So­lu­tions and sub­sti­tu­tions

This week: dish­wash­ers, dented floor­ing and cook­ing pasta

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - NEWS - Reena Ner­bas is a pop­u­lar mo­ti­va­tional pre­sen­ter for large and small groups; check out her web­site: Ask a ques­tion or share a tip at REENA NER­BAS House­hold So­lu­tions

Dear Reena,

I am very fed up with my dish­washer. Af­ter run­ning a cy­cle, the bot­tom and in­sides of the cups are caked with baked on food. The cut­lery ends up with food hard­ened onto each piece. The dish­washer was ex­pen­sive and it is only two years old. What can I do to fix this prob­lem? Al­bert

Dear Al­bert,

New dish­wash­ers are made to be wa­ter ef­fi­cient and use less en­ergy, be­cause of this, some dish­wash­ers don’t clean as well as they once did. Ap­pli­ances use less wa­ter and basins tends to clog up, re­quir­ing reg­u­lar clean­ing; be­cause the de­bris in the bot­tom of the dish­washer pre­vents the wa­ter from cir­cu­lat­ing prop­erly. Ei­ther hire a handy per­son or take the dish­washer apart on your own.

Be­gin by un­snap­ping and re­mov­ing dish­washer racks. Re­move the top sprayer arm. Re­move the lower spray arm, this is a lit­tle trick­ier be­cause you will need to un­screw all the screws and some of them might be hid­den. Af­ter the dish­washer basin is dis­as­sem­bled, you will see all kinds of de­bris such as: tooth­picks, chicken bones, pieces of gar­lic etc. Clean and re­assem­ble the dish­washer.

Hope­fully with reg­u­lar main­te­nance, your dish­washer will run well from now on.

Dear Reena

I read your hints in the news­pa­per every week­end and use many of the so­lu­tions. I moved our fridge to clean un­der­neath and no­tice that there is a dented line on the floor­ing. Is there any­thing that can be done to lessen the dent? Thanks, Miriam

Dear Miriam,

Your best bet is to ei­ther heat the area with a hair dryer, the vinyl will soften and puff up. Or lay a tea towel over the dent and gen­tly heat the line with a warm iron to help it ex­pand back to shape.

Dear Reena,

I am new to the world of cook­ing and have a ques­tion for the sim­plest dish, pasta. What does it mean when the in­struc­tions on the pack­age say to cook the noo­dles, “al dente”? Rowanda

Dear Rowanda,

This Ital­ian phrase means, “to the tooth” and refers to the cook­ing time. In other words, the pasta should be cooked so that it re­mains slightly firm and chewy in­stead of soft.

Feed­back that will Make You Smile

Re: Match­ing socks

Hi I laughed and laughed at your “match your feet” ar­ti­cle! Hav­ing a hus­band and 3 boys, match­ing socks was al­ways a chore as some would go miss­ing every wash! My so­lu­tion: don’t wear match­ing socks! It has led to many in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions with to­tal strangers in­form­ing me my socks don’t match!

And the mak­ing of new friends. I feel the “match­ing” trend was started by a very good sales­man as there is no rea­son socks have to match! If my fam­ily wanted their socks to match,

THEY were the ones to make them match not ME. So, don’t stress any­more, step out­side the box and don’t ever match again it’s a truly free­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! Elaine

Best Tips of the Week

• Pre­vent your eyes from tear­ing while chop­ping onions by hold­ing a stain­less-steel spoon be­tween your teeth dur­ing the process. Sub­mit­ted by: Brit­tany

• If you run out of tooth­paste, cut the bot­tom off the tube, in­sert tooth­brush up the tube from the bot­tom. You’ll be sur­prised how much tooth­paste is still in that tube - enough to last sev­eral more days! Hilda

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.

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