HOUSEHOLD TIPS NOT FOUND IN WOMAN'S WEEKLY

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Post by Stanley » 11 Feb 2019, 04:08

These things vary so much and what suits one doesn't do for another. It depends on which nerve is affected and how. Tiz, your comment on time and patience is right, all I would add is 'slow and careful' to that which is a slightly different version of the same thing in respect of individual movements.
On another topic, I always buy bleach, Tomato Ketchup and Detergent in bulk, much cheaper that way. However, my 5ltr Fairy cost £15 which is more per litre than the small bottles. so why do it? The answer is that Professional Fairy Liquid is much stronger, one drop does as much work as 1 teaspoonful of the others and in the end it is far cheaper. So that's today's tip, the dearest is sometimes the best, you have to experiment to find out.
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Post by Tripps » 11 Feb 2019, 10:54

Stanley wrote:
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you have to experiment to find out.
Tizer mentioned something similar a while ago, so I did some research. I bought a bottle of Fairy Liquid, for about 3 x my usual spend and checked its performance. Result - it's really no better than my usual 40p bottle of yellow stuff from Home Bargains. Quite unscientific I know, but reinforces the principle of never buying anything that is so heavily advertised on TV. :smile:
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Post by Cathy » 11 Feb 2019, 11:20

I buy a budget washing-up liquid ( called Earth) for items that clean easily,
and another one (concentrated) that costs more (called Morning Fresh) for the odd items that need a soak and a bit of a scrub. Both very good for each task.
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Post by Tizer » 11 Feb 2019, 12:35

I think the washing up liquid that I found weaker than Fairy liquid was Sainsbury's. Perhaps I need to try a different type. I tried the Co-op version but it had a nasty chemical smell. Perhaps I'll have to try this - it might smell better! LINK

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Post by Marilyn » 12 Feb 2019, 00:43

I use Gumption on tough stuff...

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Post by chinatyke » 12 Feb 2019, 01:46

I used to formulate and manufacture these liquids and I can assure you there is a lot of difference between the best and worse. People generally over-use these products, one squirt is all you need - but how much is a squirt? I'm guessing that Tripp's quick trial fell into that category, but some home brand detergents are very good so he is right to stick to what he finds best. Don't go off the viscosity, "it's thick so it must be good", viscosity is easily and cheaply changed.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Feb 2019, 03:15

Very true China. I go by how little I can get away with, literally one drop in most cases, and how it performs with boiling water soaking char off a grill pan. The 15ltr Fairy wins on both counts.
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Post by Bodger » 12 Feb 2019, 08:57

Years ago i worked next door to a unit that made and filled little sachets of shampoo, the guy running it bought 45 gal drums of Teepol, Shell i think?, he made a small fortune on each drum he used, an aside i once worked in a pilot plant laboratory, the senior chemist told me that to make detergent thicker adding salt would do the trick ?

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Post by Tripps » 12 Feb 2019, 11:00

chinatyke wrote:
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but some home brand detergents are very good
I think is a feature of modern retail that the quality of 'own brand' products is now on a par with other goods. I think it accounts in part for the success of Aldi and Lidl.

It didn't work for the Danish (?) company Netto who tried and failed to get into the UK market for (I'd say) that very reason. I think Sainsbury tried to revive the chain a few years ago, but even they failed, and gave up.
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Post by Stanley » 13 Feb 2019, 04:11

I remember Teepol well Bodge. It was the go-to detergent in the early days.
The marketing of these things is always devious.... I remember when washing powders were made deliberately aggressive so that you also needed 'fabric softener' as an after treatment. We once modified a vessel used to make the essential ingredient for this at a chemical plant at Littleborough. The process was very dangerous, done at extremely high pressure and temperature and involved the use of pure hydrogen that added a risk of explosion! All that to fulfil some marketing man's Cunning Plan!

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Post by Tripps » 13 Feb 2019, 10:49

I did a recce yesterday to our new 'Cathedral of choice'. Aldi haven't opened yet - (imminent), but M&S have. I picked up a trolley which needed a pound , but it wasn't attached to the others - so I grabbed it, and in I went. I gave everything a good 'two coats of looking at' . Conclusion - if you think Waitrose is dear, try coming here. I'll spare you the detail - just not for me.

Gave up, and returned the trolley to the row. Plugged it in, and ended up with a £1 profit. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. :smile:
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Post by chinatyke » 13 Feb 2019, 15:40

Bodger wrote:
12 Feb 2019, 08:57
... an aside I once worked in a pilot plant laboratory, the senior chemist told me that to make detergent thicker adding salt would do the trick ?
Salt is one thing that could be used but it could also lead to cloudiness in the more concentrated products.

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Post by Stanley » 14 Feb 2019, 04:31

Plugged it in, and ended up with a £1 profit. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. :smile:
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Post by Tizer » 14 Feb 2019, 16:17

That photo is an example of what National Service can do! :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 15 Feb 2019, 03:15

I've never thought of it like that but I think you could be right Tiz!
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Post by Stanley » 16 Feb 2019, 03:57

Today's tip. As the years mount up, ignore them. What matters is how you are handing the mileage! I am convinced that one of the most important positive factors in my life is looking after Jack and letting him take me for walks outside in the fresh air for at least an hour a day! Despite the handicap of the side effects from the BCG we are doing fine!
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Post by Stanley » 17 Feb 2019, 04:50

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If you ever decide to start smoking a pipe get a Falcon like this. You can take them to bits and clean them. Better still, get 7 and have a clean pipe every day. The aluminium bowl and stem act as a condenser and trap most of the tars. The best solvent for cleaning the inside of the stem is methylated spirit scrubbed with a pipe cleaner and then flushed with water. You'll get the benefits of the tobacco and avoid the worst of the nasties. That's my story and I'm sticking to it......
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Post by plaques » 17 Feb 2019, 08:41

If you decide to start smoking first visit your Doctor and then a Psychiatrist for advice. If this fails to dissuade you talk to anyone suffering from lung cancer and see what they have to say. Stanley should know better than to promote this c**p on a site that prides itself on common sense.

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Post by PanBiker » 17 Feb 2019, 09:24

Well said P. Best thing I did when I quit the fags, Over 10 years now and I'm fairly sure its why I can still walk up hills and ride my bike, (present blip accepted). Don't want any rubbish about pipe smoke being "better for you" either, we have folk in our support group that would disagree.
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Post by Marilyn » 17 Feb 2019, 09:56

There is NOTHING positive about smoking. Cazza and I have been "clean" over 5 years now. Correct me if I am wrong Cazza.
Though I never felt ill or short of breath or anything negative from smoking, I smell so much better and so do my clothes. And I am so much more kissable! When I was recently in hospital giving my history, a row of doctors clapped me when I said I used to smoke but kicked the habit. It was a bit strange to be clapped and I expect they think it should be a pleasant reaction for a patient to receive ( I thought it over the top...but I was in so much pain at the time they may have even clapped me if I could touch my own nose!!!!)

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Post by Cathy » 17 Feb 2019, 10:25

Wow is it 5yrs! I have been so used to not smoking I haven't even thought about it for so long. I try to hold my breath if I have to walk past smokers , cigarette smoke is just awful.
Yes I have put on some weight (not heaps), but Hey! I'm healthier in other ways.
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Post by Stanley » 18 Feb 2019, 03:43

Well there you are...... I do like being out of step occasionally!
Incidentally, I wasn't 'promoting' smoking, just advising on the best way to manage a pipe if that's your bag..... All good sound advice.....
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Post by Cathy » 18 Feb 2019, 08:10

I've had a peep back into my 'archives' (old calendars) and they say that Marilyn and I gave up smoking very early January 2013, so that's just over 6 years. :good: :thankyou:
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Post by Marilyn » 18 Feb 2019, 09:24

Oh! Thanks Cazza. Gosh...time flies.
Aren't we wonderful?!!!
( so how big is your "pot of money"? You know how we thought we would save SO MUCH from not smoking? :laugh5: )

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Post by PanBiker » 18 Feb 2019, 09:50

My quitting and start on three months of patches was six months prior to my first grandchild being born. I realised that I would quite like to go to her wedding, if that ever happens. If not, just take part in her growing up. Comes in handy for the other two as well, and I reckon a quicker recovery from major surgery, win, win all round. :smile:
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