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Monday, August 25, 2008

Tang, it's not just for astronauts anymore

I've had this pesky little problem lately. I clean my toilet and the very next day it has what looks like rust streaks in the bowl. No matter how I scrub and scrub them they come back the next day.

In a desperate attempt to get rid of them I consulted my Queen of Clean book. She mentioned using Tang, something about the citric acid doing a good job at cleaning stains.

So I tried the tang for a few days. But it still required lots of scrubbing and didn't completely remove the stains.

Then one day, on a whim, I took the top off and poured tang directly into the tank.

When I came back a few hours later the stains were completely gone. I didn't have to scrub, wipe, or rinse. They were just gone.

Almost makes me wish I had taken before and after pictures so you could see the HUGE difference. Just from pouring powdered tang in the tank. Because it was AMAZING!!!

Maybe I am Mrs Tidy Bowl after all.....huh. Who knew?

So, in the spirit of helping others with other tough cleaning dilemmas leave a comment with your best cleaning tip! We'll all be grateful you did.


Anonymous said...

I'm a vinegar freak....I've used it to get off hard water gunk for years and years (especially in college with those stupid apartment checks).
I love it because it's so cheap, especially if you can soak whatever it is with vinegar for a while and then come back and scrub. It stinks, but smells better than some of those yucky "fragrances".

orangemily said...

Oooh, I'm going to have to buy some Tang!
I use hydrogen peroxide to clean the sink, it bubbles up and eats away the germs (or whatever that gunk is).

HeidiPie said...

Wham-O Bam-O (or whatever it's called for toilets, you let it sit and wham/bam, clean) I hate Ohio and all it's mildew, we're forever cleaning black streaks in the toilet. BTW, don't come look at my toilets.

Karen said...

You and your tidy bowl.....Arizona, the water was hard you had to take a pumice stone to the "ring" around the toilet ever other week to get rid of it. All I could think when I was cleaning that sucker is, that can't be good for any of my plumbing.

anndrea said...

In our Relief Society Newsletter a lady in my ward put in tips for various things and one I thought was most interesting was this: The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well,...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free -- that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

After reading that I tried it and found it to be true so I took a old toothbrush and put Dawn on it as if I was going to brush my teeth and scrubbed my lint trap instead. It seemed to help the clothes to dry faster. If you don't want to use dryer sheets someone in my old ward said they add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar in their softener dispenser in their washer and it helps to keep clothes soft but wont make you smell like a pickle.

Dana said...

#1 something, ANYTHING everyday. (even if it's not perfect)

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

That is so bizarre! Do you think Tang would make your teeth white too? :)

Jen said...

Learn something new everyday.
I like your two blog thing. Its a cool way to do things.

Nicole said...

@Holly: I actually read in a magazine at the dentist's office a few weeks ago that citric acid is bad for the enamel on your teeth. It said that if you eat citrus you should actually wait 1-2 hours to brush your teeth because the citric acid temporarily softens the enamel and then if you brush directly afterwards you will brush away enamel.

And you know it MUST be true because everything you read in magazines is 100% accurate!

Anonymous said...

You can actually buy citric acid powder without the orange flavor. It might be cheaper than Tang. And yes, since I don't have a google identity I will post as ANONYMOUS. Sorry about that.

Nicole said...

Dear Anonymous...but you could've at least told me who you were....and where to find citric acid powder. On the same aisle as Tang?

And, for future reference you can choose the Name/URL button and just type in your name. No google identity needed.

Andria said...

I wonder if I could pour tang all over my house and if it would disolve all the toys in the hallway and the dirty clothes on the bathroom hall. Now that would be a miracle.

Krista said...

My tip: save on your dish washing efforts! Don't pull out your punch bowl when you entertain. Just use the tang straight from the toilet. It's not just the dog that wants to drink out of there anymore, now you've got the neighborhood kids lining up for drinks. You might consider charging, like the old fashioned lemonade stands!

Nicole said...

@Andria-I tried dumping the tang all over the house, hoping for the same amazing effect. Let's just say I'm thankful I had a dyson to clean up that disaster.

@Krista-what a great idea!!!! I have 3 toilets so there should never be a line at the "punch bowl". Plenty for all!

floridagirlinsydney said...

I've also heard Tang run through a dishwasher freshens it up like no one's bidness.

I found your blog looking for things about being politically incorrect and I'm going to link to your politically incorrect post in the next couple of day on my blog, hope you don't mind the linkage.