Re­store dish­washer in­te­rior with Iron Out

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

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

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!

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