There is a plethora of YouTube videos or blogs with cleaning ‘hacks’ that just don’t work. While we’ve tested some for you, some don’t even need testing to know they don’t work. Here are some of our favourites…
Baking soda and vinegar together: useless
Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaners- but not together. After the initial excitement of a big fluffy science experiment reaction, the solution left is basically salty water, chemically speaking. It will do nothing and the alkalinity of the soda neutralises the vinegar. Just use one, or the other, or a surface cleaner. Seriously.
Putting lemon in your dishwasher to help clean it: useless
Do you know how many litres of water go through your dishwasher every time you use it? Give or take, about ten litres. Even if you put ten lemons in there it’s still unlikely to achieve anything other than wasting ten perfectly good lemons. Lemons are good for gin, not dishwashers. Simply spray white vinegar inside, give it a good scrub, and run the hottest cycle you can.
Toothpaste to clean anything: expensive and there are better options
Toothpaste is an effective cleaner because it has tiny granules in it that abrade the surface. It’s cheaper and more efficient to use a cream cleaner like Jif for those sorts of surfaces- taps, sinks, and car lights.
Coke to clean your toilet: there are better alternatives
OK using Coke WILL HELP to clean your toilet. It’s about pH 2.5 and vinegar has a pH of 2.5. However, the amount of acid per can of Coke is about 0.017% compared to vinegar’s 5%. So if your toilet has rust stains or really ingrained dirt- white vinegar will do a better job. Leave it for an hour plus, or up to overnight for best effects.
Microwaving a sponge to kill bacteria: useless
Scientists found that your average kitchen sponge has about 82 billion bacteria per cubic inch, that’s why it stinks! Microwaving the sponge only kills off the weak bacteria, leaving the strong resistant bacteria lots more space to breed. Germs also need moisture, and so washing it in a dishwasher or microwave and not drying it completely is just giving bacteria a warm space to grow. The advice is- throw the sponge out. If you can’t bear to contribute more to the local landfill, run it through a hot wash in your washing machine, and dry it in the sun. UV light kills germs, whereas drying inside will not achieve this benefit.
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Fly Off Surface cleaner - review I highly recommend this Fly Off Surface Cleaner as it is highly effective, natural, and you won't have to sp Review by: sassy121 (Amelia) Dated: 25th of March, 2018end ages spraying nasty chemical filled fly sprays around your home.
Growing up I was always fascinated by bugs and insects, I used to have a bug catcher complete with net, however as I have grown up the passion of catching bugs to look at has definitely gone. If I see a spider you will catch me squealing and trying to get rid of it, my pet peeve though has to be flies. I absolutely cannot stand them and how unhygienic they are to have around. Last year we had a bad summer with an influx of flies due to the heat and humidity, I wasn't looking forward to the influx of flies again this summer.
After a week of really bad fly gatherings in my house I decided that the fly spray I was using obviously wasn't doing its job effectively, I then did some research into fly deterrents which led me to this Fly Off Surface Cleaner. I was quite taken aback by the cost of a 500ml bottle being $19.95 but hoped this was because it was effective and environmentally friendly. The website description says the peppermint and eucalypt help repel flies and insects, it can be sprayed on insect trails to repel ants, mice or other pests. I decided to purchase a bottle to try as I was getting desperate, I am so glad I did.
The bottle arrived and I found it was quite simple Looking, there is a blue label with the writing on it which is stuck onto a black plastics spray bottle. The instructions were simple to follow, spray on the surface to clean and the smell of the cleaner would repel the flies. I quickly unlocked the trigger and sprayed my benches and wiped them. I waited eagerly to see if any flies would land, none did so I was over the moon with happiness. Each spray let's out a decent amount of cleaner and the smell is pleasant. I sprayed the bench first thing in the morning and some got on a fly, the fly started to slow down, and eventually died, this approach was more effective than the fly sprays I had been using. The fact that this is made of natural ingredients means it is non-toxic, kind to the environment, and I especially love that it is safe to use around my young children.
I highly recommend this Fly Off Surface Cleaner as it is highly effective, natural, and you won't have to spend ages spraying nasty chemical filled fly sprays around your home.
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2018-11-08I have one each in the kitchen and bathroom. They are very popular in our household. Beautiful smell.
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Leanne Kathleen Le Sueur reviewed Dream Eco Products – 5 star 14 September · I have just tried the fly off surface spray and floor cleaner which I won in a recent competition! I sprayed the ceiling and now the house smells absolutely amazing!!! Also my floors smell lovely, clean and fresh and shiny too. Looking forward to trying the toilet cleaner. I am super stoked to use these natural products in our home. Once again thank you very much Sally Tudhope reviewed Dream Eco Products – 5 star 3 October · I'm a total convert to Dream Eco Products. I use the dishwashing liquid, the Fly Off Surface Spray (which smells absolutely heavenly!) and the toilet cleaner. Everything works really well, smells great, and the packaging looks so nice, I have them proudly displayed rather than hiding them in my cupboards. I've just bought a number of other 'flavours' to try as I know these will be just as effective, and will smell just as good. Thank you for making such divine products Sally Tudhope reviewed Dream Eco Products – 5 star Out and about with kids in Hawkes Bay Hey Gabby Please post anon when you have a chance 🙂 I just wanted to say thanks to Dream Team Clean! I’m really impressed by a couple of products I have tried from their range so far! I have seen these products on social media over the last few months and thought......why not give them a go? Well! The Fly off Spray managed to remove all those annoying fly spots which accumulate on the ceiling, and because it’s a spray and wipe it keeps all the flies off my bench and stove tops! 😍 YAY! This time of year (flies) drive me nuts! Lol Love the added peace of mind that these products are safe around the kids, I even save $$ on not needing to purchase so much fly spray 😂 Even tho these products are a few more dollars than your usual supermarket sprays etc, they do their job so well and leave my house smelling sooo beautiful! (The Cinnamon/Tangerine spray and wipe is another one of my Faves!) Highly recommend for any fellow mums and families whom may want to try these products! 😊 Thanks Dream Team! And Thanks Gabby for all your hard work on OAA. ❤️❤️
Sally reviewed Dream Eco Products — 5 star October 3 · I'm a total convert to Dream Eco Products. I use the dishwashing liquid, the Fly Off Surface Spray (which smells absolutely heavenly!) and the toilet cleaner. Everything works really well, smells great, and the packaging looks so nice, I have them proudly displayed rather than hiding them in my cupboards. I've just bought a number of other 'flavours' to try as I know these will be just as effective, and will smell just as good. Thank you for making such divine products <3
Leanne reviewed Dream Eco Products — 5 star September 14 · I have just tried the fly off surface spray and floor cleaner which I won in a recent competition! I sprayed the ceiling and now the house smells absolutely amazing!!! Also my floors smell lovely, clean and fresh and shiny too. Looking forward to trying the toilet cleaner. I am super stoked to use these natural products in our home. Once again thank you very much
Is it wrong to want to keep spraying your devine cinnamon & tangerine surface cleaner? Love it and it does the job whilst being eco- friendly.
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