I could sit for hours reading the lovely letters, notes and questions you send to me. I could, but I can’t. What I can do is reach into the bag and pull out a few messages to answer and for us to read and enjoy together.
DEAR MARY: Sometime ago you gave your readers a cleaning formula you’d received years ago from a professional housecleaner. The formula sounded way too simple to do anything. I work really hard to keep our clear glass and tile shower spotless, so I gave it a shot. Wow! The results are amazing. The tile has no soap film and the clear glass is really clear. You really gave us a winner in that DIY cleaning solution. (See “How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic” for the formula and simple instructions.)
Your column is so very practical and easy to follow. One tip that I have been using for a few years is to stash away any $5 bill that comes my way. By the end of the year I have a great Christmas fund. I have dipped into it during the year for emergencies, always replacing what I take out I has become my own personal Christmas Club! Thanks for being such a friend to all your readers. Barbara
DEAR BARBARA: I knew you’d love that tub and shower cleaner. I’ve never heard from anyone who didn’t! Good for you on that personal Christmas Club. Saving is its own reward for the personal joy and satisfaction it brings. I’m proud that you’ve made this a personal habit.
DEAR MARY: I read your column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about cleaning windows. As dirty windows are my pet peeve, I would like to tell you my experience with stubborn water spots. After spending $30,000 on windows for my home a few years ago, I kept developing these fine water spots on a few windows in particular, which turned out to be a residual effect from sprinklers in my flower gardens. I tried every single window cleaner on the market including CLR. I employed every “old wive’s tale” cleaner but without success.
The stubborn spots remained. In desperation, I called Pella (the window manufacturer) and explained it to them. They told me to use Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Soft Cleaner from the local hardware store or online. It worked like a charm. I applied a small amount and used a circular motion to scrub the spots; wiped it off with a damp paper towel. Since then maintain my clean windows with regular window cleaner. Couldn’t have been happier. I enjoy your column! Mary Pat Read more