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Dear Readers,

I wish Mimi could take credit for these great tips but she can’t!  I found these tips to be very useful, even for a veteran homemaker.  Couldn’t wait to pass them on to you.  All the info in this post came from “The Dishwasher, Deconstructed” by Carolyn Forte in the July, 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping.

1.  Do not mix loads of silver and stainless dinnerware because if the metals touch, the silver pieces may become pitted.

2.  On the top rack:  nestle cups and glasses between, not over, the rack tines to secure them without allowing water to become trapped and leave spots.

3.  Unload the bottom rack first.  Tableware in the top rack may not be totally dry, and can drip water onto items below.

4.  On the bottom rack:  plates and bowls should face toward the center (where the spray arm is located), and pots and pans should be angled the same way or placed fully upside down.

5.  On the bottom rack:  slip platters and baking sheets along the sides, not across the front where they could keep the dispensers from opening or the detergent from mixing with the water.

6.  In the utensil caddy:  to keep flatware from nesting (so soap and water can reach all the surfaces), place forks with the tines up and knives with the blades down and alternate spoons – some up, some down.

7.  Store detergent in a cool, dry place (not under the sink!”).  Powders can clump when damp; gels can separate if keep in a too-warm spot, like near hot-water pipes.

8.  And this is the best tip of all:  before a cycle, run the kitchen sink until the water’s hot.  With heated water in the pipes, the dishwasher can clean from the get-go.

Hope you find these tips as helpful as Mimi has and remember to always

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

The “Ask Heloise” column in the November, 2009 Good Housekeeping magazine had a couple of interesting tips for homemakers.  The following is quoted directly from the article:

“Question: I’ve had it! How do I keep our bedsheets from balling up in the dryer?  They all come out in one bunch, and portions of the sheets aren’t dry.  What can I do? – Patti Berg, Spokane, WA.

Tangling occurs because most dryers only spin in one direction (newer models with a reverse-spin feature can be pricey).  Solution:  When you take the sheets out of the washer, particularly a top loader, shake each one out and untwist it before putting it into the dryer.  Then do a load of only the sheets, nothing else.  Stop the dryer about halfway through the cycle and shake the sheets to unbundle before putting them back in.  If the sheets are king-size, you may need to redistribute them twice during the cycle.

Question:  I burned tomatoes in a large pot – they now seem glued to the bottom.  How do I remove this awful mess?  – Seena Stern, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fill the pot with water, add a drop or two of dish soap, and mix.  Put the pot on the stove, bring to a boil, and turn off the heat.  Let it sit, with the lid on to contain steam, until it cools;  scrub away the burned-on gunk with a plastic or nylon scrub brush.  To boost cleaning, sprinkle the bottom of the pot (until it’s covered) with salt or baking soda, which will act like an abrasive but won’t scratch the pot’s finish.”

Hope you find these tips helpful.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about cleaning; and we all know a lot of “motherly tips” revolve around cleanliness.  So, here goes:

Tip#1 – Throw away your paper towels and Windex or Glass Plus!  The most effective way to clean mirrors and windows is with “Mysticmaid – the original microfiber cleaning cloth”.  Permit me to quote from the label.  “The original microfiber cleaning cloth cleans dirt, dust, grease and grime from any hard surface without cleaners or chemicals.  Use dampened with plain water for cleaning; simply wipe; dries streak-free and line-free in seconds.”

Make sure to thoroughly wring out all excess water when using.  Cloth can be machine or hand washed and line dried only.  Purchased it at a street fair in CA for $10.50 and the best part is that it really works!  For more information on this product, visit the website:  www.mysticmaid.com.

Tip #2 – This next product is very effective for all you pet owners – the Scotch “Fur Fighter” Hair Remover.  It comes in a kit with a plastic handle that the hair remover sheets attach to.  It will not harm upholstery and picks up pet hair better than a vacuum cleaner.  The starter kit, manufactured by 3M, comes with handle and 5 disposable sheets.  Saw it at Wal-Mart for $7.98.  A refill package of 8 sheets retails for $4.97.  It can be found in the claning supply aisle at Wal-Mart.  For more info, visit the website:  www.ScotchFurFighter.com.

Hope these tips are useful to you!

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Was recently reminded that the last week of March is National Cleaning Week.  Mimi would be falling down on the job if she neglected to mention this as a “motherly tip”.

Years ago every spring about 3 or 4 weeks were devoted to housecleaning our entire home and I do mean “entire”!  Life is too hectic now to invest that much time in cleaning!  But if you are in the mood to tackle one room at a time, I have some tips.

Today we’ll concentrate on spring cleaning a bedroom (the easiest room).  Future blogs will highlight other rooms.  Wouldn’t want to overwhelm you with too many hints!

Always clean from top to bottom.  Attach a clean rag, preferably an old tee shirt onto a dust mop or broom and dust the edges where the ceiling meets the walls and down each corner where the walls meet.  This removes any cobwebs.  This is a good time to get a ladder and thoroughly dust the ceiling fan.  You’ll be surprised how much dust is on the blades.

Make a mild solution of Mr. Clean and water to clean all the woodwork, including the doors and frames.  Next wash windows and window sills.

Wash blankets and mattress pads.  Sheets should be laundered weekly.  Rotate mattress.  If possible, lift up box springs and vacuum carpet under bed.  It will be extremely dusty, trust me.

Thoroughly endust all furniture and wipe off lamps and doodads sitting on the furniture.

Use edge attachment on vacuum to completely clean edge of carpet and then vacuum entire bedroom floor.

If you’re really ambitious, straighten out drawers and closets.  Give away old clothes.  Dust off shoes.  Refold underwear and sweaters in drawers and dust inside of drawers.  All of this should really be the first thing you do before you clean the room.

If possible, hang mattress pads and blankets outside to dry.  They will smell so fresh on the bed.

Happy Cleaning and as always,

Keep Smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Here are a few random tips to make household chores easier.

You can microwave frozen vegetables in their boxes.  Simply remove the outer paper wrapper and with a knife, cut a few slashes through the cardboard on 3 sides.  Place box on plate and microwave for 4 to 5 minutes according to package directions.  Handle carefully; box will be very hot.

To make grocery shopping quick and easy, write the list of items according to the aisles in the grocery store.  The first time it may be necessary to write down the contents of each aisle.  This may take a little time, but it will make your shopping trip very efficient.

Be sure to use Endust on your cloth when dusting furniture.  It makes the dust stick to the cloth.  Without Endust, you’re just pushing the dust around!

The other day I was shopping for Mr. Clean and now it comes in a choice of fragrances: “Meadows and Rain” and “Lavender-Vanilla with Comfort”.  I have no idea what “comfort” smells like but I guess it does make the task of washing the bathroom floor more palatable!!!

Keep smilin’!

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The Battle Against Dirt

Dear Readers,

It’s been a long time since Mimi has offered a cleaning tip.  (Don’t want you to think I’m surrendering in the battle against dirt and filth!!!)  This tip is for those of you who have a flat top electric range.  If you’ve ever had potatoes boil over on the stove, you know what a mess it makes.  Now there’s an easy way to clean it off.

3 M makes the Scotch Brite Cook Top Cleaner with 6 pre-moistened pads.  It has a unique handle that resembles a small iron.  The pads adhere to the handle and are disposable.  You might have to use a little elbow grease to remove baked-on debris, but these pads really clean and also polish the cook top.

Wal-Mart sells the whole kit with handle and 6 pads for around $6 to $7.  Once you purchase the kit, you need only buy the disposable pads.

No, I don’t own any 3M stock; but in the interest of complete disclosure, I do have an old friend who works there!

As always,

Keep smilin’!

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Hello readers!
Who is Mimi and why does she want to write a blog?
Well, as a way of introduction let me tell you I’ve been married (happily!) for more than 38 years; have a married daughter and son and a 15 month old granddaughter who is the love of my life!
My daughter and daughter-in-law have been urging me to start a blog because they feel others might enjoy the advice I have given them.  I’ll give you some of my ideas.  They may be some recipes I like or some cleaning tips or just maybe some motherly observations.  Do what you want with them and let’s all have some fun.  Lord knows we all could use a little fun in our lives.
Here’s my first cleaning tip:  Your cleaning job is only as good as the rags you use!  Sounds pretty earth shaking doesn’t it?  But I have found through the years that it does pay to have good cleaning rags.  Paper towels can’t do everything.  And the best rags are old cotton tee shirts and old wash cloths and hand towels.  I use the tee shirts for waxing a car and the wash cloths and towels for cleaning bathroom counters and floors.  Just a bucket of Mr. Clean and hot water and these rags and I can clean anything.  Also the rags can be washed and reused and we can cut down on paper towels.
It just occurred to me that my first tip hasn’t put any fun into your life.  But think of this:  Cleanliness is next to Godliness!!!!!

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