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We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
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Helpful tips for June 2021
In this issue:
Articles of the day
* Cleaning Small Appliances
* Cleaning Cookware
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* What do I need to know before traveling abroad?
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
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
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
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, the credit card scam continues; an automated call trying to convince
you that eronious charges have been made to your credit card.
Just ignore and move on.
Those persistent faxes from foreign countries!
Also ignore these.
Here is a great tip when dealing with your fans!
Rotate it counter clockwise during the spring and summer so that more cool
air can be circulated.
Rotate it clockwise during fall and winter so that more warm air can be
Having trouble keeping your white under shirts white?
Just soak them in a bucket of water and drop a few denture tablets into the
Voila! Your under shirts are now whiter than white!
A good way to keep your stainless steel kitchen sink shining?
Shine it with a bit of honey!
Want to keep your hair always looking fresh?
On those off days when you do not wash your hair, try using dry shampoo.
Just spray a tiny bit of it over your hair and then massage into your scalp.
Finally, brush vigorously.
How about those beloved bees?
Well the experts are now telling us that these busy little insects are being
trained to identify Covid!
Every 17 years they emerge into our world by the millions and they make lots
of noise as they mate and lay eggs.
Then they die leaving their young ones to bless us with their noise.
A great strategy if you ever need to get away from a bear!
Back away very slowly and say nothing!
You can leave them shut if you wish to keep the summer’s heat out but then
again; this keeps out the natural sunlight.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Small Appliances
When cleaning your blender, add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to the
blender container. Fill halfway with hot tap water and blend. Instantly
Prevent messy splatters when using electric mixers by covering the bowl
securely with foil. Punch holes in the foil for the beater shafts and beat
Use vegetable oil to lubricate egg beaters for an easy cleanup. Or lubricate
with glycerin before using.
Run a piece of waxed paper through a can-opener to keep it operating
smoothly. Works with manual can openers too.
Clean your kettle periodically by boiling equal parts vinegar and water in
it. Let it sit overnight and rinse well in the morning. The lime deposits
will wash away. Or fill the kettle with water, sprinkle some cream of
tartar into it and let it boil.
Give your coffeemaker a treat every so often. Clean it by filling the
reservoir with water and adding 2 tablespoons of water softener. Run the
machine through its cycle.
To remove caked-on grease from an electric frying pan, cover the surface of
the pan with baking soda. Let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then rub with
a wet cloth. Rinse with warm water.
A quick and efficient way to clean your meat grinder is to take a raw potato
and run it through the grinder. Great for electric and hand grinders.
To clean your garbage disposer and sharpen the blades at the same time, fill
ice cube trays with equal parts water and vinegar. When frozen, drop the
cubes into the disposer and turn it on.
For garbage disposer odors, pour in a cup of vinegar and then immediately
run the cold water tap for 2 or 3 minutes.
Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cookware . . .
Remove tough-to-clean food and grease from enamel broiling pans by covering
the bottom with a layer of powdered detergent or water softener. Cover with
a wet towel and leave for several hours. This should loosen
baked-on grease enough to wash without effort.
To remove stains on nonstick finishes, mix 2 tablespoons baking powder, 1 /2
cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of water. Put the mixture in the stained pot
and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Wash with soap and water,
dry, then rub a little vegetable oil on the surface. Don’t allow the mixture
to boil over or it might leave spots on the exterior finish of the pot.
To save scorched pans, remove as much burned food as possible from the pan.
Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda to form a good layer over the burned
area. Add 1 1 /2 cups water and let it stand overnight. Use a
rubber spatula to scrape and lift remains.
To remove burned food from enamel pots, cover the bottom of the pot with
water and add 4 or 5 tablespoons of salt. Let the pot soak overnight and
then bring the mixture to a boil.
Tackling Cast-Iron Cookware . . . Commercial oven cleaners will clean the
OUTSIDE of cast-iron cookware. Use as directed but make sure not to use it
on the inside. Rinse well after cleaning.
To clean the INSIDE of your cast-iron cookware, instead of washing after
each use with soap and water, try shaking salt on the cookware and wiping
clean. Keeps food from sticking when frying and needs only to be
washed every other use. A light coating of cooking oil won’t hurt either.
Pancakes won’t stick if you rub your griddle with salt first.
A little salt and vinegar will clean copper bottoms on pots and pans. Just
sprinkle on, rub lightly and wash as usual. Or rub with a lemon dipped in
salt. Wipe off with a wet cloth, dry and apply lemon oil, car or floor
wax. In a pinch, you can sometimes clean copper with ketchup.
Rust can be removed from metal baking dishes by scouring with a raw potato
and your favorite detergent.
For a quick way to clean your stainless-steel teapot, simply pop a
denture-cleaning tablet into the pot and top it up with warm water. Leave
for an hour or two and then give the pot a good rinse.
To make a great scraper that is strong but won’t damage the surface of your
pots and pans, take a wooden spoon and a handsaw. Square off the rounded end
by cutting off half the spoon’s bowl and sand the edge
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
What do I need to know before traveling abroad?
It does not matter if you are traveling abroad for the first time or if you
are a seasoned traveler. It never hurts to have a check list in hand when
planning your next trip; cruise, train voyage, or air travel.
For the most part, the majority of travelers will almost always forget to
include something when making their traveling plans and alas! the forgotten
thing will frequently turn out to be the cause of anything ranging from mild
anxiety to a major headache.
For those who are traveling abroad for the first time it is even more
important for you to pay attention to what you should take into account
before you leave home and for the one who is either a somewhat regular or
seasoned traveler, it never hurts to have a refresher course before you set
out on your journey.
First and most important is that you need to do your research and don’t be
shy to seek the assistance of a reputable travel agent if you are afraid to
access the Internet. Remember now; Internet research is not for everyone
especially so if you are not comfortable with online technology.
When choosing a travel agent to help you, be sure to choose one who
specializes in the type of trip you are planning and one who is familiar
with that part of the world you are planning to travel to. Many travel
agents will tell you that yes! They know the area and they know all the
good sites to send you to but you need to confirm this by asking the right
So how do you really prepare? Here is a list of things to do and questions
to ask a travel agent and you can use this to get you started.
Before setting out however, follow these important tips.
1. Make sure that your passport is in order. That it has not expired, that
it will not expire while on your trip abroad, and that you have enough time
to renew it before you leave if needed.
2. Make sure that wherever you go that you can have easy access to your
country’s embassy in case of any emergency.
3. Make sure to notify your credit card company that you will be traveling
after you have completed your bookings.
4. Remember to get travel and cancellation insurance.
Now to the things that you will need to do.
1. Clearly identify your travel destination and include:
A. the best and most economic way to get there.
B. Best time of the year to visit your intended travel destination.
C. customs, culture, and habits of the country.
D. Most popular sites for you to visit.
E. Other sites based on your interests.
F. Safe areas to visit and unsafe areas not to visit.
G. Type of currency used by the country, an idea of exchange rates, and how
easy would it be for you to convert currency while on your trip.
H. The spoken language of the country and is your first language spoken
I. Are there any health alerts for your destination.
J. Do you require any vaccinations before traveling there.
K. The type of voltage being used in the country.
L. Safe places for you to stay at.
M. Entry visa requirements.
N. Type of Internet accessibility and availability.
O. Types of long distance packages available to you for cell phone coverage.
If you are dealing with a travel agent, then here are some questions for you
1. What is the best rate that you can obtain; during which season of the
2. What is the best way to get there; direct versus indirect routes?
3. How long would it take to get there?
4. Which airlines travel there and how often do they do so?
5. How many pieces of luggage are you allowed and the dimensions and
Here are some resources to get you started.
How to choose a travel agent –
Tips for traveling abroad –
How to plan a trip abroad –
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