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How to have a delightfully aromatic home...

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Rosina Mon 13-May-19 13:25:38

I thought I might pass on this little tip; when arriving home almost on your knees with several bags of extremely heavy shopping, unpack same and place giant size bottle of fabric conditioner on worktop. Remove jacket, and in doing so ensure that you catch giant bottle with elbow and send it crashing onto tiled floor, where it will split from end to end and a tidal wave of conditioner will surge across your shoes, the kitchen floor, and into the dining room.
Spend the next hour or so trying to clean up slippery liquid which does not want to be absorbed into any kind of cloth or kitchen paper. Then keep filling bucket with hot soapy water and repeatedly mop slippery finish from floor. Lastly, with help, pull out cooker, large and heavy fridge, and dishwasher, and remove all kick boards on kitchen units in order to repeat the above over the next hour or so. Try to ensure that grandchildren, who arrive in middle of exercise, do not hear what you are muttering.
Your home will smell wonderfully of 'Clean Cotton' .
Alternatively, light a scented candle.

Anyone else have any household tips learned in similar manner?

Calendargirl Mon 13-May-19 13:29:13

At least it wasn’t a huge container of milk! Be thankful for small mercies.

GabriellaG54 Mon 13-May-19 13:34:46

Milk is much easier to wipe up.

EllanVannin Mon 13-May-19 13:52:46

I clean the bathroom floor/tiles using conditioner, also the tiled kitchen floor too. It's a versatile liquid.

Cherrytree59 Mon 13-May-19 13:55:18

But you can cry over spilled conditioner 😢

Oh dear Rosina at least you have a good sense of humour.
On the bright side it is lovely lovely and clean under our cooker and fridge etc.
A horrible job ticked off.

Craicon Mon 13-May-19 13:59:07

Goodness, poor you!
The thought of cleaning up all that liquid after it’s seeped everywhere... it must have been hellish.
Thankfully, I’m less likely to suffer a similar catastrophe as I don’t use fabric conditioner any more. I didn’t notice much difference in the clothes and I prefer to limit my encounters with artificial smells nowadays as they tend to make me sneeze.

janeainsworth Mon 13-May-19 13:59:13

Oh Rosina I feel for you!

I don’t mind doing ordinary cleaning but there’s something particularly annoying about having to clean up big spills which happen when you least expect them and usually when you need to be doing something else.

I do have one helpful tip to pass on.

I never use fabric conditioner and guess what, my laundry always smells and feels nice!
Save your money and save the planet!

Rosina Mon 13-May-19 14:21:01

Perhaps there was a message for me in that incident; reading various posters opinions, and wanting to do my bit for the planet, I will now abandon conditioner, as sometimes it doesn't really appear to make any difference . Every cloud.....

Charleygirl5 Mon 13-May-19 15:02:32

I am certain I have saved a fortune because I have not used conditioner for around 15 + years. It appeared to take a few months before the conditioner was eventually washed out of all of my clothing- now I do not know the difference and I am certain I have saved myself a few pounds.

sassenach512 Mon 13-May-19 15:06:22

I've got a good tip, how about restraining your two cavalier king Charles spaniels immediately after tipping over a pot of white emulsion and save yourself the frantic chasing after them while they tread in it and put while paw prints everywhere. Then start the clean up operation sad

Rosina Mon 13-May-19 16:06:13

Oh sassenach! In the domestic disaster stakes I think you have won hands (paws??) down. (So far!)

Alima Mon 13-May-19 16:11:21

Thank you Rosina, so funny! (Of course I am terribly sorry it happened to you!)

GillT57 Mon 13-May-19 16:20:42

Isn't it astonishing just how much liquid there is when it is an unwanted and unplanned spillage? Desk at work, finished coffee, not even a mouthful left in mug......over it goes, into open drawer and soaks everything to a depth of at least an inch, like the parting of the red sea, how does that happen? Best one was my late Mother transporting milk to office, slammed on her brakes, over went the milk into the footwell. Despite many, many shampoos, scrubs everything we could think of, when it got hot in the car, it smelt of baby sick. shock

sassenach512 Mon 13-May-19 16:23:23

Yes [Rosina] I was a bit demented for a while but it would have been worse if I'd been using gloss paint I suppose grin

Gonegirl Mon 13-May-19 16:29:22

Be careful! If fabric conditioner gets on the bottom of your slippers it will be liking walking on an ice rink, no matter how much you scrub at them. I know. My best slippers are still practically unwearable.

Gonegirl Mon 13-May-19 16:32:19

Perhaps get a concentrated one in a smaller bottle if you want to do your bit towards saving the planet. Less plastic.

Can't do without it where I am. Clothes like a board without. Water very hard.

sodapop Mon 13-May-19 16:37:29

You made chuckle Rosina sorry, fabric conditioner is horrible to clean up I feel for you.

Sassenach that has to trump all spillages, I could picture you trying to catch your dogs and the ensuing paw prints, this thread has really cheered me up - sorry for those who had to clean up.grinwine

M0nica Mon 13-May-19 16:37:36

GillT57, I did that when we were moving house. Put a carton of milk upright in a box in the boot of an estate car. Somehow it fell over and spread all over the carpet lined boot.

Like you we washed and scrubbed and aired and scattered Neurtodol everywhere, but in hot weather, this odur would arise. We sold the car in the winter on the basis that the new owners would have had the car several months before they smelt it and not realise we were the cause of it. To be fair it did fade with time and was just an occasional whiff.

GillT57 Mon 13-May-19 16:45:16

MOnica we too sold the car in the winter!

PamelaJ1 Mon 13-May-19 19:33:55

Monica, must remember the tip about the milk.
Note to self- sell car in winter ❄️
Rosina, do your bit for the planet and your health by abandoning scented candles too.
GillT- I think my worst spillage was in a Heathfield ironmongers. My DD, after refusing to use the public loo couldn’t wait any longer. That wee went for miles🤭

SirChenjin Mon 13-May-19 19:41:03

I’m making a mental note of this - living with 3 males and one hamster means that desperate measures are sometimes called for!

My house smelled lovely after my eldest poured an entire bottle of Coco Chanel parfum down the sink when he was about 2 shock He redeemed himself 18 years later by buying me a bottle for my Christmas with money he’d saved ❤️smile

annodomini Mon 13-May-19 20:27:50

My finest hour and cleanest ever kitchen floor was when I dropped an open bottle of bleach. The house smelt like an extra-chlorinated swimming pool.

GillT57 Mon 13-May-19 21:30:09

One thing we have all learned is to never buy a second hand car in the winter!

SpringyChicken Mon 13-May-19 21:52:36

A window vac (like you use in showers) might have sucked it up. Otherwise, sweep it into a dustpan with a squeegee or spatula.

HannahLoisLuke Tue 14-May-19 10:21:51

A tip for hard water areas Gonegirl. If you put a Calgon tablet in the drum or even washing soda in with the detergent you won't need conditioner.
And in thus lovely weather hang the laundry outside if you're able.