WD-40 great for get­ting tape off win­dows

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

QUES­TION: I reg­u­larly read your house­hold so­lu­tions in the Win­nipeg Free Press and find them very help­ful. I am hop­ing that you can help me with my prob­lem: I have scotch tape on my win­dows due to ap­ply­ing de­cals etc. I’m afraid to scrape it off be­cause I don’t want to dam­age the win­dow. Can you help me? Doreen, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Help is on the way! Spray the area with WD-40. Leave for 10 min­utes and gen­tly scrape all residue with a plas­tic putty knife. All stick­i­ness will be gone in a snap! QUES­TION: I have a pair of cov­er­alls made in Mex­ico; they are 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent cot­ton. The cov­er­alls smell like a barn and the smell won’t go away. I have washed them in hot wa­ter and bak­ing soda. I would re­ally like your ex­per­tise on get­ting rid of this smell. Anony­mous (Dauphin, MB)

AN­SWER: In a stain­less steel pot, boil the cov­er­alls in one half-cup wash­ing soda and enough wa­ter to cover the fab­ric. Al­low the wa­ter to boil for five min­utes, turn the el­e­ment off and let soak for one hour. Hang to dry. If the smell re­mains, the odour is likely part of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process; in this case the smell is per­ma­nent.

AN­SWER: Un­less you are will­ing to re­place the mir­ror, your best and safest so­lu­tion is to visit your lo­cal hard­ware store and pur­chase a re­pair kit specif­i­cally de­signed to re­pair cracked mir­rors.

AN­SWER: Spring is in the air and it’s time to freshen! Vacuum ar­eas to re­move any ex­cess dirt. Wash the af­fected area with a so­lu­tion of a half-cup Lysol and one gal­lon of hot wa­ter. Rinse with a so­lu­tion of one cup lemon juice and one cup salt to a gal­lon of hot wa­ter. Al­low the can­vas to air dry in the sun. A com­bi­na­tion of bleach and wa­ter is an­other so­lu­tion; how­ever test on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. Mix a halfcup house­hold bleach, one-quar­ter cup of (am­mo­nia free) liq­uid laun­dry de­ter­gent and one gal­lon of hot QUES­TION: I have a hint and a ques­tion. My hint: I leave a sheet of pa­per towel in my mi­crowave when I cook, that way I hardly ever have to clean the mi­crowave be­cause the pa­per towel catches ev­ery­thing and takes away cook­ing odours like pizza etc.

Reena’s Note: Use pa­per towel in the mi­crowave ONLY if the pack­age states, “mi­crowave safe”.

My ques­tion is: How can I fix a crack in a mir­ror panel? Thanks, I love your hints. Irma, Win­nipeg

QUES­TION: I have a screened-in gazebo with a can­vas type roof (which is at­tached to my house) and is in se­ri­ous need of a good clean­ing on the out­side. It is five years old and has var­i­ous “speck­les” of mould, en­vi­ron­ment drop­pings etc. I would like to know how to best clean it. Can you help me? Joan, Win­nipeg wa­ter. Us­ing a sponge or rag, ap­ply the clean­ing mix­ture lib­er­ally and al­low it to soak for five to 15 min­utes. Wipe down all sur­faces, to re­move the stains and signs of mildew and mould. Feed­back from Man­i­to­ban: Hi Reena, You have given me so much good in­for­ma­tion over the years and I thank you for that. I just thought I’d pass on some things that seemed to work ex­cep­tion­ally well for me in the hopes that oth­ers may also be looking for th­ese so­lu­tions.

We in­stalled one of the new gran­ite stone sinks a cou­ple of years ago in black which looked re­ally sharp with our black ap­pli­ances but af­ter a year or so it started to show an ac­cu­mu­la­tion on the sides of the sink from the al­kali in our wa­ter (we are on a well). I called the com­pany and they sug­gested bleach, Vim or CLR but no one prod­uct seemed to do the job. I was get­ting ex­tremely frus­trated with it, so I called them back again. This time they told me to clean it with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and then coat it with min­eral oil, I did and now I have a brand new sink! It worked so ex­tremely well, and I only have to do this ev­ery cou­ple of weeks, or as is my habit, once a week when I give my sink a re­ally good clean­ing.

An­other so­lu­tion oth­ers may want to try — to clean a man­ual clean­ing oven (I don’t like to use oven cleaner so I just use S.O.S. and el­bow grease), the glass oven door, the in­te­rior just wouldn’t come clean with Win­dex and I was re­luc­tant to use S.O.S. with any ex­treme force. So, since I had just cleaned my black glass coun­ter­top stove with the Ceram­abryte Ce­ramic Cook­top Cleaner, I poured a lit­tle on the oven door and it was ex­tremely easy to re­move the baked on splashes. It cer­tainly wouldn’t be harm­ful to it ei­ther since the black glass on the stove­top would need ten­der loving care also to pre­vent scratches. I was amazed! Val, Hazel­ridge

Fab­u­lous Tips of the Week:

If you have a sticky zip­per here is what you can do to make the zip­per slide bet­ter. Rub a can­dle on the zip­per un­til it works freely. Wax puts a pro­tec­tive coat­ing on the zip­per so it has some pro­tec­tion in the fu­ture. Wax ac­tu­ally is bet­ter than a bar of soap for mak­ing a zip­per work since it will coat the zip­per longer then soap. Iris, Win­nipeg

You may not be able to shape your body the way that you want but you can shape your shrubs, and spring is the best time to start. Cut back a few inches where you want to make the shrub shaped; this will en­sure that over the next few years you will have a nicely shaped shrub. The Mean Green Clean­ing Ma­chine, Reena Nerbas

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!

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