Don’t cry over spilled milk or mouldy bird feed­ers

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

Q— Can you please tell me how I can pre­vent mould from form­ing in my hum­ming­bird feeder? Orve, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — The eas­i­est so­lu­tion for re­sist­ing mould in feed­ers is to move the feeder into the shade. When it comes to hum­ming­bird feed­ers, the rule of thumb is to change the so­lu­tion ev­ery three days. How­ever, if mould read­ily ac­cu­mu­lates in the feeder, the feeder needs daily clean­ing and chang­ing. Boil and cool the wa­ter be­fore adding sugar. Keep in mind that the stronger the sugar con­tent in the feeder, the faster the mould forms. Clean the feeder with ei­ther vine­gar and wa­ter or bleach and wa­ter. Rinse well. QUES­TION — I would like to make news­pa­per logs for an out­door fire­place. Is it safe for peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment to burn news­pa­per? I ap­pre­ci­ate your re­sponse. Eve­lyn, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — Ac­cord­ing to the EPA, burn­ing news­pa­per is safe. In fact the EPA rec­om­mends, “Start fires only with news­pa­per, dry kin­dling and all nat­u­ral or or­ganic fire starters. Never start a fire with gaso­line, kerosene, or char­coal starter.” QUES­TION — My friend had her car for three days and then she spilt a whole quart of milk in the back seat. The smell is AW­FUL. Any ideas? Lori (Giroux, MB) AN­SWER — The first so­lu­tion is to use heavy-duty laun­dry de­ter­gent (bleach free) and wa­ter to blot the en­tire area that smells. Leave the win­dows open so that the sur­face fibers dry. Next slice up ap­ples thinly and lay them all over the en­tire sur­face of the milk mess. Leave for a few days, this has had great re­sults! The smell will need time to evap­o­rate. Another op­tion is to blot the area with hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide and am­mo­nia but re­mem­ber to test this on the up­hol­stery first! Worst case sce­nario, bring the car to an au­to­mo­tive cen­tre, they will zap the smell with an ozone ma­chine. QUES­TION — What is the best way to store photo al­bums so that they do not warp over time? Brent (Bran­don, MB) AN­SWER — You want to get the most out of your photo al­bums and all of the hard work that you put into mak­ing them a last­ing mem­ory. Store your al­bums where you spend most of your time, not in at­tics or in the base­ment (where wa­ter dam­age is al­ways a threat). Po­si­tion al­bums up and down, ver­ti­cally, your pho­tos will be­come warped if stored on their sides.

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