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#276 Old 3rd Jun 2021 at 7:54 AM
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Originally Posted by simmer22

Tried baking powder (didn't have soda) for cleaning out pots, but honestly, the only "hack" that really works for dirty kitchen items is to soak it in warm water and dish soap (or some of a dishwashing tablet or powder for really stubborn stuff) and letting it seep for a while. Tried the microwave trick with a lemon and water once, but it didn't even budge on the stubborn spots in that particular microwave (probably works if the spots are relatively new, though - guessing that's what they use for the hack videos...).


Baking powder is not the same as baking soda or 'soda crystals' . I also think that people from britain use a different word for baking soda, to make it more confusing

Baking powder does contain baking soda, but also other ingredients. It is not really suited for cleaning. It is too weak for that.

Then those 'soda crystals' (sodium carbonate decahydrate) are chemically different from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Former is strong stuff (ph 11) and should never be confused with baking soda. Never use this stuff for cooking instead of baking soda It is used as ingredient in washing machine powder. On its own it can also be used to clean your washing machine for example.

So use baking soda for mild cleaning and soda crystals for heavy cleaning (use gloves). So you could use soda crystals for your pots.
Mad Poster
#277 Old 4th Jun 2021 at 6:46 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 4th Jun 2021 at 7:43 PM.
Yeah, it is very confusing - I hadn't even heard of soda crystals. Had to look it up, and there is something called that, but I don't think I've seen it (or not been aware of it, at least). Anyway, English as a second language sometimes complicates things...

I know the difference between baking soda/baking powder when it comes to baking, and there are a few cleaning hacks for baking soda (baking powder just makes a mess due to the other ingredients). Pretty sure soda crystals would be really bad for baking, though...

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Anyway, over to today's annoyance.

A power extension cord in our living room took its final breath and zapped the internet power cord, so no net for an evening and half a day. Then we got a replacement cord for a day, all fine and good, then the internet provider decides to change the entire box. My laptop is fine, our phones are fine, but mom's old laptop - big, fat, NOPE! Works on cord, but Wifi? Absolutely not! Been trying to get it to work most of the day but no luck. So we call them, try, call, try, etc. Then I leave mom to her own devices for maybe an hour or so while the techs are supposedly going to fix the problem from their end (no idea what they're doing, but so far nothing has helped). Then we call back, I start up her computer, and...

(Big, fat, black/white/red warning after startup)
"WARNING! Have you done a backup/Do you want to delete all the files on the computer Y/N?"

MOOOOOOM??? WHAT THE *BLEEEEEP* HAVE YOU BEEN DOING???
Mom: "Me? Haven't done anything *acts annoyed*"
(I know enough about computers to not start a complete wipe while clicking around in settings, so it's definitely not me...)

I got it fixed (fortunately all we had to do was to click "no" but still... I have no idea what she'd done.
Wifi still not working, but I do hope we get it fixed after the weekend.
Mad Poster
#278 Old 5th Jun 2021 at 10:07 PM
My WPM (words per minute) has dropped from 80+ wpm to just 71. I mean, I almost never use a laptop these days but still. Also I have to do my NVQ essay... I just typed out all the questions and there's so damn many... it took half an hour. I am mildly having a panic attack just thinking about all the work I have to get done for a qualification I don't need nor want.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
Mad Poster
#279 Old 11th Jun 2021 at 1:42 AM
What is it with wild life and my yard this year?

I was sitting at my desk watching a video minding my own business. About 10 minutes in I hear what sounded like a animal in distress. I look out the window and there is a red-tailed hawk in The Pit with something flailing around in it's talons. I head outside, the hawk drops what was supposed to be dinner and flies off. The adult rabbit ( I'm assuming it is the resident rabbit on our property) disappears as I make my way up the driveway to find what the hawk had; it was a baby bunny. By the time I heard the noise and got to the end of the driveway, the bunny was deceased.

WTF! Is this what people go through when they clean up their yard and want to have a peaceful space? It is a really fucked up consequence for doing the 'right thing'.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#280 Old Today at 4:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
What is it with wild life and my yard this year?

I was sitting at my desk watching a video minding my own business. About 10 minutes in I hear what sounded like a animal in distress. I look out the window and there is a red-tailed hawk in The Pit with something flailing around in it's talons. I head outside, the hawk drops what was supposed to be dinner and flies off. The adult rabbit ( I'm assuming it is the resident rabbit on our property) disappears as I make my way up the driveway to find what the hawk had; it was a baby bunny. By the time I heard the noise and got to the end of the driveway, the bunny was deceased.

WTF! Is this what people go through when they clean up their yard and want to have a peaceful space? It is a really fucked up consequence for doing the 'right thing'.


Seems no good deed goes unpunished. Sad to hear you lose a bunch of animals. I'm an equal opportunity animal admirer.

Doing the right thing sucks, but it keeps you out of prison and off the streets.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
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