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Bizarre Household Tips

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BertieBassett2, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    At the risk of encroaching on an old thread, I'd like to share a rather unusual tip I was given, courtesy of the housekeeper at Chatsworth House. (I might add it was via her book 'Tips, Tales and Tipples.) To clean an iron that has burnt on fibres, rub a paracetamol tablet over the scorched part and it will come up like new! ( I hasten to add that it doesn't work with a plastic coated capsule...) It really does work! Anyone else any unlikely tips?
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Get someone else to do the washing up
    bevdex, colpee, Jamvic and 5 others like this.
  3. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Or a dish washer machine thingy.
  4. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    You'd put an iron in the dishwasher?

    Is your name Rees-Mogg??
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  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Always scrape the poisonous carbon compounds off burned toast before putting butter on it.
  6. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Good tip, and one that a lot of people don't know unfortunately. However, burnt toast is not poisonous in the strict meaning of the term, but carcinogenic. The sugars in the bread break down into benzine ring structures and we all know what they do.
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  7. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    My Granny's copy of Mrs Beeton tells me to clean my feather boa with fuller's earth and gasoline... It adds that for the next few days I should avoid standing too close to the open fire.
    And to put two spoonfuls of neat ammonia in my bath to give me a bit of a lift.
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  8. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Although there is little evidence that injested acrylamide,from food cooked at higher temperatures, does increase the risk of cancer.
    nomad likes this.
  9. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    You would put your iron in the dish washer?
  10. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  11. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    That's the flavour gone.
  12. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Yes, benzene and other related aromatics are formed when bread is toasted. Yes, these chemicals have been shown to be carcinogenic but this only means it has the potential to cause cancer. It depends on so many things like how it enters the body (orally, dermally, intravenously etc), the concentration, your body itself... Even then it's just a probability, just like the 80 year old that has been chugging away on 60 cigarettes a day and doesn't have cancer.
    If you really are that concerned about the risk, I'd suggest you don't scrape the toast either as then you're just going to be inhaling these carcinogens. Actually, the one thing that is most likely (in terms of the available evidence) to impact on your health is the butter and the saturated fats...
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  13. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    My tip of the moment concerns old car headlamp lenses that have dimmed. Simply polish them up with tooth paste. It works. You can find utubes on this. Sealing the polished surface with acrylic lacquer or something is recommended, but I just repeat the polish every six months or so.

    Speaking of which, -----
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  14. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Vinegar ... pretty much does all your household cleaning but can pong a bit.
  15. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I believe Mrs Beeton also suggests dry cleaning one's clothes with gin. Such a waste!
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  16. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Or just buy a new car every 3 years! Works for me.
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  17. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    be careful. Modern headlight glass (very few modern cars have lenses any more, all the light directing is done by reflection rather than refraction) may not be glass, so be carefully using any solvent other than water or ethanol on them.
  18. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Plus bicarbonate of soda
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  19. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    I thought that acrylamides are produced from burning toast and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons"benzene like" rings from burnt meat.
    kibosh likes this.
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    More bloody global warming.
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