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Soda Crystals

Post: #147341 Eigon
Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:30 pm

I had a bunged up sink the other day, so reluctantly I went in search of something strong and chemical to clear it. I really have no idea what usually sits on the shelves of cleaning chemicals in the local shops, as I hardly ever touch them, but this was an emergency.
When I asked for help, the lady behind the counter recommended soda crystals. Obviously strong stuff (and certainly got rid of all manner of disgusting gunk that had been building up in my U-bend), but they are also biodegradable, use no petrochemicals, and are suitable for use in septic tanks, according to the packet. And only 99p. So I was quite impressed.
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Re: Soda Crystals

Post: #147354 becks77
Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:09 pm

Use it in the washing too for "whiter than whites" ,oh and cleaning the sink, all round good cleaner
comes in 1kg packet for 89p
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Re: Soda Crystals

Post: #147356 Thomzo
Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:19 pm

Just be wary of using them too regularly. Something burned a hole through my waste pipes. The only thing I ever put down them was soda crystals.

Maybe a chemist can help here. Could the soda crystals have done the deed on my plastic waste pipes?

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Re: Soda Crystals

Post: #147424 becks77
Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:36 am

Hi Thomzo,
Just asked our resident chem teacher and he says soda crystals ahould not have any effect on plastic waste pipes. Hth
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Re: Soda Crystals

Post: #147429 Odsox
Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:09 pm

Soda is also very useful in getting gunk off of ovens, cooking pots, baking trays etc, although DON'T use on aluminium as it etches into the metal and leaves the surface black.
Other than that, a good all round old fashioned cleaner.
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Post: #147464 Moonwaves
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:13 pm

Presumably you're talking about washing soda (Na2C03) and not bicarbonate of soda (NaHC03)? Can washing soda be used on pots and pans?
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Post: #147479 Odsox
Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:52 pm

Moonwaves wrote:Can washing soda be used on pots and pans?

Sure can, and does a good job on burnt on food if soaked for a while, just don't do aluminium pans though.
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Re: Soda Crystals

Post: #147481 Ellendra
Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:52 am

Bicarb does a good job with burnt-on food too. Just mix it with enough water to form a thick paste, spread it on and let soak for a while, the burned stuff practically rinses off.

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Post: #147513 Eigon
Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:08 am

Before I got the soda crystals, I used bicarb and warm vinegar to see if that would clear the pipes out. Didn't have too much effect, but it was fun pouring it down and seeing it all fizz up again!
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