Com­fort­ing treat for win­ter-weary toot­sies

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

QThe dry win­ter air has been hard on me this year. Can you rec­om­mend a house­hold so­lu­tion for cracked, dry heels? Bruno (Bran­don). AN­SWER: You may need to con­sult your physi­cian if the skin is badly cracked. To soothe your skin tem­po­rar­ily, make a foot bath us­ing 14 cups of warm wa­ter, ¼ cup cooking oil and the juice of a lemon. Let them soak for 15 min­utes and ap­ply cream to feet. Or while soak­ing in the bath­tub, ap­ply sham­poo to a pumice stone and brush the heels of your feet. Ap­ply lots of body lo­tion fol­low­ing the bath, put a plas­tic bag on each foot and cover with socks for a few hours. QUES­TION: I own a white plas­tic laun­dry tub that has be­come dirty and stained. Any hope I can make it look new or at least ac­cept­able with­out re­plac­ing? Thanks. Can­dace (Selkirk). AN­SWER: Here are a few so­lu­tions for you to add to your trea­sure box of hints! Fill your tub with four cups lemon juice or hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide, 20 cups wa­ter and 1 cup bak­ing soda. Soak the laun­dry tub for a few hours. Set the tub in the sun for a day. Or you can sprin­kle a gen­er­ous amount of dish­washer de­ter­gent into the laun­dry tub and fill with hot wa­ter. Or pur­chase dish­washer plas­tic booster and add to the tub along with wa­ter. QUES­TION: I pur­chase freshly baked bread pack­aged in brown pa­per bags. The ends tend to dry out quickly. Is there any­thing that I can do to pre­vent


Cracked, dry feet can be soothed with a foot bath and body lo­tion.

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