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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 9th Feb 05, 1:57 PM
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    Milton Sterilising fluid
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    • 9th Feb 05, 1:57 PM
    Milton Sterilising fluid 9th Feb 05 at 1:57 PM
    You don't need a baby in the house to use Milton's sterilising fluid!

    I use it for everything in place of regular anti-bacterial products and it saves a fortune as it's only 1.88 for 1250ml bottle at Tesco and will last me a month a more ... soaking dish cloths, pet dishes,wiping all kitchen/bathroom surfaces etc

    It's effective against E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Rotavirus and Candida Albicans and much safer to use than bleach as it's non-toxic!

    You can even add it (following directions on bottle) to water to make it safe for drinking
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    • SnowyOwl
    • By SnowyOwl 9th Feb 05, 6:22 PM
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    • 9th Feb 05, 6:22 PM
    Hi Curry-Queen

    You've convinced me to buy a bottle. I think I read somewhere that a solution of Milton is good for washing fruit and veg with. It really pains me to see people handling apples etc and not buying them. I should imagine fruit at the market, Tesco etc could be as unhygenic as bowls of peanuts etc put out in (posh) wine bars etc. Not everyone washes their hands after using the loo... Icky!

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    • elona
    • By elona 9th Feb 05, 8:04 PM
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    • 9th Feb 05, 8:04 PM
    Before everyone rushes out to buy this I have a feeling that it is just dilute hydrogen peroxide and you could buy it cheaper as that in the chemist and then dilute it yourself.
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    • By MATH 9th Feb 05, 8:15 PM
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    Can't quite lose my adiction to bleach myself.
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 9th Feb 05, 10:42 PM
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    • 9th Feb 05, 10:42 PM
    Elona - the active ingredient is sodium hypochlorite so no, it's not the same as hydrogen peroxide. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties whereas hydrogen peroxide is just a bleaching agent.

    SnowyOwl - yes, you can use it to wash fruit and veggies
  • JayS
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    • 9th Feb 05, 11:00 PM
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    • 9th Feb 05, 11:00 PM
    Hi Guys

    Sodium hypochlorite (Milton) is used in solution in hospitals for blood spills etc, it's excellent for killing all the nasties.

    It's also used in the correct concentration to sterilise baby bottles etc, it's safe when used correctly as per the instructions, which is most important as too much or too little (depending on what you are using it for) can make it very unsafe.

    It's also great for sterilising home brewing equiptment, or water pipes for drinking water when camping etc., or those camel water bottles/backpack thinks cyclists use.

    100 and 1 uses!

    JayS

    PS I still also use Napisan (used to wash terry nappies) in my wash for my son's smelly socks , works a treat; and to kill the bugs on my nursing uniforms. Just put it in the draw with the usual powder/liquid at the beginning of the main cycle.
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 11th Feb 05, 9:14 PM
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    • 11th Feb 05, 9:14 PM
    Did you also know that Milton (or shops own which is cheaper) is VERY effective for sorting out tea stained mugs, I also use it for dark coloured mugs just to make sure they're spotless too!!
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    • student100
    • By student100 12th Feb 05, 2:54 PM
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    • 12th Feb 05, 2:54 PM
    Milton is dilute Sodium Hypochlorite solution - otherwise known as BLEACH. If you buy THIN bleach in the supermarket it is exactly the same chemical composition as Milton, although a little more concentrated. (Bleach is usually a 4-5% sodium hypochlorite solution whereas Milton is about 1-2%). And bleach is a lot cheaper!

    (Note that thick Domestos-style bleaches have other additives though so they are not the same).

    For babies bottles etc. you might want to stick to Milton etc. to ensure you get exactly the right concentration, but for other purposes thin bleach is exactly the same and will be a lot cheaper.

    Milton just goes to show how effective branding can pursuade people to pay an awful lot more for exactly the same product
    Last edited by student100; 12-02-2005 at 2:57 PM.
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    • 12th Feb 05, 6:23 PM
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    • 12th Feb 05, 6:23 PM
    Thank you Student100, that is a very interesting link and added to my understanding of Sodium Hypochlorite.

    I'm really, really, glad you suggested sticking to Milton for baby bottles etc, as it could be extremely dangerous to use diluted household thin bleach, it has to be the exact recomended dilution. Although, for saving money most of the supermarkets/baby shops do their own labeling of the same product.

    Best wishes

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    • mini
    • By mini 14th Feb 05, 7:27 PM
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    I use Asda sterilising tablets to clean mugs about 86p for a lot of tablets use 1 per 3/4 mugs. The other tip I adapted from something I saw on how clean is your house is dissolve 1/2 tablet in 1/2 cup of water pouur over piece of kitchen towel put on tea stained worktop, tea stain fades, our worktops are very light anyway so it may be lethal to use with darker ones:confused:
    • Sylvan
    • By Sylvan 2nd Oct 10, 2:32 AM
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    Sorry to butt in,

    Some people have asked about Water Storage here's a solution:


    You don't need a baby in the house to use Milton's sterilising fluid!

    I use it for everything in place of regular anti-bacterial products and it saves a fortune as it's only 1.88 for 1250ml bottle at Tesco and will last me a month a more ... soaking dish cloths, pet dishes,wiping all kitchen/bathroom surfaces etc

    It's effective against E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Rotavirus and Candida Albicans and much safer to use than bleach as it's non-toxic!

    You can even add it (following directions on bottle) to water to make it safe for drinking
    Originally posted by Curry Queen
    Cheers all, Pud.
    Originally posted by Dippypud
    I haven't used Milton for decades. Used to use it all the time.
    Went looking for it yesterday and neither the bottles nor the tablets give any instructions for using it to make water safe.
    There's a warning on the bottle saying it's highly dangerous and should not be ingested.

    Does anyone know?
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    • Molly41
    • By Molly41 2nd Oct 10, 5:38 AM
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    I thought it had a life of 24 hours and then wasnt effective after that time - hence why you change the baby sterilising solution every 24 hours?
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Oct 10, 7:50 AM
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    I have always used Milton to clean my microwave with as i read years ahgo how it was very good for getting rid of the 'nasties' that lurk in there.
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    • Dippypud
    • By Dippypud 2nd Oct 10, 2:56 PM
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    I haven't used Milton for decades. Used to use it all the time.
    Went looking for it yesterday and neither the bottles nor the tablets give any instructions for using it to make water safe.
    There's a warning on the bottle saying it's highly dangerous and should not be ingested.

    Does anyone know?
    Originally posted by Sylvan

    Been looking on line, I think Milton have changed their recipe.

    Camping shops sell Water Purification tabs, (iodine), some online sellers sell bleach type tabs, but I don't know much about them.

    Hope this helps, Pud
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  • MrsE
    Milton is dilute Sodium Hypochlorite solution - otherwise known as BLEACH. If you buy THIN bleach in the supermarket it is exactly the same chemical composition as Milton, although a little more concentrated. (Bleach is usually a 4-5% sodium hypochlorite solution whereas Milton is about 1-2%). And bleach is a lot cheaper!
    Originally posted by student100
    So how can you use Milton to make suspect water safe to drink, but you couldn't use bleach?
  • MrsEm
    We use the supermarket version for our toothbrushes about once a month - even rinsed they taste vile the first time you use them afterwards but at least you know you've killed off any nasties living on them!
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  • Cazzdevil
    My bathroom towels were starting to get a bit on the smelly side and my boyfriend heard somewhere about putting a cap of sterilising fluid in the washer drawer so I tried it.

    It's worked, they don't smell any more, but I can't find anything on the net anywhere which indicates this is safe to do. I'm assuming so as it's used for baby bottles and whatnot, but can anyone confirm or deny this?
  • Toodle
    I use dettol diluted to the correct requirements for my kitchen and bathroom surfaces, as I have a seaky suspicion the !!!!! cats hop on and off when I'm not around (footprints on my drainer gave me an inkling!) Does this lose its' effectiveness over 24 hours as Milton/sterilising fluid does anyone know, or could I make a quantity up and pop it in a spray bottle to use over the week?

    Thanks in advance
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  • emiff6
    I use dettol diluted to the correct requirements for my kitchen and bathroom surfaces, as I have a seaky suspicion the !!!!! cats hop on and off when I'm not around (footprints on my drainer gave me an inkling!) Does this lose its' effectiveness over 24 hours as Milton/sterilising fluid does anyone know, or could I make a quantity up and pop it in a spray bottle to use over the week?

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by Toodle
    Isn't there a warning on the dettol bottle that it is not to be used around cats? (I could be wrong - it's a while since I looked at a bottle)
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  • Toodle
    Isn't there a warning on the dettol bottle that it is not to be used around cats? (I could be wrong - it's a while since I looked at a bottle)
    Originally posted by emiff6
    I just looked and yes, there is;

    "Not recommended for use around cats"...

    Hmm, I only use it on the tops, and it's never caused any problems, but I think I'll switch back to the Asda Little Angels Sterilising Tabs I always used when DD was younger. I'd never forgive myself if it caused them any problems. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
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