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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Hoffman Helpful Hint: Cleaning – 3 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

You probably already know how handy baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is around the house. Besides being a real money-saver, this product has so many uses: for odor control in litter boxes, as well as in refrigerators and freezers; for brushing teeth; and adding to the laundry. But my favorite use is cleaning our kitchen countertops and glassware such as glass saucepots that become stained after use on the stovetop. Boxes of baking soda usually have several suggestions for use around the home.

Another effective and inexpensive cleaner that I like to use is white (clear) vinegar. It’s great for removing hard-water deposits from water glasses and around faucets. I just pour some in the glasses and let them sit a while until the vinegar dissolves the white calcium deposits. For getting rid of hard water calcium deposits around faucets, I just pour some vinegar on a small rag and place it on the area to be cleaned, letting it sit there until the deposits dissolve.

We buy the least expensive baking soda and white (clear) vinegar that we can find. The baking soda comes in a one pound box and the white vinegar in a one gallon jug.

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