Helpful tips for April 2019

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Helpful tips for April 2019

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
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Here are our scam tips of the month and we have a few:
* Be ware of those menacing phone calls telling that you back taxes to the
Inland Revenue folks.
If you have nothing to worry about then simply hang up and go about your
* Phone calls from West Jet telling you that you have won a free air ticket!
Not true, just hang up your phone or if you get an email to this effect then
just delete it.
* An email from American Express telling you that your online account has
been closed.
Whether or not you have such an account; just delete this email.

So what is the best country in the world in which to live?
Why, it is Spain and Italy, Iceland, Japan, and Switzerland round out the
top five.

About the benefits of rubarb?
It contains such things as calcium, potasium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Here is a very important tip for detecting if one is in the throws of a
Check the person’s facial features to see if they look abnormal.
See if the person’s arms are drooping.
See if the person’s speech is slurred or not.
If any of these do not look normal then call 911.

Ever wondered why dogs have tails and what do them use them for?
Well, here goes.
Dogs use their tails to express their emotions.
They wag their tails when they are happy or excited.
Their tails go down when they are anxious.
Their tails go up when they sense danger.
They also use their tails to brush away flies.
One of the most painful things for a dog is if you tug at their tails.

Okay, there is a shortage of olive oil and why?
Because there was a very poor crop of olives in Italy this past year!

Some of the most popular smells when you wake up on a morning?
The smell of fresh cut grass,

Tea bags?
You can use them to stiffle odours in your fridge.

Orange peel?
You can use this to help stiffle odours in your garbage.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda
Personal Care
Make Toothpaste
A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can
be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. (Or here’s
formula for a minty version.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with
toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.
Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon baking soda in half a glass of water, swish, spit and
Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.
Soak Oral Appliance
Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures in a
of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water.
The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep
appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.
Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts
baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate
skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.
Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour
and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.
Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a
salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your
hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors
hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking
soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
Help Your Hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the
too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your
favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly-baking soda helps
remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is
and more manageable.
Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove
natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes
a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.
and allow to dry.
Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and
help wash away oil and perspiration, and make your skin feel very soft.
Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet.
Gently scrub.
Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks, even
and glossy tiles, sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and
scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra tough stains, make
paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap, let it sit then
scour off.
Hand-wash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish
to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and
For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with
first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a
scratchless scouring powder.
Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of
mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).
Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the
microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.
Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub
onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for
shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs
and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm
water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda
and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with enough water
the baking soda is damp. Let set overnight, making sure the baking soda is
damp before you go to bed. In the morning, simply scoop the baking soda and
grime out with a sponge, or vacuum. Rinse.
Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile
floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse
clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean
sponge, then rinse.
Clean Furniture
You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and remove
marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda
to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda
directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse
clean. Hang it up to dry.
Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to
make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets
clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.
Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly
available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add
1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the
rinse cycle for deodorization.
Clean Cloth Diapers
Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers
Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm water)
to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into
bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching them!)
with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking soda to 1 part water) and a brush.
Rinse thoroughly.
Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage
floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a
wet brush.
Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars,
etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals
before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply
with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After
and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent
future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery, they
contain a strong acid.
Clean Cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl
and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking
soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a
sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For
stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.
Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash
smells at bay.
Deodorize Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your
recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp
Wipe clean and rinse.
Deodorize Drains
To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from
resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm
water, it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This
is a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your
Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a
gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
Deodorize Garbage Disposals
To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour
baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking Soda will
neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
Deodorize Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box
to absorb lingering odors.
Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long
possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger
of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag
will get full and heavy.)
Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum
Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
Deodorizing Cars
Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and
down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors
sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15
minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.
Deodorize the Cat Box
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with
To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after
thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!
Deodorize Pet Bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking
soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.
Deodorize Sneakers
Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into
when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
Freshen Linens
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of
baking soda in the rinse cycle.
Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle
baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
Camping Cure-all
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer,
scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many
other uses.
Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical
kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon
dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying
pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can
safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of
flame to help put out the fire, and call the Fire Department just to be
Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system
flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a
pH in your septic tank.
Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit
vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.


How to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

to Fix Every Common Zipper Problem

Life Hacker:

Zippers haven’t changed much since they were first invented, and neither
have the problems we all have with them. From stuck zippers to teeth that
just won’t clinch, here’s how to fix all the problems you’ll run into with
anything that zips.

1. The Zipper Is Stuck

When your zipper is stuck it feels like it’s getting caught on something.
The zipper might not come down at all, and until you fix it you’re stuck
inside your jacket.

The best way to fix this? Grab a graphite pencil and rub the pencil tip on
the teeth. Try it again and it should work. If that doesn’t work, it’s time
to move on to a lubricant. Windex is good because it’s not oil-based, but
you can also use bar soap, or lip balm. Start with the zipper all the way
up, and slowly apply the the lubricant to the teeth. Then inch the zipper
down some more, reapply, and continue doing that until the zipper comes all
the way down. This is especially handy to fix a zipper stuck in the fabric
itself .

2. The Teeth Don’t Close (or They Keep Popping Open)

One of the most annoying problems with a zipper is when the teeth won’t
close. The problem comes from a few different reasons. Sometimes the above
trick of using a pencil (or a bar of soap) will smooth out the teeth enough
so they’ll work again.

If that doesn’t work, the slider might not be working properly. First,
double-check to make sure a piece of cloth or thread isn’t stuck in the
zipper. Next, look at the individual teeth. If any of them are sticking out,
grab a pair of pliers and move them back into place so they’re all straight.

If the teeth are straight, and clean, take a look at the slider itself. Over
time, the slider starts to come apart, and when that happens it stops
clinching the zipper teeth together. Grab some pliers and try closing the
slider together until it catches the teeth again.

As for jeans, the solution is a little more complicated. If you can, you
need to remove the metal bumper at the bottom and replace it with a stitches
or just tie it off in the middle
if teeth are
missing at the bottom. Unfortunately, this only really works with pants
where you can actually get to the bottom bumper. If that fails, or you’re
working with pants where you can’t get to the entire zipper run, you might
need to replace the zipper completely
While you can do it yourself with some pliers, scissors, and thread,
replacing the zipper on a pair of pants is only around $5-$10 at most

3. The Zipper Won’t Stay Up

A common problem with pants zippers is a zipper that won’t stay up. This can
lead to all types of embarrassing situations. Unfortunately, you can’t
really fix this problem permanently unless you completely replace the

That said, you have two simple temporary fixes. The easiest is to slide a
key ring through the zipper pull and over your pants button
This keeps the zipper up in a simple way. If you’d prefer a little more
flexibility, you can also try a rubber band.

The Slider Broke Off

If the slider comes off completely, or if you need to replace the slider
because it’s not closing the teeth right, then you need to replace the
slider. To get the slider off, use some pliers
to cut it off. Once that’s
done, reattach the new zipper slider by sliding it back onto the teeth.
That’s it, you’re done.

Replacing the slider is usually pretty simple, and should take only a couple
minutes of time.

4. The Zipper Pull Broke Off

When the pull breaks off a zipper it makes it incredibly hard to zip the
zipper up. The good news is that this is pretty much the easiest fix out
there. You can turn a paperclip, a keyring, or even a telephone wire
into a zipper pull. Just slide it through the tab on the
slider and you have a new zipper pull. Sure, it’s not exactly the most
stylish solution, but at least you’ll be able to get in and out of your


From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your important travel documents

When it comes to travel, there are always those documents that you should
never leave home without and as a seasoned traveler; I’d like to propose the
following for you to take along at all times.

Important documents to include:
Pass port if traveling abroad,
Visa if needed for your visit to a foreign country,
Credit card
personal identification,
health card and any other insurance card,
list of important numbers to call in case of emergency,
Always keep these in a very safe place and away from prying eyes.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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