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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE (R)- Good Drain Maintenance Keeps Plumber at Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARY HUNT, Creators Syndicate   
Thursday, 03 March 2011 02:46

Dear Mary: I have had the good fortune of receiving spa products as gifts over the years, which I have used and enjoyed.

What is the best "cleanup" for my pipes after using these products, which contain a lot of oil? I am afraid of running up a plumbing bill that would restress me out! — Brenda, Texas

Dear Brenda: Once a month, perform this maintenance on all of your home's

drains: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Carefully follow with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. (It may bubble up, but it is not toxic.) Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, pour 1 gallon of boiling water down the drain. That should handle any oily, greasy buildup.

Dear Mary: Is there really any difference in brands and types of olive oil? — Oveeda, Florida

Dear Oveeda: Olive oil resembles wine in terms of production, complexity of taste, and sometimes even price. A high-quality olive oil can fetch as high a price as that of a good wine. It all comes down to taste and your personal preference. Unlike wine, however, olive oil does not get better with age.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil is typically the most expensive because only a small portion of the initial pressing can qualify as "extra-virgin."

Common olive oil has an acidity of 3.3 percent or less; virgin oil has an acidity of 2 percent or less; extra-virgin olive oil has an acidity of no more than 0.8 percent.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 03:19