2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Goodhousekeeping · Hard water · Iron · Left Handed · Rural

Iron Self Clean Button

Does anybody actually know how to use the self clean button found on an iron? Or should I be asking does anybody know if it actually works?

We have a Tower brand iron that is a year old. Recently, I noticed that there were whitish crusts in the small holes on the iron plate. I was afraid to mess about with the iron so decided to try the self clean button.

Should I press the self help button when the iron is on or should I press it when it is off? I tried both methods but there doesn’t seem to be any improvement!

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Bleach Tablets

Have you ever tried bleach tablets?

About 3 weeks ago, out of sheer desperation, I bought Compact Clean Aqua Tablets (Bleach) in Waitrose. It costs me 2 pounds for 40 tablets. I have used the tablets a few times to disinfect our loos. The instruction says to drop the tablet into the toilet bowl and leave it for 5 minutes before flushing. I dropped a tablet into the toilet bowl as instructed but nothing happened! I was hoping for a miracle when I flushed 5 minutes later but still no change whatsoever!!!!

I decided to try again today and again nothing happened. Strangely there is no smell of bleach either! When dropped, the tablets just sink into the bottom of the toilet bowl and remain there until you flush.

I definitely will not be buying these tablets again.

2019 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Descaler · England · Faith · First World Problems · God · Goodhousekeeping · Hard water · Le Creuset · Oust · Prayer · Rural · Vicarage

Descaling My Le Creuset Kettle

Woohoo!  I have finally managed to descale my Le Creuset kettle!!!  I have been searching the internet for the best advise to descale my enamel kettle as I didn’t want to damage the inside of the kettle by using the usual descalers like Oust.

I even emailed Le Creuset for advise but have yet to hear from them.

This afternoon, I decided to take matters into my own hands and cautiously used Oust Kettle Descaler on my enamel kettle.  I think I would have prayed at least 10 times before I proceeded. …….

I am pleased to inform that it was a tremendous success!!!! I did have to use 2 sachets but I got the result I wanted.  The inside of my Le Creuset kettle is looking brand new again.

NB:  I am not paid by neither Le Creuset Nor Oust Kettle descaler to promote them. 

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My Le Creuset Kettle

Our old electric kettle gave up its ghost the moment we moved to the Vicarage so I bought a stove kettle instead of the usual electric kettle that we normally go for.

I absolutely love my kettle but I don’t know how to descale it.  I used to wash it every week to keep the limescale at bay but havent been diligent in the past couple of months so it is beginning to look grubby inside.  On this occasion, the internet hasn’t been too helpful.

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Wine Stain

These days the Mhinisteir often comes back from church with wine stain on his cassock alb!!!! Most people will know that wine stains are among the toughest to remove.

Thankfully I have found an easy and inexpensive solution.

Make a thick paste using a little water and and a generous amount of biological soap powder.  Rub it well on the stain and pop the cassock alb in the washing machine with your usual washing power on a regular cycle.

This only works for materials that are mashing washable.

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Lack of privacy

Privacy is something of a premium if you live in a Vicarage.  I always feel like a goldfish in a goldfish bowl.  I thought I was quite used to that feeling until recently…..

For this reason I have all my curtains firmly shut at all times.

I love to look out of the window first thing in the morning and throughout the day until bedtime.  I like to admire our peaceful surroundings but I ALWAYS happen to catch the attention of someone passing by!!!!!  How is that even possible as the Vicarage is in a dead end? There are the ocassional dog walkers but how is it that I always end up making eye contact with someone??????  What is the right protocol??? Do I wave to them?????

I am super embarrassed whenever it happens first thing in the morning because I am usually blurry eyed, wearing old pyjamas and sporting bed hair.

Ah! The joys of living in a Vicarage!!!!


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The Vicarage Cleaner

“I have a new recruit with me tomorrow, is it ok to bring her?” That was the text message from our cleaner.  “Of course”! was my reply.

After a few false starts, we finally have an excellent cleaner who has been with us for about 6 months now so what could possibly go wrong with bringing a trainee???

How wrong I was!!!!!

Our regular cleaner and her new recruit came at the allotted time.  Instead of the usual two hours, all the cleaning was done in half the time and off they went.

The house usually smelled wonderful after the cleaner had been in.  On this particular day, there was no said freshness.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to do a quick check and started with the shower room.  The shower cubicle was looking just as tired as before the cleaner came.  There was obvious damage to the plug hole.   The wash hand basin had botches of blue liquid!

Oh dear!

I know for a fact that it was the trainee who was cleaning the shower room.  Usually the shower cubicle would be gleaming.

What can I do?  I just have to pray that the new recruit doesn’t tag along the next time!!!!



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The Vicarage Shower head

The Vicarage shower head has been misbehaving for months.

On Tuesday, I decided that enough was enough.  Instead of the power shower experience, I have to daily put up with water trickling through the shower head.  All thanks to limescale.

I am so used to soft water that I don’t think I will ever get used to hard water.   I know that my complaint is trivial when so many people throughout the world have to walk for miles for water.

I confess that mine is a first world problem but it is still a problem.  My skin suffers greatly and I struggle to drink filtered water. It tastes bitter.

Anyway back to the Vicarage shower head…..  we do have a regular cleaner but obviously descaling shower heads is not in her job description.

Not very long ago, a temp cleaner recommended a limescale product called Viakal.  I even got her to buy me a bottle.  I paid her of course!

I sprayed Viakal on the shower head and left it for about 15 minutes.  I would have preferred to have left it soaking for longer but was afraid that part of the shower head would dissolve!!!!

Anyway, I rinsed off after 15 minutes.  The shower head was looking clean and free from limescale but the water was still trickling down.  I didn’t want to tired myself so I decided to leave it.

In the evening, I used a blunt pin from my craft box and started poking through each and every hole in the shower head.  Every time I poked, a white crusty substance would shoot out!!! I know it sounds gross, sorry!!!

Needless to say that since yesterday evening, the shower head is working like brand new.