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Helpful tips for April 2023
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In this issue:
Articles of the day
* 10 Healthy Substitutes For Mayonnaise
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Working to ensure a smooth trip
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1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Glass Table Tops
* Run a little lemon juice on the top. Then, dry with newspaper or paper towels.
* Toothpaste rubbed on the top with a soft cloth will remove small scratches.
2) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* To clean eyeglasses without streaks, use a drop of vinegar on each lens.
3) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* To prevent flies from swarming around garbage pails, hose them down and allow to dry in the sun. Then, sprinkle a little dry soap into them. This really repels pests.
4) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Quickly and easily remove rust by rubbing tools with a soap-filled steel wool pad dipped in kerosene or turpentine. Rub briskly with a piece of wadded aluminum foil.
5) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* To remove mineral deposits from the inside of a steam iron, fill it with equal parts of water and white vinegar. Let it steam for several minutes. Empty and rinse out with clear water.
* To remove melted plastic, set unplugged iron in a tray of white vinegar.
* Remove brown or burned-on spots by rubbing with a heated solution of vinegar and salt.
* Try using a small amount of toothpaste.
6) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* If a silver ring turns dull and dark, soak it in 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for 2 hours. Rub with a towel or brush.
* Place a piece of white chalk into your jewelry box to prevent costume jewelry from tarnishing.
7) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Remove by rubbing with a clean cloth sprinkled with white vinegar.
8) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* To remove spots, stains and discolorations from marble, place marble in hot sunlight. If this is not possible, heat marble one hour or more under a hot spotlight (never a sunlamp). Then, generously swab on household bleach. Continue this every hour or so until discoloration is gone. (Sometimes this may take a couple of days). Rinse with water and dry. Remove to shade. Use paste camuba wax to polish. Never use oil polish or soft waxes such as beeswax or paraffin wax on marble as they can cause discoloration.
9) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
*Mirrors will sparkle if you add bluing to the wash water.
10) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
Paper Stuck To A Wood Surface
* Old decals can be removed easily by painting them with several coats of white vinegar. Give the vinegar time to soak in. After several minutes, the decals can be washed right off.
* Allow a few drops of oil to soak into the stuck paper. Rub gently with a soft cloth.
11) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Wash with soap and water. Polish with a paste made of pumice powder and olive oil. Rinse well. Never use steel wool.
12) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* Warm water and a mild detergent applied with a soft sponge will remove the dust that becomes impacted in the grooves. Rinse under tap water. Dry with a lint free cloth.
13) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Cleaning The Miscellaneous
* You can quickly clean metal venetian blinds by saturating a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wrapping around a rubber spatula. It will easily reach into the tiny slats.
14) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Draperies
Before Sending The Drapes To The Cleaners:
* As you remove the hooks, mark the places where the hooks were inserted with pink nail polish. These dots will remain through the cleaning process.
* For draperies that hang on particular windows, number the panels, starting from left to right. Use colored thread and mark on the wrong side on the bottom hem. No. 1 panel, 1 long stitch; No.2 panel, 2 long stitches, etc. Be sure to knot the stitches well so that they will remain through the cleaning.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
10 Healthy Substitutes For Mayonnaise
Americans like mayo. A lot. The U.S. now consumes some $2 billion worth of mayonnaise each year, according to research firm Euromonitor, which means it’s surpassed ketchup as the number 1 most-used condiment. “The average person uses a lot, not a little,” says registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet and an Eat + Run blogger. Health-wise, that can be problematic for a number of reasons. If you’re ready to move on from the mayo, consider one of these healthier swaps.
But first: What’s wrong with mayo? The white stuff is loaded with fat, calories and salt. One tablespoon provides roughly 94 calories; 10 grams of fat; and no protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron or calcium. “It’s high in calories without much in the way of nutrition except for fat,” says registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of The Flexitarian Diet.
“You can do better”.
1. Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a nutrition superstar — and a versatile one at that. One tablespoon provides roughly 8 calories and 1.5 grams of protein and calcium. Try mixing some into your favorite salad, be it tuna, egg, chicken or potato, Gans suggests. Or slather it onto your sandwiches.
2. Olive Oil
This Mediterranean diet staple is touted for its heart-healthy benefits, it’s packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, which are the good fats. Gans suggests using it in cole slaw, pasta salad, potato salad or any other salad dish that typically calls for mayo. A word of warning, though: “Calories can add up here, so user beware,” Gans says.
The popular Mediterranean spread is made from pureed chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. It provides just a quarter of the calories mayonnaise does, Jackson Blatner says, along with more protein and fiber. One tablespoon packs 25 calories, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. Try spreading some on your turkey sandwich or mixing it into your egg salad.
At just 10 calories per tablespoon, it’s “very low calorie, with no fat and lots of flavor and varieties,” Jackson Blatner says. Keep in mind that honey mustard contains twice as many calories as yellow or brown mustard. And regardless of which type you choose, pay attention to sodium content, especially if you’re on a salt-restricted diet.
5. Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
It’s salty, light and creamy, which makes it similar to mayo, but healthier. One tablespoon provides 18 calories, no cholesterol and 2.5 grams of protein. Stir some into your tuna salad, or mix some with red peppers, lemon juice and fresh herbs for a healthy dip.
6. Mashed Avocado
As Gans says: “Who needs mayonnaise on a sandwich when you can spread a creamy avocado? It’s the perfect swap.” And it provides just a quarter of the calories mayo does, along with an impressive dose of healthy monounsaturated fat, more fiber and important vitamins such as C and folate. For an extra kick, drizzle some olive oil over the avocado. Or slather guacamole on your sandwiches instead.
It’s made from basil and olive oil, and it’s rich in important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One tablespoon typically provides 45 calories, along with decent doses of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. Pesto works on sandwiches and in salads.
8. Almond Butter
True, a tablespoon serving has roughly the same amount of calories as mayonnaise. But it’s packed with more protein (3 to 4 grams), fiber (1.5 grams) and vitamin E.
Meet the vegan alternative to mayonnaise. It’s made from soy and has about half the calories and fat as the standard stuff. Nayonaise is also packed full of vitamin B13 and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Swirl some into your chicken salad, potato salad or onto your sandwiches.
10. Mediterranean-Inspired Spreads
Jackson Blatner’s favorites include tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber), baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant) and olive tapenade (chopped olives). Baba ghanoush, for example, is packed with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
From the pages of Donna’s diary
Working to ensure a smooth trip
For me, it is so very important that I do all that I can to ensure that my trip goes smoothly. I am probably not the only one and it does not matter whether or not one is sighted.
No, and here are my tips for what it is worth.
Book well in advance.
Print off your ticket information and hotel vouchers well in advance.
Create a document that contains email addresses and phone numbers for your friends and this should contain information such as:
Flight info or train info, hotel info, number of days that you will be away, where you may be staying other than a hotel if applicable, and any medical info for insurances that you may be taking out. Such as travel insurance or medical insurance.
Also include emergency numbers that can be called if necessary; family and friends.
I deem all of this to be very important.
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