Soda Crystals have long been a favourite with environmentally conscious consumers as they do not contain any phosphates, enzymes, or bleach and are biodegradable. While they are relatively gentle, it is best to wear gloves when using them, to prevent any skin irritation.
Soda Crystals are very economical but for very large areas or for professional gardeners or groundcare staff, bulk quantities are available from wholesalers, janitorial suppliers or direct from Dri-Pak. Call us on (0115) 9325165 or e-mail us for more information.
For an effective and low-cost method of keeping your smoker, scraper and hive tools clean, scrub them with a solution of Soda Crystals, water and a small amount of washing up liquid. This alkaline solution will cut through grease, clean petroleum oil, remove wax and propolis, and neutralise odours. A simple solution of warm water and Soda Crystals can be used to clean the floor of your honey shed and remove excess propolis. You can even clean your bee suits and gloves that are stained with soil, beeswax and propolis, by adding a couple of tablespoons of Soda Crystals to your usual washing powder.
Soda Crystals will not release harmful fumes and so they will not harm your bees. In addition, they do not contain bleach, phosphates or enzymes and are biodegradable.
Start by setting up your tent, and then gently brush off any excess dirt. Wipe it clean using a soft bristled brush and a mild solution of Soap Flakes and warm water. Leave it to dry in a well ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
Clean synthetic sleeping bags in the washing machine on a gentle wash with a small amount of Liquid Soap Flakes.
If you have a down filled sleeping bag, place the bag in a bath of lukewarm water and Liquid Soap Flakes and gently squeeze the soap solution throughout. Do not twist or wring the sleeping bag as this may damage its filling. Refill the bath at least three times, and each time, gently squeeze the clean water through the bag until the water runs clear. Dry the sleeping bag flat on the ground until it is partially dry and then hang it outside until it is completely dry.
Once your equipment is clean and ready to put away, fill two clean socks halfway with Bicarbonate of Soda and knot them at the top. Place these inside the tent and sleeping bag and then fold away as normal. The Bicarbonate of Soda will prevent odours from building up while your kit is in storage. This will leave it smelling clean and fresh when you bring it all out again in spring!
*Always disconnect electric mowers from the power supply and keep water away from electrical contacts. Thoroughly dry the machine before use.
To eliminate odours from hunting gear, simply hand wash your clothes in a warm solution of Liquid Soaps Flakes and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Wring out the excess water and dry the clothes on a line outside. Liquid Soap Flakes are also suitable for cleaning and eliminating odours from outdoor wear, boots and equipment. After washing, place the clothes and equipment in airtight containers or bags to prevent household odours from permeating them.