Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Household Questions and Answers

Besides the noble art of getting things done,there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang

Today I have some great household questions and answers for you. I hope everyone is enjoying the weather. We are finally seeing plenty of sunshine and lovely breezes here! I planted pansies yesterday morning, and have been weeding everyday. Have you noticed the weeds always grow faster than the flowers?

I have been adding about two tablespoons of chlorine bleach in about 2 gallons of rinse water for my hand washed stainless steel spoons and forks. I recently noticed the tableware has a darkened appearance. What can I use to remove this discoloration? ~Jimmy

There are several things known for putting a shine back into stainless steel. Wiping with undiluted white vinegar, club soda or rubbing with lemon peels. You can also soak in the vinegar or club soda if need be. Always rinse and dry afterwards.

I put some commercial salsa in Martha Stewart plastic ware from K-Mart. Big mistake, since I can't get the aroma out. I've tried the newspapers sealed in bowl itself, rinsing and soaking in lemon juice to no avail. Either I resign myself to only using this bowl for this salsa, which I love by the way, or throwing it out entirely... ~Isabelle

Here are a few more things to try. Soak the bowl in borax and hot water or straight vinegar. Then wash, rinse and dry. Or put some unused coffee grounds in the bowl and cover it for a day or more. Yes, some salsas can be almost deadly:)

Our daughter got glue on her favorite jeans while helping her dad in the basement, of course she didn't tell me about it until the glue dried. How can I get the glue out of the jeans? ~Cheryl

Most stain tips are for glue that hasn't dried. WD-40 comes up again as being able to remove glue on clothing. One interesting method I found was to freeze the jeans for 24 hours, then pour boiling water over the glue stains and they should loosen.

We have a great bunch of tips on odor removal:


  1. AnonymousMay 21, 2009

    Great tips. I had a friend buzz me this morning wondering if she could get sun lotion stains out of her white tops. As she's tried everything else, I consulted my Home Comforts books which advises a solvent, like dry cleaners use. However she's not big on solvents or dry cleaning for environmental concerns.

    Any other suggestions?


  2. Has she tried hydrogen peroxide? It takes out blood so it might work for that too.

  3. AnonymousMay 23, 2009

    Thanks Brenda. I'll ask.



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