Epoxy mix should fix scratched porce­lain sink

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QUES­TION: I en­joy read­ing your help­ful tips. How would you sug­gest get­ting sur­face scratches out of lovely, white porce­lain kitchen sinks? I have tried bak­ing soda, Magic Eraser, bleach and vine­gar but noth­ing works. The scratches are not pen­e­trat­ing, they are just on the sur­face (from pots and pans, etc.). Look for­ward to any­thing you can sug­gest as they are only two years old. Thank you. Nicky (Win­nipeg)

AN­SWER: Even if the scratches are not deep, they are still scratches and us­ing a cleaner such as bak­ing soda or vine­gar will not erase the dam­age. You will need to pur­chase a porce­lain re­pair kit from your lo­cal hard­ware store. With the colour-match epoxy mixed ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tions and a sponge, you will likely end up with great re­sults.

QUES­TION: Would you have any recipes for mak­ing tooth­paste? I have a dis­or­der known as chemical sen­si­tiv­ity and would rather stick with com­mon house­hold in­gre­di­ents for mak­ing my own hy­giene prod­ucts. Janet (Duck Moun­tain, Man.)

AN­SWER: Bak­ing soda is a great al­ter­na­tive for people strug­gling with chemical sen­si­tiv­ity. Bak­ing soda is packed with great prop­er­ties for whiten­ing and ab­sorb­ing odour. All you need to do is wet your tooth­brush with wa­ter and dip it in bak­ing soda, then brush your teeth as usual. If you want to put the clean­ing power of bak­ing soda to the test, clean a seashell and see if there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the clean­ing power of commercial tooth­paste ver­sus bak­ing soda. Fab­u­lous tips of the week

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