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UPDATED: Where to buy our traditional cleaning & laundry products

Linda and Phil Peake of the Vintage Wash House, Skipton
Here is a list of some of the retailers of our products Download our list of: Retailers   Soda Crystals Soda Crystals are readily available in most supermarkets and many other retail outlets, either in the laundry or cleaning section. Sometimes they are sold under the retailers own brand. Be aware that if they are sold in a plastic bottle, they are NOT Soda Crystals, but soda ash...
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Will you have a ‘traditional’ Christmas?

Christmas turkey and all the trimmings
As the Christmas season approaches, you're probably busy buying presents and lots of food to enjoy over the festive period. But don't forget the cleaning! Here's our round up of top tips for 'showing out' and showing off during the party season and for dealing with the aftermath of all that rich greasy food with some good old fashioned 'Traditional' cleaning products. 1. The turkey tin and othe...
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Home made toilet ‘fizzies’

Toilet fizzies made from traditional cleaning products
Have you ever looked on the label on the packaging of most toilet cleaners - whether it be liquid cleaners or products that sit on the side of the rim and dose some product with each flush? You'll see that the vast majority say 'extremely harmful to aquatic life'. Traditional cleaning products are a practical and more environmentally friendly solution. You can use Soda Crystals and a toilet br...
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What cooking pans should you buy?

Cast iron pan and food
There's a wealth of options when it comes to cooking pans for thermal hobs. Some options, like cast iron have been around for centuries whilst others are relatively 'new kids on the block', such as ceramic. Some were once en vogue but are now hard to find, like aluminium. Non-stick pans - should you use them? One of the most common types, particularly for frying pans,  are 'non stick pans' which...
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Is your BBQ dirtier than your toilet?!

Fried meat on the grill
A study found that the average British barbecue contains twice as many germs as a toilet seat! The article in the Daily Mail says that an outdoor grill contains a staggering 1.7 million microbes per sq cm, which works out to 124% more than a toilet seat, the study also found that just 36% of people clean their outdoor grills more than twice a year!!! Of course, inadequately cooked food can cau...
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We’re going all green-fingered!

Gardening-reduced
With the Chelsea Flower Show in full swing, we thought we'd share some gardening tips of our own.   A good workman never blames his tools Use half a cup of Soda Crystals mixed with one litre of very hot water to clean caked grass, dirt and grime off spades, forks, trowels and even lawn mower blades.  Rinse, dry and lightly oil the metal parts to prevent rust.* Clear a pathway to success To ...
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Traditional laundry methods alive and well at The Vintage Wash House

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Linda Peake set up The Vintage Wash House at Skipton’s Handpicked Hall in May of 2013. The shop is now located at 12 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ. The 1940s-inspired store sells nostalgic homeware gifts and a range of traditional cleaning and laundry products. From her store, complete with authentic washboard and mangle, and blitz-style paper-tape crosses on the windows, Linda demonstr...
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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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NEW handy product reference guide

Ever wondered what's the best product to use for a particular cleaning or laundry task? Our new handy product reference guide is available to download as a pdf from the 'Downloads' section of our site. Although some tasks can be covered by more than one traditional product, sometimes one has the edge over another, so do visit the whole site. If in doubt, don't be afraid to ask. http://www.d...
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How to clean your washing machine

Almost one in five Brits never clean their washing machine, putting them at risk of bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, a recent survey by Glotech repairs has found. The problem is compounded by liquid detergents and low temperature washes. Of course, low temperature washes are better for the environment as they use less energy. But more people are realising that it pays to care...
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