I’M JUST CURIOUS: Other uses for booze

by Debbie Walker

I do enjoy discovering the different uses for ordinary things, some I cannot imagine how people discover these uses. Seems a lot of the uses come up just by accident such as using Preparation H for the bags under our eyes. That one I just do not think I want to know.

The information I am passing on today may come as a disappointment to some of you. However, some will be relieved to discover a use for left over vodka, whiskey, etc. if it is not your drink of choice but a bottle is left at your house. The following will be those suggestions:

VODKA:

Washing clothes: kills bacteria, odorless and colorless. Put some in a spray bottle and spray on clothes before hanging them to dry. Great freshener for the. Think I’ll try that one.

Shinier hair: Single shot of vodka mixed in your shampoo bottle. Stimulates hair growth, remove toxins, and gets frizzy hair under control.

Dandruff Shampoo: Combine a tablespoon of dried rosemary and a cup of vodka, strain the liquid and then rub into your scalp to remove dandruff.

Lighter Pie Crust: Replace one-third of the water with vodka to create a pie crust that is softer and more enjoyable.

Cure Poison Ivy: Just pour a little bit of vodka on the afflicted area.

Beautify face: Mix a cup of green tea with one-fourth teaspoon of vodka, then dabbing the liquid over your face with a cotton ball, it can help close pores and tighten your skin.

Toothache: Swirl a shot of vodka around your mouth, especially around the painful area to disinfect it and numb the pain a bit.

Removes Stains: To remove ink, red wine, and other food stains. Apply with vodka-soaked rag and dab area gently.

Relaxes Muscles: (I bet!) Combine water and vodka in a zip-lock bag and then freeze the entire thing. Vodka prevents it from freezing completely, slush is great for aching muscle.

Stinky Feet: (Don’t hurt the messenger!) Pour some on your toes.

Laundry: On vacation keep clothes smelling fresh by filling a spray bottle with vodka and spraying your clothes. Leave the now clean clothes out to dry in a well-ventilated area.

Repels Insects: Spray bottle and vodka. Spraying it on will defeat mosquitoes and other insects who like the taste of your skin. (If a policeman stops you and figures out what it is, just tell him it’s for medical purposes!)

Cleans cutlery: Soak the pieces for about five minutes in vodka before rinsing and drying off.

Cuts rust: Soak rusted items like screws, scissors, etc., in vodka for a few hours before rubbing rust off.

Dries out clogged ears: vodka can dry out your ears after swimming. Put a few drops of vodka in to dry them out.

Cut flowers live longer: A teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vodka to the water in your flower vase will keep the flowers looking good longer.

I am running out of room so I will just add vodka at below 60 percent alcohol as a disinfectant.

Spare your liver and put the vodka to better use! (Just being funny, I hope!)

I’m just curious if you have ever used any of these. Let me know, please. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: What has happened to us?

by Debbie Walker

This is another one of those columns I must ask you to not blame The Town Line editor. This is just my thoughts on a subject and my curiosity how you would want to react. And I said ‘would want to react’ because there are situations we might want to say or do __whatever________ but we maybe we are shy or, whatever.

You are on a flight home and you notice a uniformed soldier on board. You become aware he is escorting a fellow soldier who is in a casket in the cargo hold of the plane. You have just been informed the soldier will be the first to debark the plane, he will go below and march with the Honor Guard as they bring a fellow soldier off to present to his family. You are asked to “remain in your seat and quiet, please.”

Our traveling widow of a 20-year Navy doctor is on this flight. She had a thought and went to each person (before the plane began descending). She wondered ‘wouldn’t it be nice if we sang the national anthem as the procession begins?’ Most of the traveler’s thought this was a wonderful idea and there were a few who said they did not care to. Okay, so they just do not participate.

Just before landing the flight attendant comes to you and says it is against company policy to do the singing and wants you to tell the others. She said there were a few people who were not comfortable with the idea. The Navy widow decided to not co-operate. But the attendant got on the PA system again with the instructions to please stay seated and observe the request for quiet.

The Navy widow saw the singing as respectful. She felt so bad that she was not brave enough to go through with it because she was afraid of repercussions with the airlines. She was hurt thinking what her husband would say about that. She felt she let him down.

Imagine, the plane lands on American soil (last I knew Atlanta was part of the United States), they wanted to honor the American soldiers on American soil, with an American-based airline. They were instructed to not sing the National Anthem.

I want to write this for another reason besides the injustice heaped on this woman and the others. Please understand I am, of course, curious; how did we ever get to this point? An American soldier, escorting a deceased American soldier, lands on American soil and because of a couple of people were unhappy about it Americans could not sing our national anthem. What has happened to us? When? There have always been people who did not want to be ‘part of …….’ However, these days that is all it takes. What about our rights? I do not buy the line that “we don’t want to offend”. A friend of mine has a saying, heifer dust!

I understand our lady received a letter of an apology from the airline and they assured her that the attendant was wrong, they had no such policy. Oh well folks, the damage was already done.

Okay enough of that. You know what I am curious about this time. But I also want to share a wonderful event! I became a great-grandmother today to a beautiful little girl. Addison Grace came on May 6, 2020, and, of course, I am in love! We all are here! I cannot wait to see her and rock her; it’s one of my favorite things about having a baby to spoil! Rocking and reading to them.

Have a great week! Thanks again, for reading.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: The many uses for mineral oil

by Debbie Walker

When I have questions there seems to always be someone there with the answers. We have a wonderful reader who knows I am interested in older ways. To me, mineral oil is one of those things. I don’t remember seeing it in our house when I was growing up but my great-grandmother had a bottle on her kitchen counter, along with her witch hazel. Our reader emailed about the different uses and here we are, using them to inform you, too. Thank you, Doc.

Doc tells me when he was a pharmacist in the ‘60s mineral oil was widely used, primarily as a laxative, orally as well as an enema. In fact, it is still used today. (Now, I just know you are thrilled with that little piece of info.) It is used mainly as a lubricant – for the skin – cosmetics (it doesn’t clog pores) – preserving wood products – etc. You will be surprised as you read on:

Common in many cosmetics and lotions:

Use as a fragrance-free baby oil. Baby oil is mineral oil with fragrance. You can use mineral oil in place of baby oil but not use baby oil as mineral oil. The fragrance is the difference.

Remove oil-based makeup, even theatrical makeup. Can be used as moisturizer for Moisturizer: Contrary to popular belief, mineral oil does not cause acne or blackheads. “It’s molecular structure is too large to penetrate pores, so it moisturizes by creating a barrier on top of the skin that keeps moisture in. Soften cracked heels.

Can be used in preserving wood products especially in the kitchen, cutting boards and utensils. It’s more hygienic. And unlike olive or veggie oil, it won’t go rancid.

Plain old mineral oil will give your wood the exact same look as commercial products, without the smell and the cost.

Condition wood furniture.

Poor a bit on a wood floor or stairs to prevent wood creaking. (my house in Maine had that problem). And silence a creaky door.

Shine appliances, remove stickers, cleans rusted garden tools, remove oil-based and latex paints from skin, honing and polishing oil, has also been used for brake fluid, just like the man said, the list of uses just goes on. In fact, it bounces right over to treating mites in dog’s ears, kill aphids and other plant pests.

One thing that I was interested in was the use to protect skin in freezing weather. “Old time arctic explorers went out of their way to avoid washing their faces to preserve the protective layer of natural skin oil to prevent chapping. Because it provides such a good barrier against the elements, mineral oil is a great product to protect exposed skin in cold climates.” It makes me remember back to when Deana used to run inside from the snow, cold and her little face so cold and red, maybe…

I can only guess that many of us never knew the many uses for mineral oil and its effectiveness and cost-effective uses without all the other added ingredients of today’s products. It’s funny how in looking back to products of the past many of us are really wondering, where is the real improvement. It’s certainly not in the costs, and I am wondering, do we really need all those added chemicals. Talk to some of your elders and see what you find out and please let me know.

Mineral oil can be found in the pharmacy department at your local grocery store, at a pharmacy or at Wal-Mart.

I’m just curious what we will find. I am at debbiewalker@townline.org. thanks for reading and have a great week! Thanks again, Doc!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: If you want to change the world, make your bed

by Debbie Walker

My son-in-law comes up with some remarkably interesting topics on the internet and fortunately for me, he shares with me. Recently he was listening to a commencement address given by Admiral William McRaven to the 2014 University of Texas-Austin’s graduates. You can find this speech on YouTube on your computer. Look for “Make Your Bed.” It is worth your time to find and listen to it. He is an impressive speaker and has a real command over paraphrases to pass on his easy to understand instructions for a positive, promising future.

After 36 years as a Navy SEAL, he stresses he learned the following principles while in training for six months. He said it was “six months of torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in cold water, obstacle courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.” The trainers were seeking and eliminating the weak of mind and body from becoming a Navy SEAL.

Admiral McRaven started with his important points to use for the rest of their lives:

  1. If you want to change the world, start off each day by making your bed. It is a simple task, but important in your daily life to realize if you can’t do the little things right; you will never do the big things right.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. You cannot change the world alone; you will need some help. It is going to take friends, colleagues and the good will of strangers.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart. SEAL training was a great equalizer. It is your will to survive, not your color, ethnic background, education or social status.
  4. If you want to change the world get over being a “sugar cookie” and keep moving forward. For failing the uniform inspection, students had to run fully clothed into the surf zone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of their body is covered with sand. Being “sugar cookied” would last the rest of day.
  5. If you want to change the world, do not be afraid of the circuses. If you failed any of the challenging physical training at the end of the day you were invited to a “circus.” It was two additional hours of calisthenics.
  6. If you want to change the world sometimes you must slide down the obstacle headfirst. In my words this would break down to succeed, sometimes you must change the way of doing something.
  7. If you want to change the world, do not back down from the sharks. The students are given instructions about their long swim in shark infested waters. The premise being to survive the swim you must not show fear of an approaching shark, meet it fearlessly and punch it in it’s snout.

There are three more points to be made but I am running out of space. Please know I cannot leave the same impression the Admiral makes with his speech. It is worth the ‘listen’ if you can.

I am just curious if I have sparked enough interest for you to look and listen. Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org. And thank you Edgar for your assistance. Have a great week!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Can you remember?

by Debbie Walker

Can you remember hearing your parents or grandparents say these things? I can, some were spoken with strong indignation. “Well, I never …….!” It makes me realize that every generation has had their crosses to bear. I don’t know who would be worse off. Would someone from a past generation settle into this life and time, easier, or would we fit into one of their same generations?

Here we go:

“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20!”

“I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying ‘damn’ in Gone with the Wind! It seems every new movie has either ‘hell’ or ‘damn’ in it!”

“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $50,000 will only buy a used one.”

“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous!”

“Did you hear the Post Office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”

“If they raise the minimum wage to $1, no body will be able to hire outside help at the store.” (heard something like this recently?)

“When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost $.29 a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”

“Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail haircuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”

“If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it!”

“I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of this century. They even have some fellows they called astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.”

“Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year. It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president!”

“I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making typewriters now.”

“It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”

“It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”

“Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.”

“I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”

“Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people in Congress.”

“No one can afford to be sick anymore. $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”

I’m just curious if those words ring any bells for anyone? Sure, did with me from my family. I found this list on Facebook on the computer. I have no idea who the collector was, but I enjoyed the memories. Contact me at Debbiewalker@townline.org with any comments or questions. Happy Birthday to a friend and my Mom.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Fear can interrupt brain processes

by Debbie Walker

Whether threats to our security are real or perceived they impact our mental and physical well-being.

Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions. It impacts thinking and decision making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to strong emotions and impulsive reactions. All these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.

Fear can affect memory by making it difficult with the forming of long-term memories and cause damage to parts of the brain. This makes it difficult for one to regulate fear and leave them anxious most of the time.

Fear can cause physical health problems. It can weaken our immune system and can lead to accelerated aging.

All the previous information I gathered from University of Minnesota, titled “Taking Charge of Your Well Being“. Please continue your reading of the next information from Dr. Eugene K Choi found on Mission.com, it’s the one titled “One important Recommendation You May Not Be Hearing“. He started out by making sure that people knew; “First let me say yes it’s important to take the necessary precautions I am not writing this to argue about that.”

Fear can be very disabling. If it is strong enough it can throw you into the fight-flight-freeze response. When you are in this state your body produces a steroid, cortisol weakens your immune system.

If we are stuck somewhere in the 3-F’s process because of worries or anxiety, our bodies are wasting a ton of energy because it actually thinks it might die at that moment. All that energy wasted makes us even more susceptible to get sick.

In the 3-F mode you are in a selfish, self-protection state. You literally lose the capability of thinking of or having empathy. It’s what prevents us from thinking or having empathy and can wind up making things worse. Same goes for the “in denial’ people, they go out unnecessarily and put family, friends and other people at risk.

Fear is what sends people to the doctors office when their symptoms aren’t even related. This takes valuable time away from people who are actually infected.

A good idea would be to do things to build up your immune system. Do the things you can do on your own and put your body into a healing and resting mode.

You can practice the act of focusing on things you are grateful for. Think about the things you have. Some of these, others don’t have. Take notice of things until you feel grateful.

Spend your time connecting with your special people. Laugh a lot, it’s healing. Spread appreciation for our loved ones and the people working in jobs that are at risk but know their services are needed.

Try not to listen to information from the media. Look for information that is science based and limit that as well.

Please understand I am only doing a book report of what I read to pass the “interest” on to you. This is in no way is attached to the paper or people in my office.

I’m just curious if maybe this helps a couple of you in this time of “lock-downs'” and quarantines. Any questions or comments please email debbiewalker@townline.org.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Fun with words

by Debbie Walker

I saw a small article about words that are fun to say, according to the writers in the January issue of “First.” On the list are words like indubitably, kumquat, brouhaha, flabbergasted, discombobulated, and flummoxed. I did not think some of them would be in the dictionary. Guess again! I looked them up and found out there was nothing new about these words.

Foofaraw: a disturbance or to-do over a trifle. First use known 1934.

Ballyhoo: noisy, flamboyant, exaggerated. First use known 1901.

Hurly burly: very active or confused state. First used 1539.

Williwaw: Sudden, violent gust of cold land air. First use 1842.

Indubitably: Certainly true, not to be doubted. First use 15th century.

Brouhaha: great excitement or concern. First use: original, French, 1890.

Flabbergasted: shock or surprise some one very much. 1772.

Discombobulated: upset, confuse. First use 1916.

Kerfuffle: disturbance, fuss. Scottish Gaelic 1946.

Hubbub: noise, uproar, confusion, turmoil. Irish 1555.

Flummoxed: confused. 1837.

Skedaddle: to leave a place very quickly, flee in a panic. British 1860.

Whatchamacallit: something whose name you have forgotten. 1928.

(My Aunt used to call things she had forgotten the names of ‘jigger’.)

Thingamabobs: thingamajig, whatchamacallit, whatsit, doohickey. 1750.

Mooncalf: Foolish or absentminded, 1614.

Lollapalooza: Extraordinary, impressive, outstanding. 1896.

Ripsnorter: something extra ordinary. 1840.

Sockdolager: something that settles a matter, a decisive blow. 1830.

Okay, as I said, I was so surprised that all these words were really in the dictionary. That got me curious as to how they choose the new words to add every year. I looked that up. You are encouraged to get a lot of people to use your new word.

The more often it is used the more likely it will be noticed by the dictionary editors and the rest is up to them.

Wandering Nana Dee uses the word ‘smartassery’, has for years. She says it is the adult version of smarty pants, and wise guy. Probably started using it about 1940s. Feel free to use it to help us get it added to the dictionary!

I have a few words left and I would like to use them to talk about our teachers in this time of medical emergency everywhere.

Teaching on a good day is difficult, but these days is a whole new experience. None of this group has any kind of experience with this process.

A regular day is difficult enough to teach a roomful of children but at least they can be taught by skill level in small groups. Now with trying to get everyone on computer or having to deliver actual paperwork, you can imagine the overload on all involved.

Tonight I was part of a conversation about attitude being a big part of preventing illness and aiding in healing. There are tests to prove that attitude goes a long way in health. Positive attitude helps with building your immune system.

These are uncharted days and weeks ahead of all, our patience will be tried more than once I am sure. Try to put yourself in the other person’s place. Pass on positive thoughts, pass on helpfulness.

I’m just curious what word your family may have made up! Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org. Have a wonderful week. Thanks again for reading!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Experimenting

White vinegar is essential for many cleaning jobs.

by Debbie Walker

It finally happened. I got a little too curious! No, I am not trying out a new recipe that just won’t happen. However, I did decide to try something I have written about, without personal experience!

My son-in-law was looking at some old woodworking tools that were just loaded with rust. Before he could put them away again, I asked if I could have them for a couple of days. These were old wood planers he and my grandson were interested in.

I had read about boiling vinegar and soaking the rust covered tools in for overnight. It was interesting to watch for a few minutes. I actually saw rust bubbling off the tools.

The next day there was still a considerable amount of rust so this time I poured room temperature vinegar over them. I didn’t see any rust flaking off the tools this time. The combination did make a big difference and I was able to brush away some of it.

Well, I looked up “Cleaning rusted tools” on YouTube. I found a couple different men talking about using baking soda and lemon juice. Make a paste and spread it over the rusted tool. I was a little disappointed with this application.

But I’m not done yet. I did have a problem when there were no more rusted tools to experiment with. But Deana, my daughter, saved the day. She found an old rusted lawn mower blade. That will do. I still wanted to try a bottle of Coke on the rust. I will let you know how my last test turns out.

A little info:

Most cleaning and laundry chores call for white vinegar. Apple Cider vinegar is a good choice that calls for giving the air a pleasant, apple fresh scent.

Vinegar will tarnish silver. Never soak pearls in vinegar, it will dissolve them. Be careful also with opal, coral or ivory.

If you ever got white-out on your clothes you know its not easy to get it out. A quick dab of white vinegar will melt it away. For the stubborn one reapply or soak for a few minutes. Wish I knew that when I was working in an office!

Remember always be careful. Not all fabrics like things like vinegar!

More than once I have glued my fingers together with super-glue. It’s kind of a scary thing when you are alone and have no idea how to get your fingers free. I wish I had known then to just soak the affected digits in full strength vinegar.

Stripping wallpaper is quite a job, but your helpful item is once again vinegar. 1 cup of vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid detergent. Spray or wipe solution on wall and let set a few minutes. Scrape off.

As usual I am just curious, this time what ya’ll use to clean rust off tools Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org with your comments or questions. Have a great week and thanks for reading!

P.S. Joan emailed me with her go-to all time cleaner: one cup clear ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, one gallon hot water. Mix together and pour into a spray bottle. Thank you, Joan for sharing!

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Mothers Day special to me this year

by Debbie Walker

By Mothers Day this year (May 10) I will be a great-grandmother. It’s funny but it seems like yesterday I was waiting to become a grandmother in this same time period. Deana was pregnant and upset because her baby wasn’t due until after Mothers Day, but her husband would be celebrating his first Fathers Day that year.

Guess what! Babies don’t care about “due dates,” they come when they are ready. You guessed it. Mothers Day Deana had been a mother for about 24 hours. Tristin was born on May 9 that year.

And now it’s another Mothers Day and my daughter will be a grandmother this time. Tristin and Chris will be celebrating their child, Addison Grace, who is due May 1.

In the meantime, I found another book. This one is Humor for a Woman’s Heart, compiled by Sheri MacDonald. It has the chapter titled You Know It’s a Mothers Day When….

  • A delivery man appears at your door with a dozen red roses and he’s not lost.
  • Your children tell you how wonderful you are, and they are not setting you up for an allowance increase.
  • You get served breakfast in bed (up ‘til now the only way for you to get breakfast in bed was to sleep with a Twinkie under your pillow).
  • You get thanked for all the little things Mom’s do throughout the year like cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, saving the universe ….
  • But most of all, you know it’s Mothers Day when your family tells you what a loving, kind, warm-hearted person you are, and no one brought home a new pet!

Another chapter I would like to share with you is 11 Tips to Surviving Swimsuit Shopping. It is fast approaching the time to bite the bullet and go buy a new bathing suit. Here are your tips:

  1. Begin fasting as soon as you set your shopping date.
  2. Select store based on dimness of their lighting.
  3. Get a pregnant friend to accompany you.
  4. Check for suits tagged with bust-enhancing, waist- nipping, thigh slimming features. Ask salesperson to point out section with “all of the above.”
  5. Tell yourself it’s your underwear that’s making the suit look so bulky.
  6. Tell yourself these are “trick mirrors.” You are really much slimmer in real life.
  7. Convince yourself that suits with built in shorts are not dorky. They are chic.
  8. Try on all 17 styles the store carries. head for a dimmer store.
  9. Remind yourself that round is the most aesthetically pleasing shape in nature.
  10. Practice sucking in your thighs.
  11. On your way home with the all-black, waist-nipping, thigh-trimming suit, celebrate by stopping at ye olde ice cream shoppe. Order the banana split. But skip the whipped cream. It is, after all bathing suit season.

Let me know what your thoughts or concerns are at DebbieWalker@townline.org.

You know me, I am just curious. Thanks for reading.

On a more serious note: We are all involved in this health concern, some more than others. Think of others and the help they might need. With people being asked to stay at home there will be more cases of depression. Again, think of others and how you can help.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A little more cleaning

by Debbie Walker

Hi! For a few minutes let’s make believe you can’t get any of your cleaning products. Oh, my whatever will we do? If this really happened and all you had was kitchen supplies, your home would not be without hope. Think about all those years before we had Mr. Clean and the following generations of cleaners, “the best cleaner ever” can be replaced by vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, alcohol, etc.

I have not tried all these hints and would love it if you would let me know what your “go to’s” are. I remember Mom using some of the household products when I was a child. In fact, I remember her using ammonia and bleach together to strip wax off the old vinyl flooring. That didn’t work out very well, she was quite sick. You can check any one of these hints on the computer.

Streak free window cleaner: 1-1/2 cups water, 1-1/2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1-1/2 rubbing alcohol, three drops essential oil. Pour everything into a spray bottle.

Natural air freshener: You can put a drop of your favorite scent on a cold light bulb. When it is on and heats up, ta-da, air freshener! You could soak a cotton ball in vanilla and put in potted plants throughout your home. If you are into essential oils you can use them as well.

Lightening and whitening, naturally: Soak your whites in a bucket of hot water with lemon juice for a couple of hours then hang out to dry in sunlight.

Use pillowcase to clean ceiling fan: I will be trying this one this week. Use a pillowcase. Slip the pillowcase over the blade, then wipe the dust into the pillowcase. Hopefully this will make it relatively mess-free.

Toothpaste to clean silver: toothpaste, not gel. Rub it on, rinse and let it dry. I plan to try it out on some of my jewelry. I’ll let you know my results.

Remove sticky adhesives with a little oil: Put some olive oil on a cloth and rub the adhesive off.

Clean up for hardwater stains: For shower head, faucet, etc.: Use vinegar to lift stains right off. For extra tricky like shower head, if you can’t get it off just put vinegar in a baggy and seal around shower head. Next morning rinse it off.

Just for a little change:

Did you know you can use your crock pot for a humidifier? Wish I knew this before I bought my humidifier!

I read that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain. I haven’t tried this, but I hope it works.

Did you remember to get a bottle of 91 percent alcohol and a spray bottle this winter? I used it the last winter I was up there, and it worked like a charm on ice and snow, on windows and windshield. Spay on windshield, move around the car spraying windows, side and back windows. Get to your door again, your vision should be cleared.

I’m just curious about how many of these you remembered as your read through them. Happy cleaning! Contact me at DebbieWalker@townline.org.