wow, I remember my mum saying you could clean your teeth with soot. Makes sense to me, soot is the best thing I've found to clean the glass on the wood burner. I love it when things are that convenient too!
as a teenager we had a coal fire and I used soot to clean my teeth if going out. I had to use salt after to get rid of the black but my teeth sparkled. Can,t have done any harm as I still have my own teeth at 67years. I don,t use soot now tho
Wilko sell eucryl tooth powder, I happened to see it when I was looking for a toothpaste with no sodium laureth sulphate. (it did contain it) My mum used to occasionally clean her teeth with salt, if we had run out of toothpaste. It works, I've tried it when I smoked, and it was more effective than any smokers toothpaste for whitening. Baking soda too I've heard of people using to brush teeth. Makes me wonder if mixing a little salt, baking soda and a couple of drops of peppermint oil would work just as good.
ooh, I hadn't thought of that! Incidentaly I have recently changed to a toothpaste that is sodium laureth sulphate free in the hope that I will stop getting mouth ulcers, and so far so good. A bit early to be sure yet, but after reading about sles It did shock me. The wikipaedia entry for sodium laureth sulphate was scary.
To fry veg (or any food I suppose) in less oil, I have a cool little pump action oil sprayer. You can fill them with your fave oil, and they spray a fine mist of oil into the pan. Enough to coat the pan and stop the food sticking, but not so much it makes the food greasy. I much prefer it to the aerosol cans of oil available. It was about a fiver on ebay.
Old-fashioned washing soda is good for soaking grillpans and other nasty greasy things - even if you line the pan (which helps a lot) there's still a bit of seepage. Place pan on flat surface (or balance across sink if feeling lucky) put crystals in, fill with boiling water and leave. Also use soda to prevent/cure blockages in sink caused by said grease going down plughole.
Think not. Do.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.
Husbands are the perfect cleaners for ovens!! Just flash your eyelashes at him and suggest that he participates in a great twosome. You heat up the oven and then spray with an ovencleaner and then an hour later suggest the he uses his ample muscles to give the oven a good seeing to!!! A friend of mine always buys new shelving at least once a year! Love that idea. Of course a new oven is the perfect answer but just don't ever use it!!
Oh yes, I forgot about the grill pan. Probably because I don't use mine at all. Things like chops & sausages get done on George. Toasted sandwiches also get cooked in George. Very useful chap, is George.
As an inspiration from the post below - get the extra wide foil and line the grill pan too, then if you do anything 'drippy' like chops you can throw away (recycle) the foil and the pan stays clean.
I also always put a lid on anything in the microwave - if the recipe needs no lid, just a piece of kitchen towel, damped if needed to stop it resting on the custard or whatever stops any splashes and any cleaning other than a wipe round to freshen it up.
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