Of coarse there is a salt pour­ing so­lu­tion!

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

QUES­TION: I bought a brand new salt and pep­per shaker set to place in the mid­dle of my brand new din­ing room ta­ble. The set is quite nice but I find that the holes on the salt shaker were made too large. Salt pours out of the holes very quickly and I end up over salt­ing my food. Do you have any ideas in your bag of tricks as too how I can fix the shaker? Carolyn (Souris, MB)

AN­SWER: Re­place ta­ble salt with course salt so that each grain is larger, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for salt to pour out of the shaker. Also, store rice in­side the salt shaker to keep it fresh longer. If all else fails store some­thing be­sides salt in the shaker such as cin­na­mon, su­gar or bak­ing soda.

While on the sub­ject of salt, did you know that salt and lemon juice made into a paste and rubbed on fabrics is a sim­ple way to zap stains? If you soak fish in salt wa­ter be­fore re­mov­ing scale, it will fall off eas­ier. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier. QUES­TION: I live in the tini­est apart­ment that you have ever seen. It is em­bar­rass­ingly small but I can’t af­ford any­thing else. My prob­lem is that I keep pil­lows and blan­kets at my apart­ment in case com­pany ever drops by and they take up a lot of room (the pil­lows and blan­kets, not the peo­ple). Can you rec­om­mend a way to store them so that they don’t take up so much of my house? Butch (St. Eus­tache, MB)

AN­SWER: As Cana­di­ans we must al­ways count our bless­ings con­sid­er­ing how much of the world’s pop­u­la­tion lives in card­board boxes (without any blan­kets or pil­lows).

In or­der to re­duce the amount of space that pil­lows and blan­kets take up, put them in­side a garbage bag. Put the noz­zle of your vacuum in­side the bag. Wrap the open­ing of the bag around the noz­zle to trap air in­side, hold onto the bag around the noz­zle. Turn on the vacuum. The vacuum will suck out all air and com­press pil­lows and blan­kets greatly. Close the open­ing of the bag with an elas­tic bag so that no air es­capes. When­ever you need to use the pil­lows or blan­kets, open the bag and they will im­me­di­ately fluff up once again. QUES­TION: We re­cently bought some clay can­dle hold­ers in Mex­ico and when we got home and started un­wrap­ping the hold­ers (six in to­tal) we could smell gaso­line. It ap­pears the gaso­line has im­preg­nated the hold­ers and dur­ing the past week we have left them out­side, washed and soaked them in de­ter­gent and wa­ter, and even sprayed them with Fe­breeze. Un­for­tu­nately, none of this has helped. Do you have any sug­ges­tions? Frank, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Over time old clay can start to smell and who knows how long the can­dle hold­ers had been sit­ting be­fore they were pur­chased. Some clay has the abil­ity to smell af­ter only two short weeks de­pend­ing on the ma­te­ri­als used dur­ing man­u­fac­ture. Here are a few ideas to try: Freeze the can­dle hold­ers in your freezer. This has had good re­sults, but you do run the risk of the hold­ers crack­ing from the tem­per­a­ture. Or soak the hold­ers in a mild so­lu­tion of bleach and wa­ter. Lastly, coat the vases with petroleum jelly com­bined with a few drops of tea tree oil (found at many gro­cery stores in the phar­macy). If the smell re­mains, it may de­crease over time or you may be stuck with the smell. QUES­TION: I pur­chased two cus­tomde­signed Huppe ul­tra suede chairs for my liv­ing room a cou­ple of years ago. The arm rests and foot rests now have dirt stains and I do not know what so­lu­tion to use to clean this. I hes­i­tate to use com­mer­cial fur­ni­ture clean­ing prod­ucts. I’ve tried us­ing just wa­ter but that hasn’t worked. What would you rec­om­mend? I’m re­ally looking for­ward to your ex­pert ad­vice on this. Thank you so much for any as­sis­tance you can pro­vide. Co­lette (Win­nipeg)

AN­SWER: What I would do in this sit­u­a­tion is to zap marks on suede us­ing a soft eraser. For larger ar­eas, make a paste of bak­ing soda and wa­ter. Ap­ply to each area and wipe back and forth us­ing a stiff brush. When clean­ing the en­tire chair use ei­ther com­mer­cial cleaner or a brush that has been dipped in vine­gar. Do not over­wet. If your fur­ni­ture is very ex­pen­sive, you may want to get it pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned, just to be safe. Foamy Tips of the Week:

Smear shav­ing cream over a new base­ball mitt to help break it in.

Got a squeaky door? Use shav­ing cream around the joint to lubri­cate it. It should slide or open eas­ily and qui­etly.

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!

Coarse salt, such as kosher salt, can solve an overzeal­ous salt shaker.

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