August 11, 2011

Helpful Hint Day

I'm always looking for a good excuse to make one more trip down the school supply aisle.  Here's a worthy reason:  

Now is the time to collect this kind of stuff for the Shoeboxes that will be due in November.  If you haven't had the privilege of filling a Shoebox for a needy kid, I highly recommend it.  Check out the ins-and-outs here.  
It's a great lesson in perspective right before the gift wanting giving season.


Do you have a gas stove?  If so, this might make life a little easier.
My grates were looking disgusting and no matter how hard I scrubbed, soaked or washed I couldn't get the tough stuff off.  Then I read a couple of remedies that were worth a shot.

1. Place the grates outside (out of the sun) on a heavy duty trash bag.  Spray with oven cleaner and walk away.  In about 30 minutes, uses a dry soft cloth and wipe clean.  
A-mazing! Super easy!

Before you wipe the oven cleaner off you might get a little nervous because your grate will look worse than when you started:
 Have no fear, soon your cooktop will be looking like new:

2. Place your grate in a giant ziplock back with a paper towel soaked in ammonia.  Leave overnight and your grate will be sparkling by morning.

**I've tried the first one, but let me know if you've had success with the second one.

What do you like to put into the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes?


heartland farmhouse said...

Those shoe boxes are too much FUN! In years past our church was a drop off site for the boxes from our area. I even got to go to one of the Big distribution centers & help with the final sort before everything was shipped out/overseas!
That was AMAZING! Did you know they add stuff to the emptier boxes?
Perhaps you've taken part in that also?!


tarajj said...

Shopping for shoe box items now or in a few days when it is all marked down is a great idea! Have you used dry erase crayons at your house? I wonder how they would fair in a box with a small board.

Anonymous said...

Such a great idea to get some things now for the shoeboxes! I shall go shopping this week. Thank you for the suggestion!

Kellie said...

OK... so I wonder if the oven cleaner would also work on the "old fashioned" plates that are under burners on a coiled cooktop? Any thoughts on that? Email me your thoughts, my dear. :)

Mom said...

What a great idea! I"m stopping tomorrow to look for fillers for my shoebox!
I bought some oven cleaner not long ago, thinking that someone posted about it cleaning grout on tile floors. That didn't work, but I'll try it on the stove burners since I already have it!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for the shoeboxes! I'm going to pick up a few more things to tuck away just for that purpose!