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More Questions For Reena – for Feb. 17, 2011


Ihaveasetofcrystal glasses,whichhave becomecloudyoverthe years.Ionlyusethem aboutthreetimesayear, andthenwashthemin thedishwasher.Ihave trieddifferentbrandsof soapbuttonoavail.

Phil Dear Phil,

Etching on glasses may be a permanent condition depending on the depth of the etching. Begin by pouring citric acid (available at pharmacies or health stores – you may need to ask) into the dishwasher dispenser and running the dishwasher as usual. You can also soak the glasses in 1/4 cup citric acid and 4 cups water for two hours; rinse. Or rub with fine steel wool or fine sandpaper and vinegar. Don’t be fooled; the etching will look like it has disappeared at first glance but may return when the glass is dry. If the etching remains, the condition is permanent.


Heardyouontheradioandwas impressed.Wouldliketoaskwhatcan bedoneifachipmunkiscaughtin aroom(bathroom)inthehouse.My friendhasthisproblemrightnow. Thanks,Georgina


Your best bet is to quickly construct a non-harmful trap. Get a five-gallon bucket and cut a four-inch hole in the lid. Make a ramp so that the chipmunk falls in. Spread peanut butter around the hole. Chipmunks love peanut butter and will be attracted to the smell. Leave the bucket empty and after he falls in take him at least two km from your home before releasing.


Ihaveaproblemwithbrownstains aroundmyovenvent,whichsitsatthe backofmystoveandoverpartofthe door.Ibelievethesestainsarecaused fromrun-overintotheovenwhilebaking.I’ve triedCLR,Mr.CleanMagic EraserandWD-40andnothingseems towork.Pleasehelp;thesestainsare verynoticeable.



I have a few suggestions for you and I will begin with the easiest to the more complicated. Begin by making a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Scrub the area with an abrasive cloth but not an S.O. S pad because it will scratch. Secondly, I know that you have tried Mr. Clean Magic Eraser but have you tried the new heavy-duty Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? It may be worth a shot. Thirdly, you can clean the area with an oven cleaner on the exterior surface but this one makes me a little uncomfortable, so if you try it, make sure that you test it on an inconspicuous area first. Lastly, there are two websites that sell products for cleaning stove/oven surfaces caused by smoke damage: (product Stove Bright) or If nothing else works you may need to touch up the area with colour-matched car paint. Please keep me posted on the results.


Mycatswithadeathwish”have takentopeeinginthefoyerofmy 85-year-oldhouse.Theareaiscovered ingroutedglazedtile,whichgoesinto woodenacrylic-stainedstairs.There arelotsofsmallgapswherethestairs andthefloormeetinotherwords, thejointisfarfromperfect.I’mhoping thatbyremovingallodours,the catswillceasetofeelthatitistheirjob tomess.Presently,Idreadopeningmy frontdoorandwe’venoticedthatour friendshavereallycutbackondropping in.”



Please give the following recipe a try and let me know what you think. Combine 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/2 tsp. dish soap in a container. Stir for five minutes and pour onto affected gaps. The spots will foam. Leave to dry overnight and mop or wipe in the morning. The other option is to clean with TSP or purchase an ozone machine to remove the smell. Hope your company soon returns!

DearReena, Whatisthebestwaytostorebroccoli? Mark


Refrigerate fresh broccoli in a plastic bag; use within three days of purchase since the vitamin content will decrease the longer it is stored. Or, stand broccoli in a jar with water to keep it fresh longer.

Kitchen Secret:

Take the rubber band off vegetables before storing; they will last twice as long.

Tip of the Week:

If the slot on a screw head is worn out and you need to remove it from wood, use a hacksaw to make a new slit.

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Reena Nerbas is a Manitoba-based professional speaker and author of the

national bestselling series, Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions,

Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets and Household Solutions 3 with

Green Alternatives. Corporate workshops available by calling: 204-320-2757.



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