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More Questions For Reena – for Jul. 21, 2011

Dear Reena,

Is there any way I can reduce the scratch marks on my glass dining room tabletop? They are in the middle, and can be covered with a vase or placemat, but it would be much better to eliminate them all together. Thanks for any hints you may have.

– Heather


Typically scratches are permanent. You can get a kit from a glazier but it is really made for windows with scratches but may work nicely on a table. Some people say that non-gel, non-bleach toothpaste helps small scratches, but it is more of a coverup than anything. Other options that may be worth a try: Apply a coat of clear nail polish. Remove excess with nail polish remover on a clean cloth. Or buy a very gentle metal-polishing compound such as Brasso, and polish out the scratch with a soft cotton cloth. This takes a lot of elbow grease and you do run the risk of creating new, tiny, abrasive scratches.

Hi Reena,

Do you have a recipe for homemade laundry soap? – Shelley

Absolutely Shelley!

This recipe calls for Fels Naptha (a laundry soap) however, you can use a shredded bar of Zest or Ivory soap. In a stainless steel pot, combine and melt 1 bar of soap, 1 cup (250 ml) washing soda and 1 cup (250 ml) borax. Once the mixture is melted (you may need to add a small amount of water to help the solution blend) pour the contents into a five-gallon (18-litre) pail and fill with hot water; stir several times a day for two days (with a wooden spoon) until set. Cool, then use 1/2 cup (125 ml) per load.

Dear Reena,

Thank you for your solution to pet stains on the carpet from Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions. It does really work. Would you have a solution for removing cat hair off of drapes? There is quite an accumulation where the cats jump onto the windowsill. I have tried vacuuming but that is a very long process. I have also used roller lint brushes; again that is a very long process. Guess I’m looking for a quicker solution if there is one.

Also, I somehow bleached a spot on a cotton aquamarine sweater. I was thinking of re-dying it but wondered, what would happen around that stain? Thank you for any help. – Margaret


There are commercial products on the market such as Petmate that have had great results for removing pet hair on drapes. You can check it out at or ask your local pet store about it.

Other ideas:Wear rubber gloves and wipe drapes, pulling hair together in a pile. Regular yellow dishwashing gloves, rubber gardening gloves or surgical rubber gloves work well for this. Put the gloves on and run them under the tap to make them wet then shake off excess moisture. Wash hair off, dry the gloves, then begin again. Vacuum up the piles of hair wads you accumulate with the process. Or wipe down blinds with dryer sheets; they also lift and attract hair. Doing this on venetian blinds will reduce dust from settling on drapes. Or use a good, portable wet vacuum to lift hair off of drapes. Or buy a metal curry comb. Horse owners use it to clean their brushes after grooming. It lifts hair up immediately and doesn’t damage fabric. Lastly, dampen a sponge with 4 cups warm water and 1 tbsp. glycerine. Wet the sponge and squeeze out water. Brush over drapes. Whichever process you choose will be time consuming but the results will be worth it!

In terms of the stain you are right; you can’t fix a bleach stain other then hiding it with permanent marker (depending on the size and location of the stain). In order to dye the sweater and achieve an even colour over the entire sweater, begin by using RIT dye remover to remove the dye, and then re-dying the sweater the colour you desire according to the directions on the RIT dye box.

Tips of the week:

Keeps bugs at bay. To prevent bugs from infesting food, simply put a bay leaf on the container where food is being stored.

Thanks to Flora who submitted this tip!

For a cool, refreshing treat, cut a banana into chunks and put in the freezer. Take out in a couple of hours and enjoy.

Use banana peels as aphid deterrents around rose bushes; simply bury dried or cut-up peels around the base of the bushes.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming!

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Reena Nerbas is a highly popular professional speaker and the author of three national

bestsellers, 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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