One Green Thing: Some are new, some are old: Household tips

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

Most of these simply help you solve some of life’s difficult household challenges:

It’s Alka-Seltzer to the rescue for more than an upset stomach. Use two tablets with water to help remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase. Have some jewelry to clean? Two tablets with a glass of water and a soak may help keep jewelry sparkling between trips to the jeweler. I read somewhere you can use A-S to clean out a drain. It said after dropping three tablets down the drain, to follow it with a cup of white vinegar. Difficult to say if the Alka-Seltzer really helps, or would you get the same result with just vinegar? These all sure make Alka-Seltzer sound a little harsh!

Nobody ever uses an entire head of celery at one time, do they? Anyway, to keep the remainder fresh for as long as possible, use aluminum foil. When the celery is gone, toss the aluminum foil in the recycling bin.

I thought you just threw them out, but if you want to clean artificial flowers, pour salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Do the hokey-pokey (or just shake the bag a lot), and the salt is supposed to absorb all the dust and dirt, leaving the flowers looking like new. Sorry, you have to rearrange them when you are done.

S.O.S. pads … I hate the darn things because when you use one, you are always left with enough to scrub another pan some other day. It’s a brilliant idea to cut them in half. Wonder if it helps sharpen the scissors at the same time?

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From the Aug. 1-7, 2012, issue

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