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Helpful tips for April 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use
* house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the Rex hotel in ST. Lucia


General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Well, that nagging and irritatingscam is still with us!
I am referring to the automated phone call telling us that our Visa card has
been compromised with eronious transactions.
Just hang up the minute you hear this message.
Nothing else to do.

Some interesting info about todlers!
They never over eat!
They only eat as much as they want!

An important tip about diverticulitis!
It occurs whenever bits of nuts and popcorn kernels get stuck in the folds
of your left bowel.
The pain is severe and if not treated quickly can cause damage to the
stomach and you would need to be hospitalized and placed on antibiotics.
It can even become life threatening.

About fresh water turtles!
They do not survive in cold water.
They need to be rescued the minute the water temp gets too cold.
This is what happened to them recently during the emergency in Texas in

The top four countries with the happiest people?
1. Iceland.
2. Finland.
3. Denmark.
4. Switzerland.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Twelve Nontoxic Cleaning Product Recipes for Kitchen Use

1, For a simple,
all-purpose counter cleaner
, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. If your
countertop is made from marble, granite, or stone, skip the vinegar (its
acidity is no good for these
surfaces) and
use rubbing alcohol
or the wondrous
power of vodka
2. Cutting Boards
Talk about non-toxic: All that’s needed to
clean and sanitize cutting boards
(wood or plastic) is… a lemon! Cut it in half, run it over the surfaces, let
sit for ten minutes, and then rinse away. If you need some serious
scrubbing power, sprinkle some coarse or Kosher salt over the board, and
then rub with ½ a lemon.
3. Oven
clean stubborn, caked-on food out of the oven
, just heat the over to 125 degrees and grab your spray bottle of vinegar
(see “countertops” above). Once the oven is warm, spray the caked-on stuff
until it’s lightly
damp and then pour salt directly onto the affected areas. Turn off the oven,
let it cool, and then use a wet towel to scrub away at the mess. If that
doesn’t cut it, follow the same instructions but try use baking soda
in place of salt (just let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing).
4. Garbage Disposal
This one is
so cool
. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray and top off the slots with
water. Once they’re frozen, toss a few down the disposal and let it
run—doing so should remove any food that was stuck to
the blades.
5. Microwave
It’s easy to overlook the microwave while cleaning, but man can it get gross
in there. To
combat the gunk
, pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a little lemon juice (exact
amounts don’t really matter). Put
the cup in the microwave, let the microwave run for 2 minutes, and leave the
door closed for several more minutes. Finally, open the door and simply wipe
down all the sides with a warm cloth or sponge—no
scrubbing required!
6. Sink Drain
unclog a stuffed-up drain
, start by boiling about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain, and then add the water while it’s still nice and hot. If that doesn’t
do the trick, follow the baking soda
with ½ cup of vinegar, cover it up tightly (a pot lid should work nicely),
wait until the fizzing slows down (when baking soda and vinegar come in
contact, they’ll react by fizzing) and then add one gallon of boiling
7. Pan De-Greaser
cut through the grime on frying pans
, simply apply some salt (no water necessary) and scrub vigorously.
8. Cast-Iron Pans
Kitchen professionals are pretty against using soap, steel wool, or
dishwashers to clean cast-iron pans. Luckily, there’s an alternative way to
tackle cast-iron grossness
: combine olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse
salt in the pan. Scrub with a stiff brush, rinse with hot water, and you’re
9. Dishwasher Detergent
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher,
simply mix together
1 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water (2 teaspoons of lemon juice
optional) in a quart-size glass jar. Add some of this mixture to one
detergent compartment of the dishwasher, and fill the other compartment with
white vinegar.
10. Dish Soap
washing dishes by hand
, simply combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap and 3 tablespoons water (a few
drops of essential oil optional) in a bottle of your choice. Shake well and
use like you would any other dish
111. Refrigerator Cleaner
To clean what is perhaps the toughest of all kitchen “gross spots,”
reach for the baking soda
. Add about ½ cup of the white stuff to a bucket of hot water. Dip a clean
rag in the mixture and use it to wipe down the
fridge’s insides.
12. Bleach
serious disinfectant power
, mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon castile soap, and ½ teaspoon hydrogen
peroxide. Use a cloth to apply the mixture to a wet surface, scrub, and then
rinse thoroughly.
Source: ” Being healthy doesn’t have to suck, right?”


house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
i grew up being fearful of the oddest things. i wasn’t bold enough to
question why, so i just did as i was told. here’s one: never, ever put good
dishes or silver flatware in
the dishwasher. ever! i didn’t know what would happen if i did, but you can
be sure that my fear of the unknown made certain i didn’t come close to
finding out. until my
rebellious years.
once i had my own china and my own silver, i was reckless enough to believe
i wouldn’t go to jail if i violated this particular “thou shalt not!” i was
reminded of what i’ve
learned about putting silver in the dishwasher when the following question
showed up in my inbox:
dear mary: i have a set of silver flatware that i use daily. i notice that
after a few times through a normal cycle, the pieces become very tarnished.
it is not a particularly
good set, just a nice set of flatware for daily use. do you think that the
dishwashing detergent is tarnishing the silver? annedear anne: your silver
plate or sterling silver
pieces can go in the dishwasher and come out beautiful as long as you follow
a few specific guidelines. case in point:
my small pie server is one of my favorite things. i love it for its
size and just the way it feels in my hand. i use it daily and it goes in the
dishwasher every evening—by itself in its own little compartment so that it
is not touching any
other type of metal. since i inherited it many years ago i have done nothing
to it but use it, clean it and enjoy it.
as for your flatware, i’m going to guess that what you see is not tarnish
but rather a reaction that occurs when silver comes in contact with other
types of metal in the
dishwashing process (see rule 3 below).
first, it’s important to know that when it comes to silver, cleaning and
polishing are not the same thing. polishing should be a very occasional
activity while cleaning is
something you do to your silver after every meal. the dishwasher is an
excellent way to take of cleaning.
tarnish is the result when sulphur in the air reacts with silver. if you
have silver pieces that are very tarnished, you need to give them a good
polish (simichrome
polish and hagerty silversmith’s spray polish are both highly regarded for
fine silver care). once polished, frequent use is the best way to prevent
tarnish build-
here are good house rules for how to clean silver in the dishwasher (care of
silverplate is the same as for sterling):
rule 1. only solid flatware and pieces in the dishwasher. that means no
pearl handles, items with glue joints or weighted/reinforced items.
rule 2. rinse off immediately after use. don’t let food sit on silver as it
may cause corrosion or pitting.
rule 3. don’t let the silver pieces touch any other type of metal, including
stainless, which will leave marks on your silver that are very difficult to
remove. (it will
require a good silver polish like those mentioned above and a lot of elbow
grease.) you can put silver in the same dishwasher load as stainless, just
in a
different flatware compartments. never allow the two materials to come into
direct contact.
rule 4. when washing silver in the dishwasher, stick with the normal or
delicate cycle, not heavy-duty scrubber or high-temp sanitizing type
rule 5. do not use automatic dishwasher detergent that contains lemon,
citrus or phosphates when washing silver.
now that the silver is clean, use it and enjoy it!
by mary hunt on 11/03/16


Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.

From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the Rex hotel in St. Lucia

Since 2011 my mom and I have been spending our summer getaway at the Rex
Hotel in St. Lucia. We have made this an annual event and we both enjoy it
greatly and it is why we continue to travel to this wondrous spot in the

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant could be described as a bit of a mixed bag. It is
a bit of a walk to get to the restaurant but thank goodness there are not
very many steps to make it difficult for those with mobility challenges.

The tables are well spaced so getting in and out of one’s chair is easy.
Sea bathing is simply marvellous with the beach so close at hand and it is
one of the best beaches that St. Lucia has to offer.
You can swim to your heart’s content; either in the wide open sea or in the
hotel’s swimming pool.

About Hotel staff:
Staff are extremely well trained not just in the rudiments of customer
service but how to go out of their way to be accommodating to those of us
with special needs.

My meals:
The cuisine at this hotel is simply out of this world; a true combination of
French Caribbean cuisine.

Any suggestions?
I have none! Just keep it up.

Contact info:
St. Lucian by Rex Resorts
Tel : 7584528351 Fax : 7584528351
Website :

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