There's the potential to save money next time you're in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket. Two of our tests have found using a simple home-made cleaner can get better results than products from some of the big names in cleaning.
We used a mix of vinegar and baking soda as a comparison when we did our multi-purpose cleaners towards the end of last year. It came in at third place out of 14 products. The home-made concoction beat products you'd recognise from the supermarket shelves.
Now our home-made window cleaner of equal parts vinegar and water has scored 64 percent in our window cleaners test. We applied a greasy, dirty mix of peanut oil, kaolin clay and black carbon to a window. The lab testers then used a mechanical arm with a damp sponge to wipe the window 10 times. The effectiveness of each window cleaner was assessed using a spectrophotometer, which measures how much light was reflected.
The vinegar and water mix was only beaten by three other products and beat four products.
Our head of testing Paul Smith said the results showed buying a well-known brand didn't guarantee the best result.
"I think it will come as a big surprise to those who spend a lot of money on window cleaners and multi-purpose cleaners in their grocery shop. Especially when a bottle of vinegar only costs about $3," Paul said.
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Here's what others are saying:
"I used white vinegar, baking soda & dishwash liquid on our kitchen ceiling. It worked just as good as sugar soap, except the kitchen smelt like salt & vinegar chippies."
"Grew up with a mother that made most of her cleaning products. Have her hand written recipe book with all sorts of recipes - even how to make an ant killer. My mother's generation had to be resourceful as no commercial products were available."
"I clean my motorcycle helmet's visor with a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alchohol & water - seems to work as well as more expensive glass/plastic cleaners."