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Everyday Cheapskate: Ask Me Anything: Fruit Flies, Rusty Garden Tools, Eufy HomeVac HEPA-Style Filters

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Remove them from the solution, and wipe them down with a rag or paper towel to dry. Then clean the rust off with steel wool. Heavily rusted blades may need a second soaking after the first layer of rust has come off. You may have to work at this a good bit, depending on how badly these shears have rusted. Once they're clean, sharpen the blades as necessary, and then lubricate the moving parts with fresh motor oil (any grade will do), the kind you put in your car.

Consider storing your tools in a bucket of sand mixed with enough motor oil to resemble wet snow. Plunge the blades down into the wet sand between uses. This will keep the tools lubricated and also prevent them from rusting again.

Dear Mary: Following your recommendation, I purchased -- and love -- my new Eufy HomeVac cordless stick vacuum. Now I need to know where I can purchase a HEPA-style filter replacement. -- Pamela

Dear Pamela: Your best bet is to get filters on Amazon. You want the Eufy HomeVac replacement HEPA-style filter, accessory for T2401. It's about $7.

I've been using my Eufy HomeVac stick vacuum for nearly a year, and I have not replaced the filter yet. I empty it regularly and blow out the filter. But I have a new one on hand and ready to go because when that thing wears out, I don't want to wait even a few days for a replacement. I'm impatient that way!


To J.W., Dorothy and Pamela: Thanks for writing. It was great to hear from you!


Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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