Most products we know in South Africa are available in Germany, but unfortunately not all of them.
Here is a list of product substitutes for some of them.
I you would like more information about where to buy South African products in Germany, see our Products we love page.
Food related products
Looking for Milo, Horlicks, Frisco, Ricoffy or Lime Cordial? We compiled a searchable list of substitutes for some of the popular hot and cold drinks
German and South African meat cuts are not similar.South Africa tends to follow the British way of cutting meat German beef cuts Rinderhals, Kamm or
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Here is a list of suggestions for Baking and wheat products, as well as some translations. More information about Flour types Ash Protein US
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Here is a list of suggestions for dairy products, as well as some translations. You can also read more on Rewe’s site Related content
Here is a list of the most common spices and herbs with their Afrikaans, English and German names Spices Afrikaans English German Borrie Turmeric die
General household items
|South African Product||Substitute suggestion||Additional Info|
|JIK||Try Danklorix||Active ingredient for JIK is: Sodium Hypochlorite 3.5% m/v when packed. Other Ingredients: Water, Fragrance.|
|Aqueous Cream||CeraVe Feuchtigkeitscreme|
Eucerin Original Healing Cream
|You can buy online|
|Sugar Soap||Anlauger & Entfetter|
|Handy Andy cleaning cream||Scheuermilch – available in most shops. a popular brand is Viss||HANDY ANDY CONTAINS AMONGST OTHER INGREDIENTS Less than 5% Non ionic surfactants 5%- 8% Anionic surfactants 7%- 15% Abrasive agent|
|Dettol or Savlon||The Sagrotan brand is a very good substitute and available in most shops||There is unfortunately no subsittute for the Dettol in a bottel, you can only get sprays. Some suggests Betaisodona Lösung. You can also look in Asian/ African Shops|
|Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid||Fairy and Pril works pretty good||Ingredients: Anionic detergents, solubilisers, colourants and perfume.|
|South African Product||Substitute Suggestion or Translation||Additional Information|
|Sellotape or Adhesive Tape||Klebeband is the collective name for all kinds of Tape, and you can specify the width for most. Klebeband Transparent is what we know as Sellotape.||Tesa is a well know brand and people will sometimes refer to it as Tesafilm|
|Duct Tape||Universalklebeband, Panzerband oder Industrieklebeband|
|Packing Tape – the brown tape you use to seal boxes or packages||Das Paketklebeband|
|Prestik or Adhesive Putty||Die Klebemasse or die Klebeknete|
We are not medical professionals and cannot give any medical advice. We do however have contact with a qualified Pharmacist who offered to answer questions you might have about substitutes for South African health products. We cannot give any information about prescription medication. We have listed some suggestions for over the counter items.
Most Germans sleep under their own single duvet, even on a “double” bed. The usual arrangement is a bed with two mattresses and each person sleeping under their own duvet.
To buy queen or king-size linen and duvets, look online.
If you brought your own pillows from SA, look on online shops in the UK like Amazon.co.uk. They deliver in Germany.
Some shops in Germany like Wayfair, Ikea and Home24 will have the correct sizes but you will have a limited selection.
See Beds, Mattresses and Duvets below for standard pillow sizes and other information
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