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Dear Readers,

This is the final installment of tips from Maureen’s e-mail.  I hope you find all of them informative and useful.

1.  Goodbye Fruit Flies:  To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass and fill it 1/2 inch with apple cider vinegar and 2 drops dish washing liquid.  Mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

2.  Get Rid of Ants:  Put small piles of cornmeal wherever you see ants.  They eat it, take it “home”, and can’t digest it so it kills them.  It may take a week or so to take effect, especially if it rains.  But it works and you don’t have to worry about small children or pets being harmed.

3.  Info About Clothes Dryers:  The heating unit went out on my dryer.  The repairman said he wanted to show me something.  He went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter.  It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.)  He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it.  (The line filter is made of a mesh material.)  The hot water just sat on top of the mesh.  It didn’t go through at all.  He told me that dryer sheets produce a film over that mesh and that’s what burns out the heating unit.  You can’t see the film, but it’s there.  It’s what is in the dryer sheets that make your clothes soft and static free.  You can actually feel this waxy film on the unused dryer sheets.  It builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.  This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire and potentially burn your house down!  He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time and to keep your electric bill lower is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water, using an old toothbrush.  Do this at least once every six months.  He said that will make the dryer last twice as long.

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,

In the interest of full disclosure, this tip did not originate with Mimi but came from a dear friend, Sue, who thought it may be a good topic for this blog.  I wholeheartedly agree and am going to quote verbatim from her informative e-mail.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this past week trying to figure out how to get the mothball smell out of my winter clothes – both cotton and wool.  I hadn’t used mothballs for a long time because I thought I was somehow immune to this plague.  Then I wore a favorite brown cardigan over a blue top last winter and someone pointed out that they could see blue through the moth holes in my sweater; boy, was I embarrassed.

This summer I was conscientious again and used mothballs; but when I opened the drawers in the dresser this fall, the smell was overwhelming.  I tried leaving the drawers open, hanging the clothes on the line (though not for a long period of time), all to no avail.

I finally googled for answers this weekend and found the answer.  Following information I found on various websites, I bought dryer sheets (which I otherwise avoid on the theory that fewer chemicals are better.)  I put the clean, dry clothes in the dryer on the “delicates/knits” setting with 3 dryer sheets and gave it a full cycle.  Everything came out smell-free.

I bought Seventh Generation dryer sheets because they seem to be reasonably “green” and because they have no perfume”.

Thanks, Sue, for this great tip.  I’m sure the readers will find it very helpful and remember to

Keep smilin’!

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First KISS Tip

Dear Readers,
Today Mimi is going to introduce her first KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) tip.
 
Purchase the same color towels for all bathrooms (preferably white) to keep laundry simple.  Everything goes into one load.  I like white because it doesn’t fade, the towels can be sanitized in hot water and using bleach occasionally will keep them sparkling!
 
You can always put the fancy colored towels out for visitors.  But for everyday simplicity and ease, nothing beats white towels; ditto for white sheets.
 
Keep smilin’!

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