Here you can find tips for household with Swipe and BioSwipe products.
For window washing, we recommend using a mild dilution of Swipe or a Multi Clean dilution. Both products are prepared in spray bottles, making them particularly handy for window washing. The window wash is most successful when you do not do it in direct sunshine. The heat caused by direct sunshine dries the glass surface in the middle of the wash.
Wipe the dust off the blinds
If your windows have blinds, start with them. Close and wipe the blinds carefully on both sides using a Swipe microfibre cloth. Avoid wiping with a wet cloth because this will easily leave the blinds slippery.
Wash the window frame first
In this step, use also a mild Swipe dilution or a Multi Clean dilution. First, wipe the window frames, sashes and sill with a dry microfibre cloth. Spray the detergent and wipe the objects with a wet Swipe cloth or a SwipeTex cloth. If necessary, clean with a clean SwipeTex cloth.
Wash the windows starting with the outermost pane. Spray mild Swipe or Multi Clean on the panes and wash the panes with a moist Swipe damp clothes. Rinse the wet cloth with clean, warm water after wiping and squeeze out excess water. A heavily stained window pane may need a few washes before drying. You can also use a squeegee to help you with the wash, although this is not necessary.
Always dry the washed windows right after washing using Microfiber bamboo cloth. Remember to also dry corners and edges. At the end, wipe the dripped water from the sill and dry.
It is a good idea to thoroughly wash the refrigerator every now and then. After all, this is where we keep the food we eat. Before the wash, remove all items from the refrigerator and temporarily store them in a cool place. If it is cold outside, you can take everything out. Indoors you can rely on cool bags if you have them.
Before you clean the refrigerator, you need to switch it off fully or set it to defrost mode. Check the refrigerator manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Before you start defrosting the refrigerator, make sure that the drain opening is not clogged. You can also see in the manual whether the floor will need protection from drain water during defrosting or whether the refrigerator will handle defrosting and water collection itself.
To wipe the refrigerator, you will need the Swipe damp cloths and SwipeTex cloths for thorough drying. You can use the Multi Clean dilution or Swipe Normal dilution as detergents as you wish. You can separately wash shelves and compartments with these same detergents or, for example, with the Handy washing-up liquid.
With the refrigerator empty, detach the refrigerator shelves and compartments and wash them properly in the sink. If they have heavy stains, as is often the case with vegetables and root vegetables, we recommend that you first let them soak properly. Wash all parts thoroughly using a sponge or washing-up brush, rinse and dry the washed parts using a SwipeTex cloth and let them air on a dry towel on the kitchen table while you wash the refrigerator.
Now it is time to start wiping the empty refrigerator! Spray the detergent from the spray bottle onto the walls of the refrigerator and wipe with a Swipe damp cloth. Pay particular attention to the shelf support grooves, which easily accumulate stains. Finally, dry with a SwipeTex cloth. Also wipe the exterior of the refrigerator. Leave the refrigerator door open for a while to allow all cavities to dry and to air the refrigerator properly.
After that, you can replace the interior fittings of the refrigerator and move the food back into the refrigerator. This is an excellent moment to check what it is that you put in the refrigerator: maybe that turnip that is more than four weeks old should not go into the refrigerator just because “maybe one day I will feel like chewing on turnip.”
Tip: A thick layer of dust at the back of the refrigerator has the same effect as insufficient ventilation: the refrigerator’s energy consumption will grow and its useful life will shorten. This is why it is a good idea to remove the dust a couple times a year from the floor underneath the refrigerator and from the refrigerator motor by vacuuming. Be careful to avoid hitting the refrigerator motor while vacuuming. Refer to the refrigerator manual for any device-specific instructions on cleaning the motor. Finally, when you put the refrigerator back in place, remember to leave a gap of at least 1–2 cm between the refrigerator and the wall to ensure proper ventilation.
When your casserole in the oven boils over and grease leaks onto the oven, it is recommended to clean the oven as soon as possible. Otherwise, the stains will burn in on the bottom and walls of the oven when you next use it. After this, it will be considerably more difficult to clean the oven. The dish brush in our offering tolerates a temperature of 200°C, which means that you can use it in an oven that is less than 200°C.
Use a suitable detergent while cleaning the oven and SwipeTex cloths for wiping stains and, at the end, for drying the oven. The SwipeTex cloths are disposable, and you can dispose of them after use or burn them. If the stain is difficult to remove, you can get an extra boost with BouBoul, as it does not scratch the enamel surfaces of the oven.
Spray Multi Clean on the bottom and walls of the oven and leave it there for a while. If necessary, brush with Bou Boul, finish with a wet SwipeTex cloth and then polish with a dry SwipeTex cloth.
Heavily stained oven
Use the strong dilution of Swipe as the detergent (1 part Swipe to 4 parts water). Follow the same steps as above. In difficult cases, we recommend that you try the Swipe’Else mixture by mixing 1/3 of Swipe and 1/3 of Somthin’Else and 1/3 of water. You can further improve the efficiency of Swipe’Else by putting the mixture in a foam spray bottle and foaming the most stained parts of the oven before cleaning.
Because it takes highly alkaline detergents to clean a heavily stained oven, remember to wear protective gloves and protect the floor in front of the oven while washing, with a newspaper, for example.
Bathroom and toilet spaces should be cleaned every week. Start by first removing debris and dust from the floor using the Swipe dry mop, floor brush or vacuum. After this, you can proceed to the actual wash.
Cleaning the basin
• Remove all washing supplies from the edges of the basin. Wash toothbrush mugs, soap holders etc.
• Wet the basin and spray the Sanit dilution on all surfaces of the basin (also Multi Clean is excellent for washing basins). Allow the detergent to apply for a while, and then thoroughly wipe all surfaces and metallic parts. After washing, rinse thoroughly.
• Remember to also wipe the walls around the basin and any bidet and its surrounding areas.
• When you put the washing supplies back in place, you can freshen up the family by making a Somthin’Else dilution in a foam bottle instead of regular soap or liquid hand wash, allowing everyone to enjoy luxurious hand washing.
• Occasionally it is also recommended to empty the entire cabinet underneath the basin (if you have one) and all pipes underneath it and wipe them. This way you can also check what you have in the cabinet and dispose of unnecessary empty cans, bottles, worn sponges etc. that just take up space.
• Spray Multi Clean or a mild dilution of Swipe onto the mirror surfaces and wipe with Swipe damp cloth. Dry and finish up with Microfiber bamboo cloth.
• If the bathroom has windows, you can follow these instructions to wash them as well. You can also use a squeegee as an aid.
• Occasionally it is recommended to also empty the bathroom mirror cabinet and wipe it inside, if you have one. You can use, for example, Multi Clean and Swipe damp cloth for the cleaning.
Cleaning the bathtub/shower compartment
• First rinse the compartment or bathtub with water. After this, spray the Sanit dilution evenly on all surfaces. Also treat the faucets and shower and the surrounding walls. Finally, wipe with a Swipe damp cloth and rinse.
• If you have a shower compartment with walls, wash them by spraying Multi Clean or Sanit on them, especially if there are many drop stains on them. Wipe with a wet cloth and finish with Microfiber bamboo cloth.
• Remember! Plastic and enamel surfaces may not necessarily tolerate strongly acidic or alkaline detergents. In bathrooms, the bathtub in particular often has enamel coating.
Cleaning tiles and seams
• Sanit is well suited for the general-purpose washing of tile surfaces.
• To remove limestone build-up and corrosion stains, use an acidic detergent, such as Brite.
• A strong dilution of Swipe is suitable for heavy grease stains.
• Tip: If the light-coloured seams of tiles do not get properly cleaned, make a cleaning paste out of the Swipe 30/60 wash booster by mixing it into a small amount of water and then rub off the stains.
• It is important to wet the tile surfaces with warm water before applying the detergent, and to rinse the tiles and seams properly after cleaning.
Cleaning the bathroom floor
• Wet the floor with the Swipe kosteamoppi and spray the normal dilution of Swipe or the Sanit dilution on the floor.
• Wipe with a wet mop and finish corners and other difficult-to-reach places with Swipe damp cloth.
Cleaning the floor drain
The proper basic cleaning of the bathroom also includes cleaning the floor drain. Always wear protective gloves when you are cleaning the floor drain.
• Remove the floor drain grill. Remove loose debris and hair using paper towels.
• Run clean water into the floor drain and then pour approximately 10 ml of non-diluted Sanit into it. Allow the detergent to apply, and then scrub the floor drain. Finally, spray with Multi Clean and brush. Wash the grill on both sides using a Sanit dilution. Rinse the grills and run water into the floor drain.
• Finally, you can pour approximately 10 ml of Sanit into the floor drain and leave it there.
• Maintenance tip: Pour Pipe Clean into floor drains and basin drains to keep them clean and prevent clogging. For more detailed instructions, refer to the product packaging.
Toilet spaces should be cleaned every week. Start by first removing debris and dust from the floor using the Swipe dry mop, floor brush or vacuum. After this, you can proceed to the actual wash. Pay particular attention to washing the toilet basin, because harmful bacteria will rapidly grow there. This is the same reason why you want to keep the floor drains clean. Finish up the weekly cleaning by replacing the hand towels and bath towels with clean ones.
Cleaning the toilet
• Flush first. Spray Sanit dilution on the walls of the basin from the spray bottle. Carefully brush inside the basin using a toilet brush. Also remember the underwater surface of the basin and the water inlet edge. Flush the toilet to rinse it. You can also rinse the toilet brush at this time. A more thorough cleaning is advised every now and then. For that task, we recommend the acidic detergent Brite as a strong dilution. The pH value of Brite is 1.2, which means that you should wear cleaning gloves when using it.
• Spray Sanit onto the exterior parts of the toilet: the flush handle, the surface of the water tank, the cover and both sides of the seat and the base. Carefully wipe the surfaces with Swipe damp cloth.
• Also wipe the walls around the toilet.
• You can also spray Fresh Air into the bathroom at the end of the cleaning. It is advisable to keep Fresh Air in a visible place in the toilet space, because using it is recommended after each longer session.
The sauna should be washed thoroughly at least a couple times a year. The more often you use the sauna, the more often you need to wash it. When you start your job, start with a dry sauna. First, remove the benches, if possible, so that you have more space to move in the sauna and you can later wash the benches more easily.
After this, clean the sauna, including ceiling and walls, removing debris and dust, using, for example, Swipe dry mop, by brushing or by vacuuming. The dry mop is particularly handy for removing dust from the ceiling and walls, because its long handle provides good reach and is light to handle.
Washing the sauna
The humidity and heat in the sauna make it easier for many types of stains to fasten to the benches, while the dirt and sweat from the bathers also drip to the underside of the benches. This means that the bench must be washed on both sides just like the fixed frames of the benches. First wet the benches with warm water, which opens up the grains of the wood and makes it easier to remove dirt from the benches. Fill the bucket with warm water and add detergent.
Light-coloured and untreated benches
Use Swipe 30/60 booster as the detergent, dose with a ratio of 50 ml of powder to 5 l of water. Spread the dilution to wet benches and allow to apply for a few minutes. We recommend that you use a soft brush for the washing, because a hard scrubbing brush may make the wooden surface rougher and cause splintering. After waiting for a while, scrub vigorously and rinse properly. Also remember to wash the bench gaps carefully.
Dark or oil-treated benches
Use the Multi Clean all-purpose detergent for washing the benches. Spray the benches thoroughly with a dilution you have made in the spray bottle and allow to apply for a while. After this, scrub vigorously and rinse properly.
Washing the sauna walls and floor
If the sauna has wooden walls, wash them according to the same instructions you followed for the bench. For tile walls and floor tiles, you can also use Sanit. If the floor has bad limestone build-up, try Brite, which is a little more acidic. For hard stains, for example close to the stove, you can also use the strong dilution of Swipe.
- • When you have carefully rinsed off the detergent from the benches, pour cold water on them to close the grains of the wood and to make the benches pleasant to sit on.
- • To clean the sauna’s glass door, use Sanit or Multi Clean. Spray the detergent on the door starting from the bottom. Use a squeegee and Swipe damp cloth as the tools and finish with Microfiber bamboo cloth.
- • Also remember faucets, mirrors and floor drains! (Read the article “Cleaning the bathroom and WC spaces”)
- • Be careful not to use detergents with chlorine when washing the benches, because wood will absorb the chlorine, which may be released to the air when heating up the sauna.
Ensure proper ventilation after cleaning, to allow the sauna and washing room to dry properly.
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The washing temperature matters. If you want to save energy, lower the temperature. The Family White laundry powder in particular can be used even with 30 degrees water. Thanks to probiotics, Laundry Liquid washes well even at low temperatures.
Not all bacteria die at 60°C. The common misconception is that bacteria would die at 60°C. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Temperatures as high as 100°C or more are needed to destroy certain bacterial spores. If you want to destroy all bacteria from the clothes using heat, you need to boil them.
HomCare has an alternative to this. You can put Swipe Ball in the washing machine to release natural silver and destroy bacteria even at low temperatures. Another option, which is more ecological in the long run, is to increase the amount of good bacteria in the laundry, leaving less space for the harmful ones in the laundry and the washing machine. Laundry Liquid, packed with probiotics, is an excellent choice for this purpose. If, for example, you use Family White and a 40°C wash programme but want to eliminate bacteria, use Swipe Ball.
The choice of detergent makes a big difference. If you want to make sustainable choices, pay attention to the following. Ecology is not the word one uses if laundry needs to be washed again because it did not get clean on the first try. When you shift to lower washing temperatures, make sure your detergent works and dissolves at low temperatures. When using concentrated detergents, the need for preservatives is also reduced. The more water the product contains, the more need there is for preservatives. In addition, concentrated detergents reduce waste packaging material because they are bought less often.
Only wash suitably full loads. If the machine is filled to the top, not all clothes become properly washed. Laundry needs a little space in the machine to get clean. In addition, modern washing machines use water conservatively, which further increases the need for the right size of load for good results. Incomplete loads should not be washed, either.
Drying the clothes is important. The clothes will easily start smelling if they are dried in a room with poor ventilation and if they have been crammed onto the laundry rack. The more space the clothes have, the more easily they can dry. Naturally, outdoor drying would be optimal for clothes, but it is not always possible because of seasonal changes.
The correct dosage of detergent is also important. Often the problem is that there is too much detergent, which results in residue on the clothes. With concentrated detergents, dosage is low and truly sufficient, which means that the dosage instructions of the detergent should be followed.
Read the fabric care instructions to ensure that the methods are suitable for the fabric.
The majority of stains should be pre-treated with Multi Clean. Spray the Multi Clean dilution on the stain approximately 10–15 minutes before you put the fabric in the washing machine. Multi Clean efficiently removes grease stains and has proven particularly good at removing various food stains. The stain may be removed with Multi Clean treatment alone. If the stain is fresh, it may be eliminated without a long application time. Spray on the stain and wipe with a microfibre cloth, and that is often the end of the stain’s story. If the stain still requires a machine wash, you can use Laundry Liquid, Silk or Family white as the detergent according to the need and then add 30/60.
If the stain is difficult to remove or in a fabric material that has tightly absorbed the stain, soaking in 30/60 dilution has usually proven good results. Add 1–2 tablespoons of the 30/60 powder to 5 litres of water and allow to soak for at least 20 minutes. With extremely tough stains, spray the Multi Clean dilution and then rub the 30/60 powder on the stain before putting into the washing machine.
Secretion stains (pre-treat with Multi Clean, soak with 30/60 in case of hard stains)
Fruit and root vegetable stains (pre-treat with Multi Clean + rub 30/60 on the stain or soak with 30/60)
Sweat (pre-treat with Laundry Liquid)
Home (soak with 30/60)
Coffee/tea (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Ketchup (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Mud (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Glue (pre-treat with Multi Clean)
Milk (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Berry stains (soak with 30/60, if necessary, pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Soot (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Resin (pre-treat with Somthin’Else dilution or Swipe’Else)
Red wine (soak with 30/60, pre-treat with Multi Clean, rub 30/60 on the stain and add 30/60 to the load)
Chewing gum (freeze the chewing gum, scrape off the bulk, pre-treat with Multi Clean)
Grease stain (pre-treat with Multi Clean, rub 30/60 on the stain and add 30/60 to the load if necessary)
Grass (soak with 30/60, pre-treat with Multi Clean and add 30/60 to the load)
Rust (pre-treat with Brite/Sanit)
Stearin/paraffin (soak in Handy–water dilution, wash with Laundry Liquid + 30/60)
Chocolate (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Drawing ink (pre-treat with Multi Clean, add 30/60 to the load)
Blood (pre-treat with Multi Clean, soak in 30/60 and add 30/60 to the load)
Dandelion (soak in 30/60, add 30/60 to the load and pre-treat with Multi Clean, if necessary)
Oil (pre-treat with Multi Clean, rub 30/60 on the stain, soak in 30/60 and add 30/60 to the load if necessary)
Fill a container of 50–70 l with warm water (temperature according to material). Dose 100–200 ml of Family White laundry detergent and 50 ml of 30/60 wash booster first to a small amount of warm water, and mix carefully to make sure the powders dissolve properly. Then add the dilution to the washing water. Soak the carpets for approximately 1 hour, moving them occasionally (to prevent colour clinging) and finally rinse. Repeat when necessary.
The instructions are suitable also for mattress toppers, duvets etc.
Always check the washing instructions of the material.
Corridor carpet wash (rubber base)
1 bucket of water
50 ml of Family White
50 ml of 30/60 wash booster
Wet the carpet with washing water, for example on the floor of the washing room, and roll up into two rolls from both ends. Keep rolled for approximately 1 hour. Open one roll, spray with a handheld shower head and dry with a squeegee. Repeat the showering and drying for as long as dirty water is released from the carpet. Repeat for the other roll. Repeat the entire treatment when necessary.
Washing your car in your yard is easy and safe to do with BioSwipe Car Wash. Car Wash is a concentrate that can be used in manual washing or with a pressure washer.
First wet the car. Then dose Car Wash into a bucket (approximately 25 ml of the concentrate to 5 litres of water) and clean the car. Finish by cleaning the rims with a sponge soaked in Car Wash.
The interior of the car is easy to wash with either Swipe or Multi Clean. Spray Swipe/Multi Clean dilution on the dashboard and other interior elements and a mild dilution on the windows. Wipe with microfibre cloths. With the surfaces dry, treat non-glass surfaces (no windows or mirrors) with Swipe Magic. The result is clean and neat and lasts longer. It has even been said that dust will not cling easily to a surface treated with Swipe Magic.