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Post: #20102 Shirley
Tue May 16, 2006 7:49 pm

i use bicarb and vinegar for cleaning - and yes, you can buy it in bulk. I think it's the same as baking soda but not sure.

Anyone know where to buy white vinegar in bulk?? Someone on my ivillage board has asked a supplier and they said that it wasn't a good thing because it was made with chemicals and bleach... :shock: but I don't think they have all their facts right.

Anyway - be interesting to hear from the SSISH folks about it.
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Post: #20108 AnnetteR
Tue May 16, 2006 8:24 pm

Muddypause wrote:Is that the same stuff, then? Cleaning soda that comes as crystals, and bicarb? I remember my mum used it to soften the washing water with.
In the US the best known company that packages baking soda for cooking also packages a number of "baking soda" products for cleaning and such. I tried the laundry soap a while back but have never bought any of the other products.

The box I have lists the ingredient as "Sodium Bicarbonate".

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Post: #20316 Wombat
Fri May 19, 2006 11:33 am

Sorry guys, been in Brisbane!

bicarb or baking soda is sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate, cleaning soda is soium carbonate and much more alkaline- it also tastes lousy :mrgreen:

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Post: #22826 the.fee.fairy
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:23 pm

There's a book called 'Clean house, Clean Planet' can'
t remember who its by, but i have a copy, and it has some excellent recipes in it.

Some of them tend to repeat themselves, but there are some class cleaners in there.

I'll dig it out and post a couple at some point...its at the bottom of the stuff in my room at the moment!

I bought it on Amazon for about £6 i think if anyone's interested.

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Post: #23786 the.fee.fairy
Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:18 am

and, to revive the post again, there's someone on Ebay selling bicarb by the kilo.

They're selling under soapmaking i think...its for bath bombs, but its the same stuff as you use for cleaning.

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Post: #108190 MrsD'ville
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:18 pm

Hi. I know this is a really ancient post but I came across it while looking for oven cleaning info, and though I would add the website where you can buy bicarb in up to 10 kg bags. It's called Summer Naturals (www.summernaturals.co.uk) - go to Bulk Basics. The website says it's closed to new orders for the next week as they're having a new site built. I like this bunch as they recycle packaging (as in send you stuff in their old boxes) and generally seem to be in the spirit of the thing. I will admit to 'knowing' via cyberspace the person who runs it but I'm a genuine customer too so this isn't a shameless plug! I hope :oops:
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Post: #108197 Annpan
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:49 pm

I use summer naturals too - I'd highly recommend them, I buy borax, vinegar, EOs and soap making stuff from them.

Good to hear that they are building a new site.
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Post: #108198 The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:28 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:But can you put it in a septic tank?!?! And what's it called in French? :mrgreen:



"Boraces" - the septic tank won't mind a bit!

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Post: #108199 Silver Ether
Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:49 pm

I buy all mine from this firm
http://www.eco-essentials.co.uk/index.p ... rers_id=38
only I can by it locally, I have also seen it in Boots the Chemist and Wilkinsons have started selling it.

With the above and soap nuts the only cleaning stuff I buy is Washing up liquid and thats only bought because the old fella think thats taking things too far ... :roll: So with that I squeeze a drop about the size of a 10p coin onto a sponge scourer and that does loads ...

For Disinfectant try mixing in a spray bottle water and white vinegar about 60/40% and half pint of mixture as 10 drops of tea tree or lavender oil ... and thats what I have been using for at least 3 years ...

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Post: #109911 the.fee.fairy
Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:16 pm

Bicarb is different to baking soda. Baking soda has cornflour in it too.

Theres a book called Clean house Clean Planet. Its got loads of recipes.

On the ingredients side...i wen to T****s the other day (i know i know...) and with their natural cleaners, they had Natural Borax Cleaner and Natural Bicarb Cleaner...and the first was just borax, and the second was just bicarb...i had trouble getting both of them, so it might be handy for anyone else having trouble.

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Post: #109969 smbm
Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:55 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:yep cheers green-girl.

Never sure about Borax though, is it a chemical and is it not pretty dangerous if not handled correctly?


Borax is used as an additive in food, it is E285 I believe, so I imagine it's not great but not really dangerous either.

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Post: #109970 Annpan
Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:58 pm

ehmmmm I think that 2oz of ingested borax can kill an adult - I'll go and check my sources and report back.... Please don't eat any in the next few minutes.

ETA
http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/HTMLdocs/SodiumBorate.htm

15 to 20g is potentially leathal, it is illegal as a food additive in USA but is present in some caviars... I wouldn't go adding it to my tea if I were you :wink:
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Post: #110010 smbm
Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:40 pm

Hmm, clearly people shouldn't be eating it in quantity.

I'll have to check E numbers on things more carefully.

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Post: #110304 mrsflibble
Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:02 pm

I get my bicarb from my mum's local cash and carry; on her card lol. I get my white vinegar there too in gallon containers. as for lemons, I buy ones for eating which are about 16p each, then I buy ones fro cleaning which taste and look like crap, but work really well. they're the ecomony ones in the net bags.
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