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Sticker Shock

Posted by: Annette M. Hall

I recently watched a couple episodes of the series "How clean is your house?" What an interesting concept for a television show. I won't say it made my list of top ten programs but I did learn a few things.

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I think every woman on the planet knows you can use ammonia and water with a newspaper for streak-free windows. I also knew that baking soda is good for cleaning many things. It's cheap and environmentally friendly.

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What I didn't know was that if you add lemon juice to the baking soda you can clean greasy, grimy stove plates by tying them up in a plastic garbage bag and letting them sit for a few hours. No scrubbing, no rubber gloves, just soak and rinse. What a time and nail saver. Those ladies sure know their stuff.

After Christmas this year, I was checking out the sales at a local department store and purchased a new set of plastic bowls. I had realized over the holidays, during my baking frenzy that I simply did not have enough bowls. I knew if I waited long enough, I'd get them for a good price. So, when they went on sale 2 sets for $5.00, I bought a set of four bowls, they even had a pouring lip. What a deal!

Or so I thought, until I got them home. I removed all the plastic, peeled off the label, in preparation for washing. I proceeded to wash and dry each bowl, only to discover that the nasty label marks would not come off. The label had been a huge 6 by 8 inch monstrosity, which left an ugly mark on my brand new bowl. Of course it was the large one, the one I use the most.

I tried to scrub it off and I tried scraping it off. I got out the S.O.S. pad and nothing was working. So, I tried not to fret about it, maybe if I wash it enough times it will finally soak it's way off.

After six washings, it was still there and still showed no signs of fading. It was time to get down to business, I was not going to let sticker residue get the best of me.

Just last night I was washing dishes again, low and behold there was that unsightly sticker mark, I decided to act. I pulled out the baking soda, certainly that would do the trick? Not a chance. After scrubbing and scraping with first a knife, then my fingernail it wasn't getting any better. I was pretty fed up, when I looked and there on the counter was the baby oil. I had tried everything else, so out of desperation, I gave it a try as well.

I could not believe my eyes. That nasty sticker mark evaporated into thin air. It was gone in nothing flat. No scrubbing, no scraping, nothing. I just wiped it off like I would wipe dry flour off the counter top.

Needless to say, I was so excited, when my husband got home I told him all about it. He thought I'd flipped my lid. First, he couldn't believe I made such a big deal out of it and second, because I had actually used baby oil to clean a bowl and it worked.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and I now have a shiny new white bowl that I can be proud of.

You can bet this is one trick I won't soon forget. So, the next time you can't remove those unsightly sticker markers, reach for the baby oil and think of all the time you saved.

Note: I know longer support buying anything in plastic for many of the reasons listed here.

Carschooling by Diane Flynn Keith

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