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I Never Thought Of That VII....Helpful Hints...How to Clean Tile Grout

Updated on December 7, 2011

Have You Ever Thought Of This

  1. Hey I got a good one. Do you have that "friend" who calls you up and it's always all about them, and you just have to sit and listen, and make an obligatory comment every now and then. Don't avoid their calls, because they might just need to vent, however, you might not want to listen this time. Well, here's what you do, get in when you can and make it all about you, and don't stop until they say "uncle." Once you begin to talk about yourself they lose steam, and all of a sudden they must go, they suddenly remember something that they have to do, works every time. So if you're that "friend" remember life is not all about you, (I'm just saying).
  2. I don't know how many people still have these, but I do. That is grouted ceramic tiles in the kitchen or bath. I'm a chlorine bleach girl myself, so I just bleach them on a regular basis. However, there are those who don't care for bleach. So here's one for you. Brush the grout with baking soda, then spritz the tiles with white vinegar. Let the mixture stand for about half an hour then just wipe clean, no scrubbing necessary.
  3. A homemade nausea cure. Ginger tea, that's the real spice that most of us have in our kitchen cupboards, of course fresh ginger is best, however using the powdered spice is just fine. A half teaspoon in a cup of hot water sipped as needed, will take care of that nausea.
  4. Here's one I can testify works. An anti-drug method to clear a stuffy nose. Most of us have used or heard about the "curiously strong" mint called ALTOIDS. Well, what works is chewing two of the mints, and instantly your nose opens, all without the use of an inhaler, and harmless to all, except maybe if used too often, your teeth might suffer a bit.
  5. Oh, oh here's one that those of us who don't like to take medicine will like. A good sore throat cure. Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey, and 1 tablespoon taken six times a day should do the trick.
  6. Have you ever thought of this one. It appears today more of us have tile floors, than before. When these are wet danger lurks around every corner. If children run through, or even if we walk through before it is completely dry it's an accident waiting to happen. Well, here's what I do, when there is danger of someone walking through, I always have a towel handy, I'll put it down and walk it around the floor until it's dry, especially in the traffic areas.


So, that's it for this session, stay tuned for upcoming sessions. If you haven't kept up with the series, follow the links below to catch up.


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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Hey Wooded I'd like to know how it turns out. It actually works well for me. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      I can't wait to try out number 1 - I have a friend that does this to me every other day at a minimum. Ha - this is going to be great! You ought to write a book with these great tips - Thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Oh thank you so much heavenbound5511, for the addition to this hub. I probably should include this in the hub. Thanks again for stopping, I'll see you very soon.

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      heavenbound5511 7 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

      Hi Fastfreta.

      I really like all the pages you have been doing on helpful tips. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a good Christmas!

      Helpful hint on the sore throat vinegar and and honey home treatment- brush teeth with baking soda to prevent your teeth enamel from weakening from the vinegar.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Randy, you too, I mean dyed in the wool bleach user.

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Merry Christmas, fastfreda! I'm a firm believer in using bleach for cleaning lots of things!


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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Hey dj, thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      dj 7 years ago

      Some good ideas. Thanks

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Hello, hello, I'm glad to be back. My computer is back, I'm no longer at the mercy of a borrowed computer.

      Hey there Micky Dee, glad to see ya. Thanks!

      Yes lindacee give it a try, believe me, it works every time.

      Thank you all for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment, please come back.

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      lindacee 7 years ago from Arizona

      My favorite is the one about talking to the self-absorbed friend. I'll give it a try next time! Thanks fastfreta!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Buttons up fastfreta! Great tips here! Thank you Dear!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great help and well written hub. Glad you are back.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you very much Tom for your kindness. See you soon.

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Good hub, Merry Christmas to you Freta!! Peace!! Tom

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you very much Pam for weighing in so quickly. I have frequently used ginger for nausea and it really does work.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Excellent tips using things we have around the house. I have used ginger but I didn't know about some of those cures. Thanks for the tips.


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