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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 27, 2006

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Clean and shiny world

Advertiser Staff

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If you're sprucing up your home for the holidays, consider these eco-friendly cleaners, courtesy of www.MarthaStewart.com:

  • Use club soda as a window and glass cleaner. Use a 100-percent-cotton cloth to wipe off the club soda.

  • Polish wood with olive oil. Mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice, and use a soft cloth to apply to wood.

  • Dip half a lemon in baking soda for a great sink cleaner.

    Zenaida Serrano



    KEEP IT SIMPLE



    TRIMMING THE CHRISTMAS COSTS

    Christmas on a budget? It's possible, says Tawra Kellam, publisher of LivingOnADime.com. Some of her tips:

  • Yard sales and thrift stores equal great savings. You can find a lot of new or nearly new items for pennies on the dollar.

  • If you find an item that comes in a gift set, give parts of it to different recipients. This is great for bath or perfume sets.

  • Take advantage of the after-Christmas sales and plan your large extended-family gathering for the week after Christmas. Besides being less expensive, it is unlikely to interfere with anyone else's Christmas plans.

    Zenaida Serrano



    FINAL WORD

    "The most important skill in staying calm is not to lose sleep over small issues. The second most important skill is to be able to view all issues as small issues."

    Paul Wilson | author of "The Little Book of Calm"