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Is your BBQ dirtier than your toilet?

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!

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

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
Cleaning & Laundry options for skin sensitivities 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 hav...
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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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Win a book that will change your life…

Spit and Polish by Lucy Lethbridge
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED AND THE 15 WINNERS ANNOUNCED SHORTLY. We will also post all the winners' details on this page. ....or at least the way you clean. To celebrate the launch of Lucy Lethbridge's new book 'Spit & Polish' on 11 February, we are giving Dri-Pak fans the chance to win one of fifteen copies, worth £12.99. Combining fascinating 'below stairs' social history wi...
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Try some of our Traditional Products for free from Ocado

  Four of our most popular traditional cleaning & laundry products are now available from Ocado for Home delivery. The products include Soda Crystals, Liquid Soap Flakes, Bicarbonate of Soda and Citric Acid. Until the end of July, Ocado are offering a voucher code worth £15, so in essence, you could get all four products for free, so long as you spend £80. Simply add the p...
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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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Helping out with the flood clean up

As with everyone else in the country, we were devastated to see the footage from large areas of the north over Christmas, showing the scenes of destruction caused by the flooding. Responding to an appeal on Twitter for donations of Soda Crystals from the Calder Valley Flood Support Group we got in touch with the organisers and offered 2 tonnes of Soda Crystals. Today, our driver Geoff droppe...
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