Homesteading Tips: Shoe Care, Garden Boot Scraper and Cleaning Rugs

MOTHER's Bi-monthly Almanac shares homesteading tips, this issue covers shoe care, a garden boot scraper and how to clean rugs.

| May/June 1978

MOTHER's Bi-monthly Almanac shares helpful homesteading tips on shoe care, a garden boot scraper and cleaning rugs.

Homesteading Tips

Shoe Care

As nice weather again draws folks outdoors, participation in jogging, tennis, and other summertime sports automatically rises. Which means a rise in "fancy footwork" all across the nation . . . which, in turn, means that millions of sneakers and sports shoes will soon start to wear down (and probably just when they're really beginning to feel broken in and comfy).

If this happens to you, wait! There may be some miles left in that athletic footwear yet. Just trot on over to the local hardware store and pick up an electric glue gun and some sticks of adhesive (get glue sticks, not caulk). Then simply wipe the dirt from each worn down shoe sole, heat up a stick or two of glue, and apply a smooth, even coat of the adhesive over the damaged area (take care, of course, to keep the glue's surface level with the surface of the sole).

Let the built-up coating dry overnight . . . and, once again, you'll be all set to scamper about in your favorite "good as new" shoes . . . without the danger of ankle or knee problems caused by running on angled surfaces.

Making an Umbrella Trellis

This idea may carry recycling to its extreme, but. . .

If you have a discarded umbrella hiding someplace in a closet, why not "plant" it in your flower or vegetable garden as a support for climbing vines? Simply remove the cloth from the frame and run a wire through the tip of each rib (wrapping it around each point once to hold the arches stationary and equally spaced apart). Then insert the handle in the ground with some climbing plant growing beneath it.

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