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Sue Dyer



Joined: 19 Sep 2004
Posts: 2576
Location: Belford, Northumberland

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:27 am    Post subject: Tried and tested... Reply with quote

I thought it would be an idea to consolidate all of our tips on good products in a sticky.

Here are my recommendations:
Elna ironing press.
Expensive but a great time saver. Mine is about 5 years old and has paid for itself.

Vanish Oxy Multi Action
Does what it says on the label! This is the powder not the liquid that comes out pink and mixes up. The powder is fab for stains and removed a longstanding stain off a favourite garment I couldn't let go of, when all else had failed. I'm currently trying the one for whites.

Scotch Easy erasing pads
As recently discussed. Removes crayons, shoe scuff marks on paintwork etc.

Ikea Rubber backed bath mats
At 99p you can't go wrong. I have about a dozen to rotate.

Ikea "365" plain white china
Apparently this will always be in stock so excellent to replace the inevitable rental breakages

TJ Hughes http://www.tjhughes.co.uk/
Great for brand name bargains. They get in end of lines with stuff like Le Cruset, Typhoon etc

Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk
Tons of great stuff. I have just bought a microwave saucepan. Clear plastic so doesn't stain when tomato based sauces are heated. Lid so it stops splatters.

Lots of reviews can be found at www.ciao.co.uk These are by real consumers although you can see the odd blatant plug which creeps in.

More please!!
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Chianti



Joined: 02 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: VANISH IS A BLESSING Reply with quote

Sue

Your list is such a good idea.

I have never heard of most of the products on your list, but Vanish is an abolute must. It's saved me so many times !!!
Pity it doesn't work on the neighbours !!!!

Foppapedretti Ironing Board
I use it for ironing sheets, curtains, any large items. It's a huge help, worth it's weight in gold.

Polti Vaporello Iron
Which is a bit like a professional steam iron. I only use it for the sheets and large items. It beats a normal iron hands down.


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Normandy Cow



Joined: 28 Nov 2004
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Location: Normandy

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, here are my faves:

HG Mould Spray
Removes mould from showers, see this thead (with before and after pics on page two!!!):
http://www.laymyhat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4558

Waterproof Quilted Mattress Protectors
http://www.outofeden.co.uk/products-Waterproof-Quilted-Mattress-Protector~WPCB_WPC4_WPCD.htm
They really work and they are not sweaty and crinkly, in fact I now have one on my bed at home, just to be sure, to protect our new mattress.

OutofEden
"The source for all your hospitality essentials"! Laughing
www.OutOfEden.co.uk
I have bought loads of things from this catalogue....
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Nightowl



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polti Vaporetto iron gets my vote too.
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Sue Dyer



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Location: Belford, Northumberland

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you guys seen those quick boil "kettles"? My sis bought one and is taking it back. It doesn't boil water, just heats it up. Apparently is good for coffee but not for tea.

The ad had just been on TV and they are making tea with it. Rolling Eyes Gets bad reviews on Amazon too.

Just in case anyone was considering one. I was thinking of one for the energy saving but nothing worse than tea with not properly boiled water.
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Chianti



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:04 pm    Post subject: REVIEWS SAID THE SAME Reply with quote

Sue

I think I read about it online in The Daily Mail, but it was clearly stated that it didn't boil the water. Some types of kettles for offices are the same, if I remember correctly, the wall mounted ones & possibly the hot drinks machines, they don't boil the water for safety reasons. In the case of this kettle, it's in order to save energy, sod safety & energy saving, I like my drinks boiling hot, it certainly wouldn't do for me.


Chianti

At room temperature
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NeatandPicky



Joined: 30 Aug 2007
Posts: 353
Location: Pissouri Bay, Cyprus

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:57 am    Post subject: Stardrops cleaning fluid Reply with quote

Would like to add Stardrops to the list. It's a cheap (67p for 600 ml in Asda and Wilkinson) multi-purpose cleaner which can be diluted or used neat.

From the bottle: baths, carpets, melamine, cars, china, floors, fridges, glassware, hand laundry, hobs, mirrors, paintwork, sinks, tiles, upholstery, washing-up, upvc windows and doors, work tops.

http://www.thorntonross.com/household/stardrops.html

Only recently discovered, but I'm so impressed I've become evangelical about it!
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Giddy Goat



Joined: 12 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Tried and tested... Reply with quote

Sue Dyer wrote:
Vanish Oxy Multi Action
Does what it says on the label! This is the powder not the liquid that comes out pink and mixes up. The powder is fab for stains and removed a longstanding stain off a favourite garment I couldn't let go of, when all else had failed. I'm currently trying the one for whites.

Just tried it Sue - it worked a treat!

I know, stain removal on Christmas Eve? But with a glass of bubbly in one hand! Wink
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A-two



Joined: 25 Oct 2004
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:58 am    Post subject: Oven liners Reply with quote

How to save cleaning the bottom of your oven!

EZ FOIL ALUMINUM OVEN LINERS 18-1/4" x 15-3/4"

Great for electric ovens, fits all standard US ovens. Available in Dollar stores in the US, or by mail order. Also on sale on eBay. Bulk buy for the season to save on shipping. $2 each (come in packs of 2). Slide under electric element to sit on floor of oven. Don't forget to buy enough for your own home as well!
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Chambo



Joined: 18 Nov 2005
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Location: St Germain Les Belles, Limousin, France

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: cleaning bathroom sealant Reply with quote

I just tried 'alcool a bruler' (cleaning alcohol, like the stuff you can burn in camping stoves) to gid rid of that yellowy / pinky staining you get on bathroom sealant and it worked a treat! I just put some on some loo paper and rubbed off the stains.

Make sure you ventilate the room well - I'm pregnant and think I just had my fortnightly limit of alcohol (or whatever it is now) Rolling Eyes Dad said you couldn't buy it in the UK but it's good stuff.
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catherinedonegal



Joined: 18 Mar 2008
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Location: Dunkineely, County Donegal, Ireland

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

has anyone tried and tested the roller type iron presses? i was looking at one to buy for our rental house but not sure if they are worth it. i did have a flat press in our own house for years but like a lot of stuff it was cast aside after the initial novelty. the roller one though looks like it would be great for sheets and duvet covers.
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cromercrabholiday



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
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Location: North Norfolk

PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Re: REVIEWS SAID THE SAME Reply with quote

Chianti wrote:
Sue

I think I read about it online in The Daily Mail, but it was clearly stated that it didn't boil the water. Some types of kettles for offices are the same, if I remember correctly, the wall mounted ones & possibly the hot drinks machines, they don't boil the water for safety reasons. In the case of this kettle, it's in order to save energy, sod safety & energy saving, I like my drinks boiling hot, it certainly wouldn't do for me.


Chianti

At room temperature


It would do for me - carrying three newly kettle-made mugs of assorted drinks (two without milk), one rested against my knuckle. By the time I'd got back to my desk, it hurt. Half an hour later it had developed into a blister which about five days later is just healing nicely!

John
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pambon



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I try to use natural cleaninng remedies as much as possible.

Keep drains clear with bicarb and white vinegar after each departure. Vinegar is perfect for limescale removal. A small glass of bicarb placed into a smelly bin/oven/drawer etc for a couple of hours will absorb the odours.

Lots of natural handy tips, which I promptly forget unless I write them down immediately Laughing can be had from Houses Behaving Badly - not that I believe any of us have houses in quite those conditions!!!
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Paul Carmel



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheap Olive Oil on chrome, I just brought back to life an old 50's blender, looks like new! Not that I was around in the 50's.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Carmel wrote:
Cheap Olive Oil on chrome, I just brought back to life an old 50's blender, looks like new! Not that I was around in the 50's.


My, PC, you're quite the youngster then Very Happy
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