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Traditional cleaning products are sssssssplendid

We hear of lots of different uses for our cleaning products, but we were recently contacted by Susan Coleman aka Snakey Sue. As her name suggests, she's an expert on snakes and hosts children's parties, educational speeches and even snake dancing! She also offers a public service by re-housing peoples' unwanted snakes. It's therefore essential that the cleaning products she uses are safe for th...
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Our top 5 crazy cleaning inventions

Cleaner-cum-shoe
Just because we're fans of traditional cleaning products, doesn't mean that we can't look to the future and technology to make the task of cleaning itself easier. Here's a round up of some inventions that are supposed to help with cleaning, but somehow miss the mark. Have you come across any inventions that might actually help? Failing that, let us know about other crazy cleaning inventions tha...
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Eczema and other skin sensitivities

Baby with detergent induced eczema
Eczema is a common problem, particularly amongst children and rates appear to be on the rise. In the UK, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults have eczema. It can be very debilitating. The National Eczema Society are a charity working hard to make life easier for sufferers and spreading awareness of the issue. As part of their activity, they have published a number of factsheets. Some people b...
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Got a tough task? Get some Extra Strength White Vinegar (while you can)

Although you may think that 'Spring Cleaning' is a tradition from the past, nothing could be further from the truth. Spring is still the time of year when cleaning product sales reach their peak. So even if people don't dedicate  a whole weekend to the pastime, we probably all pay a little more attention to our homes as we come out of social hibernation, have friends round for BBQs or notice the d...
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Why gentle doesn’t mean weak.

A waterproof jacket after cleaning with Liquid Soap Flakes
Liquid Soap Flakes are really taking off in the UK now that word is spreading. It's not just older generations that were brought up on soap flakes in their younger days - a whole new audience is enjoying the benefits of a laundry liquid that is gentle enough to wash waterproof clothing without removing the protective layer or affecting the breathability. There's no need to waste money on expensive...
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Don’t confuse Soda Crystals with Caustic Soda

From time to time on the internet, we see comments from people confusing Soda Crystals with Caustic Soda (sometimes mistakenly called Caustic Soda Crystals). Caustic soda is sodium hydroxide and is a more 'aggressive' product than Soda Crystals (Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate). The confusion may occur because Caustic Soda is commonly used to clear blocked drains; our advice is that it's best to k...
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How safe are your cleaning products?

Natural cleaning products
Cancer is a very emotive subject, but everyone will agree that it blights too many families' lives. Although some causes are universally accepted, such as smoking, there are other lifestyle habits that are more contentious. As with many illnesses, there seems to be conflicting reports and research about whether one product or other could be carcinogenic. When it comes to cleaning products, ...
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How to Clean a Leather Handbag

Looking after leather handbags There’s nothing like a great leather handbag for an instant style boost. Aside from making a stylish statement, and whether it’s structured or slouchy, a great handbag can help you look pulled-together and do double duty for work or the weekend. The thing is, as they're often placed on floors, dirty tables etc, then they are prone to picking up dirt and stains. Here...
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How to Clean Your Convertible’s Soft-Top

Summer’s a great time to get out and about with your convertible – with the top down of course! Here’s a great tip from Dri-Pak customer, Sheila Thorpe, who used Liquid Soap Flakes to clean the soft-top of her convertible.   Just take a look at the top of the car after cleaning.   Begin by dissolving some Liquid Soap Flakes in water and then apply it on the soft-top using a s...
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The Great Garden Tidy Up

If your garden is need of a facelift, Soda Crystals are highly effective when it comes to tackling the build up of dirt to help restore garden ornaments and furniture, while some Bicarbonate of Soda goes a long way. One of the materials that Soda Crystals can clean with ease is stone.  Stone plant pots and ornaments can be revitalised with a combination of Soda Crystals and hot water (half a cup...
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