Use bak­ing soda to clean con­crete drive­way stains Fab­u­lous Tip of the Week

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QUES­TION: My friend had a new drive­way poured, he also had an ap­ple tree nearby that dropped those lit­tle ap­ples on the drive­way with a splat and left dark brown marks. What would you sug­gest he use to re­move those marks? Elvira, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: Sprin­kle the drive­way with a box of bak­ing soda. Use a stiff brush damp­ened with wa­ter and scrub the area un­til the stains are gone. If the stains re­main, scrub the drive­way with one of the fol­low­ing: laun­dry de­ter­gent and wa­ter or TSP (trisodium phos­phate) and wa­ter or wash­ing soda and wa­ter. Rinse. As a last re­sort, com­bat tough spills with muri­atic acid and a pres­sure washer. Ap­ply the acid fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tions, and let it soak for sev­eral sec­onds. Keep in mind that muri­atic acid is a dan­ger­ous prod­uct; if you use it, wear rub­ber or la­tex gloves, safety gog­gles and pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, and never wash it down storm drains. Test all so­lu­tions on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. QUES­TION: Can you please tell me how to clean wood-fin­ish cup­boards? Also, what is a great recipe for Mon­ster Cook­ies? Sin­cerely, Lorraine, Ar­borg AN­SWER: Mild dish soap and wa­ter is all that is rec­om­mended for clean­ing the grease off of kitchen cup­boards (just a damp clean cloth or mildly abra­sive cloth and no ex­cess wa­ter, dry im­me­di­ately). This is very ef­fec­tive, since dish soap is cre­ated as a grease cut­ter. Here is a won­der­ful recipe that makes six dozen Best Mon­ster Cook­ies. In a bowl com­bine one cup but­ter, 1 ½ cups peanut but­ter (if you don’t like peanut but­ter, sub­sti­tute one cup mar­garine for peanut but­ter), two cups brown sugar and two cups white gran­u­lated sugar. Add four eggs and one ta­ble­spoon vanilla and beat un­til smooth. To the bat­ter add three cups flour, five cups rolled oats, two tea­spoons bak­ing soda, one tsp. bak­ing pow­der and one tsp. salt. Mix un­til com­bined. Stir in two cups cho­co­late chips and one cup M & M’s. Drop ta­ble­spoons onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 F (176 C) for 10 min­utes or un­til edges start to turn light brown. Freeze leftovers. Ex­tra tip: you can sub­sti­tute some of the candy for the same amount of peanuts or wal­nuts. QUES­TION: I own a wa­ter cooler that is about 10 years old. I have mis­placed the di­rec­tions for clean­ing the in­side of my cooler. I seem to re­mem­ber us­ing a bleach so­lu­tion to clean the reser­voir. Can you give me sug­ges­tions please? Thank you in ad­vance, Inez AN­SWER: Health Canada rec­om­mends that you clean your cooler sys­tem af­ter ev­ery bot­tle change. Be­gin by dis­con­nect­ing the unit from the wall. Re­move the bot­tle from the cooler unit. Drain the wa­ter through the blue faucet into a bucket. Dis­con­nect any re­mov­able parts from the unit. Wash parts thor­oughly with dish soap and wa­ter. Rinse. If you have a hot and cold dis­penser, plug the hot dis­penser off us­ing a cork or plug. Do­ing this pre­vents san­i­tizer from get­ting into the hot tank. Com­bine four litres of wa­ter and one tbsp. vine­gar. With this so­lu­tion, clean all of the in­te­rior sur­faces of the reser­voir. Let the so­lu­tion sit for seven min­utes. Fill reser­voir full of fresh bot­tled wa­ter and drain the wa­ter through the cold faucet. Re­peat three times. Re­move cork from the hot tank and re­place all parts. Plug unit into wall. You can use one tsp. bleach in­stead of one tbsp. vine­gar, how­ever I pre­fer vine­gar since it is safe for con­sump­tion. I re­cently read an ar­ti­cle about rab­bits in the yard eat­ing things we do not want them to eat. I found an ex­cel­lent in­ex­pen­sive, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and easy so­lu­tion. Grate Ir­ish Spring bar soap just like cheese and sprin­kle it around prob­lem ar­eas (or around perime­ter of prop­erty) to keep rab­bits away. Sub­mit­ted by Mel. Note: ev­ery user as­sumes all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a Pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The Power of

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