Help! I can’t get rid of rust stains
Dear Mary: Our water pressure is very high, which has created r ust- colored stains in our fiberglass bathtub. How can I remove these terrible stains? — MaryAnne
Dear MaryAnne: I have two options for you, starting with a product you may already own, but have never dreamed you’d use in a bathtub: Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Seriously, it’s the best thing for fiberglass, acrylic and porcelain tubs. Cover the stains with it and let it sit for an hour or so. You may need to scrub with a Scotch-Brite or similar scrubber. I am reasonably confident this will remove the rust stains.
However, if your stains are really stubborn, I’d skip the Lysol and go straight to the big gun of rust removers: Iron Out. I love this product because it contains no harsh or abrasive chemicals, unlike other rust removers.
Dear Mary: Could you suggest another product for cleaning a front-loading washing machine besides Tide Washing Machine Cleaner? When my husband uses it our whole house smells like chemicals for a week. Do you have a homemade recipe? — Robyn
Dear Robyn: Before I tell you, promise me you will weigh it against the owner’s manual that came with your washer. I don’t want you to do anything that might invalidate your warranty.
I have a fairly new GE Front Loader. It has a “Basket Clean” setting, which I am supposed to run monthly. The instructions say to pour a gallon of liquid chlorine bleach into the drum (while empty), close the door and turn on the Basket Clean cycle. Do you see where I’m going here? I believe bleach is the answer. I’m not saying it isn’t smelly, but the smell dissipates quickly, usually by the time the cleaning cycle is finished.
The reason front-loaders need to be cleaned is to kill any bacteria or mold that might be growing in the tight gaskets and seals that are unique to front-loaders. Bleach is a powerful foe of bacteria.
MARY HUNT EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE