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MY FLEXIBLE FRIEND
B&Q Flexi Tub
Member Name: lak11
B&Q Flexi Tub
Date: 13/05/11, updated on 10/07/12 (468 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, flexible, versatile, carry handles, readily available etc
MY VERY FLEXIBLE FRIEND
~~ BREATHE IN ~~
I first purchased a Flexi Tub last summer. I needed a new container to carry my wet washing out into the garden, and back in when dry. When, on one of my many shopping trips to B&Q, I noticed some brightly coloured plastic tubs on one of their many shelves, I thought it might be just what I wanted. The main reason why I thought this would fit the job I wanted it for was that it is made from a strong yet very flexible plastic, well polythene to be exact. Because of this I thought it would be easy to manoeuvre in and out through one of the doors of my French windows which lead to the garden, when only a single door has been opened. I usually only have one door unlocked during the daytime unless, the weather is very hot and both need to be open. When only a single door is in use the gap isn't that wide to carry through a large container and the one I was using before was made of rigid plastic, making it a little awkward to get through only a smallish gap. The large Flexi Tub is ideal for this purpose; it is ideal to use as carrier of wet laundry and also to hold the dry washing when it is brought in from the garden. This tub is a water proof container; it holds a large amount of washing plus pegs, and I can flatten/squash it a little when going through the doorway.
~~ WE'RE HAVING A PARTY ~~
Recently it was my daughter's eighteenth birthday, therefore party time! I booked a local hall for the party but when booking was informed that the fridge in the kitchen/bar area belonged to the playgroup which used the hall during weekday. It was solely for their use. Well, this posed the problem of what could we do to keep the beer, wine and soft drinks cold. When we have hosted parties at home we always fill a couple of containers with ice, then place bottles and cans,sometimes even a box of wine (if the fridge is full up) into the container, adding more as a space appears. But we always also have the use of our fridge for some beverages so the problem of serving drinks cold isn't as big as it could have been in a venue away from home. For my daughter's eighteenth I knew we would have around eighty guests, all drinking something they would like to be cold whether alcoholic or not. I also had the idea of buying several bottles of Cava to pop open as she blew out the candles on her cake. But who wants to drink cold bubbly?
Searching around on the internet I found a few numbers of companies which would deliver ice. A few phone calls and we found a supplier who supplied and delivered ice at not too bad a price. We ordered five large bags of ice to be delivered straight to the venue.
So the next problem was where to put the ice? We considered that the Flexi tubs would be the best containers for this job. We had to think of space in the car. Although we have a Ford Galaxy (seven seater) with passengers and all the food, drink and decorations which had to be ferried to the venue we thought that anything strong yet flexible would be our best bet. So we decided to purchase a further three flexi tubs.
Using these tubs to hold the ice and drinks worked well. And we found they were also useful to use to carry food, drink and glasses and some of the party paraphernalia to the hall and back.
Washing the tubs after use couldn't be easier; they merely need a quick blast with a hose or, if they have become particularly dirty, then a quick wipe with a soapy sponge is all that's needed.
~~ THE PARTY'S OVER NOW ~~
Now that the party is over I have back my large red washing basket/tub but I now also have a further three tubs. Have they still uses? Will I get more for my money?Yes! In fact I feel I had good use out of these if I had only used them for the purpose that I bought them fopr but there are actually very many uses for these very handy flexible tubs. They really are so versatile, being extremely strong and durable. This makes them ideal to carry many items. If the item is extra heavy then wheel barrow type item, especially designed to carry the flexi tub can be purchased. I would say, with or without the barrow, the flexi tubs are ideal to carry items around in the garden. The handles and flexibility of the plastic makes them easy to handle.
I have had much use from my large red flexi tub and it has been tried and tested. I would definitely say that these tubs are strong.
I am keeping these for use at another party this time at home) coming up very soon; again we want drinks to be immersed in ice. After the party I am planning to donate one tub to my husband, which he can keep in the garage to use for his handyman duties. Anything to make his jobs easier! He did say that he thought one of these would be helpful to half fill with soapy water when faced with the job of washing the car.
I was also that thinking they might be useful for home decorating but haven't as yet mentioned this! Really, I feel the uses for the Flexi Tub are almost endless.
I think I will keep one for future parties but it can be used before this and then swapped for different tasks., as and when the need arises. It isn't as if they are expensive to buy either so I can buy more if I have an extra large social gathering.
For the fourth ( a green tub) I am thinking it would make a nice planter in the garden. I am considering planting some brightly coloured summer flowers into it for an added splash of colour in the garden.
I think these tubs would be ideal in a child's bedroom or a playroom for toys. They are soft and are without any hard or sharp edges to hurt young children. They are also, as someone very recently suggested to me, great for putting small garden toys into and storing in a shed or garage.
I think these Flexi Tubs are a brilliant idea. They are strong yet flexible. The tubs are versatile in their many uses. They are very easy to wash and extremely easy to store as they fit inside each other, therefore taking up a minimal amount of space. They look attractive in their bright colours so beautifully suit nursery, kitchen, playroom, bedroom or garden.
Although I am reviewing the large size tub they do in fact come in different sizes too, making them even more useful.
When empty the tubs are very light in weight.
~~ WHAT DO YOU USE YOURS FOR? ~~
Flexi Tubs can, strangely perhaps, also be a topic of conversation. It's amazing how many different uses can be found for them and guests are happy to suggest their own ideas, some you would be surprised that you never thought of. '
My Flexi Tubs are large and hold 40 litres. They were purchased from B&Q for the price of £5.98 for one. Similar tubs can be bought from many places including, Asda, Sainsburys, QD Stores, Amazon, Poundstretcher and the list goes on...and on...
~~ SOME FURTHER DETAILS ~~
Brand: Active Products
Size: (H) 40cm x (W) 45cm x (Base) 36cm
Extra strong and lightweight
40 litre capacity
Summary: Flexi Tubs have so many uses in the home and garden.
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