Since this is a "talk about anything" forum, I thought I'd explain some things that everyone should know, but most people don't....
1. How to clean mildew off silicone caulk.:bliss:
Mix bleach (straight out of the jug) into either baking soda or talcum powder to make a thick paste that's thin enough to spread smoothly. Use a spoon to put that paste on your bathtub or sink, and use the spoon to spread the paste uniformly along the silicone caulk you want to clean. Cover with Saran Wrap (or any "clingy" food wrap for at least a day and preferably two or three. The clingy food wrap prevents the bleach from evaporating out of the paste. When you remove the Saran wrap and the now stiffer paste, your silicone caulk will be white as Manitoba snow. If you have a plastic or fiberglass tub, you should probably test in an inconspicuous area first. Also, if you mix bleach with baking soda, the baking soda is a lot denser and tends to gravitate to the bottom of the mixing container. So, you have to mix the slurry before taking each spoonful out to spread on the silicone.
2. How to locate the sources of pet urine odors.:confetti:
All mammal urine will fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Professional cleaning contractors will use ultraviolet lights made specifically for this purpose to locate the source or pet odors. And, of course, you can tell how effective your cleaning is by how rapidly the area you're cleaning loses it's fluorescence.
Take a look at this professional model of UV light:
3. How to make a better frozen pizza.:p
I spent the first summer after my 16th birthday working for minimum wage in a pizza joint. Of the two people working there, I was head cleaner, head dish washer, head delivery driver, assistant head waiter and assistant head pizza chef. We were supposed to ask customers whether they wanted a thin crisp crust on their pizza or a soft rising crust. The ONLY difference in cooking the pizza is if the customer wanted a soft rising crust, we would smear olive oil on the underside of the pizza dough before putting the sauce and toppings on. The oil would prevent moisture from evaporating out of the dough during baking, and the result was a thicker, softer crust. That same trick works on frozen pizza. Just turn the pizza over when it's still frozen (so the toppings stay in place), smear plenty of oil on the bottom (I just pour some on and use my fingers to spread it), turn it right side up again, put it on a baking sheet for baking, and, of course, put more toppings on it before baking it. (It's important to oil the dough and not the baking pan to ensure the oil gets absorbed into the dough and prevents moisture from evaporating out of the dough.