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Darn, darn, double-darn, I thought I had this all sorted.

Just--name me several cleaning substances, would you? Stuff preferably that looks like a cleaning substance. Like here we have Windex to clean windows, and it is a bright blue color.

So. I need something that looks chemical, and maybe sounds like something chemical as well? Or maybe a product both the U.S. and the U.K. would be familiar with? I need something someone would look at and say, "I can't drink that, it looks like X!" and still make sense on both sides of the ocean. Any thoughts?

Date: 2012-11-09 11:41 pm (UTC)
aunty_marion: iGranny (iGranny)
From: [personal profile] aunty_marion
Windolene. (For windows!) At last look (I used to have some in the cupboard, don't know whether I still do!) it was thick and bright pink.

Dettol. (Antiseptic/disinfectant) Brown liquid. (Goes white when you put it in water, and smells *DREADFUL*)

Date: 2012-11-10 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_con_cept.livejournal.com
Windolene sounds good, but is it pink or blue? When I do a google image search, it comes up with both . . . .wait, you know what? I won't mention the color. Easily fixed! It sounds like what it does and the character mentions it cleans windows, and that's perfect. Thank you!

Date: 2012-11-10 06:32 am (UTC)
aliciajd: (Zuma Cat 03)
From: [personal profile] aliciajd
Thick and bright pink... Sounds like what my mother used to call glass wax or window wax when I was a little girl in the 1950s. It went on pink and dried opaque white and we used it on windows to make fake snow drifts in the panes at Christmas. When you were done with Christmas you could just wipe it off and have sparkling clean windows. It looked a lot like Pepto Bismo when still in its liquid state.

http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/Clothing/Clothing/Vermont_Country_Store_Window_Wax/49474

or

https://www.google.com/search?q=glass+wax&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=nvOdUPykPOSu2gWAtYGQDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAQQ_AUoAA&biw=1600&bih=754
Edited Date: 2012-11-10 06:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-10 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiv5468.livejournal.com
I was about to say windolene

Date: 2012-11-10 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiv5468.livejournal.com
Meths. Is that purple over there?

Date: 2012-11-10 12:34 am (UTC)
ext_68422: (I don't know Penguin)
From: [identity profile] mimiheart.livejournal.com
We have something called 409 that's purple, but it's not a window cleaner.

Date: 2012-11-10 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_con_cept.livejournal.com
I'm going to go with windolene, I think. I don't think I've ever heard of meths. . . . it sounds more like the illegal drug to my American ears!

Date: 2012-11-10 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_con_cept.livejournal.com
If we have that, we don't call it that....ah, it looks like we call it denatured alcohol, but I still haven't heard of that. I have heard of ethyl alcohol, which seems to be similar. Here we have 'meth' or 'crystal meth' which is a hugely common drug made from methamphetamine. I think Breaking Bad is based around meth? Anyway, yeah, when I hear the word meth I think of the drug. I think ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol might be what we call our metholated spirits. Maybe. From my googling, anyway!

Date: 2012-11-10 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiv5468.livejournal.com
Oh I know what crystal meth is from watching US telly.

My dad runs his model trains on meths.

Date: 2012-11-10 12:34 am (UTC)
ext_68422: (Hold Me)
From: [identity profile] mimiheart.livejournal.com
I just looked through a few supply companies, maybe Mr. Muscle? I don't know how common it is in the UK, but I came across it on multiple sites and it's close enough to Mr. Clean that people here would realize what it is. I also came across Ajax on a few sites. Does it have to look like the chemical? Because I think bleach is universal, and maybe it could smell like bleach rather than look like a specific cleaning supply.


Edit:
http://www.onestopcleaningsupplies.co.uk/housekeeping-supplies/multi-purpose/cat_43.html
Edited Date: 2012-11-10 12:35 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-10 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_con_cept.livejournal.com
Mr. Muscle does sound right, but yeah, the important bit is that it looks like some sort of cleaning product. I think Windolene sounds pretty good, and I can slip in a casual explanation, I think. :)

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