Decontamination chiefs at the former nuclear sit at Dounreay are using household cleaning fluid Cillit Bang to remove radioactive stains.
The three nuclear reactors at the site in Caithness, Scotland, are in the process of being decommisioned but workers found that the cleaning fluid they were using was slowing down the job of dismantling an experimental chemical plant used in the 1980s.
A member of the team suggested that they use household cleaner Cillit Bang after watching an advert where shouty presenter Barry Scott used it to clean a 10p coin.
The chemical plant at the site has a series of vessels, pipes and boxes made from steel and toughened glass, which were left stained with plutonium, creating a health hazard.
David Hanson, project manager with Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, said the household cleaner was helping to cut the £2.6 billion cost of dismantling the site.
He said: “We need to decontaminate as much of the surfaces as possible before we can cut them up. The normal agents we’d use on steel and glass need time to dry and this slowed us down.
“The acids that had been used years ago also created problems. It meant we had to think carefully about the most effective way to wipe the plutonium from the steelwork before we could cut it up.
“One of the guys suggested Cillit Bang. He remembered seeing it dissolve the grime on a coin in an advert on TV and thought it was worth looking at. I’m very glad we did. We tested it and found it very effective.”
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