Wash vin­tage plas­tic pen­guin with dish soap and wa­ter

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QI have an orig­i­nal Fisher-Price pen­guin pull toy from the early ’70s. Any rec­om­men­da­tions for clean­ing the plas­tic? Mar­ion, Win­nipeg An­swer: I think I know ex­actly which toy you are re­fer­ring to. Ac­cord­ing to the Fisher Price web­site; “Reg­u­larly clean toys with dish soap and wa­ter (avoid anti-bac­te­rial soaps). Af­ter clean­ing, san­i­tize toys: di­lute one ta­ble­spoon of bleach in one gal­lon (four litres) wa­ter.” Wash and dry toys. Use a non­scratch­ing, abra­sive pad to erase marks. Ques­tion: I am an amaz­ing cook and all around fan­tas­tic house­keeper. My fam­ily and friends are al­ways beg­ging me to open my own restau­rant. I love to cook and am an ex­pert in in­ter­na­tional cui­sine. I just have one ques­tion: I made cookie-cut­ter pan­cakes for my fam­ily on New Year’s Day and I could not re­lease the bat­ter from the cookie cut­ter. Do you know any so­lu­tions for this? Roseanne, Emerson An­swer: Cook­ing is an art and it sounds like your fam­ily reaps the ben­e­fits of your gifts. Here are a few ideas for well-shaped in­di­vid­ual pan­cakes: spray the cookie cut­ter with cook­ing spray be­fore use. Make sure your fry­ing pan is flat and the bat­ter is thin enough to pour. Fill a squeeze bot­tle with the bat­ter and squeeze the bat­ter in­side the cookie cut­ter to reach ev­ery cor­ner. Al­ter­na­tively, pour the bat­ter in­side the pan a lit­tle larger than the cut­ter. Af­ter the pan­cake is cooked, cut shapes us­ing the cookie cut­ter. Or for­get the cookie cut­ter and use the squeeze bot­tle to write names or draw pic­tures in the fry­ing pan. When the bat­ter bub­bles, flip the pan­cake. Ques­tion: I have a mat at my front door which has been there for about 18 years. I put a foam un­der­lay un­der the car­pet to pre­vent slip­ping. It has now welded it­self to my oak hard­wood floors. What is the best way to re­move it with­out dam­ag­ing the hard­wood? Tom, Win­nipeg An­swer: Rent a wall­pa­per steamer to soften the glue, or use a hair dryer to heat the un­der­lay, and as the heat soft­ens the glue, scrape with a plas­tic putty knife. Or spray the un­der­lay with Re­solve Car­pet Cleaner and scrape with a plas­tic putty knife. Or wet the area with 50/50 vine­gar and wa­ter. Leave for 30 min­utes then scrape with a plas­tic putty knife. Ques­tion: I was a guest in a friend’s home re­cently and I was scan­dal­ized be­cause she de­frosted her raw and pre-cooked meats in the kitchen sink while she was at work for the day. I was afraid to eat it, as I un­der­stand any kind of raw and pre-cooked meat should be thawed in the fridge. Anony­mous An­swer: You are right. It is rec­om­mended that meat, poul­try and fish are de­frosted in the fridge or mi­crowave and not in the kitchen sink or on the counter. One ex­cep­tion is to sub­merge frozen pack­aged meat in cold ice wa­ter to defrost. As soon as the ice melts, the wa­ter should be re­placed with fresh ice wa­ter.

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The

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