18 October 2012

Eco Force - Review and Giveaway

Wherever possible I like to do my bit for the environment and use Eco-friendly products. I also avoid the tumble dryer and dry clothes on the line and airer which saves on the electric bill too!

When EcoForce got in touch asking to review some of their household cleaning products I was therefore keen to give them a go and we were sent a variety of sponges, scourers, cloths, dusters, pegs, a washing line and the wonderful Dishmatic!



All of the EcoForce products are made from recycled materials and are greener, affordable alternatives to other household products that are available. I am eager to teach the Mini Mes about the importance of recycling so using these products helps to influence their choices in later life and sets an example for them.




The Dishmatic is a great product that allows you to have a constant flow of washing up liquid to your sponge. You simply flip up the end of the handle, insert your washing up liquid and then use the scouring head to clean dishes as usual. It has a textured handle for better grip and the sponges are replaceable when worn out. There is a softer one for Teflon or more delicate items too and it gets off dirt just like my usual sponges - I was pleased!






All of the cloths, sponges and dusters that we were sent contain atleast 97% of recycled materials and the packaging is recyclable too. The quilted cloths are highly absorbent and as they are machine washable you can use them endlessly, saving you money in the long run! The sponges are great at getting grease and tough food off of pans and the dusters have been perfect for cleaning our leather suite and the car interiors as they are soft and pick up dust well. You can use them wet or dry.





The clothes pegs are made from 93% recycled materials and as they are metal free there is no need to worry about rust! They have a strong grip to keep your clothes hanging and they are even washing machine and dishwasher safe. The clothes line has a 30kg break strength which is plenty for your all towels and is 20 meters in length so it's suitable for most homes. We really love the bright, funky colours!



You can pick up your own EcoForce products and the Dishmatic online or at selected supermarkets, charity shops and DIY stores. You can find your local stockist information here: http://www.ecoforce.co.uk/shop.htm



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For your chance to win a green cleaning kit from the lovely people at EcoForce worht £50 you can enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway closes on 9th November 2012.

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245 comments :

  1. Household cleaning tip? You can do anything with Soda Crystals!

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  2. Following via GFC as luckygoldwavingcat

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  3. We look after the enviroment by trying to recycle as much as possible and our kids love it help too!

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  4. Household cleaning tip: To clean scuffed black shoes (especially school shoes!) wipe them over with baby oil!

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  5. its an oldie but goodie, newspaper is great for cleaning windows

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  6. ice cube to remove chewing gum of carpet


    gfc ianmaciver

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  7. we try to help the environment by recycling as much as possible

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  8. I try to switch off appliances and not leave them on standby and recycle as much as I can. I also use freecycle rather than throwing things away and have passed on lots of things in this way. Similarly, my daughter was the recipient of some lovely freecycle goods when she was setting up her first flat. People are so helpful.

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  9. Vinegar is the best thing for cleaning showers screens, taps and anywhere you get limescale. I also use it instead of fabric conditioner in my washing machine, it gives soft clothes and protects my machine at the same time

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  10. Once I have cleaned my fishtank, I used the dirty water to water the plants, especially useful in hot weather and contains added fertilizer.

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  11. I recycle as much as I can- my recycling bag is always bigger than my normal rubbish bag so I think I'm doing okay. I use energy saving light bulbs, eco friendly cleaning things (when I can afford them) and I turn off everything I'm not using. I try and keep my electricity usage down but I have electric storage heating and an immersion heater so it's hard to keep on top of.

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  12. I follow you on Networked Blogs with this name.

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  13. Baking soda is a brilliant cleaner and deodorizer. I make my own carpet powder using a few drops of eccense oil and some baking soda into an old shane n vac container! Perfect <3

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  14. Try not to clean too much to help the environment ( It's not just being lazy honest).

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  15. Old kitchen sponges/ scourers can be used to clean the bathroom before being thrown.

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  16. Following blog with GFC as Maya Russell.

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  17. I always try to recycle grey water for plants etc.

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  18. i always start from the top and work my way down

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  19. bicarbonate of soda on rusting cutlery

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  20. I have subscribed to your blog. HappyMum xx

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  21. I have done quite a bit to reduce our carbon footprint. I think the most significant thing we did was to chose our energy provider carefully, not to just go with the big companies and their (not very) "eco" tariffs. We went with Good Energy in the end. A brilliant bunch! (I should probably get some sort of commission from them for this comment!). :)

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  22. Citric acid crystals for cleaning scaled up kettles

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  23. My house hold tip is also a recycling tip; any old clothes, bedding that is not any good rip up into rags & use them to polish & dust with instead of buying new cloths.

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  24. I'm following by GFC as Shelley Jessup & also my email as jessupshelley@yahoo.com

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  25. I use baby oil to clean my stainless steel hob, it brings it up to a lovely shine

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  26. I follow via GFC - robertfox24

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  27. I follow via GFC = MindyandRoo

    Thank you :)

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  28. Love the cleaning tips, soda crystals are fab for almost anything!

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  29. i use an ecoball in the washing machine, lasts for years & no need for washing powder/liquid! :)

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  30. follow via gfc - emma walters

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  31. jessica newman

    Use white vinegar to clean bathroom taps and showers to remove limescale and on bathroom glass too!

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  32. Recycle all the way!

    Following via email.

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  33. Lemons that are past their best are great for cleaning the microwave.
    Cut lemons into quarter place in large microwave proof bowl, cover with cold water, place in microwave and heat in high for 3 minutes.
    Leave for a further 3 minutes for the resulting 'lemony steam' to permeate the interior of the microwave, carefully remove the bowl (it will be hot!) and then wipe the interior of the microwave with a damp cloth ... ingrained 'gunk' and grease will wipe off easily!

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  34. Add vinegar to warm water to make your windows shine

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  35. My nan knits me dishcloths so i use these for everything, then chuck in the wash. Better than having to buy new.

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  36. we look after the environment by recycling as much as we can! :)

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  37. im following via email and gfc as Kerry Brown

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  38. Try to clean a little bit everyday to keep on top of it.

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  39. Soak the oven racks in washing powder for a while - the grease
    comes off with a little rub

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  40. Irecycle what i can, clothes, food, containers - plastic and metal. shred paper and give it to the local pet shop

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  41. Following GFC Jo welsh

    Use your children's old clothes that are no good to be worn again as rags and remember to take off any buttons to either reuse or to play with or to add to any models they may make.

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  42. We're just making sure we recycle. Since moving house and going from bin bags to recycling we're amazed by how much now has to go in a black bag.

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  43. SODA CYRSTALS AND I LOOK AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT FOR MY KIDS AND GRANDKIDS FUTURES

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  44. Use colour catcher sheets so you can mix colour loads therefore doing less. And I cut up old towels to clean windows, much bigger and better than standard cloths too.

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  45. I try and just use Ecover products, but they arent the cheapest!

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  46. I use ecover and organic products

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  47. I recycle everything and try to walk as much as possible!

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  48. When running the kitchen tap to get hot water put the water into a bucket and use for watering plants or rinsing hand washing.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  49. following on GFC - hazzzzel

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  50. I gave up my car and recycle as much as possible

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  51. Wow I would love to win this giveaway - we are always looking at ways to be more eco friendly and recycle as much as possible and buy fairtrade and green cleaning products. Love your blog

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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  52. have subscribed via email, thanks

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  53. I try to look after the environment because if we all do just a little bit we might save ourselves from totally destroying our planet

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  54. we recycle as much as possible and try not to waste any food.

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  55. I recycle as such as possible and walk instead of using the car

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  56. Soda crystals are magic , put them in with your wash powder, clean pots and pans, pvc window sills, toys that have been outside, the bathroom the list is endless

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  57. I try to be as green as possible. I walk or bus (don't use the car) and do lots of recycling

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  58. Bottle/can of coke down the loo, leave it sit for at least an hour. Preferably overnight. Flush and admire your clean toilet and you didn't use any nasties that hurt the environment...feel smug :D

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  59. Following your blog as fiona fifi o'farrell

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  60. I try and get the family involved in recycling as much as we can at home. At work I sit near a printer and I try to keep the printer topped up with the pages that people don't come and collect so its not just shoved straight in the recycle bins. Im sure it annoys a few people!!

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  61. We recycle and compost whatever we can

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  62. I recycle as much as possible, I like to think it's best for my childrens future to take care of the environment

    @toc83

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  63. Soda crystals in with the washing!

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  64. Household cleaning tip - don't throw away old tshirts, they make good cloths for cleaning/polishing, especially cleaning the windows.

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  65. to clean up a burnt pan pour some cola in it and leave it for a while and should clean it up

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  66. I make sure I recycle or sell everything I can.

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  67. Following on GFC (laurastewardcomp)

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  68. vinegar for cleaning windows mirrors and also your car wiper blades!

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  69. I follow via GFC as mellysocks

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  70. Following via RSS - Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    @littleboo_21

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  71. I try to recycle as much as possible

    @littleboo_21

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  72. Following with GFC as Kim Carberry

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  73. i recycle all the time, everything that can be recyled is done 100 percent.

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  74. I recycle anything that can be recycled, we compost our kitchen waste, I buy eco cleaning products and toiletries, I make sure as much of our food as possible is organic, I support various charities that look after the environment - MCS, WWF etc. I do everything I can because we've only got 1 planet and I love it.

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  75. Recycle, recycle, recycle! It's our family mantra!

    Laura Harris

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  76. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse30 October 2012 at 21:46

    Use Microfibre cloths instead of dusters, you won't need polish.

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  77. I love recycling, I feel like I am doing my bit!

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  78. Use bicarbonate of soda, sprinkle it on carpets before vacuuming it really freshens them up

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  79. I recycle as much as I can.

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  80. I am following via GFC as pookybearcheung and have subscribed via email.

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  81. My household tip is a little bit of something everyday to keep on top of things and spend a couple of hours 1 day a month on one room (a different room each month) getting to those awkward places, like under the bed, down by the sofa cushions, sorting the kitchen cupboards out.

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  82. To clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.

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  83. Sweep your carpets instead of hoovering. Saves energy and is less wear and tear on your carpets. It's quite relaxing too in a zen way :)

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  84. To clean windows - use white vinegar and warm water mixed, rub clean using a cloth or old towel then wipe dry with newspaper.

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  85. Soapods are great for doing the laundry and for making your own eco-friendly cleaning liquid.

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  86. I like using natural ingredients, for instance using white vinegar as a descaler (for kettles and showerheads)

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  87. Following via Google reader

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  88. i dont own a tumble dryer or dishwasher, we are a family of 4 , we don't have central heating either, but i dry the washing on a big airer by the fire, its a bit more effort but worthwhile

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  89. we always recycle when possible and turn electrics off when not in use, also lights are off unless completely necessary!

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  90. Newspaper is the best thing to clean windows

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  91. Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning awkward bits like various joins on the cooker and fridge, and also for scrubbing tile grout!

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  92. I'm following by email and GFC (Hazel Wright)

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  93. I just try to recycle reuse stuff and not waste any thing
    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  94. Use citric acid for descaling the kettle. It's 100% natural and does a fantastic job

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  95. I recycle everything. My best cleaning tip is use hot water in a bowl with a little washing up liquid pop it in the microwave and put on for 1 min when done leave it for another min and daadaaaa all those horrid burnt on splashes wipe off easily :)
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    SJLAMBERT86@YAHOO.CO.UK

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  96. Its amazing what you can get up with Johnsons Baby wipes!! every house should have some.

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  97. Following via networked Blogs so you pop up on my facebook :)

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  98. We look after the environment by recycling everything possible and growing as much of our own produce as possible

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  99. Try to use as many chemical free cfc free products as possible

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  100. Already subscribed to blog - Zoe Howarth

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  101. I look after the environment because its the only one we have.

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  102. I recycle plastic, paper, cardboard and glass.

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  103. Washing soda crystals and v hot water down wastepipes keeps the them running free and smelling good

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  104. always do my bit, and recycle

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  105. Do a little bit of cleaning each day. That way it wont seem like such a big job :)

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  106. I follow your blog as Keri Jones :)

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  107. I clean the bathroom by sending someone in for a hot steamy shower with the windows closed and the fan off then pop in after them. The steam lifts the dirt off so a small squirt of green cleaner and a quick wipe does the job without scrubbing and lots of chemicals.

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  108. Clean your windows with vinegar and newspaper.....it works great!!

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  109. Bad smells in car? Leave a cup of white vinegar in there overnight

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  110. I have a compost bin the garden and until I started composting didn't realise how much you can put in it - egg shells, bits of cardboard, filtered coffee dregs as well as the usual vegetable leftovers. All compost is used to grow my own veg!

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  111. I have finally started to seperate my compostable waste and wow saving so much bin space and feeling much better about the environment

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  112. i recycle envelopes by using the back for paper

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  113. I recycle those brown paper Primark bags by using them as brown paper to pack up parcels.

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  114. Subscribed to blog with email address: chantelle1989_x@live.co.uk

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  115. To keep your washing machine limescale-free, pour a bottle of white vinegar into the drum and start the cycle. It will do the job cheaply.

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  116. I'm an obsessive recycler and upcycler

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  117. Subscribed to emails - Karen Barrett

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  118. I also use non bio washing powder and usually wash at 30 degrees

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  119. Toothpaste cleans a ceramic hob just as well as the expensive (specific) cleaners, and i always use old t-shirts etc, cut up as dusters, cloths for cleaning windows etc. xx :)

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  120. following on newtworked blog, and google friends as nikki lane
    subscribes also. xx

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  121. I make sure I compost my kitchen scraps

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  122. I try to recycle but the green bins where I live never get emptied. I live in flats and it took 2 years to get them and they have collected once in 6 months. I have to give my recycling to my daughter to recycle. how annoying

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  123. Love using white vinegar as a daily cleaner, works really well!!

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  124. Following on networked blogs as nicole punch!

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  125. RECYCLE AS MUCH AS I CAN

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  126. I recycle everything that I can.

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  127. I recycle as much as I can, I reuse shopping bag and put all clothes in a clothes bank

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  128. been recycling for 4 years now, i also take things along to my sons local nursery such as bottle top clothing spare toys.

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  129. Sprinkle some washing powder on your carpet and then hoover as normal. Leaves a lovely fresh smell.

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  130. I think it's important to look after the environment. Future generations should have the chance to live in a clean, healthy, happy world

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  131. We recycle what ever can be recycled! xoxo

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  132. Following on gfc - Danielle Vedmore/tinkertink2010 xoxo

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  133. Cleaning requires a lot less effort if you do it regularly, dont delay or it will take you a lot longer in the end.

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  134. Following via GFC as bcd2009 x

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  135. I recycle everything, I do my laundry on low temperature and I reuse plastic containers :)

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  136. I follow you on GFC :) (Myf) xx

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  137. Baby wipes are fab for cleaning marks off walls - don't know whats in them but they clean better than anything else I've used! :)

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  138. We recycle our items, we also donate items to charity shops that are still in good condition for other people to enjoy. We buy baby wipes to carry with us everywhere. Fantastic for cleaning up spills and wiping things quickly.

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  139. We only put the washing machine and dishwasher on when they are full and use the eco settings on them both

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  140. I always use the correct recycling bins at home and reuse what I can .

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  141. To get rid of stains from tea cups/mugs use a little bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Leave it for half an hour and then rinse and your cups will be sparkling!

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  142. Following on Twitter & tweeted @Madrabbitgirl

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  143. Catherine McAlinden4 November 2012 at 14:22

    I made my own baby wipes from a lovely piece of fleecy fabric. I use them at mealtimes, then put them in with the laundry.

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  144. Ordinary malt vinegar is great at getting limescale off taps. Soak it overnight by wrapping a vinegar soaked cloth round the tap.

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  145. Household cleaning tip: use bicarbonate of soda to clean the fridge it kills odours and germs.

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  146. i recycle as much as i can from cardboard boxes (use as postcards), toilet rolls (add them to my sons arty crafty goodies) :-)

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  147. i recycle as much as possible, weather it be in the recycle bin or re using things again for something else. we use energy saving lightbulbs and always switch off things in the house...we never leave them on standby :D

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  148. following via GFC as gemma clark thankyou

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  149. Lemon juice is amazing for making things shine!

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  150. Coke works wonders on drains and toilets for a sparkle!

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  151. I recycle & Freecycle everything I can. I also have a composter to dispose of vegetable & fruit waste.

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  152. Using fabric conditioner or essential oils in water instead of frebreze

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  153. I recycle as much as possible

    Shaz V.

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  154. I recycle clothes that are not fit for the charity shop, I cut them into squares and use them for cleaning around the house, reusing instead of discarding in the bin and saving money, its a win win :)

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  155. Stardrops is a very good all round cleaner.

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  156. I recycle as much as I can. Any leftover food ends up in either the composter or in the green cone.
    Any non-food items we are finished with I try to sell on ebay or at a local sale and failing that freegle, charity shop or ragbag.
    Very little makes it's way to the bin.
    Also, I try to walk whenever possible and if I do use the car try to make sure that we combine as much as possible so as to fully utilise the trip.

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  157. Following via GFC as Helen Aiken.

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  158. vinigar for everything works a treat! and saves lots of money

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  159. Compost and recycle as much as possible.

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  160. I try to recycle as much as I can, and was even on at the local MP and it was not until recently that they worked out a way to recycle for flat tenants in the borough

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  161. I try to help the environment by buying british and organic products where possible

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  162. We recycle whatever we can. We have a water butt, which we make a lot of use if in the garden too.

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  163. I am subscribed by email and follow with GFC.

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  164. allways recycle cardboard tins etc

    greig spencer

    greigspencer@live.co.uk

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  165. We recycle as much as possible, clothes and shoes are donated to charity shops, also unwanted toys and games. Old clothes are also used as dusters and cleaning cloths, we also have a compost bin.

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  166. victoria metca;fe7 November 2012 at 17:56

    i dilute disinfectant into a bottle and add water instead of expensive products

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  167. We recycle everything in our house... It takes time but is completely worth it

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  168. We use energy bulbs, and switch electricals off when not using them.

    Facebook: Karis Mse B

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  169. Low energy light bulbs and extra jumpers instead of the heating

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  170. We bought a couple of water butts so we can use rain water to water any plants.

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  171. We try to recycle as much as possible

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  172. I use cotton buds to clean around my taps and plugs

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  173. White vinegar-great for windows, drains, general cleaning. Fab stuff.

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  174. Following on Bloglovin as MyzSuccubus

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