Friday 31 May 2013

Cleaning chemicals I use, and recommend

Everyday solutions for everyday problems.
Needless to say - some, even expensive solutions can make your life hell - while you're really grateful for some solutions to make your life easier.

Fist, good old Hypo. Dissolves all organic matter in minutes - and takes most coloring from fabrics just as fast. Don't waste money on cleaned solutions like Chlorox - it is the same stuff, just looks whiter. I usually order it from Tesco, 2-4 l. at one delivery. And I am not afraid to use it.
I prefer the bottles of Tesco - safer than the regular ones. Mind that you don't pill any of it on your clothing or carpet - stains are permanent.
I use it in the toilet and bathroom - cleans all kind of organic... waste pretty easily, and kills bacteria. Good for bleaching textiles of stronger fabrics, especially synthetics. I don't use it for mopping, mainly because I hate the smell.

Second, some Cif stuff. Mind you, I am not paid for advertizing or anything - I just found Cif stuff better than others available in our market.
First the right one - the only window cleaner I've found appropriate. I still have to scrub windows a lot to clean them - but at least this stuff helps, not hurts the process. I've tried at least 5 different window cleaners before - all was more pain than good.
Sidenote: this product is not available in Hungary. I imported my 2 bottles from Austria 2 years ago.
Not in the picture: Cif dishwasher. The only difference between that and no-name dishwashers is that I can use it for mopping and other cleaning tasks without leaving a greasy mark on the surface. Great all-purpose stuff.
To the left: the best stuff I've found for cleaning my ceramic heater. Not the best, as it won't remove seriously burnt stuff - but can handle the usual spills and oil spots well.
In the middle: now that is for the tough stuff in the kitchen. I could clean my microwave oven with it that I couldn't reasonably lean for 7(!) years. Can handle the greasy pus left from spilled greasy food - even cold grease remover is not good enough for that stuff.

For the bathroom: the power cream is good enough for removing everyday soap stains and limescale. Not good enough for like cleaning limescale out of water boilers - use hydrochloride acid for that. (Also mind that hydrochloride acid burns inox surfaces... for that, only expensive inox cleaners were really effective.)
The cold grease remover is again amongst the best stuff - in the right context. It can dissolve thin layers of burnt fat from dishes - mainly from pans you use for frying. It can't handle thick layers of grease, or blackened burns, or mixed stuff - only oil and grease. Mind that it is a strong acidic stuff, try not to inhale... it really stinks.

So that's it for today - if you have something equally useful cleaning agent in mind, just drop a comment!

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