The se­cret to mak­ing per­fect hard-boiled eggs

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be­tween your teeth and gets flu­o­ride in hard-to-reach ar­eas. Anony­mous, Blu­menort Note: Ev­ery user as­sumes all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first.

QUES­TION: With Easter on the way, I need to know how to make great hard-boiled eggs. I tend to over­cook them un­til they break. Miles, Mac­Gre­gor AN­SWER: Place eggs in a pot and fill with enough cold wa­ter to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil for about 12 min­utes. Re­move eggs (with a slot­ted spoon) from the pot and sub­merge them in a bowl of ice wa­ter. Leave for five min­utes. Crack each egg and peel un­der­neath cold wa­ter. QUES­TION: What is the best sil­ver cleaner? When I used Silvo, I also used an alu­minum sheet in the bot­tom of a pan and placed the sil­ver on it. Is there any bet­ter way to get the job done quickly? Fran, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: To make sil­ver cleaner: Place crum­pled alu­minum foil in a pan or plas­tic bucket. Dis­solve one-quar­ter cup wash­ing soda in enough hot wa­ter to cover the sil­ver. Place sil­ver on foil and let stand for five min­utes un­til the tar­nish is gone. Re­move sil­ver, rinse and pol­ish dry. QUES­TION: My hus­band pur­chased two pairs of golf shoes and has worn one pair. Un­for­tu­nately, the pair coloured his golf socks blue. My first thought is that the sweat from his feet may have had a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion with the shoes. He would like to wear the other pair of shoes as an al­ter­nate with an­other pair. Is there some­thing that we can wipe the in­side of the new golf shoe with to hope­fully pre­vent his socks from turn­ing blue? Thanks. Dar­cie, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: It sounds like you are ab­so­lutely right! The dye used in man­u­fac­tur­ing the shoes bleeds when feet sweat. Depend­ing on the tex­tile con­tent of the shoes, soak them in 50/50 wa­ter and vine­gar for a few hours. Add a small amount of heavy-duty laun­dry de­ter­gent to the so­lu­tion. Rinse well un­til the wa­ter is clear. Then air dry. It would be a good idea to carry an ex­tra pair of socks or wear dark socks when­ever he hits the greens. An­other op­tion is to wipe the in­side of the shoes with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or baby wipes. QUES­TION: I would like to wash my walls, but have since never been able to find or make my own cleaner with­out end­ing up with streaky walls. I would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate your feed­back. Michelle, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: The trick isn’t so much what you use, but re­ally how you use it. Cheap sham­poo, wa­ter, sponge mop and a bucket are all you need for this project. The old painter’s se­cret to wash­ing walls is… wash them from the bot­tom up, not from the top down. Rinse with wa­ter and dry. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The Power of Words? Check out:

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Hard-boiled eggs are a cinch to make if you fol­low a few sim­ple steps.

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