STAINS ARE A PAIN

Hair dryer helps erase steam marks, while S.O.S pad res­cues dis­coloured floor

Ottawa Citizen - - HOME LIFE - REENA NERBAS So­lu­tions & Sub­sti­tu­tions

Q My elec­tric ket­tle didn’t shut off and the steam caused a white film on the door of my cab­i­nets. I tried wip­ing it off, adding oil con­di­tioner and scrub­bing it lightly. Noth­ing worked. Maybe it dis­coloured the ure­thane. Any sug­ges­tions?

A Us­ing a hair dryer on the hottest set­ting, move the dryer over the white mark to draw out the mois­ture. As you heat the area, rub the sur­face with a soft cloth. The sooner you tackle this chal­lenge, the bet­ter. Q How can I pre­vent fit­ted sheets from com­ing off the cor­ners of my bed? This drives me crazy!

A You can pur­chase or sew clasp straps (also called sheet sus­penders) that hold cor­ners in place. Or con­sider pur­chas­ing draw­string fit­ted sheets, not only will the sheets stay in place, but the linens ap­pear less wrin­kled — just tighten the draw­string to se­cure sheets.

Q I want to make a fruit plat­ter. How can I tell when a pineap­ple is ripe?

A Great ques­tion! Tug on one of the pineap­ple leaves. If the leaf is loose, the pineap­ple is ripe. Q I was won­der­ing if you might have a so­lu­tion for clean­ing felt pen marker off the wall?

A Per­ma­nent marker stains of­ten need a lit­tle gen­tle per­sua­sion

in com­bi­na­tion with an ef­fec­tive ink re­mover. Try one of the fol­low­ing prod­ucts and scrub with an abra­sive cloth (not an S.O.S pad or steel wool): WD -40, paint thin­ner, ace­tone, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, rub­bing al­co­hol or glyc­er­ine. If the marker re­mains, sand with fine sand­pa­per and touch up the area with paint.

FEED­BACK FROM READER

Re: Easy-Off Stain I read in your col­umn about the lady who got Easy Off Oven Cleaner on the floor de­spite hav­ing news­pa­pers down. I just want to let you know the same thing hap­pened to me and I tried all my clean­ing prod­ucts — and noth­ing helped. Then my daugh­ter came to visit and said, “Oh, just use an S.O.S pad” and she pro­ceeded to clean my floor, and the spots came off per­fectly. Sub­mit­ted by He­len

SMART LIFE HACKS

Peanut but­ter hint: The peanut but­ter in the bot­tom third of the jar is al­ways such a has­sle to get at with­out get­ting peanut but­ter all over my knuck­les, so I have two so­lu­tions. (1) Use a large spoon and soft-blade scraper to re­move the peanut but­ter and trans­fer it to a small snap-top

con­tainer; or (2) us­ing a box cut­ter, very care­fully cut off the top two thirds of plas­tic jar and cover the re­main­ing open con­tainer of peanut but­ter with plas­tic wrap. Sub­mit­ted by Dave

I use Glad Press and Seal pa­per to line the shelves in my fridge. When they be­come dirty, I toss them. No wip­ing and no mess! Sub­mit­ted by Chris­tine

I make pan­cakes in the shape of gin­ger­bread men. Place a gin­ger­bread cookie cut­ter onto the fry­ing pan; and pour the pan­cake bat­ter in­side. When the bat­ter sets, take the cut­ter off and flip the per­fectly shaped pan­cake. Sub­mit­ted by Chris­tine

Make your own night cream: Com­bine 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil, 1/8 cup (30 mL) vine­gar and 1/4 (60 mL) wa­ter. The oil soft­ens and mois­tur­izes skin, while vine­gar light­ens dis­col­orations, kills bac­te­ria and loosens dead skin. Dampen face be­fore use. Sub­mit­ted by Mor­gen

Note: Ev­ery user as­sumes all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. Reena Nerbas is a pop­u­lar mo­ti­va­tional pre­sen­ter for large and small groups; check out her web­site: reena. ca. Ask a ques­tion or share a tip at reena.ca

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