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    Save Zillions On Cleaning Products
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    • 27th Sep 03, 4:52 AM
    Save Zillions On Cleaning Products 27th Sep 03 at 4:52 AM
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    Thanks to Rachelle for starting this legendary thread, which includes everything from cleaning your loo with cola to washing clothes with white vinegar.
    Scroll down for tons more tips.

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    Back to the original post...

    Forget about buying all those expensive cleaners they keep advertising on the telly ---- there are LOTS of ways to achieve the same results for relatively little outlay of cash.

    For instance, I have been using white vinegar for all sorts of things, from room deodoriser to laundry conditioner. And believe me, the stuff really works! (The vinegar smell evaporates after 5-10 minutes)

    To give you some examples:

    Laundry Products

    White Vinegar. Eliminate soap residue by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the washer's final rinse. Vinegar is
    too mild to harm fabrics but strong enough to dissolve
    alkalies in soaps and detergents. Vinegar also breaks down uric acid, so adding 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water is especially good for babies' clothes.

    To get wool and cotton blankets soft and fluffy as new, add 2 cups white vinegar to a full tub of rinsewater. DO NOT USE VINEGAR IF YOU ADD CHLORINE BLEACH TO YOUR RINSEWATER. IT WILL PRODUCE HARMFUL VAPORS.

    Baking Soda. 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda per wash load
    makes clothes feel soft and smell fresh.

    Baking Soda. You can cut the amount of chlorine bleach
    used in your wash by half when you add 1/2 cup baking soda to top loading machines or 1/4 cup to front loaders.

    Vinegar. To remove smoky odor from clothes, fill your
    bathtub with hot water. Add 1 cup white vinegar. Hang
    garments above the steaming bath water.

    Cornstarch. For homemade laundry starch, dissolve 1
    tablespoon cornstarch in 1 pint cold water. Place in a
    spray bottle. Shake before using. Clearly label the
    contents of the spray bottle.

    Lime And Mineral Deposit Remover

    Vinegar and Paper Towels. Hard lime deposits around
    faucets can be softened for easy removal by covering the deposits with vinegar-soaked paper towels. Leave the paper towels on for about one hour before cleaning. Leaves chrome clean and shiny.

    For Plastic and Metal Showerheads: Vinegar. To remove
    deposits which may be clogging your metal shower head, combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and one quart water. Then completely submerge the showerhead and boil 15 minutes. If you have a plastic showerhead, combine 1 pint white vinegar and 1 pint hot water. Then completely submerge the showerhead and soak for about one hour.

    Anyway, as I said earlier, I am quite happy with the results and it has certainly saved this household ££££!

    (Bet this is where the "How Clean is Your House" gang get their tips.)

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    • kolobok
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    • Juliem21
    • By Juliem21 7th Dec 17, 8:47 AM
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    Self Service Dry Cleaners
    I live in Nottingham and about ten years ago there used to be a self service laundrette with a dry cleaning machine just opposite Wollaton Hall on Derby Road but itís now closed down. Does anyone know of a laundrette with dry cleaning machine anywhere in the East or West Midlands?

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    • komisarj
    • By komisarj 24th Jan 18, 10:52 PM
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    Searching for large quantities of white vinegar and bicarb
    Hi there,

    I'm new to this, but enjoying the forums. I apologise in advance if this is already on the site and I have not yet come across out, but I buy 4 times 5 litre containers of white vinegar for around £10 on Amazon. Keep an eye on the lightening deals it sometimes comes up there. Bicarb is also available in large quantities there too. Plus of course they deliver out to.

    Hope this helps those looking
    • givememoney
    • By givememoney 24th Jan 18, 11:59 PM
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    Don't bother with mold cleaner in the bathroom. I use bleach which works perfectly well.
    To freshen the grouting round the tiles get an old toothbrush and work the undiluted bleach into the grout. Leave overnight then rinse thoroughly before use. Sparkling.
    • kolobok
    • By kolobok 25th Jan 18, 10:45 AM
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    is using bleach the best way to tackle mold in the bedroom as well? Do I just wipe the affected area with it? Tia
    • givememoney
    • By givememoney 25th Jan 18, 2:02 PM
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    is using bleach the best way to tackle mold in the bedroom as well? Do I just wipe the affected area with it? Tia
    Originally posted by kolobok
    I cannot say for sure as I've only used it in the bathroom.

    Why not try a small patch to see if it works rather than doing a large area at first
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