand vinegar, but the bicarb only comes in little boxes and never lasts more than a couple of cleans.

    Is there anywhere that you can buy this sort of stuff in bulk?

    Keri

    #410886
    Fatima
    Member

    I used to get it in 5kg bags at our local produce store. It seems more common in the produce stores in dairying areas.:tup:

    #410887
    Morriske
    Member

    Thanks Fatima. I’ll ask the guys at my produce store if they can get it in for me.

    #410888
    Fatima
    Member

    No worries. Vinegar and Bicarb is great for getting grease out of carpet too. I speak from experience!:lol:

    #410889
    ccBear
    Member

    Cut back on your Bicarb use. I spray the vinegar on the surface to be cleaned then a light sprinkle of Bicarb. Does the job well.:tup:

    #410890
    muster
    Member

    Woolies has it in a large homebrand pack.

    #410891
    Robyne
    Member

    Not at our Woolies still selling the name brand.

    I make my own cleaner I found in an old book.

    House Hold Cleaner:

    2 tablespoons of washing up liquid

    2 Tblspns of Ammonia

    Put in a 2 litre bottle and top up with hot water. Leave over night then spray to clean. Do NOt Use with bleach can cause a gas.

    You can double your vinegar by tipping half into another bottle and topping up with rain water leave 24 hours and full strength again.

    According to Enio you can do thins over and over. I 1/2 fill a 20 litre bottle and topped up with rain water haven’t bought vinegar for ages.

    I also put lavendar flowers in a 2 litre bottle and top up with vinegar for the toilet gives a nice scent.

    #410892
    supergran
    Member

    We get 500g packets from our woolies I put a srinkle into the dark wash and a vinegar in the cuddly container And get no streaks on the dark trackies:tup:

    #410893
    Arty
    Member

    can the topping vinegar up with rain water trick be done with apple cider vinegar as well? Also, can filtered water be used instead of rain water?

    #410894
    Wombat
    Member

    Hmmm, sorry to say but that trick of the top up sounds like bulldust to me. Dilute vinegar with water and you are going to get diluted vinegar no matter how long you leave it. Has anyone tried it and measured the concentration of vinegar after dilution and the next day, say by titrating the acetic acid?

    Nev

    #410895
    marigold
    Member

    Agree with you Wombat. After all, vinegar is soured wine and turning water into wine hasn’t been done for quite a long time!

    We wondered about the cleaning vinegar the Stupidmarkets sell, whether it was just a rip off, but it actually is stronger – almost twice as strong. (I found the hygrometer:tup: )

    ETA : Ooops! Hydrometer, I mean

    #410896
    muster
    Member

    Can you ask your woolies to get some in for you? I can send you a wrapper to ward off any claim that they don’t have a home brand alternative if you want?

    #410897
    Robyne
    Member

    been using my vinegar that way for years, its does strenghten up for some reason. But you have to leave it for 24 hours to do the job

    Not a chemist don’t know why but it saves me money;

    #410898
    muster
    Member

    Had reason to be down at Surfers yesterday and popped into one of the larger Woolies stores (Aust. Fair) – they had home brand everything – except bicarb! I didn’t have the time to ask why but perhaps those of us that have the 500g home brand in our stores ought to stock up on a couple of packets. Interestingly the only bi-carb they had shelf space for was the large blue & white box.

    #410899
    lefty
    Member

    I buy bi-carb in the Asian grocery store in 3kg packs – I haven’t bought any for a while – 3kgs lasts ages – but from memory it was about $3.50 – certainly much cheaper than in little boxes and is the same brand.

    cheers Glenda

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