(I know, I’ve been absent. Lots going on right now. In the meantime, I leave you with this press release for Anchors Away!)
To rid yellowing from white appliances, try this: Mix together 1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Apply with a sponge and let set for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
For quick clean-ups, clean with equal parts of water and household ammonia.
You may also try club soda. It cleans and polishes at the same time.
You can wax large appliances with car wax to make them shine and to remove small scratches.
Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with rubbing alcohol.
To keep your drains unclogged from grease, pour a cup of salt water and a cup of soda into the drain followed by a pan of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain.
Lye is just as effective as any Household drainer and less expensive too!
Grind orange rinds or a half lemon in the disposal to remove unpleasant odors.
Never put celery or other stringy matter in the disposal.
If the disposal does not seem to want to turn on, shut-off the switch, and look at the bottom of the disposal for a reset button. Never put your hand into the disposal without disconnecting the electricity to it.
Clean windows with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bucket of warm water.
Shine windows with a newspaper. It’s cheap and easy. For a really fine shine, after the windows are dry, rub a clean blackboard eraser over them.
Clean windows on an average temperature day. Too hot of a day will cause windows to streak.
Dry windows outside in one direction and inside in the other direction. If you see a streak, you will know if it is inside or out.
To keep frost off windows, add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or anti-freeze to each quart of water used. Rub the inside of windows with a sponge that has been dipped in the rubbing alcohol of anti-freeze. Polish with newspapers or paper towels.
Make your own spray cleaner by filling a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar and cool water. Add a drop or two of food coloring to look like the blue or green kind.
Eliminate sticky windows by dipping a small brush in petroleum jelly and paint it on the inside molding once a year.
To clean window sills, pour a little diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. The spots will disappear and the sills will look freshly painted.
Closet Organizational Tips
Sort everything. Separate sweaters from sweatshirts, pants from skirts and other items in a logical manner. Sort by color as well to make last-minute outfit-planning a breeze.
Once you’ve narrowed down your wardrobe, it’s time to consider your space. Utilize floor space, the back of doors and all interior walls.
Always store items, like sweaters, T-shirts and other folded clothing, on shelves. Hanging sweaters will ruin their shape over time and take up valuable hanging space.
Keep items you frequently use at eye level or below and items you seldom use higher up on shelves. Labeled bins or boxes are a great way to store bathing suits and long johns on higher shelves.
Take the time to go through and distinguish the clothing and shoes you actually wear versus what you don’t. Consider donating the items you no longer wear and clothing that doesn’t fit you. This is the fastest way to a clutter-free closet.
Explore ready-made closet organizers. From high-end, designer styles to inexpensive plastic solutions, there are dozens of closet systems available that will give you lots of options for hanging, folding and storing shoes.
Consider using a seasonal system to cut down on the amount of stuff in your closet. Store out-of-season items in plastic storage bins, and keep them in an attic, basement or under the bed until the seasons change.
If you aren’t sure about whether or not to keep an item, flag the hanger with a piece of ribbon or marker. If you wear the item, remove the flag. If it’s still tagged the next time you declutter your closet, it’s time to donate.
Look for items that are stored in your closet that would make better sense in another storage area. If you’re storing Christmas decorations in a bedroom closet, look for a utility closet with some space to stash your holiday gear, and free up more room for your clothes.
Make sure everything has a specific space. Install slots for shoes, cubbies for clothes that should be folded or other built-in solutions.
Use small totes or clear plastic bins to store toiletries and other items that can get unwieldy.
Look at all items in your closets with a critical eye. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, consider throwing it out.
To save room in a small closet, move bulky coats, mud boots or rain boots to a coat closet. You won’t need these seasonal items every day, so save space for items you’ll want at hand more often.
Are you kidding me. It’s April 15 and it’s now pouring raining, and we’re actually going to get some snow tonight. I know we’re halfway into April but what ever happened to “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb”. This is some lamb! The only good thing about all this rain (I think we got 2 inches today) is that it will be a while before we are in danger of being in a drought.
I’m still not convinced by all this global warming talk. I know it’s more than just talk, and so many scientists say we’re in for it if we don’t change our ways. But my gut tells me that our climate has changed for eons and it’s always going to change for eons, regardless of what we do here on earth. Plus the models they put together don’t seem to have worked out too well. But I’ll still on the fence and when I have some mroe time I’ll take a closer look at all the data.
Well here’s hoping for some calmer weather around here.
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