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flimf
flimf Posts: 92 Forumite
I'm a convert! I've started cleaning our place for when we move, I was on the verge of forking out for mold remover and oven cleaner. NOT ANY MORE! :D I can't believe how it wipes through everything and leaves a spotless surface. I always here them wang on about it in money saving shows on TV, but it really does work.

Have you any tips to add to my new found love of bicarb? What else can I clean with it?
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  • bouicca21
    bouicca21 Posts: 6,523 Forumite
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    I need to clean my place before I leave, too. What concentration do you use for the bicarb solution?
  • anotherbaldrick
    anotherbaldrick Posts: 2,335 Forumite
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    Also great for cleaning out gunged up teapots clean as a whistle instantly.
    You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe (Henry IV part 2)
  • spirit
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    to freshen up smelly carpets (especially if you have pets)

    Sprinkle liberally on, brush in with a firm bristled brush, leave for a while (I leave it overnight) and vacuum.
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  • Gleeful
    Gleeful Posts: 1,979 Forumite
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    Would this work on tarnished handbag hardware? Started off gold, now silver?
  • shammyjack
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    Also great for cleaning out gunged up teapots clean as a whistle instantly.

    Never clean a teapot ! All that dark brown build up is pure added flavour !
  • BlueC
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    I read you can use it pre-wash to help clean dirty (yellow stained) duvets and such-like... anyone ever done this?
  • melb
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    I use mine to clean my fridge - it's slightly abrasive but doesn't leave any residual smell
  • anotherbaldrick
    anotherbaldrick Posts: 2,335 Forumite
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    shammyjack wrote: »
    Never clean a teapot ! All that dark brown build up is pure added flavour !


    Used to work in an office where the tea lady always cleaned the urn out with bleach on a Friday night, always had coffee on Monday morning.
    You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe (Henry IV part 2)
  • flimf
    flimf Posts: 92 Forumite
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    bouicca21 wrote: »
    I need to clean my place before I leave, too. What concentration do you use for the bicarb solution?

    Depends what you're cleaning :) for the oven, make a thick paste with water and bicarb, smear it on and leave over night. Wipe it all off the next day, and buff up.
  • flimf
    flimf Posts: 92 Forumite
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    And for the mold, mix a slightly watered down solution of the two and spray/or dampen with a cloth and then go at it with a scrubbing brush, lifts off a treat. I've done one good clean and most has come off, but I'll be doing a second the week before we move.
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