Clean on the Cheap: New Uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Streamline your cleaning product arsenal by using plain old Dawn dish washing liquid as a multitasking cleanser--it does more than dishes! Floors and Carpets Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. Note: don't use Dawn on wood laminate (Pergo) or hardwood floors--any residue may dull the finish and cause streaking. We've got some smart cookies on our Blissfully Domestic forum! Member Darla offers this tip for spot cleaning carpets: "Vinegar, water, and a little Dawn dish soap will do a remarkable job and it won't build up oil on your carpet (like some products) and collect more stains." Windows and Mirrors Clean your windows with this recipe from Merry Maids:  mix 5 drops Dawn in 2 gallons warm … [Read more...]

The Medicine Cabinet: What You Need, How to Store, When to Toss

"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals." --Sir William Osler Expiration and Disposal Do medications really expire?  Richard Altschuler writes an informative article with a refreshing lack of technical jargon; he even tests his theory on his mother in law!  The bottom line: First, the expiration date, required by law in the United States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use. Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs purportedly are. Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't … [Read more...]