Ozone ma­chine will rid home of cig­a­rette smell

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

QUES­TION: We re­cently pur­chased a 10-year-old home, which we love de­spite the lin­ger­ing odour of cig­a­rettes from past own­ers. We have re­painted, burned can­dles, sim­mered cloves and cin­na­mon on the stove, etc. but the odour per­sists. The up­stairs floors are wood lam­i­nate. The fin­ished base­ment is rug, but the odour is not as strong down there. Do you have any help­ful hints for get­ting rid of this nasty smell? Thanks. Bar­bara, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: You may want to con­sider rent­ing an ozone ma­chine. This lit­tle ma­chine is not rec­om­mended for reg­u­lar use but it is great for en­closed ar­eas that have had smoke or flood dam­age or just smell. The ma­chine lets out a mol­e­cule called O3 (which of course is oxy­gen with an ex­tra mol­e­cule at­tached). The third mol­e­cule es­capes into the air and ab­sorbs all odours. These ma­chines can be rented at tool rental re­tail­ers as well as some hard­ware stores.

QUES­TION: I had a cedar chest built for my home-sewn quilts. The chest is com­pletely lined with aro­matic cedar and now af­ter a few years, I no­ticed that my quilts show a slight dis­coloura­tion where they have touched the sides of the chest. I think this may be com­ing from the nat­u­ral oils of the cedar, but the mak­ers of the cedar as­sured me by email be­fore I started stor­ing my quilts in the chest that I should not worry that this would hap­pen.

Should I now wash all my quilts? Some of them are be­ing saved for fu­ture wed­ding gifts etc. Can I continue to store my quilts in the chest with­out worry? Should I line the chest with some other fab­ric be­fore I put my quilts back inside? If so, what would you sug­gest? Delores, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: It is not rec­om­mended to store quilts in a wooden chest/boxes un­less ex­tra pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures are taken. Keep these ex­tra spe­cial gifts in the chest, but line it with acid- free pa­per. And be­fore fold­ing the quilts, crum­ple up ad­di­tional acid free pa­per and tuck it inside of the folds to keep them loose and pre­vent folds from be­com­ing per­ma­nent. If acid-free pa­per is not an op­tion, loosely wrap each quilt in a white linen sheet.

Since the quilts are gifts, wash­ing them may not be the best so­lu­tion. In or­der to re­move the brown dis­coloura­tion on your quilts, pur­chase a bar of Sun­light laun­dry soap. Wet the soap and scrub the stain. Rinse and let dry, check brown stains. If stains re­main then you may want to con­sider hand wash­ing the quilts. Dry well be­fore stor­age.

QUES­TION: Can you please tell me how much vine­gar to put in a full load of laun­dry to be used in­stead of fab­ric soft­ener sheets in the dryer? Thank you, D.M., Kil­lar­ney

AN­SWER: You can use be­tween one­half to one cup of white vine­gar to each load. Adding half cup bak­ing soda to the vine­gar will do an even bet­ter job at de­odor­iz­ing your ma­chine and clean­ing out the hoses than plain vine­gar.

QUES­TION: I have a small plas­tic bird feeder and the suc­tion cups that hold the feeder to the win­dow keep fall­ing off. Any ideas about how to hold the suc­tion cups to the glass? Also, my kitchen win­dow hasn’t been opened in some time. How can I open the win­dow with­out break­ing it? It un­winds with a han­dle at the bot­tom. Mary, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Suc­tion cups stick best to clean sur­faces, there­fore if you have not al­ready done so, clean the win­dow and the inside of the suc­tion cup with rub­bing al­co­hol or your favourite win­dow cleaner. Wet the suc­tion cup with ei­ther wa­ter or hair­spray to help it stick.

In terms of the stuck win­dow: As long as there are no screws or nails hold­ing the win­dow down, you should be able to open it. If the win­dow frame was painted, it may stick and some­times plain old mois­ture from out­side will suc­tion win­dows mak­ing them dif­fi­cult to open. There are tools for this job known as win­dow zip­pers but they can be tricky to lo­cate. Some­times all you need to do is run a util­ity knife around the perime­ter of the win­dow. Or use a flat pry bar to gen­tly nudge the win­dow open. If the win­dow won’t budge, it may be warped and pro­fes­sional help should be en­listed.

Feed­back cares: Hi Reena, Just fin­ished read­ing your re­sponse on how to keep cheese from get­ting mouldy. I hap­pened to catch a tele­vi­sion seg­ment and the host­ess had an ex­pert cheese maker from France talk­ing about dif­fer­ent types of cheese. She men­tioned that she stores her cheese tightly wrapped in plas­tic. The ex­pert im­me­di­ately told her that was the wrong thing to do, and that cheese should be wrapped in wax pa­per and then stored in foil in the fridge. She was shocked, and since then that is how I store my cheese and I never have a prob­lem with it go­ing mouldy. We also buy the big­ger bricks of cheese be­cause they are a bet­ter price. It works! Pat, Win­nipeg Fab­u­lous tip of the week:

Make your own scrub mitt: With the right sides to­gether, fold a face­cloth in half. Sew around the edges of three sides. In less than 30 min­utes you have cre­ated a func­tional scrub­bing mitt for your body or bath­room clean­ing.


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