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All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
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Helpful tips for January 2020
In this issue:
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
Scams of the month:
Just remember this!
Phone scams and online scams are on the rise and seem to be increasing at
For those phone scams; here are some hints to help protect you.
If it is an automated call then it is a scam.
If the person at the other end of the line has an accent and has difficulty
communicating in English, then it is a scam.
Most scam calls originate in India.
If you receive a fax from an unknown sender, then chances are that it is a
Emails asking you to pay unrecognized invoices are scams.
A tip on honey!
A teaspoon of honey in warm water and drink this before bedtime and you’ll
find that you can sleep better.
Another tip to sleep better:
A tip of brandy in a glass of warm milk!
About Witch Hazel:
A wonderful remedy for insect stings and for adding to water when washing
parts of the body.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic
of Everyday Cheapskate
We recently remodeled our kitchen with stainless appliances. We
have treated well water. The very first week we had a large water
stain in water dispenser area that I can’t get off. It looks terrible! Is
there anyway to remove it? Help! Pat
How do you remove hard water spots from shower doors? Diane
My shower mat has turned almost black. I have tried to clean it, but
unsuccessfully. Can you help me? Ronnie
Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy
who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments, and
lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is
thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants.
He told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically
the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details up to my imagination but
let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often
finds. And that’s when
he gave me his super magical potion-the only product he uses to return
showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets and doors to their sparkling clean
and sanitized condition.
I gave his unbelievably simple recipe a try. In what has to be at least 20
years since I got that letter, I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs,
showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture-just about anything that will stand
still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. This product
must be rinsed off.
To make your own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner you will need three things:
An empty spray bottle, Dawn dishwashing liquid (any variation as long as it
is Dawn and it is blue) and white vinegar.
TO MAKE: Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn
if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle to with white vinegar.
Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.
To Use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30
minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All ofthe
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey.
Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations-or if this is
the initial treatment-use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces
TO TREAT MILDEW, MOLD. While the Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner works to
loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will
want to pretreat with full strength liquid chlorine bleach before proceeding
CAUTION: Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with other
products, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is
Don’t panic. Simply make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely
before proceeding to clean with the homemade tub and tile cleaner.
TO MAINTAIN: Here’s the best thing about this cleaner-if you use it weekly
you will never have to scrub again. Here’s what I do: Once a week as I
shower, I spray down the walls, doors, tracks, faucets, shampoo
caddy-everything within reach with this magical cleaner. Before I step out,
I use the handheld sprayer to rinse it all away. No scrubbing required. It
dries sparkling clean without using a squeegee,
or wiping down with a towel. And not a water mark to be seen. Simply
I use this stuff in the kitchen, too-on my appliances, stainless steel sink
and faucets (never on the granite counter tops), but only where it can be
That means I don’t spray it on the floor or into the air. That would create
a slippery, soapy mess.
How to make Shrimp Sauce
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate
Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own
sauces at home (It’s All About That Sauce!) But you missed one! How aboutthe
Sauce that only Japanese restaurants seem to have. Got a recipe for that?
Dear Matthew: You’ve put me through my paces since receiving your message.
And I have good news! I found it-Shrimp Sauce just about as close as you can
get at home. When you try this, let me know how it rates as compared to the
sauce in your favorite restaurant.
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic juice
4 teaspoons ketchup
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow to sit in
refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
From the pages of Donna’s diary
Your airline ticket
For me it is always an exciting time whenever I go to book my airline ticket
but I also know that there are certain things that I need to be very mindful
of if I want to ensure that I do it safely and securely and that I am able
to protect my privacy and independence.
Things have changed drastically when it comes to how you now receive your
For whereas in previous days you received it in hard copy you can now
receive it in an electronic format.
For the most part, your airline ticket is booked using a credit card number
and then the details of your trip are sent to you electronically.
At the airport you can now present your credit card and passport and these
are used to verify your flight details.
Just make sure to protect the electronic copy of your flight details. No,
it does not contain your credit card details but your flight number and
confirmation number are there.
Safest way to book your flight?
Maybe to find a trusted travel agent.
Many online travel websites are still not very usable or accessible.
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