Sometimes it’s the most unusual thing that turns out to be the magical solution for a household problem. Things like a hairdryer, a bottle of essential oil, or a tube of toothpaste.
Dear Mary: We had a very bad dark pink 7-foot stain in our white fiberglass whirlpool bathtub from previous antifreeze winterizing. I’d tried many things to remove the awful stain, including baking soda, soft scrub, bleach, scrubbing bubbles, and mildew stain remover, among other things.
I was about to give up and live with the long ugly pink stain when I tried non-gel toothpaste. It came off 100%! The tub is beautiful and sparkles again. I don’t know if anyone else might have this issue or a similar one, but I wanted to share this one with you. Gail
Dear Gail: Wow, that’s amazing! Thanks for letting us know. For readers running for the toothpaste to treat their own similarly stubborn stains, let me caution to always test in an inconspicuous place to make sure you will not be making an already difficult situation even worse. That’s just a good idea. And, as always, I’d love to hear from anyone for whom this tip saves the day.
Dear Mary: Regarding Home Chef, my husband is on a strict low-salt diet. I would love to be able to subscribe to Home Chef since I am his caregiver. But HC meals are too high in salt. In addition, anyone with high blood pressure should not eat such high salt meals on a regular basis. There seems to be so much concern for meals for diabetics and gluten-free folks, but low salt meals are not given the same emphasis. Linda
Dear Linda: Have you tried Home Chef? In each HC meal kit are the basic raw fresh ingredients all perfectly portioned to serve two, four. or six, together with the step-by-step instructions including beautiful photos to illustrate every step.
Everything is included in the meal kit except for salt, pepper, and olive oil—the three items that you, the home chef, provide, something that is clearly disclosed. I’m happy about this because not only am I super picky about the kind of salt I cook with (Remond Real Salt), I want to decide how much or how little salt to use. Same with the pepper, and often the oil, too.
The instructions for every HC meal says exactly how much salt to use, but you have complete control over that. If you want low salt, don’t use as much salt. If you want no salt, no salt it is. You have 100% control. That’s just another thing to love about Home Chef.
I can still offer you a this $35 Coupon for your first Home Chef order, should you like to give it a try. I think you and your husband are going to love how this service works, the delicious meals, and that it can truly cut your food costs.
Dear Mary: I have spiders and their nests on the outside of my house. I was wondering if your Safe and Effective Ant Spray would work to kill spiders, too. Thanks! Karen
Dear Karen: Yes, I’m confident that spray will be effective on spiders (and other small creepy things, too) to stop them in their tracks and send them off to spider heaven. Spiders hate the smell of peppermint, so at the very least that is going to send them away. The addition of the tea tree oil and cayenne only helps to seal the deal.
Dear Mary: I am the lucky recipient of a beautiful wood pub table. It has wax stuck to it from people blowing out candles on it. How do I fix this without scraping it with a knife? Thank you, Kathy
Dear Kathy: Try hitting it with the heat from a hairdryer set to Low and hold it there until you can gently peel the candle wax away with your fingers. Once removed, use a soft cloth to buff the area. Wax is good for furniture finishes, so that should help it look even more beautiful!
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