Baking soda is good for loosening soap buildup and many forms of grease and oil. Warm water and baking soda works especially well for cleaning hair brushes and combs. Alkalies generally have it in for soaps. And are far better than most "safe to use" acids at removing it.The only risk in using it in a drain is if there's a huge soap scum or crud buildup on the walls of a pipe or sink trap. Sometimes baking soda will loosen it enough that it all comes off the pipe in one big clump and clogs the up works. Enough hot water and additional baking soda will loosen it eventually. But that can take a few days. And if there's a big wad of hair (freed from the soap scum) making up part of the blockage, all the baking soda in the world won't budge it.I skip the vinegar and just use a half cup of baking soda and a quart or so of very hot water in my drains from time to time. Dump it in, let it sit for about ten minutes, and then flush it with clean water from the hot water tap for about a minute or two. It seems to help. But it's more a preventative maintenance thing than a real drain cleaner AFAIC.YMMV.
Quote from: Tinman57 on November 26, 2012, 08:20:34 PMAbout using vinegar and baking soda for a drain cleaner. That old formula is pretty much an old wives tale. The only thing those two together do is make a bunch of fizz. It don't create any kind of acid to eat away the crap found in drains.You know vinegarw is 5% acidity, right? (at least from the store, in the USA)
About using vinegar and baking soda for a drain cleaner. That old formula is pretty much an old wives tale. The only thing those two together do is make a bunch of fizz. It don't create any kind of acid to eat away the crap found in drains.
There are a lot of things with more acidity than that, like some soaps. You can take a drink of vinegar without any side effects other than perhaps a little indigestion. Some people take a shot of vinegar three times a day to help them lose weight.
Yep, what you said. Besides, the baking soda only neutralizes the vinegar, which is why you get all the fizzing...
Your keyboard will be clean, but very sticky.
Quote from: MilesAhead on November 28, 2012, 09:45:43 AMYour keyboard will be clean, but very sticky. Uh... I think Sticky is the opposite of clean...
If your vinegar bottle is try pop open a can of Coke Classic and give it a try. Your keyboard will be clean, but very sticky.
Yes... But Sticky is a loosely related (in a third cousin sort of way) synonym of the antonym of clean.
Quote from: MilesAhead on November 28, 2012, 09:45:43 AMIf your vinegar bottle is try pop open a can of Coke Classic and give it a try. Your keyboard will be clean, but very sticky. Diet Coke?
From what I've read, Coke/Pepsi/whatever makes an excellent toilet bowl cleaner.
I have a Logitech G-19 keyboard. All of the keys are caked with dust on the sides and between them. I don't know how to clean it and looking at it disgusts me. What is the best way to handle this?
Shame that every keyboard I had had, had always some issues after cleaning, mostly: long keys (Shift, Space) not functioning properly.No matter how I bend metal parts below keys, it always ends up with new keyboard.
Quote from: Stoic Joker on November 28, 2012, 01:49:25 PMYes... But Sticky is a loosely related (in a third cousin sort of way) synonym of the antonym of clean.Nah. I've worked with glues that were very very clean and very very sticky. For me a paper towel with a bit of alcohol is good enough. Some on a Q-Tip for the tops of the keys. And that's only on occasion. Most of the time I just vac.Which reminds me. They used to make a gizmo that amounted to a flashlight with a small blower on the end. Instead of canned air you could just use that. Too bad the construction was so flimsy. They seemed to die in a couple of months. But it made me think of a battery-free solution that would last for years. A junior bellows. Take the thing that hangs by the fireplace and reduce it to about 1/4 size. Have it rigged out with a spring so you could work it with one hand. Just squeeze the handles and a jet of air is produced. Small enough to get in under the old CRT monitor. But nobody would produce them because they would last too long.
Forget keyboards. I often wonder why it doesn't occur to some people it's possible to wash their hands in water. Y'know, like maybe once or twice a year - whether they need it or not?I was at a client site last week that had a collection of the grungiest, dirtiest (and any other "est" you can think of) keyboards imaginable. And this was a...well let's just say they were in as "white collar" a profession as they come. I was tempted to put biohazard warning stickers on these things - assuming I could get them to stick.
I still have one of those keyboard cleaner things, but instead of blowing it sucks. And it sucks in more ways than one too, don't have the suction to pick up a hair off any smooth surface. I just use the vacuum cleaner attachment with the fuzzy tip....
Quote I still have one of those keyboard cleaner things, but instead of blowing it sucks. And it sucks in more ways than one too, don't have the suction to pick up a hair off any smooth surface. I just use the vacuum cleaner attachment with the fuzzy tip....I'm not talking about those useless pen size vacuums. This is the one I have, except it's a newer model naturally. Basically they changed the buttons to look more "modern." But the body and innards are the same. The bit with the arrow slides out. There's a small brush attachment that inserts. It has quite a bit of suction so that only the first speed is required. The brush prevents the vacuum from reaching the point of pulling the key tops off.It would be perfect for cleaning the desktop area under the monitor, inside the case, docking stations etc. if they just provided a flexible attachment. But with a 19" CRT the angles produced by the stand are too radical to negotiate. Much easier just to blow the dust off.
I just have to be careful with the vacuum. My Dyson has some real powerful suction. lol I also keep canned air in stock.
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