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DIY: Baking soda can work wonders around the house

DIY: Baking soda can work wonders around the house
News from Fresno Bee:

Not long ago I made an amazing thrift store haul: a badly tarnished silver platter that I picked up for $ 3.95. She’s so dingy and sad looking, I’m fairly certain that if my blue-tag special could speak, she would just be silently weeping in her tainted, forgotten way.

As an incredibly thrifty individual (READ: cheap), it stands to reason that spending twice as much on a silver polish as I did on my silver platter would be a no-go. Harkening back to conversations with my grandmother, I remembered her advice about an inexpensive (READ: dirt cheap) silver-polishing solution: baking soda.

There are a million reasons to trust baking soda with most tough cleaning jobs, but the best one: just about every cleaning-solution manufacturer touts its greatness on their labels.

And this got me thinking: Why are we buying products with all these chemicals when, in the end, they all use the same magic ingredient available for 97 cents a box in the baking section? What else can this magic little cleaning muscle do?

In the case of my thrifty find, a mixture of baking soda and little water to form a paste turned a weeping, forgotten dish into a glamorous, sparkling platter. It took a little elbow grease and about a half-hour, but from start to finish — from thrift store to the final, shined product — I spent a total of $ 4 (5 cents worth of baking soda, $ 3.95 f…………… continues on Fresno Bee

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Flood woes fueling appliance and furniture sales
News from The Detroit News:

Madison Heights— Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but Sue Tyler spent the entire day rebuilding and restocking the flooded basement of her Huntington Woods home.

After days of dragging wet and ruined property outside to the curb, Tyler was at the Home Depot in Madison Heights on Sunday loading two large boxes of new cabinets into her car to replace the ones lost in the downstairs laundry room. In recent days, Tyler also bought a new washer, dryer, water heater and furnace after flood waters ravaged those, too.

“We just keeping telling ourselves it’s just stuff, but it’s wearing you down. We are very tired,” she said.

So are thousands of others, who nonetheless trudged to big-box appliance stores and smaller mom-and-pop shops this weekend for washing machines and dryers, refrigerators, drywall and cabinets.

From Dearborn and Royal Oak to Warren, homeowners continue to refurbish basements and homes after the massive storm dumped up to 6 inches of rain.

Karleton Wright, assistant store manager at the Home Depot in Madison Heights, said the store has been extremely busy every day for the past two weeks. A “flood recovery zone” was set up just inside the store’s e…………… continues on The Detroit News

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