Sunday, September 09, 2007

One of the recent RV rallies I attended had a "flea market" where the attendees brought in different items they could sell. Among them was an old book titled "They Used To Say." Originally published in 1890 by Household Cyclopedia it has not been updated but was brought back out again in 1983. This book has more old time wisdom than you could ever find on the Internet. Many of the cleaning products recommended I would no longer touch but their suggestion on your health cleaning, cooking and general home care are priceless.
I have always known Borax was a good cleaner but here is a list of things it will do:
1) Softens hard water for washing clothes and whitens them without caustic bleach.
2) Soak your linens and lace tablecloths in it to remove any yellowing.
3) Make a paste and put over fruit or vegitable stains on tablecloths or clothing.
4) Clean your pots and pans to get them really shiny.
5) Soak your silver in a hot solution of it so you don't "cleanse it laboriously half so often."
6) Remove finger marks and dirt from wood-work.
Mary's Tip: Mix 1/2 cup Borax and a small amount of CleanEz in a bucket of warm water. Clean your awnings and patio furniture before putting them away for the winter.
The article may only be used giving credit to Mary Findley, co-author of "The Complete Idiots Guide to Cleaning"  and her website

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