Can opener can do more than open cans

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

Q— When­ever I pur­chase house­hold items that have thick pack­ag­ing en­cas­ing them, it takes me a moun­tain of time and frus­tra­tion to re­move the plas­tic. Of­ten my scis­sors can’t cut through the thick plas­tic. Do you have any ideas to make this eas­ier? Glo­ria (Grand Pointe) AN­SWER — Run a man­ual can opener along the edge of the plas­tic. You won’t be­lieve how much eas­ier this task be­comes. QUES­TION — We in­stalled new ap­pli­ances re­cently, and I was able to re­move the thin film protective coat­ing on all but the mi­crowave. The re­main­ing film on the mi­crowave seems thin­ner than the other protective coat­ings that I re­moved. Any sug­ges­tions on how to re­move the re­main­ing film? Jill (Win­nipeg) AN­SWER — With­out know­ing the mi­crowave brand, I can tell you some man­u­fac­tur­ers in­stall thin plas­tic film that is pee­lable only when cer­tain screws are re­moved. Other mi­crowaves have a thin plas­tic coat­ing that is added as a per­ma­nent part to the mi­crowave. Please dou­ble-check the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. If the film is re­mov­able, here are a few tips sent in by other read­ers in this predica­ment: Wipe the mi­crowave with cooking spray and scrape with a plas­tic credit card, or wipe with house­hold am­mo­nia, peel and wash with dish soap and wa­ter. Test on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. QUES­TION — I can’t seem to make my white socks re­main white af­ter laun­der­ing. Any sug­ges­tions? Urma (Neep­awa) AN­SWER – Some lower-qual­ity socks pill and darken af­ter laun­der­ing. Pur­chase medium-qual­ity socks and toss them in a pot with one ta­ble­spoon lemon juice or a half lemon. Boil for five min­utes. Cool and wash as nor­mal. QUES­TION — I have used the same plas­tic con­tain­ers for 25 years, and they are still in good shape. The prob­lem is they carry a food odour I can’t get rid of. I need your help! Michelle (Win­nipeg) AN­SWER — Use a pas­try brush and smear the plas­tic in­te­rior with ei­ther mus­tard or tooth­paste. Make sure you cover ev­ery cor­ner. Fill the con­tainer with wa­ter and leave for a few hours. The smell should be gone. If the con­tain­ers con­tinue to smell, stuff them with crum­pled news­pa­per, seal and leave for a few days. Re­move the news­pa­per. on the glue and length of time soak­ing, the la­bel should slide off as if it were held in place by oil, with lit­tle, if any, sub­se­quent cleanup. If I a guy can use it on his face be­fore shav­ing, it ought not be too harm­ful like other prod­ucts! Sub­mit­ted By: Alan, Win­nipeg

An easy and in­ex­pen­sive way to ab­sorb greasy hair is to rub corn­starch into your scalp. Sub­mit­ted By: Brit­tany

I used to have dif­fi­culty open­ing jars un­til I came across this easy so­lu­tion. Se­cure one elas­tic band around the mid­dle of the jar. Se­cure an­other elas­tic band around the lid. The rub­ber makes it easy to grip and turn. Sub­mit­ted By: Manuela I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the top­ics ef­fec­tive speak­ing or the power of

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