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Wipe out housework
By Janet McCart
Are handy around the house
• Use wipes to tackle bathroom counter-tops, toilets, sinks and floors.
• Before putting clean laundry in a basket
that just carried dirty clothes, use a
wipe to freshen the basket.
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• In the kitchen, sponges and dishcloths
can be magnets for bacteria. For those
grime-grabbing spots such as the back
of the sink, the faucet, the microwave
and the stove, use wipes to pick up the
worst of the mess.
• To clean oily kitchen dust from kitchen
cabinet tops, use wipes and spray surface cleaner.
• Wipes are wonderful to clean children’s
hands after a meal.
• Keep heater and air-conditioner surfaces
clean with wipes.
• Wipes trap animal hair and fur, so it can
be picked up more easily.
And outside the house too
• Wipes work great on the grill, and they
trap grease and spills of all sorts.
• Need a napkin for messy foods like ribs?
Wipes work the best.
• Before and after eating in a vehicle, use
wipes to cleanse hands.
• To quickly freshen the surfaces of a
vehicle, use a wipe to trap dust, smears,
animal fur and minor spills.
• Wipes are great in the office, where
people often eat at their desks and need
something to trap spills and clean greasy
• Use wipes to dust surfaces such as the
phone, keyboard and desktop.
• In an airplane, bus, train or car, wipes are
useful to clean hands and surfaces such
as tray tables and armrests.
• In hotel rooms, use wipes to clean up
spills and to freshen surfaces such as the
sink, toilet, floor and doorknobs.
Janet McCart is from Alaska, and is a writer, an artist and a collector of good ideas.
• Paper plates are a great place to rest messy paintbrushes, pens, paint rags, paint containers and lids, glue containers, sponges and inked stamps while using them. Keep tools in easy reach, and when done carry the messy plates to the trash or to a sink where tools can be cleaned. After washing crafting tools, let them dry on a paper plate. • A paper plate with a slick surface works well as a paint palette. Squeeze the colors you want onto the plate and mix, match, paint or dabble. Protect and save the table, wall, pants and shirt, dish towel or the phone book. • Use sectioned paper plates to sort or prepare beads, findings, bobbles, buttons, pins, tabs, screws, nails, tacks, puzzle pieces, seeds, marbles, stamps or coins. • When stamping, choose your rubber stamp, ink it and then test the color and clarity of stamp imprints on the paper plate. For youngsters’ craft projects, a paper plate can be stamped and decorated.—JM Paper plates for crafters
Look for disinfecting wipes,
paper plates and other handy
items in the sundries aisles at
your local Costco. Baking
soda is also available
of baking soda
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BAKING SODA is so handy, versatile and
inexpensive that it easily substitutes for
any number of household products. It
can be used:
• As a refrigerator deodorizer.
Simply keep a half-open box in the back.
• As a fabric stain remover, particularly in treating perspiration stains. Moisten
and brush a little right into the stain before
putting the garment in the wash.
• As a paste, made by mixing with
water, to take the bite out of bee stings,
bug bites and burns.
• As a toothpaste and gum freshener. Make a light paste with a small
amount of hydrogen peroxide, and gently
brush all areas of your gums. Your mouth
will be cleaner than ever.
• To clean carpeting beset with wine
or grease stains. Put a little on a damp
cloth, then blot the stain. Be careful not
to rub too hard.
Reprinted with permission from Simpler
Living, by Jeff Davidson (Skyhorse
WHEN ADDING Kirkland Signature TM
Ultra Laundry Detergent HD to high-efficiency (HE) washing machines
(usually front-loaders) and also regular top-loaders, fill only to line 4 for
medium loads. Add a bit more for
heavily soiled or large loads. Too much
of any detergent may not rinse out completely, since HE machines use much
less water than top-loaders.
—Deb Belcourt, sundries buyer
AUGUST 2011 ;e Costco Connection 57