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lowri



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 16 3:04 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I think you can't beat really hot water, the hotter the better, but I can see where dpack is coming from.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 16 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A stiff nylon dish brush on the non stick & a stainless wire scourer on everything else.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cellulose sponge with a scrubby side, and a small square of chain mail for the rare really nasty cast iron issues

Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Ringer-Stainless-Chainmail-Cleaner-8x6-Inch/dp/B00FKBR1ZG

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
i have used the green scouring pads to good effect,the industrial ones work better than the sponge backed ones

the frayed end of a 16mm trawl rope is quite useful

sand and peat both work

hounds can be very tidy

ps dishwashers are eco friendlyish and cheaper than bowl+detergent+rinse if paying for and heating water (unless you have "free "hot water)

and they cut the time to under 10 mins stacking /unloading per day for 3 or 4 people


I thought you'd be using an industrial pressure washer

sean
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 16 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon he's been out-toughed by Slim using chainmail.

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Finally being recognized as the tough roughneck dishwasher that I am!

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
dpack wrote:
i have used the green scouring pads to good effect,the industrial ones work better than the sponge backed ones

the frayed end of a 16mm trawl rope is quite useful

sand and peat both work

hounds can be very tidy

ps dishwashers are eco friendlyish and cheaper than bowl+detergent+rinse if paying for and heating water (unless you have "free "hot water)

and they cut the time to under 10 mins stacking /unloading per day for 3 or 4 people


I thought you'd be using an industrial pressure washer


actually i have used a pressure washer on burned on pan ming perfect for oven and grill racks as well

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Anyone ever actually use scouring rushes (AKA horsetails, Equisetum)?

I know they used to be used on pots and pans, but have never actually tried them out myself

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have! Pretty good, but you need a new stalk for each session as they disintegrate. I couln't decide if they were then safe to compost though?

Slim



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
I have! Pretty good, but you need a new stalk for each session as they disintegrate. I couln't decide if they were then safe to compost though?


Why wouldn't they be?

BahamaMama



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 16 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
I have! Pretty good, but you need a new stalk for each session as they disintegrate. I couln't decide if they were then safe to compost though?


Why wouldn't they be?


Risk of spreading I would guess. Any little living piece will regenerate and then you have to move house.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 16 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BahamaMama wrote:
Slim wrote:
NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
I have! Pretty good, but you need a new stalk for each session as they disintegrate. I couln't decide if they were then safe to compost though?


Why wouldn't they be?


Risk of spreading I would guess. Any little living piece will regenerate and then you have to move house.


Precisely.
I guess you could put the bits back on the place you got them?

frewen



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 16 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wire scourers and knitted dishcloths (dishcloths get boiled once a week).

Slim



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 16 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
BahamaMama wrote:
Slim wrote:
NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
I have! Pretty good, but you need a new stalk for each session as they disintegrate. I couln't decide if they were then safe to compost though?


Why wouldn't they be?


Risk of spreading I would guess. Any little living piece will regenerate and then you have to move house.


Precisely.
I guess you could put the bits back on the place you got them?


Edit: scratch the below comment, just looked it up and they do have preformed buds in each axil. Definitely best not to chuck in the compost

I think they only spread by spore and by rhizome, so if they're already on the property than the spores are already everywhere, and as long as you're scrubbing with the aerial sections of the plant you should be fine.

Sherbs



Joined: 27 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 16 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a dishwasher but it packed in and I haven't bothered to replace it so now wash up by hand. I have been using horrible sponge pads with a scrubby side but I hate having to throw them away all the time. I have already replaced disposable cloths for wiping surfaces and cleaning floors etc with ones made from old towels, dressing gowns etc and I think it's about time I replaced nasty disposable scrubby things too. I shall have to try some of the suggestions here.

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