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Hardware Tip of the Week: Oooh, Oooh, That Smell & Carpet Stain Remover

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Cooking Smell: With all the cooking you’re doing this time of year, chances are pretty good that some of the odors may linger around the house. Here are a few simple ways to get rid of those annoying household smells.
• Place a pan of white vinegar on the stove and let it simmer for a while.
• Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.
• Odors from your garbage disposal can be eliminated by grinding up orange, grapefruit or lemon peels while running hot water.
• And don’t forget about the odor-absorbing magic of baking soda. For nasty spills and odors inside your fridge or freezer, wash it out using a sponge or cloth and a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water.
And keep a box of baking soda in the fridge or freezer to soak up new odors. Baking soda also helps keep kitchen drains odor free.
About once a week, toss a handful of baking soda down the drain and let the warm water run.
Stain Remover: New carpeting looks warm and inviting for a week or so, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. New carpet certainly can brighten a home. It looks warm and inviting for a week or two, then kids, company, dogs, TV dinners and things like red wine take their toll. Soon your new carpet looks like a military drop zone.
Don’t fret, here are a few carpet-cleaning tips. For chewing gum, put ice cubes in a plastic bag and freeze the gum in the carpet. When it’s hard, scrape it with a butter knife.
For greasy stuff like lipstick, blot up the excess, then use dry-cleaning fluid.
For pet stains, blot any excess with paper towels, and then use a mixture of laundry detergent, ammonia and white vinegar. For shoe polish and ink stains, dab with paint thinner.
For fruit juice and soft drink spills, mix 1 teaspoon of both laundry detergent and white vinegar in 1 quart of warm water, and sponge well. For burns, trim off fibers, and, if needed, glue in some extras from the edges.
Bonus: Drywall Cutouts: Often when measuring it doesn’t matter how carefully it was done, you miss the mark fit-wise.
This requires re-measuring and re-cutting until it does line-up and fit.
However, there’s an easier foolproof way, that you probably never even thought of using.
Apply a little lipstick or crayon on the front edge of the electrical box or light switch you want to surround.
Then put the panel in place and push. As it squeezes against the box or switch the color outline will transfer onto the panel. Just remove it, turn it over and it’ll tell you exactly where to cut.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle & Hardware.