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Created August 03, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Hi all. What to do to wash the dishes/clean the bod? I've been using the evil sunlight dishsoap for: laundry, dishes and liquid handsoap for bodywash. I don't want to take a chemical bath...please bring me back to the nurturing arms of dearest mater nature. What recommendations for natural cleaners/soaps(for the dishes, body and laundry)?

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

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on August 04, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Ah thanks.the dripping back down does make quite a mess on my stove. A splatter screen for me!

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on August 04, 2011
at 02:02 AM

I'm not quite sure what you mean, PersonMan. Soaps are oils that are transformed by NaOH, and when crafted at home, usually into a bar. Commercial liquid soaps get more things added to them (surfactants) that make them soapier and slipperier. I wouldn't use the oils alone that haven't undergone transformation into soap unless you have very, very dry skin, and that still won't remove bacteria, but rather, trap it in close to the skin.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 03, 2011
at 11:25 PM

yes. lid traps steam & drips back down - which is ok for wet stuff, but not great for frying.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Cave Tomboy- I highly recommend splatter screens, especially for bacon. A lid will trap the steam, a splatter screen will let the steam vent out. You'll still get a little splatter, but not nearly as bad as without it.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Erin- Dr. Bronner's works great in a clothes washer! In fact, the first I'd ever heard of it was from someone who used it for that. That's mostly what I use it for too, though I also sprinkle some baking soda in with it, just for added insurance. :-)

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Personman- I buy my bath soap exclusively through DaisyCakesSoap on Etsy. My lip balm too. Unfortunately, some of her soaps now use soy oil, but I don't think they all do. If you go to http://daisycakessoap.com it'll redirect to her Etsy shop, or you can do a search for her on Etsy.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:59 PM

splatter screen vs. lid -- advantages/disadvantages? I just use a lid, but I'm not too picky about my food...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:14 PM

ha, i know exactly what you mean. I never cooked meat as an adult either. turns out it's a greasy, messy business! i use eco-dish soap in general, but for tough stuff, especially the impossible baked-on stuff, i have good results with baking soda. my poor belabored vintage chrome teapot has recovered from a burnt-on bacon-grease crust several times with b.soda. (i really gotta get one of those splatter-screen things. i also need to learn to wear an apron!)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:50 PM

personman: etsy.com is a site where people who do handmade stuff can set up their own little shops. they sell EVERYTHING. go there and just search for "natural castile soap" or whatever and you will get ten thousand hits for shops that sell their stuff. its a bit addictive. im sure you can get a recommendation for a good shop from someone so you dont spend all day looking for soap. im in love with soapwalla, and she makes a bad ass natural deodorant, too. http://www.etsy.com/shop/soapwallakitchen?ref=pr_shop_more

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I found Dr. Bronner's bar soap in citrus and that is what I use for washing me (yeah, the peppermint is a bit TOO much for me). As for laundry, dishwashing, etc., I have good luck with Seventh Generation products and they can usually be found locally at the grocery or Target/Wal-Mart. Just don't use the dishwasher soap - it really doesn't work - at least with our hard water.

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

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on August 03, 2011
at 01:40 PM

HATE the Dr.'s tingle. Have a big unused bottle of that stuff after switching varieties. Too shocking for this guy, every time.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I'm familiar with soap in the mouth! It comes from being a potty-mouth...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Interesting to know. I have been using an exfoliating cloth for the face/body 1-2 tiems per week. How would I use this(and should I?) with the oils which don't generate a lather?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:16 PM

thanks for the references. I have a tendancy to go overboard with the soap so I'll watch out with the castile.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Interesting. I would never have heard of black african soap without you(kidding). Worth a shot.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Thanks guys for the replies. Uggla: Etsy? This is the brand name isn't it?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:28 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Lavender at the sink - Peppermint in the shower. Tingle time!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:27 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Peppermint and Baby in the shower, Lavender at the sink. Tingle time!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:26 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Peppermint and Baby in the shower, Lavender at the sink.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. So now I buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:52 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:51 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying got people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:46 AM

I don't like it. I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything, and dryed out. I also am turned of by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying got people to come into my home and preach to me. I am not a fan. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

51a3009b17aae3d9e52450678dab7930

(50)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:37 AM

yikes thats why i go for the shea butter soaps haha

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:36 AM

i love the doctors tingle.

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

(1548)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:59 AM

You get used to the tingle after a while.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:54 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate places. shockingly shocking! :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:45 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate places. zing! :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:45 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate areas tho. zing!

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:26 AM

Real hippies use Dr. Bronner's for all of those things. I however, do not*. But you might want to! All-One! OK!!!!


*anymore

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

(1548)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:59 AM

You get used to the tingle after a while.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. So now I buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:36 AM

i love the doctors tingle.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:45 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate areas tho. zing!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:51 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying got people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Thanks guys for the replies. Uggla: Etsy? This is the brand name isn't it?

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I found Dr. Bronner's bar soap in citrus and that is what I use for washing me (yeah, the peppermint is a bit TOO much for me). As for laundry, dishwashing, etc., I have good luck with Seventh Generation products and they can usually be found locally at the grocery or Target/Wal-Mart. Just don't use the dishwasher soap - it really doesn't work - at least with our hard water.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:46 AM

I don't like it. I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything, and dryed out. I also am turned of by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying got people to come into my home and preach to me. I am not a fan. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:45 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate places. zing! :)

51a3009b17aae3d9e52450678dab7930

(50)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:37 AM

yikes thats why i go for the shea butter soaps haha

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 02:54 AM

'ware the peppermint bronner's on the umm.. delicate places. shockingly shocking! :)

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on August 03, 2011
at 05:52 AM

I don't like it (Dr. Bronner's). I have bought so much of it and finally realized I can't stand the way it leaves a film on everything and I am left dryed out. Yes, beware the tea tree oil and peppermint on your 'love' areas or else you will be in a world of trouble if you are sensitive. I also am very put off by the God stuff all over the bottle. I feel like I am paying people to come into my home and preach to me, I am not a fan of that at all. But alas buy a lot from Etsy. There are many organic/natural sellers there with quality stuff at affordable prices.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:26 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Peppermint and Baby in the shower, Lavender at the sink.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:50 PM

personman: etsy.com is a site where people who do handmade stuff can set up their own little shops. they sell EVERYTHING. go there and just search for "natural castile soap" or whatever and you will get ten thousand hits for shops that sell their stuff. its a bit addictive. im sure you can get a recommendation for a good shop from someone so you dont spend all day looking for soap. im in love with soapwalla, and she makes a bad ass natural deodorant, too. http://www.etsy.com/shop/soapwallakitchen?ref=pr_shop_more

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:27 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Peppermint and Baby in the shower, Lavender at the sink. Tingle time!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 03, 2011
at 11:28 AM

Oh, I'm not complaining about the Peppermint Bronner's.. it's just one hell of a shock the first time. After the first holyhellsweetbabyjesus shower dance party it's all good going forward :) Currently: Lavender at the sink - Peppermint in the shower. Tingle time!

5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:40 PM

HATE the Dr.'s tingle. Have a big unused bottle of that stuff after switching varieties. Too shocking for this guy, every time.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Personman- I buy my bath soap exclusively through DaisyCakesSoap on Etsy. My lip balm too. Unfortunately, some of her soaps now use soy oil, but I don't think they all do. If you go to http://daisycakessoap.com it'll redirect to her Etsy shop, or you can do a search for her on Etsy.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 03, 2011
at 03:44 AM

im partial to african black soap for the dirty bits. otherwise, i just use OCM on my face (olive and jojoba with some EOs) and just water on the rest of me.

castile soap is just fine in the sink. i actually like dr. woods over dr. bronners because the price is AWESOME.

in the automatic dishwasher is use whatever phosphate free detergent i can get for cheap.

for laundry (i have a front loader) i use a cup of baking soda in with the clothes, hydrogen peroxide in the bleach cup and white vinegar in the softener cup. if things are really soiled (kiddos) then ill use a smidge of detergent- usually some method or ecover or some such cheapo green-ish version. sometimes i use borax, sometimes someone in my family necessitates a soak in the oxyclean before the wash. i have not had good luck with generic soap flakes, but people rave about them. if i want things to smell nice instead of like nothing, i toss in an old sock witha few drops of essential oil in the dryer.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Interesting. I would never have heard of black african soap without you(kidding). Worth a shot.

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on August 03, 2011
at 03:01 AM

No soap for the body for me! OCM and maybe a little vinger under the arms or citric acid or lemon juice in the hair.

Castile soap (generic) for the dishes.

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on August 03, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Oh my gosh... anything but dishsoap for everything! Laughter... love Mrs. Meyers & Seventh Generation cleaning products (or vinegar for cleaning veggies, mirrors and hard surfaces) and Burt Bees, Jason's Organics, Avalon Organics and Kiss My Face all make good quality organic body products you can pick up easily at Target or some fancier grocery stores that carry organic products. There are even more natural ways of course, but even that is a much needed step in the right direction! :) P.S. I had forgotten about Bronners but that does work well for body, clothes (like during travel or hand washing... not the dishwasher or clothes washer) and even cleaning tile floors and such... just remember is it pure Castille soap so a little goes a long way! :)

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Erin- Dr. Bronner's works great in a clothes washer! In fact, the first I'd ever heard of it was from someone who used it for that. That's mostly what I use it for too, though I also sprinkle some baking soda in with it, just for added insurance. :-)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2011
at 01:16 PM

thanks for the references. I have a tendancy to go overboard with the soap so I'll watch out with the castile.

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51a3009b17aae3d9e52450678dab7930

on August 03, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I like a local lady's soap (pittsburgh) you can order online. www.mytracystreats.com I use dr bonners also but the other soap i mentioned has so much other stuff that makes your skin nice and soft. :) She made this to fight skin issues she was suffering from with other products.

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on August 03, 2011
at 04:42 AM

To get the most bang for my buck I've been ordering things in bulk subscription price from Amazon.

My fave's so far:

7th Generation dish soap. (I prefer the smell of Country Save, but couldn't get it for the same price.)

7th Generation dish washer detergent. I've used both the liquid and powder, the powder seems to go further.

Ecos 3X's Concentrated Laundry Soap. I've been hooked on the smell of Ecos for years, but had to stop getting it for a while because it got to be too pricey at the store. I was so glad to find it at an affordable price again. Because it is so concentrated it comes in delightfully small bottles too, which makes me feel better about the whole carbon footprint shipping thing.

For body soap, I'm a huge fan of Trader Joe's "The Vert (green tea?)" and Lavender French milled soaps (I don't know how natural they are, but they smell so good, I'm not sure I care). When I don't want to smell like anything in particular I go for Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap. I also use a drop of the baby soap for toothpaste sometimes, I love the way it makes my teeth feel, and isn't nearly as nasty as you'd think soap in the mouth would be.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I'm familiar with soap in the mouth! It comes from being a potty-mouth...

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on August 03, 2011
at 02:34 AM

It's believed that the first soaps were made from animal fat dripping onto wood ashes and water dripping over that, because the main ingredients of old fashioned lye (sodium hydroxide, NaOH), which can be made from wood ashes combined with fat. Any fragrance free bar soap with minimal ingredients is effective and probably closer to paleo than anything else, maybe closer than even not using soap. I learned to make soap many years ago with lye and fats. Lots of recipes/methods out there, and many people render their own lard to do it, but many also use coconut oil, cocoa butter and other paleo-friendly oils.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Interesting to know. I have been using an exfoliating cloth for the face/body 1-2 tiems per week. How would I use this(and should I?) with the oils which don't generate a lather?

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on August 04, 2011
at 02:02 AM

I'm not quite sure what you mean, PersonMan. Soaps are oils that are transformed by NaOH, and when crafted at home, usually into a bar. Commercial liquid soaps get more things added to them (surfactants) that make them soapier and slipperier. I wouldn't use the oils alone that haven't undergone transformation into soap unless you have very, very dry skin, and that still won't remove bacteria, but rather, trap it in close to the skin.

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on August 04, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Once in a while I indulge myself and purchase handmade soap (for the body) via a few sellers on Etsy.com that I've purchased from in the past. Handmade soap is awesome, because you know exactly what is in it - saponified fats/oils without all the extra crap industry has thrown into the grocery store stuff. And scents if you like that sort of stuff.

I've made my own handmade soap (and I mean being all alchemical and mixin' the lye and the waters and the fats, not the "melt and pour" glycerin soaps) but I am lazy and have small animals so I'd rather not risk killing anyone with the lye. It's actually quite easy, you just have to take the proper safety precautions and be able to do a little math -- which is quite easy, given calculators!

Anyhoo, if purchasing from etsy and/or making your own cleansers are not an option...Try your local handmade gift shops. They might be selling handmade soaps and cleansers. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you!

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on August 03, 2011
at 08:43 AM

Thanks AKD for the natural laundry ideas.

Does anyone have any ideas for dishes? I don't have access to commercial "natural" products. Vinegar? Baking soda? I'd be particularly interested in ideas about how to cut through grease from meat. I was vegan from the age of 15 and one thing I am realizing is that I missed a huge piece of general knowledge education about how to deal with (prep, cook and clean up after) meat.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

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on August 03, 2011
at 02:59 PM

splatter screen vs. lid -- advantages/disadvantages? I just use a lid, but I'm not too picky about my food...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:25 PM

yes. lid traps steam & drips back down - which is ok for wet stuff, but not great for frying.

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on August 03, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Cave Tomboy- I highly recommend splatter screens, especially for bacon. A lid will trap the steam, a splatter screen will let the steam vent out. You'll still get a little splatter, but not nearly as bad as without it.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 03, 2011
at 02:14 PM

ha, i know exactly what you mean. I never cooked meat as an adult either. turns out it's a greasy, messy business! i use eco-dish soap in general, but for tough stuff, especially the impossible baked-on stuff, i have good results with baking soda. my poor belabored vintage chrome teapot has recovered from a burnt-on bacon-grease crust several times with b.soda. (i really gotta get one of those splatter-screen things. i also need to learn to wear an apron!)

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on August 04, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Ah thanks.the dripping back down does make quite a mess on my stove. A splatter screen for me!

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