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Japan With Kids - Forums: Shopping in Japan: Cleaning and Maintanence Supplies
By Pato on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 3:33 pm:

Does anyone know what the Japanese word for "Glycerine" is? And whether or not it can be purchased here in liquid form?

By Sarah Calbreath on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 5:07 pm:

Bleach - any recommendations on how I can buy it? Descriptions of the bottle shape and color would be helpful since I can't read Japanese. Thanks! Sarah
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By Natalia R. on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 5:51 pm:

The words are
"buri-chi" (mono wo shiroku suru -making things white)

Blue or light greenish colour bottles. You can open them in the supermarket and smell to make sure you get the right thing. For the toilet it is a dark blue bottle and called "Domestos", like bleach for the toilet, the strongest toilet wash I have seen and the one I always use.

Glycerine is "guriserin". I have never bought it, but ask at a supermarket or pharmacy.

Natalia from Hokkaido

By Cornelia on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 6:19 pm:

Here's a picture of the "kitchen bleach" This one can be bought in a 100yen shop. The same brand makes the laundry bleach in a blue color. I get lazy about shopping and use the kitchen bleach on the laundry... works fine on whites. There's a vocabulary list at the bottom of the cleaning article at:

photo of bleach bottle

By Pato on Saturday, May 17, 2003 - 8:22 am:

I am looking for the glycerine because it is an essential ingredient in making bubble blowing solution for your kids. (Basically dish washing liquid + glycerine + water). It's much cheaper to make your own and so easy. So much of it gets spilled that the small bottles of bubble blowing liquid from the store really add up in cost. Natalia, do you think you might have an advanced dictionary on hand or something?

By Pato on Saturday, May 17, 2003 - 8:52 am:

Natalia, I'm sorry I just re-read your post and realized that you already answered the part about the glycerine in the second half. Sorry! I just know that they are going to stare at me and not understand my pronounciation. I wish I could describe it better in Japanese!

By Kit on Friday, May 23, 2003 - 10:38 am:

Sarah, I'll bet that you've got what you need by now, and as Cornelia says, you can use kitchen bleach on your clothing.
However, if you are looking for bleach specially made for clothing, you would ask for "hyou-haku-zai." Many older shop assistants are not familiar with the katakana word "bu-ri-chi," I've found, so this might be helpful.

By Pato on Friday, May 30, 2003 - 11:04 am:

I found glycerin under the name "Glycerin" in a section of the drug store that is a sort of make your own lotions section.

It was very expensive, Y298 for 3 small pouches of 5cc each glycerin. So now I'm looking for a better, cheaper source.

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