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    Becky's Basic Tips(Happy Saturday,Sept. 22nd)

    becky watkins
    Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:21 pm
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    Hi all!!
    I just took my dad out for Thai food and boy was it good!!! It is one of my favorite types of food. We use to live in Indonesia, so I have been to Thailand many times and it is very similar to Indonesian food. If you haven't tried it, please try it some time. It is spicy food, though. If you like curry, rice noodle salad, chicken or beef sate with peanut sauce, you will love their food.

    I will quit yaking for now and give you some more tips!! icon_lol.gif

    Please DO NOT tips:
    Please don't ever put out a grease fire with water!! It will cause the grease to splatter and the fire will spread very quickly. Instead, put a cover on the pot or pan which will cut off oxygen and put out the fire.


    Don't put a smoke alarm above the stove or the kitchen sink. It will go off every time their is steam or even hot water from the faucet.

    Don't put a toaster under a shelf or kitchen cabinet. A spark could pop up from the toaster and start the wood on fire.

    Please DO check batteries every month, and change them twice a year, incase of emergencies. A good time to remember to do this is when you change the clocks to and from Daylight Savings Time. I know some areas don't have Daylight Savings Time, like AZ.

    Vinegar No No's:
    Please don't combine white vinegar with ammonia or bleach. Either combination creates a toxic gas.

    Don't use white vinegar on your teeth as it dissolves calcium.

    Vinegar will also dissolve most glues, so don't use it around glued joints of furniture etc.

    Don't leave white vinegar on a metal surface as it could pit it.

    Please don't sniff white vinegar, especially if you are sensitive to acidic fumes.

    Do clean up white vinegar with plain water. Vinegar is soluble in water, so if you get it on something, just rinse it off with water. You can also neutralize it with baking soda and then clean everything with a damp cloth.

    Keep Your Hands Clean:
    To make sure your hands are bacteria free, the recommended amount of wash up time is 20 to 30 seconds using warm, soapy water. The experts say that plain soap is better to use than the anti-bacterial type. I will leave that up to you to deceide. A easy thing to do to make sure you get those hands germ free is to sing "Happy Birthday" or recite your "ABC's while washing your hands. It is just about the right amount of time to get your hands really clean. Then, wipe your hands with a paper towel.

    Make Your Own Scouring Powder:
    Mix 1 cup of borax powder ( available at grocery stores and drug stores) and 3/4 cup of table salt. Make it really easy to use by keeping some of the mixture in a large salt shaker. Sprinkle some on the surface you want to scour, like sinks and bathtubs. Please make sure you label the salt shaker clearly so that nobody mistakes the container for table salt!!!!
    Keep it out of reach of children and pets and store with your other household cleaners. Borax can be harmful if ingested!!

    Dish Detergent:
    Combine 1 part liquid dish detergent with 1 part distilled white vinegar and 3 parts water in a plastic squeeze bottle. Shake it before using. The detergent cuts the grease, the vinegar cleans and disinfects, and the water is a detergent extender.

    Dish Detergent Substitute:
    Have you ever run out of dish detergent??? I have!! icon_redface.gif
    Use shampoo to clean those dishes!!! Just don't use the shampoo that has conditioner in it! icon_lol.gif Shampoo for oily hair is the best and it will help cut through the grease.

    Steel Wool:
    After you have used steel wool pads, but there is a bit of scrub left in them, put them in a plastic bag and store them in your freezer. This way the pads will stay rust free. When you want to use them again, put the pad under warm water and it will thaw in seconds.

    It hurts when you get those metal splinters from steel wool pads in your fingers. Wear rubber gloves when you use steel wool to prevent this. You can also protect your fingers by cupping the steel wool pad in the rind of a lemon, or orange.

    Disinfects Sponges:
    Every time you run your dishwasher, put your sponges on the top rack to deoderize and disinfect them. Sponges carry alot of germs.

    If you don't have a dishwasher, like me, rinse the sponge and while its still wet, put it in the microwave for 1 minute.

    You can also soak sponges overnight in a solution of 1 cup of hot water, 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of table salt. When you wake up, rinse the sponges as usual.

    Baking Soda:
    If you want to test the freshness of your baking soda, please pour 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar in a little bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. If it fizzes, it's fresh enough to use. If it is not fresh enough to use, it still works great for the drain. So, pour the contents of the box down the drain to deoderize your drain.

    Microwave Facts:
    Did you know that microwaves were invented in 1946? A year later, the first commercial microwaves were sold. They were 5 1/2 feet tall and weighed over 750 lbs. Each unit cost $5,000. That was a humongus amount of money back then, in fact it would be quite a bit these days also. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Have a fun Saturday night everybody and I will see you again tomorrow!!
    Love,
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif
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    katie in the UP
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:51 am
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    I put my dishwashing brushes in the dishwasher...never thought about the sponge!! Thanks Becky!
    NcMysteryShopper
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:29 pm
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    I parked my truck under a tree for a few days and it was covered in thick sticky SAP !!!!

    I used vinegar & a paper towel to get the sap off and then washed my truck! I couldn't be happier with how easy it was to remove! The paint and finish was fine and the sap was gone!
    3KillerBs
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:55 pm
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    As long as we're talking about cleaning stuff, ...

    You know that sticky accumulation of grease that eventually builds up on the cabinets near the stove no matter how diligent you are about cleaning? The stuff that no amount of Murphy's soap will remove?

    Goo Gone -- to be found in the automotive section -- is amazing! I use it to get the goo off then follow it with the Murphy's soap. Just a little bit on a damp rag does the trick with no harm done to the wood.

    I wouldn't vouch for leaving it on a long time or for using it on old wood that doesn't have a modern, urethane finish on it though.

    Works great on the stove hood -- the other place that goo accumulates -- as well.
    becky watkins
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:56 pm
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    Good idea, Katie, about the brushes!!!
    Love,
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif
    becky watkins
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:57 pm
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    NcMysteryShopper,
    Yuk!!! All that sticky stuff!!! Vinegar is really a terrific cleaner. I am so glad you got your truck all cleaned up with no problems!!
    Love,
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif
    becky watkins
    Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:59 pm
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    I will definetly get some of that Goo Gone!!!! Thank you, 3KillerB's!!!!! I appreciate the info!!
    Love,
    becky icon_biggrin.gif
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