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Helpful tips for March 2023

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* 10 Common Uses For Baking Soda
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Carry on versus suitcase

General tips
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With huge thanks to Melanie Mama Peach

1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For The Miscellaneous
Aluminum, Exterior, Painted Or Unpainted
* Mix 50% motor oil (10 weight) with 50% kerosene. Clean aluminum well with this mixture and clean cloth. Wipe dry and apply another thin coat of this mixture. This should be done about twice a year for proper care.

2) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Artificial Flowers
* Pour some salt into a large paper bag with the flowers. Shake vigorously. The salt won’t look soiled at first, but wait until you see its color when you run water on it.

3) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Ball Point Pins
* If your ball point pin becomes clogged with excessive ink and fuzz, insert it in the filter portion of a cigarette. Just a few quick turns and it is ready for use.

4) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous

* Rub with a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
* Rub with canned tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce or ketchup.
* Immerse brass ornaments in a pot containing a few teaspoons of baking soda in water. Boil a few minutes and then polish with steel wool, using the same soda water to wet the steel wool. If you dip the cleaned brass in time lacquer, it will retain its sheen for years without repeating the process. The built in lacquer will come off the next time brass is boiled in the soda water.

5) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Sponge with a piece of cotton dampened with rubbing alcohol.

6) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Canvas Covers And Awnings
* Eliminate bird droppings with a stiff brush that has been run over a cake of yellow soap and sprinkled with dry washing soda. Hose well to rinse.

7) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Cigarette Smoke
* Put bowls of vinegar in four corners of the room when smokers are congregating.
* Try activated charcoal in small dishes to remove post party odors.
* Burn scented candles to eliminate the smoke.

8) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Here is a method of cleaning crystal chandeliers that does not require disassembling the fixture. The area underneath the chandelier should be protected by a dropcloth. Fill a water tumbler with one part alcohol and three parts water. Raise the tumbler to each pendant until it is immersed. The crystal will drip dry without leaving water spots, lint or finger marks. The crystal parts not accessible to the tumbler can be wiped with the solution.
* Wear cotton work gloves and dip your gloved fingers in ammonia water and clean away.

9) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Barbecue Grill
* When coals have nearly reached their hottest point, tear off a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil large enough to completely cover your grill. Press foil shiny side down on grill and fold sides under, covering as tightly as possible. Place grill over coals for 10 minutes. Remove foil and any charred grease or food on your grill will drop off leaving your grill clean and shiny.

10) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* There is no need to scrub the fireplace if you throw salt on the logs occasionally. This will reduce the soot by two-thirds.
* Vinegar will clean brick tiling around the fireplace. Dip a vegetable brush in white vinegar and scrub quickly. Immediately sponge to absorb the moisture.
* Rub smoked areas with an artgum eraser. This works especially well on porous, rock front fireplaces.
* For smooth stone or brick fireplaces, wash with a strong solution of trisodium phosphate (1/2 cup to 1 gallon of water). Apply with sponge. Use the solution only after all smoke possible has been erased by an artgum eraser.
* Add 4 ounces of yellow laundry soap to 1 quart of hot water. Heat until soap dissolves. Cool, then stir in 1/2 pound of powdered pumice and 1/2 cup of household ammonia. Mix thoroughly. (Order powdered pumice from the hardware store.) Remove as much of the smoky deposit as you can before applying a coat of the soap mixture with a paint brush. Allow it to remain on for 30 minutes. Scrub with a scrub brush and warm water. Sponge with plenty of warm water to rinse.
* You can brighten the brick facing of your fireplace by applying a coat of floor sealer. Wipe the surface dry after 20 minutes. A second coat may be applied later.

11) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* A pencil eraser will remove some rust spots.
* Clean with club soda for a high polish.
* Pour rubbing alcohol on the formica and spread evenly with your hand. Allow this to sit for a minute and then pour bleach over this. Rinse with a mild solution of vinegar water.

12) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Garage Floors
* Spread several thicknesses of newspaper over the area where quite a bit of oil has sppilled. Saturate the newspaper with water and press firmly against the floor. Allow to dry thoroughly, remove and the oil spots will be gone.
* To rid oil spots, sprinkle the area with sand. The sand will absorb the oil, and you can sweep it up.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

10 Common Uses For Baking Soda
1. Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on insect bites to relieve itching.
2. Remove coffee and tea stains by scrubbing pots or cups with baking soda and a plastic scouring pad.
3. Add 1/3 cup baking soda to a wash cycle as a bleach booster or to the rinse cycle for cleaner smelling laundry.
4. To remove black scuff marks from floor, rub them with a paste of baking soda and water.
5. Clean fiberglass showers and tubs with baking soda sprinkled on a sponge. Sponge clean and wipe dry.
6. Soak sour smelling dishcloths and sponges in water and baking soda solution.
7. Use a solution of water and baking soda to clean and deodorize the inside of your microwave.
8. Put a few spoonfuls of baking soda in a cup of water in the microwave, boil for two minutes, then wipe down the inside with a sponge.
9. Sprinkle a little baking soda into the laundry hamper to minimize odors.
10. Remove crayon marks from walls by scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush and a paste of baking soda and water.


From the pages of Donna’s diary
Carry on versus suitcase

There are definite advantages to both but I will state that the suitcase is the preferred alternative for me because I have had lots of challenges fitting everything into a carry on and in addition I need to organize everything in an orderly manner so that I know hwat matches with what and I believe that the suitcase is better for me.

In the case of a carry on, you don’t need to worry about having to collect it at the baggage carrisol and thus your wait time is greatly diminished and no having to be concerned about clearing customs.
A carry on gives you easy access to your stuff while aboard the plane and everything is packed in a very compact manner.
The disadvantage as I see it is that if you are traveling for any length of time then a carry on may pose limitations on what you can bring along.

The advantage to a suitcase is that you can take more, spread out your clothes in the suitcase but you do need to consider having to put up with having to collect it at the baggage carrisol and to have to clear customs.

It is all a matter of choice and preference. It appears that more travelers are opting for a carry on but then again there are greater limitations when it comes to the size of the carry on. Some folks prefer a carry on when going on a cruise because they can keep their carry on with them rather than having to surrender it to staff before boarding the ship and before disembarking. I however will stick to my suitcase.

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