Wet iPhone? No prob­lem, just rice it

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

QUES­TION: I dropped my iPhone in the wa­ter. Is there any­thing I can do to fix it or is it garbage? — Karla An­swer: Step 1: Turn the phone off im­me­di­ately.

Step 2: Dry the phone with a soft towel (not a hair dryer).

Step 3: Fill a seal­able plas­tic bag with dry un­cooked rice. Place the phone in­side the bag and re­move as much of the air as pos­si­ble. Close the bag and leave for 24 to 36 hours. The rice will ab­sorb the dam­ag­ing mois­ture. Check the liq­uid con­duc­tor light on the side of the phone; if the phone was dam­aged by wa­ter, the light will shine red (in­stead of the nor­mal white or sil­ver colour). If the light is red, take the phone to a spe­cial­ist for re­pair.

Ques­tion: How can I re­move wa­ter­marks off wood? The ta­ble is an­tique, so I am aware noth­ing will work if the mark has pen­e­trated into the fin­ish. In that event I’ll just sew a cloth cover for the ta­ble. Thank you. — Joan

An­swer: You are right. Since the ta­ble is an an­tique, the wa­ter may have stripped the fin­ish off the wood. If this is the case, you will need to refinish the sur­face of the ta­ble. But first, place a tea towel onto the area and press the mark with a warm iron. Ob­serve whether the stain is gone. Next, smear may­on­naise over the spot, leave for one hour and wipe. If the stain re­mains, sand and refinish the ta­ble.

Ques­tion: Why are English cu­cum­bers shrink-wrapped?

An­swer: If you were to com­pare the ap­pear­ance of a shrink-wrapped English cu­cum­ber over two weeks ver­sus a non-wrapped English cu­cum­ber, you No XMP or IPTC Header Found would no­tice that the shrink-wrapped cu­cum­ber lasts about three times longer. Shrink-wrap­ping re­duces de­hy­dra­tion and dam­age to cu­cum­bers dur­ing trans­port and re­duces the amount of mois­ture lost from the cu­cum­ber. Re­move plas­tic and cut off both ends of the cu­cum­ber, be­cause the ends are a lit­tle bit­ter. If you are cut­ting plas­tic off of sev­eral cu­cum­bers, con­sider us­ing an elec­tric knife to cut the plas­tic off. Take ex­tra care not to cut your­self when us­ing an elec­tric knife be­cause the cu­cum­ber may roll while you are work­ing with it.

Shrink wrap­ping: Items such as bat­ter­ies are im­pris­oned in­side thick plas­tic shrink wrap, mak­ing the pack­age dif­fi­cult to open. Run a can opener along the edge of the pack­age to open it, just as you would if you were open­ing a can. Or cut the pack­age edge with tin snips. If the pack­age comes with a hole at the top, grab the hole with both hands and pull.

Stitched rice bag: The stiches often break as you open the bag. Turn the bag so that the smooth stiches are fac­ing you and the looped stiches are on the back. With the bag fac­ing you, un­tan­gle any strings stick­ing out on the right side. Gen­tly pull the string; it should un­ravel and free all the stiches. If you pull the wrong string, the stitches be­come tan­gled and won’t open.

Flour and sugar bags: No mat­ter how care­ful you are, some of the con­tents spill as you open flour and sugar bags. Drop the bag onto the counter so most of the con­tents fall to the bot­tom of the bag. Place the bag in your dry kitchen sink. In­stead of tear­ing the bag, use scis­sors, thereby re­duc­ing spillage.

Save Pringles lids; the di­am­e­ter is the same as many drink­ing glasses. If you aren’t able to fin­ish a glass of liq­uid, such as milk, close the cup with a Pringles lid. This pre­vents the drink from spilling while it’s be­ing stored in the fridge. Ran out of eggs? Sub­sti­tute half a banana for one egg in recipes.

Save your old glass Parme­san cheese shaker be­cause it may come in handy. Fill it with flour and sprin­kle onto sur­faces that re­quire flour. Also makes a great dis­penser for peo­ple who like to keep a sugar/cin­na­mon mix­ture on hand. 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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