Dear Heloise: The other day, I was watching a show on television, and the handyman gave a recipe for unclogging drains. It flashed off the screen before I could get my pen and write it down. Do you have a formula for unclogging drains? Thank you. -- R. Kelly Jr., Helena, Ark.
I don't have a formula for unclogging a drain, but I do have a great money-saving formula to keep DRAINS FRESH AND FREE- FLOWING.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with 1 to 2 cups of cheap white vinegar. The vinegar will make the baking soda fizz and foam for a while. This action helps to clean out the drain.
After a few minutes, turn on the hot water and let it run for a minute or two. Follow with lots of cold tap water. Doing this should keep your drain flowing freely and smelling sweet. It will not unclog a drain, however.
Vinegar is wonderful for cleaning the water spots off of a stainless-steel sink. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: You might already know this one since you are the Queen of "What Do I Do When?" but if not, here you go!
I moved into a very old house, and no amount of scrubbing, scouring or even bleach would clean out the bathtub. I put a mat in it and gave up.
After cleaning it again, I noticed white spots where my shampoo hadn't been washed off. I coated the whole tub in shampoo and let it sit like that for most of the day, and when I went back to rinse it away, it was clean and white again -- effortlessly! -- Melody Stevens, Huntsville, Ala.
Hair shampoo can clean away gunk and some buildup, but if the glaze is removed from a porcelain tub, nothing I know of can really bring it back. -- Heloise
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