1.Easy way to clean the microwave: Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl (along with a small wooden object, like a toothpick, to prevent boiling or other dangers). Then, set it on high or 5 to 10 minutes. Wait a couple minutes to let it cool, then when you open it up, all you have to do is wipe down the inside of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. Viola! Clean microwave without the hassle of expensive (and often non-effective) cleaners. You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent!
2.How to clean your dishwasher: If your dish-washer isn’t clean, it can’t do its job of cleaning your dishes. Keeping the appliance in tip-top shape will also make it last longer! Luckily, there’s an easy way to get rid of all that nasty built up food debris, grease and soap scum. Gather some white vinegar, baking soda and a dishwasher-safe container—and follow these three steps to make your dishwasher sparkle again!
A. Remove the bottom rack for easy access to the dishwasher drain. Get rid of any gunk or food that may be caught inside.
B. Fill a dishwasher-safe container with a cup of vinegar and place it on the upper rack. Run the dishwasher through a hot water cycle. Other than the container with vinegar, keep the dishwasher empty!
C. Sprinkle about a cup of baking soda across the bottomof the dishwasher and run it through a short cycle using hot water. End result? A bright, clean dishwasher that smells a lot better than it did before! Repeat this process every month to keep your appliance in tip-top condition.
3.Clean stove knobs, grates and drip pans: Throw them in the dishwasher! They’ll come out looking like brand new!
4.Use Magic Erasers on pretty much anything: Magic Erasers can clean pretty much any and everything in your house, including: Converse shoes, faucets, shower curtain liners, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and toothbrush holders. They really are magical—and sold at the dollar store.
Something more I have discovered about the computer era. After purchasing a computer or television, “Now what?” I remember when a person could walk into a radio store, or later a T.V. store, purchase an item, take it home, plug it in, and Walla, it worked. After you paid off the credit card, the item belonged to you. And now? Well, I don’t know about you, but at our house, we purchase an item, take it home, plug it in, and wonder, “Now what?” We look at the directions and begin laughing hysterically (crying) and keep wondering, “Now what?”
We, of course, do as most of our generation does nowadays—call in the young couple who lives next door or down the street. If it is a middle-aged couple, we ask their teen child. Or, we wait until one of our children drops by. It is totally frustrating. Having once been in complete control of our lives, ending up at the mercy of kindhearted strangers (before even having to hire a caregiver) is not pleasant, and all happening while we can still live on our own (or thought we could). Go figure.
How about that new television? First, one needs help setting it up; next, one needs to sign up for cable which offers a very limited selection of programs, and then one needs to add in sports, movies, Disney, HGTV, TNT, not to mention Star, HBO, Cinemax, etc. Oh, yeah, and then there are Netflix, YouTube, Channel O. (How do I use the remote?)
Then you purchase a computer! Another thing about the computer era I have found! You are never quite done paying. First the purchase price, then the price of the program you need (Quick Books, Windows, Excel, and the list goes on and on), then the price of the Internet, and then there is WIFI. Also, if you want speed, there is another charge. HUH? Why?
What has the generations after ours done to themselves and us? The price of our utilities are equal to some house payments or rent. “What next?” Oh, yeah, our computer is rapidly becoming obsolete. It’s a whopping three years old!