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Old 03-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #241
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My new favorite cleaning tool (I know I am late to the party with this one) is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I find the original one works the best for me. I use them to clean everything, but my favorite use is the stove. It makes the messiest clean up jobs as simple as just wiping down.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:17 PM   #242
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Careful using it on painted surfaces. It's an abrasive and can leave shiny spots or worse on a painted wall.
I've used them on my car... They were about the only thing that I could find that would remove the reddish brown dried, sun baked on berry things that come off the bradford pear tree that I have to park under! Those spots all over the hood of my white car, were terrible! My partner rubbed his bumper on a yellow painted barrier pole and the magic eraser took that yellow paint off his car, and left his red paint intact.

I'll just remember not to use it on my walls. I love those things, they work great inside the microwave too.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:06 AM   #243
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I've used them on my car... They were about the only thing that I could find that would remove the reddish brown dried, sun baked on berry things that come off the bradford pear tree that I have to park under! Those spots all over the hood of my white car, were terrible! My partner rubbed his bumper on a yellow painted barrier pole and the magic eraser took that yellow paint off his car, and left his red paint intact.

I'll just remember not to use it on my walls. I love those things, they work great inside the microwave too.

I would be careful using the ME on any painted surface, including a car. The ME is a mild abrasive. It will damage and even remove auto paint. If the effects are not immediately evident, they soon will be.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:21 AM   #244
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I love the eraser for removing soap scum in the bath tub. When the scum is gone you can feet that the texture is smoother and the eraser stops flaking off, so you know when it's clean :)
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:39 AM   #245
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I would be careful using the ME on any painted surface, including a car. The ME is a mild abrasive. It will damage and even remove auto paint. If the effects are not immediately evident, they soon will be.
Yeah, I'm pretty careful not to rub hard. The red car was done over 4 years ago, and the paint still looks good. But I agree, repeated use is probably a bad idea.

I'm definitely going to get a good coat of wax put on the white car before fall, so hopefully the berries come off more easily without the ME.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:42 AM   #246
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I love the eraser for removing soap scum in the bath tub. When the scum is gone you can feet that the texture is smoother and the eraser stops flaking off, so you know when it's clean :)
I used one on the tubs and shower after we bought this place. Even though they didn't LOOK filthy, it was amazing how much soap scum and crap came off the tubs.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:03 PM   #247
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I use old newspapers, as bath mats, to step out onto after a bath, before I throw them in the recycling.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #248
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When making kabobs, soak the bambo skewers in water to help prevent them from splintering.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #249
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I'm an instruction manual "freak." I still have the user's manuals from some of my electronics/appliances from the late '60s. But...I also have the item it belongs to.

However, now that we have this thing called the Internet, if I lose a guide I can usually download it from it's manufacturer's site or somewhere else.

What I did several years ago was to create a folder for "Instruction Manuals" in my documents file. Every time I get a new tool/appliance/electronic device I immediately download it's user's guide and file it away. I title the guide with the maker's name and the model number of the item.

This ensures that if I ever misplace a guide or it gets destroyed, I have one on my computer to replace it or to refer to if and when necessary.
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I'm an instruction manual "freak." I still have the user's manuals from some of my electronics/appliances from the late '60s. But...I also have the item it belongs to.

However, now that we have this thing called the Internet, if I lose a guide I can usually download it from it's manufacturer's site or somewhere else.

What I did several years ago was to create a folder for "Instruction Manuals" in my documents file. Every time I get a new tool/appliance/electronic device I immediately download it's user's guide and file it away. I title the guide with the maker's name and the model number of the item.

This ensures that if I ever misplace a guide or it gets destroyed, I have one on my computer to replace it or to refer to if and when necessary.
I do this as well, and not just with kitchen gadgets.

It really annoys me when a manufacture wants to charge for a downloadable copy... yeah... $5 to download the manual. Grrr....
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:59 AM   #252
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I do the exact same thing. I even use the same naming convention Katie.
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I go through my manual file about once a year. I have the manual for just about everything in my home. I also keep the receipts until the warranty expires.
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I used one on the tubs and shower after we bought this place. Even though they didn't LOOK filthy, it was amazing how much soap scum and crap came off the tubs.
I'll one up that, I use a liquid car wax after I clean the shower stall and tub. I don't wax the bottom of the tub (it is fiberglass) or the bottom the the shower stall (it is concrete). After each shower, I wipe the walls down and I don't have to really clean the shower walls again until the wax wears off--3-4 months. The shower stall is so shiny, it reflects the facets.
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I do this as well, and not just with kitchen gadgets.

It really annoys me when a manufacture wants to charge for a downloadable copy... yeah... $5 to download the manual. Grrr....
Yes, Frank, mine aren't limited to cooking tools. Anything/everything that has a user's guide is fair game.

I, too, find it ridiculous that a maker will ask for a fee to download their instructions. I've never paid for one and never will.
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I keep all the manuals and receipts (stapled to the manual) for everything. When I "recycle" something, I can include the manual (minus the receipt).
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I keep all the manuals and receipts (stapled to the manual) for everything. When I "recycle" something, I can include the manual (minus the receipt).
Same here. Buck was invariably amazed that when we had yard sales and I put appliances, etc. out for sale they always had their corresponding instruction manual. Just made sense to me.
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All my manuals are stuck in a drawer...yes, I know where they are and I know what we have.

What floored me was finding out the user manuals for equipment at work was not available for the staff on the floor. They were in the building managers office and he was only in a couple of times a month. I had them delivered to me and I made copies of everything and built files for each unit. Now the manuals come to me first so I can keep them up.
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All my manuals are stuck in a drawer...yes, I know where they are and I know what we have.

What floored me was finding out the user manuals for equipment at work was not available for the staff on the floor. They were in the building managers office and he was only in a couple of times a month. I had them delivered to me and I made copies of everything and built files for each unit. Now the manuals come to me first so I can keep them up.
That sounds like typical sr. management logic--leave them where the people who need them are, and the manuals might get misplaced....keep them locked up, and they won't get misplaced. Sounds as if you found the common-sense solution, PF.
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That sounds like typical sr. management logic--leave them where the people who need them are, and the manuals might get misplaced....keep them locked up, and they won't get misplaced. Sounds as if you found the common-sense solution, PF.
Now you know why I carry a screwdriver in my pocket... I'm the fixit person if maintenance isn't around.
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