Cit­ric acid could solve dish­washer dilemma

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

I have tried run­ning the glasses through a cy­cle for clean­ing the washer it­self, and the pots and pans set­ting with cleanser, to no ef­fect. My daugh­ter sug­gested soak­ing them in vine­gar but there was no ef­fect. Just won­der­ing if you might have a sug­ges­tion. They are gor­geous glasses but I must ad­mit it is em­bar­rass­ing to use them as they are. Thank you for read­ing this and any ad­vice you may of­fer. Pa­tri­cia, Richer

AN­SWER: Typ­i­cally etch­ing or fog­gi­ness oc­curs due to one of the fol­low­ing rea­sons: Too much de­ter­gent, lack of rinse aid, over­loaded dish­washer, wa­ter tem­per­a­ture too hot, lack of wa­ter soft­ener on hard wa­ter sys­tems or de­ter­gent that’s not com­pat­i­ble with the ma­chine.

To re­move mild etch­ing, head to the near­est phar­macy and ask for cit­ric acid. Put the glasses in the dish­washer, add the cit­ric acid to the soap dis­penser and run the cy­cle as usual. If the etch­ing stays it is likely per­ma­nent. You can also soak the glasses in vine­gar and rub them with fine steel wool. Don’t get too ex­cited if at first the glasses look brand new be­cause the etch­ing may re­turn when the glasses dry.

From peo­ple with etch­ing chal­lenges, I have heard pos­i­tive re­sults re­gard­ing phos­phate-free Pal­mo­live gel dish­washer de­ter­gent (le­mon splash scent). How­ever, you may need to ex­per­i­ment with a few dif­fer­ent brands.

QUES­TION: Can you please tell me the best way to store fresh pars­ley? Thanks so much. Gail, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: To store pars­ley and main­tain op­ti­mum vi­ta­mins, rinse the pars­ley well in ei­ther wa­ter or 50/50 vine­gar and wa­ter. Lay the pars­ley in a sin­gle layer on a tea towel and roll it up. Fold ends in and put the roll in­side a plas­tic bag. Seal the bag. Re­frig­er­ate in­side your crisper.

QUES­TION: Can you please tell me how to re­move grease from a gran­ite coun­ter­top and back­splash? Jim, Winnipeg

AN­SWER: When deal­ing with wa­ter or oil stains on gran­ite, use a poul­tice. To make the poul­tice: Cut eight pa­per tow­els into pieces that are a lit­tle larger than the stain. Im­merse them in ace­tone (from a hard­ware store, not nail pol­ish re­mover) and place them on the stain. Cover the area with plas­tic wrap and tape edges, us­ing mask­ing tape. Let it sit for 24 hours. Let it airdry four to five hours. If un­suc­cess­ful, reap­ply un­til the stain is gone.

Tip: Do not use a plas­tic spat­ula to ap­ply the ace­tone be­cause it will melt. Test on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first be­cause ace­tone car­ries the risk of strip­ping the fin­ish. To pre­vent fur­ther stains, con­sider seal­ing gran­ite (de­pend­ing on what kind of gran­ite you own). Feed­back from reader who cares With re­gard to your Oct. 12 col­umn on pep­pers, I must tell you I had a bumper crop this year and the green pep­pers do not turn yel­low and then red. The green pep­pers will turn red but the yel­low and orange do not turn red, they go from green to yel­low or orange and stay that way. I do en­joy your col­umn. Keep up the good work. Jim Fab­u­lous Hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide tips

My hus­band passed this recipe on to me: It’s a stain re­mover that works even on set stains! This morn­ing, my clumsy self spilt rasp­berry/black­berry mush on light pants, cof­fee on a white top and then grease on a shirt I’d wash and dried. If a recipe is re­quired, it doesn’t hap­pen, but re­mem­ber­ing three in­gre­di­ents I can do. I put a few drops of Blue Dawn, a cap of 3% hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide and a half-tea­spoon of bak­ing soda in a very small spray bot­tle, filled it with wa­ter and rubbed gen­tly (I don’t rec­om­mend scrub­bing — let it work a bit). I will use up but pur­chase no more iffy ‘stain re­mov­ing’ prod­ucts. The world should know about this and I al­ways en­joy your col­umn. Char­lotte, Winnipeg

Brush your teeth be­fore you dress. Many types of tooth­paste on the mar­ket con­tain whitener (hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide) and when tooth­paste splat­ters onto cloth­ing it can cause per­ma­nent bleach stains (which you may have no­ticed from your dis­coloured tow­els).

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a speaker for an up­com­ing event? Check out my brand new videos/blog/web­site: reena. ca.

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