Cleaning Tile With Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The tile in my kitchen and breakfast nook are absolutely disgusting. I’ve tried so many things to clean them, but nothing has worked. Then my dad read somewhere that Magic Erasers will clean tile. I tried it out and the results were incredible so I went to Costco (because Mr. Clean Magic Erasers happened to be on sale there) and got a whole bunch.

I’m just amazed at how after just a few minutes of effort, the tiles look as good as they did when we bought the house.

They are not kidding when they call them magic!


Science: Oxidation and Reduction

Weeks 32 and 33 of school we learned about oxidation and reduction using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 19.

We watched a couple YouTube videos.

We soaked pre-1982 pennies in salted vinegar. When we took them out they were nice and shiny, but within minutes they had grown greenish stuff over them. We put two silver ungalvanized nails in the vinegar and after about 15 minutes, they were copper colored.

We made a silver nitrate solution and added a coiled copper wire to it. Over the next few minutes, the solution turned from clear to blue and bits of silver grew between the coils. This is probably our favorite experiment we’ve ever done. It was really cool to watch it happen.

We started steel wool rusting in water with and without salt.

We watched a couple more YouTube videos.

We dipped apple quarters in plain water, water mixed with lemon juice, and water mixed with vitamin C. We left the fourth quarter undipped. We didn’t get to finish this experiment exactly because while we were waiting for oxidation to happen, my father, not realizing the plate of apples was an experiment, ate the undipped quarter and the quarter dipped in plain water. That was all right, though, because we’ve all see how apples brown and we were able to observe that, of the two that were left, the one dipped in lemon juice browned faster than the one dipped in vitamin C water.

Sometimes you need an adultier adult

Last Friday morning Ani left for her Airrosti appointment. A couple minutes later she called because she thought her car’s wheel had fallen off and needed an adultier adult to help.

She wasn’t far off. It was still attached, but the ball joint had broken and the drive shaft had pulled out of the differential (no, I have no idea what that means).

I immediately knocked on my parents’ bedroom door to ask my dad to come with me to rescue her because I needed an adultier adult as well.

Even though it looked like the car bled out on the ground (transmission fluid everywhere and it’s a reddish color – it really looked horrible), the guy at the shop says it’s a pretty easy fix. We’ll see if he’s right.