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    • mirry
    • By mirry 18th Aug 11, 10:15 PM
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    found a cheap way to clean my bath and sink
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    • 18th Aug 11, 10:15 PM
    found a cheap way to clean my bath and sink 18th Aug 11 at 10:15 PM
    We have had building work done in the house and our bath looked filthy with grimed in dirt, so I went up to clean it with my bottle of 1.50 bathroom spray.

    when suddenly I knocked over into the bath
    some tesco value body gel,
    so decided to use it to clean the bath rather than
    wash it down the drain.

    I was amazed , the marks came off so easy, no scrubbing like I usually have to, they just slid off , it was better than anything Ive ever used, so I then used it on the sink with the same results.

    I already use this stuff as hand wash,
    @ only 10p a bottle what a bargain.



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  • Jariya
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    • 19th Aug 11, 7:04 AM
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    • 19th Aug 11, 7:04 AM
    It does make you wonder what they think is ok for your skin though! Haha!

    I finally found some Stardrops this week which is the first product ever to have any impact on my grouting..I'm still plugging away at that as there's a lot to do.

    I have a couple of marks in my bath from putting one of those concertina airers in there. I just can't shift the marks. I'm going to try the Stardrops on them this weekend and if that doesn't work I'll give the Tesco Value Body Gel a try!

    • meg72
    • By meg72 20th Aug 11, 7:05 PM
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    • 20th Aug 11, 7:05 PM
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    • 20th Aug 11, 7:05 PM
    Discovered a similar thing years ago,I was very very skint.

    I used Asda smartprice washingup liquid, about 12p a l itre. to wash my hair and have a bath. The bath came up absolutely brilliant but
    my hair felt like a brillopad.Even now I use cheap washingup liquid to
    clean the bathroom but thankfully its bodyshop formy hair.
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 20th Aug 11, 7:46 PM
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    • 20th Aug 11, 7:46 PM
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    • 20th Aug 11, 7:46 PM
    When we were small my dad made us used washing up liquid instead of bubble bath because he said it kept the bath clean. Looks like he may have been right.
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    • Newgirl
    • By Newgirl 21st Aug 11, 9:14 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 9:14 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 9:14 PM
    I read this yesterday just before we were heading to Tesco. We've got some stubborn marks on our bath, lord knows what from, that just won't come off with Cif, Vim (yes you can still buy it), Stardrops or Semtext. So I thought what the hell and bought a bottle of this gel.

    OMG! It worked! OH was more than skeptical but after seeing the results i reckon he'll be having a go at the grouting with it.

    Thanks for the great tip

    Newgirl
  • frugaliciousness
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    • 21st Aug 11, 9:57 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 9:57 PM
    Oh noted and will try. How much is it and do Asda do a value body gel?
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 21st Aug 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 10:34 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 10:34 PM
    What does all this stuff do to your skin then?
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
  • painted lady
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    • 21st Aug 11, 10:53 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 10:53 PM
    Oh I need to try this! Thanks,
  • frugaliciousness
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    • 21st Aug 11, 11:26 PM
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    • 21st Aug 11, 11:26 PM
    What does all this stuff do to your skin then?
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    frightening isn't it

    The last time I tried to investigate what the chemicals did our skin I was freaked out and ceased. I think I read stuff that was written very forcefully, cult like anti chemicals. I like to draw my own conclusions and not have it rammed down my throat

    If anyone knows of any decently written info about what chemicals do to our skin I would be appreciated. Likewise info on how to keep our bodies clean OS before chemical meddling?
    • Newgirl
    • By Newgirl 21st Aug 11, 11:31 PM
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    Oh noted and will try. How much is it and do Asda do a value body gel?
    Originally posted by frugaliciousness

    When I got it yesterday it was 30p I think. You can't miss it - it's bright blue

    I am sure Asda do the same thing but I haven't tried it. I guess anything with a high sodium laureth sulphate would do the job.

    Newgirl
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 22nd Aug 11, 11:14 PM
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    frightening isn't it

    The last time I tried to investigate what the chemicals did our skin I was freaked out and ceased. I think I read stuff that was written very forcefully, cult like anti chemicals. I like to draw my own conclusions and not have it rammed down my throat

    If anyone knows of any decently written info about what chemicals do to our skin I would be appreciated. Likewise info on how to keep our bodies clean OS before chemical meddling?
    Originally posted by frugaliciousness
    Before detergents, such as those used in liquid wash, shampoo and stuff became popular it was largely bar soap. Soap works well for some things, but it is alkaline while detergents can be any pH desired. There's reason to believe that detergents which match the skin's pH are in fact better for your skin. Soap is also too alkaline to wash hair with the good results most of us are now used to, it certainly leaves mine like nylon scouring pads.

    The detergent used in almost all personal care products is much the same and it's also widely used in household cleaning products. People often use this to claim it's really harsh stuff, but it depends on concentration really more than anything else. Besides, a lot of these cleaning products don't derive their cleaning power from just the detergent, they often have an extreme pH and added ingredients like ammonia to make them work. I've been often reminded that shampoo contains the same detergent as washing up liquid - but I challenge anyone to swap their head and shoulders with fairy and not notice a significant (bad) difference! It's about overall formulation, not a couple of ingredients in common.

    As for chemical meddling, it really wasn't all that healthy in the past. Elizabeth I used to cake her face in arsenic based face paint, as did most wealthy Elizabethan women. Later makeup was made with finely ground lead. Quite a lot of poisonous stuff has been used over the centuries. Things seem far better today rather than worse.
  • Bananabelly
    frightening isn't it

    The last time I tried to investigate what the chemicals did our skin I was freaked out and ceased. I think I read stuff that was written very forcefully, cult like anti chemicals. I like to draw my own conclusions and not have it rammed down my throat

    If anyone knows of any decently written info about what chemicals do to our skin I would be appreciated. Likewise info on how to keep our bodies clean OS before chemical meddling?
    Originally posted by frugaliciousness
    David Suzuki has written about this http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

    He is a highly respected scientist and a balanced author, but a lot of it is still very frightening! There are formaldehyde-based products, carcinogens, etc. The website is a little north-american biased, but still quite relevant for the rest of the world.
  • greenkingster
    This sounds fantastic, and I too will try it on the grouting! Does anyone know where to find the good, old fashioned, green soap bar. Sometimes called Fairy, Sunlight or Household soap. It is pure soap and much better for getting stains out if you rub before putting in the washing machine.
  • maxamilllion
    In reply to article link - sorry cant post links yet

    Good luck trying to find a cosmetic or household cleaner without any of thiose ingredients in, espcially if your moneysaving. I work in the industry (more industrial but simular products) and we are heavily regulated by all sorts of legislation. We cant just launch any product without doing saftey assessments first. The article doesnt mention the concentrations of the ingredients which may cause harm
    Ben84 has got it spot on. Its not all about whats in there, it about the concentration.
    • Cinders2001
    • By Cinders2001 24th Aug 11, 1:51 PM
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    This sounds fantastic, and I too will try it on the grouting! Does anyone know where to find the good, old fashioned, green soap bar. Sometimes called Fairy, Sunlight or Household soap. It is pure soap and much better for getting stains out if you rub before putting in the washing machine.
    Originally posted by greenkingster
    I'd normally find this kind of soap in our indoor market.
    Or an ironmongers of they still exist.
    Some small shops still like to hold it though.

    ....or ask on your local Freecycle!!
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    • Cinders2001
    • By Cinders2001 24th Aug 11, 1:56 PM
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    When we were small my dad made us used washing up liquid instead of bubble bath because he said it kept the bath clean. Looks like he may have been right.
    Originally posted by CRANKY40
    Me too!
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    • sproggi
    • By sproggi 24th Aug 11, 2:02 PM
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    Congratulations on making it into the email

    I am going to give this a go, I have the residue of DD1's pink
    bathbomb around my bath and it is being rather stubbon.

    Re household soap, if you cannot find it in a shop near you, both ebay
    and amazon have listings for it.
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    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 24th Aug 11, 2:08 PM
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    Yahoo, hurray! Thanks for sharing.
  • greenkingster
    Thanks Cinders2001 and sproggi - very helpful suggestions. Who would have thought of looking on Amazon for household soap!
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 24th Aug 11, 2:25 PM
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    A good place to look for peer reviewed scientific studies on chemicals used in cosmetics is pubmed.

    There is a lot of scaremongering out there regarding cosmetic ingredients, so it's always wise to read peer reviewed scientific studies rather than websites that proclaim loudly that "parabens cause cancer!!!!" or "propylene glycol is used in anti-freeze!!!"
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