Am I the only one with a drawer full of odd, yet beautiful, antique silver pieces? I have to admit that my favorites are nearly black with tarnish, not because I don’t like them but because out of sight, out of mind.
I was happy to hear from an EC fan recently who shared a couple of great tips to get my silver out of the dark and back into service. Anyone with me on this?
SILVER SECRETS: You know your grandmother’s beautiful silver flatware you have in a drawer — the stuff that gets tarnished for lack of use, which only leads to more lack of use? Here are two quick tips to slow the tarnish: 1) Tie a few pieces of ordinary chalk in a piece of cheesecloth or other open-weave fabric, and store in the drawer with the silver. 2) Use it. Frequent use followed by hand washing in soap and water followed by thorough drying will keep the pieces shiny and beautiful. —Millie, Ohio
NATURE’S REMEDY: Here’s the recipe for a great home remedy to take the minute you start to feel a cold or flu coming on: Mix together the juice of six fresh lemons, one garlic clove put through a garlic press, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 tablespoons honey, 3 cups pineapple juice and ﾼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Blend thoroughly, and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Take ﾽ cup four times a day until symptoms subside. — Dave S., email
CLEAN CORN: Keep a clean toothbrush handy with your kitchen utensils for when you serve fresh corn on the cob. Just a few swipes will easily lift away any stray threads of silk on those freshly shucked ears of corn. —Misty, Connecticut
“DRY” ICE: Don’t you hate it when you set out a bucket of ice for beverages on the patio or summer party, and before you know it, the cubes are swimming in a pool of water? Here’s a quick remedy I saw in an entertainment magazine recently: Set a colander over a bowl that is small enough to keep the colander suspended over it. Now put the ice in the colander. As it melts, the water will go into the bowl beneath, leaving the ice cubes, getting smaller, but solid and easy to grab. —Marty, Iowa
SHOE OIL: Want your leather shoes to shine and resist dirt? Protect the surface with ordinary vegetable oil. First, clean any dirt or grime with a damp cloth. Then put a few drops of oil on a soft, clean cloth. Use this to rub and polish the surface of the shoes. — Thomas, Pennsylvania
MASK WITH FOIL: Before painting a door or other item that has a hardware attached (knob, hinges, etc.), carefully mask them using aluminum foil rather than removing them. The foil will adhere easily, plus it can be coaxed into cracks and crevices.
Now you can paint right up to the hardware item, assured that you won’t get paint on it. This is so much easier than trying to wrestle with masking tape on non-flat and irregularly shaped surfaces. — Ralph, Canada
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