Ric Ernst / Holmes Group
With the right mix of ingredients and effort, you can restore the shine to your stainless steel kitchen sink.
QUESTION: We have a “worn” look to our twin sinks in the kitchen. I have used various cleaning materials, but none gave the desired result. Could it be the age of the sinks? Your thoughts and recommendations are appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Answer: Begin by making a paste of either baking soda, washing soda (wear gloves) or 50/50 baking soda and borax, and water. Scrub the sink with an abrasive cloth (I use an S.O.S cloth). Next, soak paper towels with white vinegar. Lay the paper towels directly onto the stainless steel. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse, this will get rid of streaks and mineral deposits. Alternative fabulous cleaners are three per cent hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol and a scouring pad.
After you have restored the shine to your sink, be sure to flush the surface with clean water at the end of each day to rinse away acids, salts and minerals that can pit and dull the stainless surface. Then, take a moment to dry the sinks and restore the shine using mineral oil. These few steps will help keep your sinks looking new.
Question: We have a problem with rough, hard towels, bath towels and hand towels. Even new towels get rough and abrasive after a few washes. We have a four-year-old front-load Kenmore clothes washer that requires HE soap. Cheers.
Answer: In many cases, limestone buildup in your water will cause fabrics to feel rough. Add vinegar to each load of laundry. By doing this, the limestone breaks down and helps fabrics to soften. Whether you use detergent or fabric softener in the wash, you may also notice differences in texture if you use too much or too little detergent. Check out the instructions on the bottle and measure according to directions.
● Stores are left with dozens of forgotten canes in grocery carts. Please tape your phone number onto your cane, so they can notify you of where you lost it.
● Don’t throw away egg shells. Dry and crush into fine particles. Sprinkle in with bird seed. Makes excellent calcium and grit for birds. They love it.
● Many schools no longer teach scribe, only printing. I write in scribe on all my older grandchildren’s birthday cards to encourage them to learn how to write, not just print. Maybe someday, they can then read archives, old diaries, wartime letters, etc. and appreciate beautiful handwriting.
● Comet is one of the best cleansers for cleaning greasy window sills near stoves. Coffee-stained china comes clean as a whistle, with a little paste of Comet and water. I have never found Comet abrasive, but always try a little piece first and gently rub to see result.
● Raisins and onions are very healthy. However, many children do not like the slimy taste of cooked raisins or onions. I used currants instead of raisins in my muffins, and shredded or shaved onions (onions disintegrate when shaved thin) into stews and hamburger and other dishes for my children. They eat every bite.
● A weight-healthy tip is to boil cauliflower, then mash and add to mashed potatoes. You barely notice the taste of added cauliflower, and it makes less calories per serving than pure potatoes.
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.
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