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  • Ida_Notion
    Ida_Notion Posts: 314 Forumite
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    I used sugar soap to remove nicotine stains too, when we first moved into our previous house (the clear glass in the kitchen door actually looked amber before I started). We used to use it for the same thing in the pub where I worked (pre-smoking ban days, obviously).
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  • tenuissent
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    Oh yes, ironing! I had several steam irons die on me before I saw what one of my sisters does: she sprays water from a small garden spray onto whatever she is ironing, and uses a non-steam iron. Then they last for ever. I absolutely do not ever want a steam iron again. (Yes, I know you are supposed to use distilled water in them, but I didn't).

    The flex wears out before the iron does, these days, and then my husband replaces it.
  • UnluckyT
    UnluckyT Posts: 486 Forumite
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    i broke my last iron, it lasted i think 3/4 years and had the other steam iron since then.
    i dont iron unless i Really have to/cant get away with it, pleased i gave away my tumble, and have/am wisening up to things?
  • lostinrates
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    Ida_Notion wrote: »
    I used sugar soap to remove nicotine stains too, when we first moved into our previous house (the clear glass in the kitchen door actually looked amber before I started). We used to use it for the same thing in the pub where I worked (pre-smoking ban days, obviously).


    Oh, we had the amber glass here too. Yuck!
  • Memory_Girl
    Memory_Girl Posts: 4,957 Forumite
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    esmer wrote: »
    After just moving to my new house last week, and to find the person before me was a heavy smoker. Flash with Bleach was supposed to do miracles.............. NOPE!! just left doors all streaky with bleach and the offending nicotene stains. I am, from now on going to use Neat bleach or put it in a bottle mixed with water because it done a job so much better than any of the off the shelf products! Once all the "crap" I bought has been used up I will only use bleach. Another trick someone told me was Zoflora in a bottle mixed with water to give a fresh scent...............

    Had this too - and the best thing I found was a solution of sugar soap, very hot water and rubber gloves.

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  • GlowGirl
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    I haven't read all the thread so apologies if anyone has said this before but just by stopping watching television you are not bombarded with not just advertising but also this idea that you need to keep up with these celebrities. That is why most people are in debt because they are trying to fund a celebrity lifestyle on a working man/woman's wage. My TV only gets used for watching the odd film at the weekend. Get out and live your life without watching others acting out lives (soaps) for you to watch. Get rid of magazines. I haven't read them for years. Believe me it is the best thing I ever did giving up watching tv and reading trash magazines that make you feel ugly and want to buy the latest beauty serum. I am certain it was a major step in me and my family getting out of debt and living the frugal (but very fulfilled) life.
    I sky+ whatever I wanna watch and start watching it about five minutes later. Then I can zip through the ads and watch the programme in peace - and usually in about half the time! :eek:

    And I only have sky plus because it actually worked out the same price after you added in line rental and calls to a broadband package. I was not seduced by the pausing and rewinding tv - 'tis quite handy though :rotfl: And I got £65 cashback. I love watching David Attenborough, or any of the 'Earth Story' programmes!
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  • ceridwen
    ceridwen Posts: 11,547 Forumite
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    GreyQueen wrote: »

    Ceridwen I have spent my entire life observing my fellow human beings with a "What the heck?!" sort of thing going on in my head and have come to the conclusion that I am:

    a) not normal
    b) distinctly weird
    c) possibly an alien lifeform abandoned here at birth as part of an anthroplogical experiment.

    Since I think I'm perfectly sane and sensible, I'm trending towards c). Will just have to finish my report and maybe the spaceship will pick me up and take me back to my own people.:rotfl:

    ....and I so want to know if you are my twin sister I never knew I had...:rotfl::rotfl: - no wonder someone thought at one point that I was your altar ego - or you were mine - or summat.....:rotfl:

    :think:....The only reason I know you're not is I'm older than you....hmmm...:)
  • ceridwen
    ceridwen Posts: 11,547 Forumite
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    I haven't read all the thread so apologies if anyone has said this before but just by stopping watching television you are not bombarded with not just advertising but also this idea that you need to keep up with these celebrities. That is why most people are in debt because they are trying to fund a celebrity lifestyle on a working man/woman's wage. My TV only gets used for watching the odd film at the weekend. Get out and live your life without watching others acting out lives (soaps) for you to watch. Get rid of magazines. I haven't read them for years. Believe me it is the best thing I ever did giving up watching tv and reading trash magazines that make you feel ugly and want to buy the latest beauty serum. I am certain it was a major step in me and my family getting out of debt and living the frugal (but very fulfilled) life.

    I do see a slight snag to that - ie many of us are trying to lead "our own" lifestyle on a salary that doesnt come up to scratch to match that.....:cool:

    So - I think its not all down to peeps trying to "live a celebrity lifestyle" on a low salary. Some of it IS down to peeps trying to lead their OWN lifestyle (ie only a pretty ordinary standard one....) on too low a salary. Ask me how I know...:cool:

    One does come to a realisation....after a while....that "Okay....I really really should be on better money than this and that is where I expected to be ...but this salary is what I actually have...so had better attempt to manage on it and hope things come good some time...."

    So - I do sympathise with peeps earning less than they had expected to be on...and its not just a question of "celebrity lifestyles" versus "normal lifestyles"....sometimes it really can be a question of "cheapie lifestyles" versus "normal lifestyles" when one really has put in all appropriate effort to have enough income to fund a "normal" lifestyle...but it hasnt happened (or it got taken away) for a reason that is not under the control of the person concerned.
  • ceridwen
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    GreyQueen wrote: »
    :)Esmer, when I moved into my flat it was minging from the former tenant who was a heavy smoker. I coined the phrase Kippered Magnolia for the shade in the bathroom. The so-called white woodwork was beige, it was gross. The thing which worked for me was a very strong solution of soda crystals in very hot water (use gloves, hun, it's a powerful degreasant and won't do your mitts any favours). Wiped it on with a scratchy sponge and off with the smooth side. You'll need to rinse with fresh water. You can also use a solution of sugar soap which is a bit more expensive but doesn't leave streaks (you need to rinse soda crystal water away carefully).

    Then, if you're redecorating with emulsion over smoke stained ceilings or walls, there's a risk it'll bleed thru into the new paint, particularly if repainting in white. The fix for this is to dilute 1 part PVA adhesive (any hardware store) to 5 parts water and paint on first. Works for water stains and on fresh plaster, too.

    I second the soda solution.

    I'm not a housework fan - as peeps have probably gathered by now:o

    Howsomever - I have had a go again at the top of my kitchen cupboards with a soda solution and it helped (a LOT). Whereas previously its been a case of "scrub/scrub/scrub again" to get rid of the type of dusty grease that gets onto the top of kitchen cupboards - I just got my hot water and threw in a some washing soda crystals/a bit of washing-up liquid and a smidgen of white vinegar and it worked first time. Job done:D
  • Living_proof
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    I buy almost all my possessions from car boot sales and charity shops and it has become a hobby rather than a necessity. Whilst there are terrific bargains to be had at very low prices (slow cooker, liquidiser, bread maker, almost all the kitchen equipment bought in the last ten years, almost all soap and toiletries, etc. etc.) you can't but help notice the tremendous range of 'toot' obviously given as a gift and as a quite useless piece of rubbish, passed on unloved. Why would anyone buy a novelty item as a gift other than to relieve themselves of money unecessarily? The number of engraved glasses, 25th Wedding Anniversary plaques, etc. defies belief.

    Tumble driers - there was a day when my children were small and their smalls even smaller that I did find a tumble drier a necessity. Their clothes were immaculate and never needed ironing, and a gas tumble drier required little to run. I have long since dispensed with this and have an old-fashioned clothes airer when I can't dry outdoors. I still use my dishwasher every three days and wouldn't want to be without it unless lack of space ever dictated it.

    There used to be a publication with the Sunday quality papers which specialised in gismos and gadgets. Did they go bust in these sensible times?
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