Category Archives: Bathroom

Josefa, Tasmania.

I have bought towels from factory outlets. I was advised to wash the towels with a tablespoon of borax to remove the dressing and make the towels absorbent. The new towels were rather stiff but came out soft and absorbent from this treatment.

Margaret, Invercargill.

  To relieve achs and pains or to remove toxins from the body put one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of epsom salts into bath water and soak. This really works.  

Cleaning a toothbrush?

Wendy from Kapiti has this question about cleaning/ sterilising a toothbrush. “I have tried before the boiling water/soda and (I think) vinegar soaks but always seem to still end up with that strong “toothpasty” smell so it never quite feels as fresh as new. Any ideas guys? Thank-you.” I have found that if you fill […]

B.W., Auckland.

Toilet bowl cleaner. You need: 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar. Combine ingredients, pour into clean container and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse.

Brian, Tauranga.

Dishwasher powder makes an excellent toilet cleaner. Place a tablespoon in a small bowl, add hot water to dissolve. Throw in toilet bowl and brush around. Leave 10 mins and flush!

Pearson’s Sandsoap

Dot asks: “Does anyone know where (or if) ‘Pearson’s Sandsoap’ is available? I have the remains of my last bar and it beats all the fancy new bottled cleaners.” Oily Rag Ed': J Pearson, a relative of the inventor, has sent us this fabulous reply. “In answer to Dot- Pearson’s sandsoap has not been available […]


I was given a new yellow dress made of towel. I decided to unpick all the seams, I got one large towel from the back, hand towels from the unpicked sleeves, two smaller bath towels from the side pieces, and two flannels from the left over pieces, I don’t have a sewing machine, so I […]