HOUSEHOLD TIPS NOT FOUND IN WOMAN'S WEEKLY

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Post by Stanley » 14 Apr 2018, 03:53

It struck me this morning that one of the side benefits of doing my cleaning routine on the sink each morning is that my hands get a mild dose of bleach. Tiz tells us that infection picked up on our hands is a major vector of disease and illness. I wonder whether this is a bigger benefit than I suspected?
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Post by chinatyke » 14 Apr 2018, 07:58

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It struck me this morning that one of the side benefits of doing my cleaning routine on the sink each morning is that my hands get a mild dose of bleach. Tiz tells us that infection picked up on our hands is a major vector of disease and illness. I wonder whether this is a bigger benefit than I suspected?
Or less of a benefit according to this article: Microbes are needed

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Post by Stanley » 14 Apr 2018, 08:05

Yes, and in the right place I let them alone but the ones that arrive in food preparation (Especially meat), handling public hand rails and doorknobs and anything to do with defecation can be safely killed. That's why in certain areas, like the sink, lavatory, food preparation surfaces and chopping boards I aim for sterility.
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Post by Stanley » 15 Apr 2018, 02:41

I've always had this glitch in the way my brain is wired where if I have something to do, remember it and don't do it immediately it gets wiped from my memory. For instance, yesterday I needed to pick up my medication from the chemist's. I remembered first thing in the morning but knew I would forget it so what I did was put the empty pill bottle on the draining board and when I had done my early morning walk that reminded me to put my keys next to it. I need the keys to go out of the house for the later walk so the fact that they were with the pill bottle reminded me. I do the same for other things, bit like tying a knot in the corner of your handkerchief.
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Post by Bodger » 15 Apr 2018, 07:55

My reminder is to put my wrist watch on the other hand, when you check the time it's on the wrong hand and you say to yourself why ?

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Post by Marilyn » 15 Apr 2018, 10:09

(Ha!) I always pop my Laundry Basket in the passage, because I shut the laundry door to keep the noise of the washer down whilst hubby is working and taking phone calls, and I can forget there was a load on! Seeing the basket sat there, where it shouldn't be, reminds me to check the washing is done and hang it out. Nowt worse than finding a damp load of washing hours after it could have been hung out and dried.

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Post by Cathy » 15 Apr 2018, 12:03

I keep a pink laundry peg to hand and place it where I can see it. It reminds me to bring the washing in or clean the kitty-litter, put the bin out, all sorts of things. I just know when I see that there's something I have to do.
I know I'm in my own little world, but it's OK... they know me here. :)

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Post by Stanley » 16 Apr 2018, 02:44

Lovely! I had an idea that we might all have a version of that one! I don'r wear a wrist watch but that's a good reason for doing so!
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Post by plaques » 16 Apr 2018, 07:51

After spending £millions on education why don't people use these new found skills and write it down on one the the ubiquitous 'post it' papers and stick it where you can see it. Like on the end of your nose. Then you have the advantage that others will comment on what you have to do next!

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Post by Marilyn » 16 Apr 2018, 08:08

We don't waste trees, Plaques. My old laundry basket, and Cazza's pink peg, will last longer than us! :laugh5: Might even be able to leave them to someone special...

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Post by Tizer » 16 Apr 2018, 09:19

I think it was in a Lynne Truss novel where there was a man living alone who left himself lots of post-it notes around the house as reminders. He had one stuck on the cat which said: `Feed the cat'.

Like many of you, I resort to strategies to help my memory and the `thing out of place' is the one used regularly. I remember in the old days my mum had a card that said `Switch off immersion heater' - she was always frightened of leaving it on, not just because of the cost but also the perceived danger - she never did understand thermostats! :smile:

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Post by PanBiker » 16 Apr 2018, 11:16

Immersion heaters and thermostats. While we were doing up our first house I installed a new plastic cold water tank to replace the original zinc one in the cistern cupboard. With us both working before we got married we worked on the house in the evenings. I had a job in Barlick mid afternoon so I took the opportunity of popping in and switching the immersion heater on so that we would have hot water in the evening. I went round and picked Sally up from work in Skipton, we had a quick tea at my mum and dads and then went up to work on the house.

I knew something was wrong when I got out of the van. There was the noise of clattering and banging and when I opened the front door the house was full of steam. Approaching the bathroom where all the racket was coming from I could see straight away that my shiny new grey plastic header tank was trying to bulge it's way out of the top of the cistern cupboard. Boiling hot water was splashing all over the place and It was clear that there was something sadly wrong. The thermostat was faulty and the expansion system was circulating hot water back into the cold header tank. Nothing to stop the cycle and the header tank had got up to the same temperature as the cistern below. Hence its bid for freedom from its cubby hole above it was sticking out about a foot. I knocked of the power and when everything had come off the boil turned on the hot taps to get some cold water back into the system.

I ended up replacing the whole lot again and I had to remove the damaged tank by cutting it up to get it out of the cupboard. :sad:
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Post by Stanley » 17 Apr 2018, 03:22

Today's tip. Don't leave the damper drawn on the back boiler of the kitchen fire when you go out. It will boil the water in the system and damage it.
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Post by Tizer » 17 Apr 2018, 15:44

PanBiker wrote:
16 Apr 2018, 11:16
Immersion heaters and thermostats....
When my dad got to 90 years old he was still using thermostats OK but it all went to pot when he moved into the care home. He'd been used to a room stat which had the figures on the box and the pointer on a central disc, so you turned the disc clockwise to raise the temperature setting. The one in his care home room worked the opposite way: the figures were on the disc and the pointer was on the box, so you turned it anticlockwise for more heat. He never got used to this. When he felt cold he would turn it clockwise but of course didn't get any heat, so he'd turn it even further clockwise. We tried putting arrows on the stat to help him but, no, his brain was hard-wired to the old stat. It's the type of problem that care homes and carers need to keep in mind.

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Post by Stanley » 18 Apr 2018, 02:24

That's a good one, I had never thought about that but of course you are quite right.
The damper control on the kitchen fire had a built in indicator, if the loop that you shoved the poker through was down the damper was open and drawing through the gap under the boiler. At Napier Road, because it was a three storey house and a good draught you had the added benefit of the noise of it drawing!
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Post by Stanley » 19 Apr 2018, 04:07

Resist the urge to wash hard to dry items like loose covers on the first summer day. Just enjoy the ride!
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