The Mustard Seed
May 2015


Bonnie White:   
Several ladies attended Christian Life Rally at Concordia Lutheran Church at Hagerstown, Maryland, April 18th.  Mrs. Elfie Eberle, representative of Orphan Grain Train, talked as well as Carolyn Bealle's talk on "Feed My Sheep."
Liberia children need school supplies, just after Ebola epidemic; construction paper, pens, pencils, spiral binders, scissors, tapes, paper, markers. They may use laptops, portable sewing machines, too.  Your donation will be deeply appreciated and Blessings.

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Sensible Cleaning Tips

  1. Flies or bees bothering you?  Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

  2. Ants, ants, ants everywhere ...  Well, they are said to never cross  a chalk line.  So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.  See for yourself.

  3. Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords.  It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

  4. For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.  Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (Wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

  5. Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves.  After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical.  And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!  In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

  6. Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry!  Just pour a little peroxide  on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.  Works every time!

  7. Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and  horizontal for inside windows.  This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.  Don't wash windows on a sunny day.  They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

  8. Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.  Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come.  You can also do this with towels and linen.

  9. Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

  10. To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers.  Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!  Works like a charm!

  11. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

  12. 12)  When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a  bit of  the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

  13. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

  14. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.

  15. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

  16. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

  17. Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.  It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

  18. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting  to tweezers or a needle.  Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.  Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

  19. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.  

  • Clean a toilet.  Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.   The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

  • Polish jewelry.  Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

  • Clean a thermos bottle.  Fill the bottle with water, drop in  four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

  • Unclog a drain.  Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.  Wait a  few minutes, then run the hot water.

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