Restore dishwasher interior with Iron Out
QUESTION: I enjoy your column in the paper and learn so much from it. Now I am looking for your advice for my problem. The inside of my dishwasher has been turning a brown colour over the last year or so and I don’t know why. I have not changed from the regular detergent that I have been using for a number of years. Is there any way to restore the original nice white colour? Thank you. Bertha, Winnipeg
ANSWER: The most effective way to restore your dishwasher back to a nice bright white colour is with the help of a product called Iron Out. Refer to the directions on the container and ventilate well while using. QUESTION: I noticed that my electric kettle is looking a little dark and dingy and now there are bits of debris floating in my hot water. What is the best non-toxic way to clean the inside of my
kettle? Thanks, Jacquie (Lorette)
ANSWER: It’s time to turbo clean! Simply pour enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the kettle. Boil the contents for five minutes. Turn the element off and leave overnight. Pour out contents in the morning and check out the shine. QUESTION: I have a leather briefcase with fabric lining and, of course, a bottle of correction fluid opened and spilled inside. It is now dry. How do I remove this stain?
P.S. I’m the one who sent you the gum solution with the hot vinegar a while back. Thanks for printing it in the Winnipeg Free Press. We can all use any help you are willing to share. I’m in B.C. on vacation right now so don’t get column and I really miss it. Thanks for all the good work. Linda, Winnipeg
ANSWER: Correction fluid must be treated as paint. If possible, pull the liner out of your purse and soak the area in paint thinner. Swipe the area back and forth with a stiff brush. After the correction fluid has disappeared, soak the cloth lining in dish soap and water or shampoo and water to remove the smell. Happy holidays! QUESTION: What is the best way to clean grease stains on my concrete driveway? Lucille (Ste. Anne)
ANSWER: If the stain is fresh, sprinkle the area with a liberal amount of kitty litter. For older stains apply a hot solution of one cup washing soda, one quarter cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) per gallon of water. Scrub or pressure wash the stain. As a last resort, combat tough spills with muriatic acid and a pressure washer. Apply the acid following the manufacturer’s directions, and let it soak for several seconds. Keep in mind that muriatic acid is a dangerous product; if you must use it, wear rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles and protective clothing, and never wash it down storm drains. Test all solutions on an inconspicuous area first. Feedback from Reader: Hi Reena, I read in a recent column about your formula for a good auto interior freshener. I have a tip that is very effective and I have been using it for years. I am very sensitive to strong odours. My tip: Take a bar of your favourite bath soap and cut a one-inch by one-inch square in the wrapper or box and toss it under the front seat. If you need it stronger pull the wrapper half off or take it off altogether as time goes by, and you can even toss another bar under the passenger’s seat. This will take care of old car smell, cigarette smoke, pet smell, musty damp odours, etc. and it will last for six months or more, plus you can still use it as a bar of soap when you replace it with a new one. I have two old vehicles and this works very well in keeping the interiors smelling nice and clean. Thanks, Denis
Fabulous Tips of the Week:
• I have six children and try to save as much money as I can. Baby wipes are so expensive that I found a more “frugal” substitute. I cut my husband’s old T-shirts into “wipe-size” and made a solution of two tablespoons of baby shampoo with two cups of water. I then soak the T-shirt scraps until they are really wet; ring out the excess and store them in a plastic bowl with a cover. I always keep a plastic bag with me for the soiled ones. I have a small diaper pail that I fill with a solution of detergent (hand washable kind) that I put them in to soak (this removes a lot). I just wash them and reuse them. Pat, Winnipeg
• I clean my indoor plants with mayonnaise and it leaves them shiny. My technique is to apply a tiny dollop of mayonnaise onto a moistened cloth and wipe the most visible leaves. The oil in mayonnaise gives plants a good cleaning. The downside is this method may possibly instil a strong desire to make yourself potato salad. Asia (Treherne)
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”— Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
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