Hot wa­ter, dish soap re­move de­cal goo from win­dow

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Dear Reena: To de­ter birds from fly­ing into my pa­tio win­dows, I put de­cals on the win­dows. I took the de­cals off and they have left sticky goo that I can’t re­move. Do you have any ad­vice?

Anne Your best bet is to wash the sticky residue with a non-scratch­ing abra­sive cloth, hot wa­ter and dish soap. The hot wa­ter will loosen the glue. Clean your win­dows as nor­mal af­ter the residue is gone. Dear Reena: In or­der to meet re­cy­cling stan­dards, I was re­mov­ing a large la­bel from pa­per towel pack­ag­ing. I got it off in one swift rip, which was fan­tas­tic, un­til it landed flat on the con­crete floor. I fin­ished un­load­ing the pa­per tow­els and by the time I got to the la­bel, it was flush. I was able to peel off some of it, but it was com­ing off in bits.

I stopped, as I felt this wouldn’t help. Now I’m left with a foot-long mess on the con­crete.

Thoughts? I’m hop­ing to avoid heavy-duty chem­i­cals. I thought maybe a rag soaked in vine­gar might work?

Lexi Hot wa­ter and a stiff plas­tic scraper should be all you need to re­move the sticker. A hot hair dryer is an­other op­tion. Or pour rub­bing al­co­hol onto the area and gen­tly scrape. Dear Reena: I would like to know how to clean a badly burned ce­ramic stove top. My daugh­ters have made eggs and not cleaned the stove top prop­erly and it is im­pos­si­ble to clean. I used glasstop cleaner and a scraper but can’t get the burned spots off.

Lau­rel Years ago, a con­trib­u­tor shared the same chal­lenge. She sprayed the stove with oven cleaner and scrubbed. She said the stove looked brand new (test on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first). Re: Peel­ing Gar­lic Dear Reena: I was read­ing your col­umn to­day about a tip for re­mov­ing the peel from gar­lic cloves. I have the fol­low­ing tip — mi­crowave a clove or two on high for about five sec­onds, then cut off the end and the peel will just slide off. Chris­tine

Tips with a grain of salt

• Pour 1/2 cup of ta­ble salt into your kitchen/bath­room drain and gar­bu­ra­tor. Do­ing this quick ex­er­cise once a month will freshen the drain and get rid of stinky pipes. Mark • To quickly chill a bot­tle of wine, place the bot­tle in an ice bucket. Add a layer of ice on the bot­tom and sprin­kle it with a few ta­ble­spoons of ta­ble salt. Con­tinue to layer salt and ice un­til it reaches the neck of the bot­tle. Then add wa­ter to ice level. Af­ter 10 min­utes, open and serve. Rinse the ice bucket thor­oughly af­ter use. Mark • Be­fore win­ter, I main­tain my metal tools and bi­cy­cle parts by clean­ing them with a paste of salt and lemon juice. This pre­vents fu­ture rust buildup. Mark • Get rid of the bit­ter taste in cof­fee by adding a pinch of ta­ble salt to the fresh cof­fee grounds be­fore run­ning cof­fee through the ma­chine. Aileen • Re­move odours from hands and cut­ting boards by rub­bing them with lemon juice and salt. Rinse with wa­ter. Aileen 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. Ask a ques­tion or share a tip at

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