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How do I clean my light pull string in the bathroom?

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Serendippy Wed 15-Dec-10 22:35:22

Tried searching but don't really know what the light pull string is called so kept getting advice on pullups!
Any ideas? Have inlaws arriving at weekend so could be on here a lit asking for advice! TIA.

hester Wed 15-Dec-10 22:39:49

I have no idea but would rather like to know myself!

sharbie Wed 15-Dec-10 22:40:25

wet wipe?

sharbie Wed 15-Dec-10 22:41:07

that or a bit of washing up liquid cleans most things around the house

Serendippy Wed 15-Dec-10 22:41:50

Have tried wet wipe as I use them to clean everything else, however this is years of pawprints <slattern emoticon> Thanks for bumping though!

MrsDingDongMerrily Wed 15-Dec-10 22:42:13

I replace mine every now and then, new string and fitting only costs a couple of quid from a DIy store and very easy to do. Or if it is long enough cut off the dirty bit.

thenightsky Wed 15-Dec-10 22:42:26

I always got DH to just replace it

LoopyLoopsOfSparklyFairyLights Wed 15-Dec-10 22:42:31

Unscrew at the top and untie. Pop in wash with 60s.

sooz28 Wed 15-Dec-10 22:42:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LoopyLoopsOfSparklyFairyLights Wed 15-Dec-10 22:43:11

or just replace.

Serendippy Wed 15-Dec-10 22:47:09

Cut it seems to be the way forward with least effort, thanks! Saves getting the bleach out (which is what I was planning to do except have no idea what to do with bleach...)

isitmidnightalready Wed 15-Dec-10 22:48:28

Have replaced it in the past, myself, not knowing what hideous germs lurk on it! Just checked and my current one has a connector thingy about a foot below the ceiling box. Looks like you should be able to buy the connector from a hardware shop. Or just use a regular knot after cutting the old string. Or something imaginative to hide the knot with a bead from the DC's craftkit. Make the replacement look deliberate by choosing some interesting string/ thread. You can always replace it again when you get bored. I would rather do this, myself, than open up the electic box on the ceiling (seems dangerous to me!)

Or you could wipe it down with some weak bleach solution.

MrsDingDongMerrily Wed 15-Dec-10 22:51:46

You could also thread beads up the first six inches or so of it to hide the grubby bit.

Longtinsellyjosie Thu 16-Dec-10 11:53:14

Kim and Aggie did this on How Clean Is Your House... they soaked cotton wool in bleach and then wrapped it round, securing it with cling film...

Life is a bit short for that sort of malarkey though. I'd replace it...

Chatelaine Thu 16-Dec-10 22:10:39

MrsDingDongMerrily - top tip!

ConnorTraceptive Thu 16-Dec-10 22:13:22

Was going to say about the bleach and cotton wool too

DreamTeamGirl Fri 17-Dec-10 12:23:35

Oooh but I do like MrsD's tip
Very creative

MrsDingDongMerrily Fri 17-Dec-10 15:00:10

Thank you ladies, I haven't actually put beads on mine (yet), the idea came to me as I was reading the thread.

However I did get a damp flannel and a bit of liquid soap yesterday and gave the string a thorough scrub and it has come up beautifully clean!

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Wed 22-Dec-10 00:12:14

I know I'm abit late with this but it's saved me so much time it would have been selfish to keep it to myself!

Paint it lightly with a non matt white paint. Any grime wipes straight off and still looks new 4 years down the line!

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