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    • Jnelhams
    • By Jnelhams 9th Aug 09, 6:06 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:06 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:06 PM
    larger Boots stores, near the washing powder and insect killer, also Wilkinsons sell it
    My Mind wanders, if found please return.
    • keith969
    • By keith969 9th Aug 09, 6:27 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:27 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:27 PM
    Robert Dyas stores sell it.
  • Gingernutmeg
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:36 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 6:36 PM
    If it's for fishtanks would an aquatic store not sell it? I'd be worried that anything bought for household cleaning might not be totally pure.

  • flippin36
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:07 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:07 PM
    Thanks will try Wilkinsons, I think the boots by us is too small. The aquatic centres by me, believe it or not don't sell it. They say hardware stores and supermarkets but can't find it. Thanks for your replies.
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 9th Aug 09, 7:28 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:28 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:28 PM
    I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
  • flippin36
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:54 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 7:54 PM
    I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
    Originally posted by thriftlady
    Well thats the thing. Practical Fishkeeping forum told me Homebase but I couldn't find any in my local one. I think its quite an old fashioned cleaning product thats quite hard to come across. I seem to remember it smells awful which is probably why no one uses it anymore.
  • Neveraliein
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    • 9th Aug 09, 8:20 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 8:20 PM
    I bought mine from Boots. You do need to ensure that it doesn't have any additives. I think you can buy it online somewhere but the postage makes it that much more expensive.

    If you can't get hold of Ammonia, I understand you can use fish food, but it's a bit more hit & miss. Good luck with your cycle.
  • frivolous_fay
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    • 9th Aug 09, 8:55 PM
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    • 9th Aug 09, 8:55 PM
    I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
    Originally posted by thriftlady
    On my trial day working at a hairdresser, they had us wash the windows with it.
    They had several trial people that day, and the windows were washed at least twice :rolleyes:
    My TV is broken!
    Edit: refunded £515 for TV 1.5 years out of warranty - thank you Sale of Goods Act!
  • tonyhamm
    I just tried 2 branches of Boots and Wilkos. The manager at Wilkos said they used to sell it, but they don't stock it now all he could suggest was a DIY store. Boots, they only seem to have 3 departments in thier stores now - Photo and Electrical, Beauty and Phamacy, Baby and thats it. No household items stocked at all - needless to say couldn't find it anywhere in Boots. B&Q definately dont have it.
    No supermarkets stock it. Its all a bit strange - stuff like caustic soda is miles more dangerious, has fewer uses and is easy to get hold off. The only reason I can think that its been pulled is that its easier to make a bomb out of.
    The only place left is homebase.
    Last edited by tonyhamm; 11-11-2009 at 9:19 PM.
  • MC_Emily
    Some independant pharmacies sell it.
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 11th Nov 09, 10:35 PM
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    All that Jazz in Stockton Heath probably has it!
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
  • flippin36
    Thank you for all your replies. I eventually bothered a member of staff at Boots who kindly rumaged through her drawers and blew the dust off a bottle for me! My tank is now cycled and ready to house some lovely fish.
  • fletcherbrian
    The only reason I can think that its been pulled is that its easier to make a bomb out of.
    Originally posted by tonyhamm
    You are correct about the bomb making causing the supply problem.
    I want to use it to unclog printer cartridge heads.
    Alchohol doesn't work, apparently ammonia does the trick.
    • marybryant
    • By marybryant 2nd Aug 11, 11:32 AM
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    I've found this rather old thread but want to tell everyone about the uses of Ammonia. I buy mine in Tesco's (on the end of the aisle where the cleaning stuff is), and it's dead cheap. It's a miracle cleaner. Pop your diamond ring into a few drops with warm water in an egg cup for an hour, brush with a baby toothbrush and it will sparkle - this was a tip from a jeweller. Put 3 tablespoons in a litre of water and use it to clean tiles, stainless steel, worktops, kitchen cupboards, glass (amazing!), mirrors, floors, etc. etc. Just rub it on with a sponge and polish dry with a cloth - no smears, no fuss, no hard work. Although I haven't used it for stains, it's apparently amazing at getting rid of stains. (There are instructions on the bottle). I don't know what I'll do if they stop making the stuff, but I suspect most household cleaners (at 4 times the price) probably include ammonia . . . This is the best money-saving tip that I know!
  • Flibsey
    I can't find it in my local tesco's, wilkonson's or boots. boots online seems permenantly out of stock. I need to remove some verdigris from a brass (decorative not food use) plate.
    I need some borax too and the spotty oik in wilkinson's didn't know what I was tlaking about, but his almost equally as spotty manager told me they stopped selling it due to lack of interest.

    I've found some ammonia AND borax on amazon of all places. free delivery too. not super duper cheap, but as you don't use much at a time I suppose it is cheaper lol. pretty soon my kitchen sink will be flowing nicely and my brass plate sparkling.
    Last edited by Flibsey; 13-11-2011 at 3:42 PM.
    • Cluaranone
    • By Cluaranone 9th Sep 14, 1:55 PM
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    I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
    Originally posted by thriftlady
    CLEANING YOUR OVEN - The easiest way EVER!

    Begin by preheating the oven to 150 degrees (or your lowest setting available). While the oven is heating, put on a pot of water to boil. Once the oven has reached 150, turn it off and pour 1 cup of ammonia into a heat safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight.

    The next morning, open the oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water, keep the ammonia – you’ll use it later. Remove the racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to the ammonia, along with 4 cups of warm water, and using a heavy-duty nylon scrubbing pad dipped in the ammonia mixture, begin to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven.

    It should be a fairly easy job at this point. Wear some kitchen gloves, since ammonia can be caustic to skin. Rinse/wipe clean with a damp cloth.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 9th Sep 14, 3:02 PM
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    CLEANING YOUR OVEN - The easiest way EVER!


    The next morning, open the oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water, keep the ammonia – you’ll use it later. Remove the racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to the ammonia, along with 4 cups of warm water, and using a heavy-duty nylon scrubbing pad dipped in the ammonia mixture, begin to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven.

    Originally posted by Cluaranone
    it is a good method for clearing the grease but when you open the door, make sure you keep your head away from it because the initail fumes can make your eyes water
    • kiribella
    • By kiribella 25th Nov 15, 10:39 AM
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    B&Q stock it.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 25th Nov 15, 11:48 AM
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    Just to add, the sort of little hardware shop that has loads of plastic crates on the pavement outside and things like potato peelers and tea-strainers inside, is usually a good bet.
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