Category Archives: Cleaners

White vinegar

Alice from Putaruru writes, “White vinegar is my cleaner of choice for the whole house: windows, bath, shower, anywhere and everywhere”.

Whiteboards, cleaning

PHS from Fielding has this suggestion to remove permanent marker from whiteboards. “To get vivid permanent marker off surfaces, use Lynx deodorant spray.” We are pleased to say it works and smells good too! Perhaps others can see if it works for all deodorant brands.

Sugar soap

Karen from Palmerston North has this recipe for a homemade alternative to commercial sugar soap for wall cleaning. You need: 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of laundry detergent (unscented is better), 1/2 cup sugar, and 1.9 litres hot water. Mix ingredients well then apply to walls with a sponge, terry cloth (which is […]

Mischief52, Inglewood, Taranaki.

Instead of buying fabric softener, make your own by using white vinegar and your favourite essential oil. Mix altogether and use about 1 tbsp in the compartment of your washing machine. You can’t smell the vinegar but the clothes are softer and have a nice smell to them.

Reader, Whangarei.

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting permanent markers off a whiteboard? Although I really do like the stick figure drawings that my grand kids did, I would also like to be able to use the whiteboard again!

Autumn cleaning

Spring has well and truly gone but there will be many who did not get around to the annual spring clean, so we thought we would gather together our reader tips for a good autumn clean! True to form, the oily rag community has lots of ways to take the cost out of cleaning. To […]