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The DRS News
October 2002

In this issue:

1)  Easy range hood filter cleaning (no, really!)
2)  Microwave cooking and health – a concern?
3)  Homebrew ( read ‘cheap’) glass-plus cleaner

1)  I’ve recently stumbled across the easiest method ever for cleaning that nasty, greasy aluminum mesh filter in your range hood. You know, the one we all ignore for as long as possible?

Well, here’s a way to clean it that’s actually fun! Um, OK, maybe not fun, but doggone close, and really fast too!

Get yourself a box of ‘natural laundry booster’, or ‘water softener’ - ‘20 Mule Team Borax’ is one famous brand - and, as we men always say just before 90% of our emergency room visits, ‘Watch this, dear!’

Half-fill a filter-sized dishpan with very warm water, and add ½ cup or so of this stuff. Stir until dissolved, and immerse the filter.  If your pan’s a bit small, just tip the filter in as best you can. Wait a few seconds, then scrub very lightly with a small scrub-brush, old toothbrush, etc, and your filter will look nearly new again. Neat!

I need to experiment further with this product, it somehow eluded the ‘radar screen’ for all these years. And let me know your experiences with it – I’d really like to hear more about this stuff.  It’s nonabrasive, and if it does all the jobs listed on the box, we have a winner, dear!

2)  Every so often I hear or read about the damage microwave ovens do to our food at the molecular level, and how that damage can be detrimental to our health. I admit to having been skeptical even though I was aware of the danger of warming blood for transfusions in MW’s and had read warnings against heating infants’ milk using them.

But lately I’ve been hearing more on the subject and discovered a lot of online information, mainly at Dr. Mercola’s website listed below. Evidently the Soviet Union outlawed the use of microwave ovens in the 70’s based on what looks like some pretty valid research.  The more I read, the more uncomfortable I get…See what you think.
Visit:  http://www.mercola.com/index.htm  and search on ‘microwave’.

3)  Here on the hill we’ve been making our own window cleaner by the gallon for years, and it’s a better product than we were buying, and cheaper too!  We found this ‘recipe’ many years ago and have used it enthusiastically ever since. Thought you’d like to try it:

To an empty gallon jug, add:

1 tsp liquid DW detergent (‘Dawn’ works well)
½ cup sudsy ammonia
1 pt. rubbing alcohol
top off the gallon with tap water

That’s it! Pour some into a spray bottle and you’re done! I’ve used this stuff for windows, microwave ovens and other appliances, and many other general cleaning jobs around here for a long time, and really like it.

Well, that’s it for this month.  Thanks once again for subscribing; I’m really enjoying this and sincerely hope you are too! Remember to keep sending me your suggestions for topics you’d like to see addressed here. I’ve had some good ones and look forward to sharing them with you in future issues.

And feel free to email or call with any questions or comments you might have about anything we’ve covered here.

May The Lord richly bless you and yours,

Dave Harnish

‘Life without Christ is a hopeless end;
 Life with Christ, an endless hope.’


"Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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