Wishbone's Household Tips!
Wishbone's Christmas Tips
#2. Don’t let your dog chew or swallow fallen Christmas tree needles. They are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size and how much he or she ingests. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause her to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles also can obstruct or puncture a dogs gastrointestinal tract.
#3. Tree water can poison your dog. Preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and other agents, such as aspirin, are commonly added to tree water to keep the tree fresh. Treated water can be harmful to a thirsty dog, use a covered tree water dish to be safe.
#4. Don’t trim your tree with tinsel. If swallowed, it can block your dog's intestines causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and weight loss. Surgery is often necessary to remove the tinsel.
#5. Be extra vigilant if you use an artificial tree. Small pieces of plastic or aluminum can break off and cause an intestinal blockage or mouth irritation if ingested by your dog.
Wishbone's Tips for Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace.
(meant for others...this is not his own policy)
1. MOVE - When we walk we breathe more deeply and our blood gets more oxygen in it. More oxygen in blood = more blood flows into the brain = more work done.
2. TAKE A BREAK - Sometimes all it takes is a quick break to clear the mind. Get up, do something else for a minute and come back to it, things often look clearer when you walk away and then come back.
3. MAKE A SCHEDULE - Schedule set times for the things that you do that distract you from the real work that has to be done. For example only check emails at certain times during the day.
4. STAY ORGANIZED - Don't get lost in stacks of paperwork, throw away what you don't need and organize what you do need. It's much easier to get a task done when you know where to find everything you need.
5. WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN - Sometimes wiping the slate clean and starting fresh can help you recharge your battery. If a project is at a dead halt it might be better to just start fresh.
(Although the tip column is technically Wishbone's he is being overruled this month.)
Topic of the Month: How to Bring Cats and Dogs Together.
Wishbone's Tip: DON'T!!!
From the newsletter crew (while Wishbone sulks):
1. Gradual awareness allows them to slowly get familiar with each other.
2. Let the animals set the pace and don't force them to be together.
3. Speak softly to both animals.
4. Spend quality time with each in separate places.
5. Offer a separate refuge for the initial getting to know each other stage.
W - Upholstery can be cleaned with water.
S - Upholstery can be cleaned with a solvent.
SW - Upholstery can be cleaned with either a solvent or water.
X - Upholstery must be either dry-cleaned or professional cleaned.
And did you know...
Baby Wipes are great for cleaning upholstery
easily and quickly!
Be sure your dog has a sturdy collar with home address and telephone number on a tag.
Bring your pet's own food. This is not time to test his digestion!
Don't let your dog hang out the window, (many dogs are injured by road debris or insects).
Bring a dish and bottled water and make frequent stops.
NEVER leave your dog (or any pet or child) alone in the car!!!
BATH TIME TIPS!
Brush your dogs fur before wetting him and to loosen sticky snarls put a drop of baby oil on the sticky spot.
Place a cotton ball in each of his ears.
Soak him down using a shower nozzle, a hose adapter, or a plastic pitcher.
Work a dab of dog shampoo into his coat, starting behind the ears.
Wipe his face with a damp cloth.
Step back for the inevitable shake
Have only one ball in play at a time to minimize the risk that your dog will pick up more than one and get the furthermost ball lodged back in the throat.
Rubber balls, if not big enough, can get slimy when wet and lodge in the back of the dog's throat or jaws.
Balls with holes in them can catch their tongues if the holes are too big.
Balls with slippery outer coatings such as racquet balls or golf balls can be an especially potent choking hazard.
Golf balls poise an additional danger because the liquid inside is often toxic; your dog can become very sick if he or she manages to pierce the outer coating with her teeth.
Wishbone's favorite tip for Earth Day...PLANT A TREE!
| Container trees can be stored for a brief period of time after purchase as long as the soil in the container is kept moist and the tree stored in a shady spot. |
Trees should be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown.
The width of the hole should be at least 3 times the diameter of the root ball or container.
When digging the hole raise the center of the bottom slightly higher than the surrounding area to allow water to disperse.
Balled and burlapped should always be lifted by the ball, never by the trunk.
For Bare-Rooted Trees make sure that the roots are kept moist between purchase and planting and prune any broken or damaged roots.
A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and lead to early equipment failure. Clean or change the air filter in your heating and cooling system monthly. Some filters only need to be changed every 3 months. Also, have your equipment checked seasonally to make sure it's operating efficiently and safely, check-ups can identify problems early. Dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of system failure.
Hidden gaps and cracks in a home can add up to as much airflow as an open window. The more heat that escapes, the more cold air enters, causing your system to work harder and use more energy. Home Sealing can improve your home "envelope" the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors, and can save up to 10 percent in energy costs. Start by sealing air leaks and adding insulation, pay special attention to your attic and basement, where the biggest gaps and cracks are often found. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified ones.
If you have a forced air furnace or heat pump, then a duct system is responsible for circulating warm air throughout your home. Leaky ducts can reduce your system's overall efficiency by 20 percent. Sealing your ducts can save up to $140 annually on energy bills and help you consistently heat every room.
If you're replacing old equipment, make sure your new equipment is properly sized for your home - bigger isn't always better. An oversized system will cost more to buy and operate and will cycle on and off too frequently, reducing your comfort and leading to early system failures and repair costs. Correct size and proper airflow will ensure that your equipment works efficiently, saves you money, and helps protect our environment.
If your heating equipment has been poorly maintained and is 15 years or older, it's probably time for a more efficient replacement. Ask for an ENERGY STAR when buying the following equipment: Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Boilers and Programmable Thermostats.
WISHBONE'S HOUSEHOLD TIPS FOR BAKING SODA
12. NO TINSEL! Tinsel looks delicious but if swallowed it can do AWFUL things to the intestines.
11. KEEP CANDLES OUT OF REACH! A candle and a dog's wagging tail is a fur burning odor waiting to happen.
10. KEEP PLANTS OUT OF REACH! Especially holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.
9. BAN SNOWGLOBES FROM THE HOUSE! Many snow globes contain antifreeze which is poisonous to pets.
8. KEEP PINE NEEDLES CLEANED UP! Pine needles (real and artificial) can puncture holes in a pet's intestine.
7. DON'T USE ASPIRIN IN THE TREE WATER! This can be very dangerous to a pet if it drinks from the tree water.
6. ANCHOR THE TREE! Prevent the tree from being accidently pulled over by a curious pet.
5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS! Just sayin...
4. NO RIBBONS OR BOWS ON COLLARS! These cute adornments put your pet at risk of choking or strangulation.
3. NO FOOD ORNAMENTS! These could tempt even the best behaved pet.
2. IF YOU'RE NOT SURE DON'T FEED IT TO THEM! Many holiday treats (like chocolate) are dangerous to pets.
1. DON'T PUT WRAPPED PET TREATS UNDER THE TREE. Wait until you are ready for your pet to have the treat.
Add a pinch of baking soda to baked beans as they're cooking to reduce the...the...ruff time later.
Rub a tough piece of meat with baking soda and let it sit in the fridge for about three hours and rinse before cooking.
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water and soak cotton balls then apply to sunburns or skin irritations.
For poison ivy itch relief Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and apply paste to affected areas.
To clean the grill mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water, apply the paste to the grill and let sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe down with a dry cloth and then heat the grill for about 15 minutes prior to cooking on it.
To eliminate the corrosive buildup on your car's battery terminals scrub them with an old toothbrush and a mixture of 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon warm water. Wipe them off with a wet towel and dry with another towel. (Once completely dried apply a bit of petroleum jelly around each terminal to deter future corrosive buildup.)
To tighten cane chair seats that are starting to sag soak two cloths in a solution of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 quart hot water. Saturate the top surface of the caning with one while pushing the second up against the bottom of the caning to saturate the underside. Use a clean cloth to soak up excess moisture, then put the chair in the sun to dry.
To remove tar from the paint surface of your car make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply to the tar spots with a damp cloth. Let it dry about five minutes then rinse clean.
To clean washable air conditioner filters vacume as much off as possible then wash in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 quart water. Let the filters dry completely before replacing.
To eliminate musty odors from a humidifier add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the water each time you change it.
Keep weeds and grass from growing in the cracks of paved patios, driveways, and walkways. Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the concrete and sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it much less hospitable to dandelions and other weeds.
Clean resin lawn furniture with a wet sponge dipped in baking soda, wipe in a circular motion and then rinse well. This won't scratch or dull surfaces like abrasive commercial cleaners often do.
Alkaline-loving plants like clematis, delphiniums and dianthus will have fuller healthier blooms if you occasionally "shower" them with a mild solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 2 quarts of water.
Scour barbecue grills with a soft paste of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Apply this paste with a wire brush and let dry for 15 minutes then wipe down with a dry cloth and place the grill over hot coals for another 15 minutes.
Freshen Wishbone's...er...uh...Rover's fur by rubbing a few handfuls of baking soda into his coat and then give it a thorough brushing, this will remove any smell and will leave his coat shiny and clean.
Everyone has a roll of duct tape laying around their house somewhere right? It's one of those household necessities that you should never find yourself without. Why? Well do you really know all the uses for duct tape? The following uses are not necessarily recommendations!!
|Tape wires down on floor ||Disk labels ||Hold batteries in remote control ||Roofing shingles |
|Fix the hole in your favorite coffee cup ||Fix broken book binding ||Reinforce pages in 3 ring binder ||Patch a hole in a tent |
|Hang from ceiling to trap pesky flies ||Repair a vacuum hose ||Make a mummy costume for Halloween ||Make your own shower curtain |
Household uses for WD-40
|In 1953 Norm Larsen founded the Rocket Chemical Company in San Diego and, with two employees, set out to develop a rust-preventing solvent and degreaser for the aerospace industry. On the fortieth try, they succeeded in creating a "water displacement" compound. |
|The name WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement - 40th Try". |
1. Spray WD-40 on new leather shoes before you start wearing them regularly, this will prevent blisters by softening the leather and making the shoes more comfortable.
2. Keep shoes waterproof and shiny by spraying them periodically with WD-40 and buffing gently with a soft cloth.
3. Squeeky shoes? Spray WD-40 at the spot where the sole and heel join and those squeaks will disappear!
4. Remove glue from your fingers just spray some WD-40 directly on your sticky fingers and rub your hands together until your fingers are no longer sticky.
5. WD-40 removes unwanted glue from many surfaces, just spray on and rub until it loosens and cleans away.
6. Spray on stubborn zippers and then pull the zipper up and down a few times to distribute the lubricant.
7. Rub on the wooden handles of tools, this will shield the wood from moisture and prolong the handle's life.
8. Chewing gum in someone's hair? No problem, spray WD-40 on it and the gum will comb out with ease.
9. Spray on and easily remove tar and scuff marks on your hard-surfaced floors.
10. Clean dried glue from virtually any surface, simply spray on, wait about 30 seconds, and wipe clean.
11. Hands covered with grease and grime from working on the car? Just spray a small amount of WD-40 and rub together for a few seconds, then wipe with a paper towel and wash with soap and water. It will wash right away!
12. Remove old decals and stickers by spraying with WD-40, wait about 30 seconds, and wipe them away!
13. Tea stains on your countertop? Just spray a little WD-40 on a damp sponge and wipe the stain away!
14. Spray a little WD-40 on carpet stains, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or soap and water. Continue until the stain disappears!
15. The solvents in WD-40 will clean the lime and "gunk" stains from your toilet bowl, just spray it into the bowl and let it set for just a couple seconds then clean with a toilet brush!
16. To make an old barbecue grill look new again spray it liberally with WD-40, wait a few seconds and then scrub it with a wire brush.
17. Bring color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture by spraying WD-40 directly on the surface and then wiping with a clean dry cloth.
18. To keep squirrels from taking over a bird feeder, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on top of the feeder. The squirrels won't be able to get a firm grip to stay and feed.
19. Spray some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house and it will keep the wasps from building nests there.
20. Spray WD-40 on prickly weeds like bull and Russian thistle and they will wither and die.
21. Keep dead bugs off the car grille by spraying it with WD-40, less bugs will stick to the grille and the few that do will easily wipe off.
22. To clean oil spots in the driveway just spray generously with WD-40 and then hose it down with water.
23. To loosen a tangled fishing line just spray it with WD-40 and use a pin to undo any small knots.
24. If your car won't start on a rainy or humid day try spraying the spark plug wires with WD-40 which displaces the water and keeps the moisture away from the plugs.
25. If your cat or dog comes home with burrs just spray some WD-40 on the area and the burrs will slide right out.
|A million cans of WD-40 are produced each week in the United States alone! |
Wishbone is still thinking about lemons!
Wishbone would like to test your lemon knowledge. No one knows why - he just does! So lets play along...
WISHBONE: Is a lemon tree pretty?
US: Sure it is! An orange tree is pretty so a lemon tree must be pretty. And it must smell great too!
WISHBONE: NO! A lemon tree actually isn't very pretty and the flower isn't very sweet either. A lemon tree's straggly branches bear little resemblance to an orange tree's dense foliage, and its purplish flowers lack the pleasant fragrance of orange blossoms.
US: Wow Wishbone you sure do know a lot about lemons! What else do you know?
WISHBONE: I know that you can grow indoor lemon trees, which we dogs also refer to as indoor facilities.
US: Okay Wishbone, enough of your wisdom, let's get back to the tips for the month!
Lemons For Health and Beauty: (Just look at MY complexion!)
Lighten age spots: Apply lemon juice directly to the area, let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. Lemon juice is a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
Clean and whiten nails: Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
Treat flaky dandruff: Massage 2 tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water and rinse your hair in it. Repeat this daily until your dandruff disappears. No more itchy scalp, and your hair will smell lemon-fresh!
USES FOR LEMON JUICE:
To get the most out of fresh lemons bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against kitchen counter before squeezing to break down the connective tissue and release more liquid.
1. Give your kitchen the lemon treatment to keep the ants away, squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills, and anywhere the ants are getting in.
2. Clean the inside of your microwave by mixing 3 tablespoons of lemon juice into 1 1/2 cups water and microwave on high for 5 to 10 minutes then just wipe away hardened foods.
3. Underarm stains can be removed by scrubbing them with a mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and water.
4. Add to your wash water as a fabric whitener to get your clothes white and smelling lemon-fresh.
5. To neutralize cat box odor cut a couple of lemons in half, place the lemons cut side up in a dish in the room.
6. Hot lemon juice with baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use!
7. Throw some lemon peel in a garbage disposal from time to time while it's running to keep it smelling fresh!
8. For a quick window cleaner just add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with a half gallon of water!
9. For a quick furniture polish add 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice!(It CANNOT be used on chrysanthemums however as it turns their leaves brown.)
10. To remove soft cheese or sticky foods from a grater cut a lemon in half and rub the pulpy side along both sides of the cheese grater, the acidity of the lemon will also ward off rusting.
11. To eliminate fireplace odor throw a few lemon peels into the flames and the unpleasant odors will quickly be replaced with a nice lemon scent.
12. To freshen and moisturize your home on those dry winter days just simmer water with added lemon or lemon peels.
13. To deodorize a humidifier pour 3 or 4 teaspoons of lemon juice into the water, this should last a couple weeks and can be repeated as necessary.
14. To freshen a fridge simply dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge which can be left in the fridge for several days.
15. A kitchen cutting board can be rubbed with the cut side of a lemon or even washed in undiluted juice straight from the bottle to keep it clean and fresh!
And did you know that Lemonade, when applied to potted plants, has been found to keep their flowers fresh longer than normal?
**** One More Thing, and this isn't about lemons but it is about cleaning and VERY IMPORTANT!
You always wipe your dryer filter after each load of clothes to get the lint off,,right? Well, occasionally, take it out and clean it in hot soapy water and scrub with a toothbrush, dryer sheets can put a film on your filter and clog it up, causing more stress on your dryer and can actually burn out the motor!
GREASE AND OIL: Cleaning Spills and Erasing Stains
- Kitty Litter - pour kitty litter over the spill - allow time for the oil or grease to soak into the litter - sweep the kitty litter and stains away!
- Cola - pour cola over dark stains left by grease or oil spills - leave overnight - the following day rinse the area with soap and water and wash the cola and the stains away!
- Salt - pour salt over the spill - allow time for the oil or grease to soak into the salt - brush or sweep the salt and spill away!
Vinegar tips from Wishbone
- 1. Arthritis tonic and treatment; 2 spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water several times daily.
- 2. Thirst-quenching drink: apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water.
- 3. Sagging cane chairs: sponge them with a hot solution of half vinegar and half water. Place the chairs out in the hot sun to dry.
- 4. Skin burns: apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
- 5. Add a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water to make cauliflower white and clean.
- 6. Storing cheese: keep it fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
- 7. Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
- 8. Rinse glasses and dishes in water and vinegar to remove spots and film.
- 9. Prevent grease build-up in your oven by frequently wiping it with vinegar.
- 10. Wipe jars of preserves and canned food with vinegar to prevent old-producing bacteria.
- 11.To eliminate mildew, dust and odors, wipe down walls with vinegar-soaked cloth.
- 12. Clean windows with vinegar and water.
- 13. Hardened paint brushes: simmer in boiling vinegar and wash in hot soapy water.
- 14. Clean breadbox and food containers with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep fresh-smelling and clean.
- 15. Pour boiling vinegar down drains to unclog and clean them.
- 16. Clean fireplace bricks with undiluted vinegar.
- 17. An excellent all-purpose cleaner: vinegar mixed with salt. Cleans copper, bronze, brass, dishes, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, windows. Rinse well.
- 18. Make your catsup and other condiments last long by adding vinegar.
- 19. To clear up respitory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
- 20. Apple cider vinegar and honey as a cure-all: use to prevent apathy, obesity, hay fever, asthma, rashes, food poisoning, heartburn, sore throat, bad eyesight, dandruff, brittle nails and bad breath.
- 21. When boiling eggs, add some vinegar to the water to prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg.
- 22. When poaching eggs, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water to prevent separation.
- 23. Weight loss: vinegar helps prevent fat from accumulating in the body.
- 24. Canned fish and shrimp: to give it a freshly caught taste, soak in a mixture of sherry and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
- 25. Add a spoonful of vinegar when cooking fruit to improve the flavor.
- 26. Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking for a tender, sweeter taste.
- 27. Add vinegar to boiling ham to improve flavor and cut salty taste.
- 28. Improve the flavor of desserts by adding a touch of vinegar.
- 29. Add vinegar to your deep fryer to eliminate a greasy taste.
- 30. Add a table spoon of vinegar to fruit gelatin to hold it firm.
- 31. Steep your favorite herb in vinegar until you have a pleasing taste and aroma.
- 32. Use vinegar instead of lemon on friend and broiled foods.
- 33. To remove lime coasting on your tea kettle; add vinegar to the water and let stand overnight.
- 34. To make a good liniment: beat 1 whole egg, add 1 cup vinegar and 2 cup turpentine. Blend.
- 35. Apply vinegar to chapped, cracked skin for quick healing.
- 36. Vinegar promotes skin health: rub on tired, sore, or swollen areas.
- 37. Reduce mineral deposits in pipes, radiators, kettles and tanks by adding vinegar into the system.
- 38. Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.
- 39. Clean jars with vinegar and water to remove odor.
- 40. Avoid cabbage odor by adding vinegar to the cooking water.
- 41. Skunk odor: remove from pets by rubbing fur with vinegar.
- 42. Paint adheres better to galvanized metal that has been wiped with vinegar.
- 43. Pets’ drinking water: add vinegar to eliminate odor and encourage shiny fur.
- 44. For fluffy meringue: beat 3 egg whites with a teaspoon of vinegar.
- 45. Pie crust: add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your pastry recipe for an exceptional crust.
- 46. Half a teaspoon per quart of patching plaster allows you more time to work the plaster before it hardens.
- 47. Prevent discoloration of peeled potatoes by adding a few drops of vinegar to water. They will keep fresh for days in fridge.
- 48. Poultry water: add vinegary to increase egg production and to produce tender meat.
- 49. Preserve peppers: put freshly picked peppers in a sterilized jar and finish filling with boiling vinegar.
- 50. Olives and pimentos will keep indefinitely if covered with vinegar and refrigerated.
- 51. Add 1 tsp. vinegar to cooking water for fluffier rice.
- 52. Add vinegar to laundry rinse water: removes all soap and prevents yellowing.
- 53. After shampoo hair rinse: 1 ounce apple cider vinegar in 1 quart of distilled water.
- 54. For a shiny crust on homemade bread and rolls: just before they have finished baking, take them out, brush crusts with vinegar, return to oven to finish baking.
- 55. Homemade sour cream: blend together 1 cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup skim milk and 1 tsp. vinegar.
- 56. Boil vinegar and water in pots to remove stains.
- 57. Remove berry stains from hands with vinegar.
- 58. Prevent sugaring by mixing a drop of vinegar in the cake icing.
- 59. Cold vinegar relieves sunburn.
- 60. When boiling meat, add a spoonful of vinegar to the water to make it more tender.
Do you have rust stains on your concrete patio from your outdoor metal furniture?
Simply use lemon juice and rub with a soft cloth! Shine up those copper-bottom pans!
Squeeze out the juice in a lemon, dip in salt and rub the bottom of the pan for a few minutes! Hate washing walls because the water drips down your arm?(among other reasons, I'm sure!)
Wrap some cotton w/a rubber band around it on your wrists.
Bingo! the cotton will absorb the water drippings!
from your pal,
Wishbone,,,Better be a raise in my paycheck, or I may leave a surprise in someone's slipper!