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I need a little help with cleaning supplies for the home. There are various bottles of various chemicals, but I have no idea which to use or which brand to use. If you don't mind, please tell me the name of the brand/product you use for the following chores.

1. Dish soap
2. Dishwasher soap
3. Window cleaner
4. All purpose cleaning spray
5. Tile floor cleaner - Both regular and safe for marble floors.
6. Hardwood/Parquet floor cleaner
7. Toilet cleaner
8. Tub/shower cleaner
9. Laundry Detergent



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i quite like Durgol products.
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Old 21.01.2018, 20:37
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I need a little help with cleaning supplies for the home. There are various bottles of various chemicals, but I have no idea which to use or which brand to use. If you don't mind, please tell me the name of the brand/product you use for the following chores.
Most of them have pictures of what they are for on the packaging and are similarly packaged to what you get at home.
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I need a little help with cleaning supplies for the home. There are various bottles of various chemicals, but I have no idea which to use or which brand to use. If you don't mind, please tell me the name of the brand/product you use for the following chores.

1. Dish soap anything but handy from Migros, that stuff stinks. Best with lemon in it.
2. Dishwasher soap Denner 12 in 1 Tabs, dead cheap (00.10/tab), work very well, you must tell your dishwasher you're using them though!! And you still need the salt.
3. Window cleaner After I used dog knows what for years, I put vinegar into the water now
4. All purpose cleaning spray no idea what you mean by that
5. Tile floor cleaner - Both regular and safe for marble floors. richdog will answer that
6. Hardwood/Parquet floor cleaner I use "Frosch". Am also interested in good tips
7. Toilet cleaner anything like mentioned for tub below. There are some crazy strong products one doesn't need if one cleans WC daily , it usually says "00" on the bottles.
8. Tub/shower cleaner anything like Cif plus limescale remover
9. Laundry Detergent Depends on if you want it all smelly (perfumed) or you're maybe allergic ..... just make sure you know whether it's concentrated and if so use LITTLE as your machine won't be able to handle it otherwise. (You've not washed any clothes yet since 2016?)

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It's not your first spring-cleaning or something since you arrived here in 2016, is it?

Basically you can go for cheap. I really don't believe household stuff is better when expensive.
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I need a little help with cleaning supplies for the home. There are various bottles of various chemicals, but I have no idea which to use or which brand to use. If you don't mind, please tell me the name of the brand/product you use for the following chores.

1. Dish soap
2. Dishwasher soap
3. Window cleaner
4. All purpose cleaning spray
5. Tile floor cleaner - Both regular and safe for marble floors.
6. Hardwood/Parquet floor cleaner
7. Toilet cleaner
8. Tub/shower cleaner
9. Laundry Detergent

Thanks!

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As others have said, your best option is to go into your closest supermarket (pick one that's big so they have a whole aisle of these products)

Go for the pictures and buy the cheapest/2nd cheapest you can find.
None of them are any better, it all depends on the elbow grease you put in...
Consider getting a scent you like.
And for dish soap, consider getting one that advertises that it's "good for your skin". Might be just placebo, but I guess...
Otherwise wear gloves.

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 are pretty straight forwards, they all should have pictures.
7 and 8 I use the same thing. Just has to have a picture of a toilet/sink on it.
Not sure what you mean "all purpose cleaning spray".
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Oh looks someone just became an adult
Or dumped. For obvious reasons
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Or dumped. For obvious reasons
And here I recall a just divorced old colleague of age 50+ who asked on the coffee table how long potatoes needed to boil.
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Not sure what you mean "all purpose cleaning spray".
Seriously? You need to travel a bit... you too, curley!

There are hundreds of all-purpose (multi-surface) products available... but of course, the range of cleaning products (like everything else) offered in Switzerland is hugely underwhelming.

You could try making your own.
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Old 22.01.2018, 10:04
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It's not your first spring-cleaning or something since you arrived here in 2016, is it?
You do realise that people join the forum before they actually move here don't you?
The sensible ones do their research before they get here.

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You could try making your own.
Cue a flurry of posts asking where to buy x,y or z for making cleaning products in Switzerland.
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It's not your first spring-cleaning or something since you arrived here in 2016, is it?
I joined a year ago, but it took a year of planning, applications, interviews, moving, etc to get us here. We moved in 2 weeks ago.

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Not sure what you mean "all purpose cleaning spray".
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Or dumped. For obvious reasons
I am an adult, thank you. And no, I have not been dumped. I have moved from the US where the brands are different and the labels are in English. I am simply looking for advice for what brands work best.

All purpose spray is used to clean just about anything. Kids are dirty creatures by nature. It is the go to cleaner to get dirty handprints off the wall, crayons off the floor and baby puke wherever it lands.

all natural cleaners are preferred.
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all natural cleaners are preferred.
The Method cleaning range is all natural and something we try to use at home - I know COOP sell some of their range...though we often buy it in France or Germany.

More info here:

https://methodhome.com
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Where is New Haven?

Have, no idea what one can buy there!
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Old 22.01.2018, 12:13
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All purpose spray is used to clean just about anything. Kids are dirty creatures by nature. It is the go to cleaner to get dirty handprints off the wall, crayons off the floor and baby puke wherever it lands.

all natural cleaners are preferred.
Look out for a "schmutz-radier" (dirt eraser). Brilliant for getting rid of crayon, handprint and general kiddie-muck from walls and paintwork. No cleaning fluids needed apart from a slight dampening of tap water.

It's a small, white, dense sponge, usually available in multipacks and in most of the supermarkets with the rest of the cleaning supplies.
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Old 22.01.2018, 12:37
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Look out for a "schmutz-radier" (dirt eraser). Brilliant for getting rid of crayon, handprint and general kiddie-muck from walls and paintwork. No cleaning fluids needed apart from a slight dampening of tap water.

It's a small, white, dense sponge, usually available in multipacks and in most of the supermarkets with the rest of the cleaning supplies.
Mr. Clean (P&G) is called Mr. Proper in CH. There is the whole line of cleaning products. The erasers that Sandgrounder is mentioning can be found at Coop. They will look like the Mr. Clean ones you might know (see photo).

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The Method cleaning range is all natural and something we try to use at home - I know COOP sell some of their range...though we often buy it in France or Germany.
But not that good for the environment if they're shipped from California, are they?
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If you like Method, you can buy it online from these guys...

http://www.green-shop.ch

They have a huge assortment of stuff

Actually, the method stuff I have might come from Belgium.

Other brands to look for are ecover/Held, and in Coop, most oecoplan. There is also HeRa which has a lot of products.

You can buy putzspirit -it’s blue, alcohol. Dilute with water makes a good all purpose cleaner in a spray bottle. And putzessig - white vinegar. Great for all purpose cleaning and removing dreaded calcium deposits.


I use cheap dishwasher tabs from coop (Prix guarante), 100 for chf 10. I remove the wrapping though. Also same brand laundry detergent, though I do have perwoll for delicates. Fabric softener - look for Weichspüler. I like ecover/Held best - the others smell strongly. Some people use white vinegar for towels.

Dishwashers do not have disposals in them, the soap is formulated to dissolve food. Even if you use tabs, You still need salt (reosal) to soften the water, and a drying agent, spül Glanz- every brand makes them. And you need to clean out the filters and the spray nozzles periodically.

Baking soda (natron) is a good cleaner when mixed with vinegar. Large quantities can be purchased from ethnic stores, landi or online at kaia.ch, maybe green shop.


I think pronto here is the same as pledge.

For toilets, we use cillit bang or something

Bleach is not so common, not so great. Here it’s called javel. For the rare use of it, I have a bottle of tabs you dissolve in water.

Floors are Boden, and grout is fugen.


Biggest annoyance here for me is the freaking hard water.

I went through some of this when I moved here 10 years ago. Piecing together instructions on labels in three languages, none of which I read very well.

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I need a little help with cleaning supplies for the home. There are various bottles of various chemicals, but I have no idea which to use or which brand to use.
It really depends on what you are looking for - cleaning on a budget? Cleaning with a lot of regard to the environment? Unhealthy obsession with "home remedies"?

Usually I make a bi-annual trip to the biggest supermarket in the area, during their cleaning promotions, and get a 6 month supply on cleaning products for discounted prices.

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1. Dish soap whatever is in promotion that smells good
2. Dishwasher soap Finish. tried different ones, but very bad experiences with the budget options
3. Window cleaner supermarket brand. never noticed big differences between the pricier brands
4. All purpose cleaning spray cilit bang. no other option. it's the best
5. Tile floor cleaner - Both regular and safe for marble floors.supermarket brand. never noticed big differences between the pricier brands
6. Hardwood/Parquet floor cleaner supermarket brand. never noticed big differences between the pricier brands
7. Toilet cleaner I use the HYGO from migros because it does a very good job, and has an agreeable smell
8. Tub/shower cleaner what?
9. Laundry Detergent tried different ones, including budget options, but have decided to stick to OMO and PERSIL due to own experience
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It's not your first spring-cleaning or something since you arrived here in 2016, is it?

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But not that good for the environment if they're shipped from California, are they?
I'm wary of the cheapest detergents and cleaners on environmental grounds. However, it seems over the last decade manufacturers have tweaked their products to be less harmful but don't advertise the fact as consumers consider performance to be affected if it's not killing fish. Still, I'm prepared to use minimal doses and pay a little extra for stuff which breaks down to ease my conscience. Elbow 'grease' solves most problems without CilitBANG.
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Elbow 'grease' solves most problems without CilitBANG.
I notice people here use a lot less chemicals than in the U.K.

There they seem to have sprays for everything.
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Seriously? You need to travel a bit... you too, curley!
Must be because I'm an individual traveller - never heard of "cleaning-trips" throughout the world

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I'm wary of the cheapest detergents and cleaners on environmental grounds. However, it seems over the last decade manufacturers have tweaked their products to be less harmful but don't advertise the fact as consumers consider performance to be affected if it's not killing fish. Still, I'm prepared to use minimal doses and pay a little extra for stuff which breaks down to ease my conscience. Elbow 'grease' solves most problems without CilitBANG.
Never use stuff like cilit bang - don't think they would be the cheapest either? When cleaning regularly, no elbow grease is necessary either

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I notice people here use a lot less chemicals than in the U.K.
There they seem to have sprays for everything.
Not one single spray in my house
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