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Co-Op eco cleaning range

Post: #114667 starchild
Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:19 am

I read in my CoOp magazine that they have their own range of eco friendly cleaning products.
Has anyone tried them? How did you get on with them?

They're BUAV approved too, as you'd expect from the Co-Op I guess.
I might check them out this week. We generally use bicarb and vinegar, but if dh does the cleaning, he's still a Cif man. He didn't get on with the Ecover cream cleaner at all, so I was wondering if these were worth investigating.
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Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:18 am

Generally - like you I use bicarb etc. The only thing I haven't found a suitable substitute for is dish washer tablets. I used the Co-Op ones recently and they were really good and a similar price to the regular ones - which is good as for some daft reason most eco brands tend to be much more expensive :? . I'd recommend them
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Post: #116536 ellie12022
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:57 pm

I have just started using co-op washing powder, I have been using about half the amount (I live in a soft water area), anyway it seems ok. The price seemed reasonable too in comparison to other brands. I have a new washing machine, so I am getting used to that too.

I have been using ecover cleaner but it's not the cream one, i have found that to be quite effective, and easy to use. I do use vinegar too, but I don't seem to be able to buy a large amount so it goes quite quickly and so seems less economical in the end.

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Post: #132856 Flo
Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:03 pm

Co-op ain't bad and surprisingly cost effective. If you want vinegar you need to know someone with a card that gets them into a wholesaler like Costco or Makro or be able to get into somewhere like a larger Chinese outlet. This is a useful site for bulk buys of white vinegar - bit more expensive than if you can use the local cash and carry.

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Post: #132982 Green Aura
Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:12 pm

Here's a dishwasher recipe I downloaded, if you're interested millims.

In a plastic container with a firmly fitting lid, mix:
1 cup borax (20-Mule-Team Borax, available in any supermarket)
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup citric acid (available in brewing stores among other places--if you haven't
tracked it down yet but must try this formula, use two packets of Lemonade-Flavored
Kool-Aid, ONLY lemon, or you'll dye your dishwasher! and ONLY unsweetened Kool-Aid!)
30 drops citrus essential oil--lemon, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, or a mixture

Put all of it in the container, shake it up.

To use, put a tablespoon or so into each cup of your dishwasher. I've found I no longer
have to use the scrubbing cycle but can get by fine with the short cycle, thus saving
even more money. On average, it looks like this is about 8 cents a load compared with
Cascade at 22 cents a load. Compare it with EcoVer or Seventh Generation and it's a steal.
I have also started putting some of this in a shaker canister--the one I have we got at a
restaurant supply, it's aluminum and was made for popcorn salt. I use it to clean my sink
and anything else that I'd normally use Bon Ami on. Works great, and the essential oil
makes it smell fantastic.


I made it as per the recipe but found the amount of essential oils overpowering - I could still smell it the next time we used the dishes, otherwise it worked pretty well. It's obviously a US recipe and I have no idea if my dishwasher even has a scrub cycle.
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Post: #132983 Green Aura
Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:14 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention I didn't use as much as they suggested either, but I couldn't seem to fit much more than a tbsp in the tray anyway.
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Post: #132984 Thomzo
Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:25 pm

I use the dishwasher tablets and washing liquid when I can get hold of them. My local Co-op is quite small so the supply of anything is a bit hit and miss. I think they are as good as any other brand and the washing liquid doesn't make me itch. You don't need any conditioner with it either.

They often have special offers which helps keep the cost down.

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Post: #133005 Silver Ether
Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:26 am

I buy my white vinegar from asian shops ...cheap too. Do you know tha :flower: t using detergents makes surfaces sticky so the diirt sicks to it and you have to clean it more often ...

I recently prooved this to a friend who is cleaning contantly ... her place is not cleaner than mine in fact her floors don't shine my do because all I use is vinegar ....and I have time to go and play in the woods :flower:
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Post: #133009 invisiblepiper
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:20 am

I have just been given a £5 voucher for these coop products, so i will try them and report back. Trouble is - I have to use the car to get to the co' and Morrisons is within walking distance. :?
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Re: Co-Op eco cleaning range

Post: #133021 starchild
Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:44 am

We tried the fabric conditioner this week (our water is really hard) and I couldn't stand the smell of it. In fact I had to rewash everything with vinegar afterwards and it STILL smells :(

Very disappointed that most things seem to come with such powerful fragrances........
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Post: #133047 juperwort
Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:38 pm

Milims wrote:Generally - like you I use bicarb etc. The only thing I haven't found a suitable substitute for is dish washer tablets. I used the Co-Op ones recently and they were really good and a similar price to the regular ones - which is good as for some daft reason most eco brands tend to be much more expensive :? . I'd recommend them


Eco products cost more as they, being smaller manufacturers, make smaller quantities, and dont make them out of cheap industrial detergents / by - products.


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