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OT: An Appeal to Resolve the Fixadent Issue 
Apr. 1, 2011 4:47 pm 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2011 5:34 pm
Having been younger myself... as young as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on... I now find myself in my 60s (61, if you insist) married to a man who is closer to his 70s (69 this coming October). And somewhere in our late 50s/early 60s, my husband (man of my dreams) came to need some dentures and thus Fixadent entered our lives. And by that I mean I've got Fixadent (which is pink) plastered on many things which are remotely located near the bathroom sinks.

Sweet hubby (aka Mike) has never been one to treat life's challenges with a gentle hand. If he made model airplanes as a kid, I expect they became paper weights. I can't diss him for this. It's how he works. It's part of who he is and, thus, it's part of the man I love. But I can't say I'm crazy about dried Fixadent specks on our bathroom walls, bathroom faucets, my Braun 3D toothbrush and (I admit even I was surprised) inside our bathroom drawers and on the exterior wicker finish of same drawers.

I've tried cleaning the offending Fixadent with the scrub side of a sponge, with my finger nails, with kitchen knives, and with single-edged razor blades. I've managed to succeed in cleaning nearly all although, I confess, I wound up painting the bathroom wall after too many "high-gusto" efforts to remove the dreaded pink blots.

I asked Mike if he might take it easy on the denture cleaning and he told me he'd been trying. This is the same man who, in a moment of gentleness, ruptured a firm and justly picked pumpkin. So I know he's doing his best. And thus, I asked if — perhaps — he might check the Fixadent website for tips on how to clean because I've run out of fingernails. He looked, sent me a link, and all I have to do is throw our bathroom walls into a regular washer and dryer. 

And now I turn to you. I know you're not all in your denture years, let alone sticky stuff that finds its way to the back side of a bathroom faucet, or the wall just beneath the outlet where you plug in your Braun 3D. 

But, if you've been through this, and have discovered a magical cure for removing the offensive pink, please, please, please, send your cure my way. Otherwise, I'm destined to repainting my bathrooms on a near monthly basis.

Thanking you, so very much, in advance.
Apr. 1, 2011 5:05 pm
There's label removers available in home improvement stores that could do the job. Take a tube of Fixodent with you so the associate can pick which product will work best for you. Label removers are a good place to start because they will cause the least damage to surfaces.
Apr. 1, 2011 7:36 pm
I do not have dentures (yet) and my in laws use Seabond, but there are a couple of things you could try. There is a product called "Goo Gone" (really!) that is great for removing flooring adhesives, paint and other difficult things. An old standby household solvent is simple rubbing alcohol that may work. Good luck with this, I am looking forward to info on whatever works, as I am sure it will come in handy sooner rather than later!
Apr. 2, 2011 6:04 am
I was going to suggest GooGone or Goof Off - not sure how the will do on paint though. Have you tried Lysol Kitchen Cleaner or Soft Scrub? Those are my two "go to" cleaners. Another suggestion would be to have him switch to Fixodent "Free" it isn't pink. So although the little flecks might still be there - they won't be so visable. I am told that the "Free" variety has no taste unlike the pink type. Good luck.
Apr. 2, 2011 3:00 pm
This may be a silly suggestion, but could you use denture cleaner on the hard surfaces? Seems like it should work the same as it does on the dentures.
Apr. 2, 2011 4:45 pm
Nana, interesting thought about the kitchen cleaners... and even Goo Gone. Those are now on my list. I'll give the denture cleaner a try as well, although that's also what hubby's using, so could be risky business.
Apr. 3, 2011 12:24 pm
You might try using a paste of washing soda or borax with a litle vinegar. It's all natural and just as effective as many commercial cleaners. Now, I have to offer my empathy to your husband with one caveat. When I color my hair, the bathroom sink and the inside of the shower become a cool kind of tie dye red, however, I also spend the requisite twenty to thirty minutes cleaning up after myself before the mess has a change to form permanent bond:) Good Luck!
Apr. 3, 2011 5:34 pm
Ooops! I meant "Chance" not "change." I've been grading so long that I'm starting to write like my students:) Sorry!
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