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DearReena,

Iregularlypurchaseasparagus,however,Ioftenleaveittoolongbeforecookingit.DoyouhaveanyadviceforrevivinglimpasparagussothatIdon tendupwastinganymoremoney? Debart

Hello Debart,

Reviving asparagus is exactly the same as reviving limp celery. Place veggies in a tall pot with ice water in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

DearReena,

Withmyoccupation,Iamconstantlythevictimofwoodsplinters.DoyouhaveanysuggestionsastohowIcanremovesplinterswithoutpassingout? Mark

No problem Mark,

For minor splinters apply antibiotic cream with painkiller onto the area. Cover with a bandage and leave. Continue this process until the splinter is at the surface and easy to remove. Another option is to apply very sticky tape i.e. duct tape onto the splinter. Press the tape down and then pull to remove the splinter. Or apply a few drops of white craft glue over the splinter. Let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the glue when you peel it off!

HiReena,

Iboughtsomecutleryquiterecently.IusuallywashitinthedishwasherandamwonderingifIhaveaproblemwiththedishwasherastheendsofallofthecutlerypieceshavelosttheirshine.ThereisafilmandIhavetowashandcleanthefilmoffbyhand.Doyouhaveanysuggestionsforme,please?Thankyou.

Julia

Julia,

First, contact the manufacturer for advice on their particular product line. If that is not an option, line a baking sheet with crumpled-up aluminum foil. Add 1/4 cup washing soda (found in the laundry department of most grocery stores). Add enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan. Let the cutlery soak for five minutes. Using gloves, remove cutlery and polish. If you cannot find washing soda, use a liberal amount of salt in the same way.

HiReena,

Welivenextdoortoachildren splayground.Manyyearsagoourcommunityraisedfundstopurchaseanexpensive wave slide.Ithasbeenagreatadditionandhasbeenusedalot.Wearenoticingnowthatthe shine hasgone,anditisnotveryslipperyanymore.Iassumeitwasmadeofstainlesssteel.Weplaceditfacingsouthtotakeadvantageofearly-springandlate-fallsunshine.Itisstillstructurallysound(andimmovable).Whatcanyousuggesttogetthe slip backinourslide?Wehaveheardthatscouringwithvinegarwillhelp,butIhaven ttriedityet.IhavetrieddishsoapandwaterwithnoluckandIalsotriedWindex.Thefinishseemstobeintact(notrustyoranything),soI mnotsurewhatitneeds.Hopeyoucanhelpasthelittleonesarehavingtroublegettingtothebottomoftheslidewithoutanextrapush!Thankyou.

Jan

P.S.Itisapproximately30yearsoldandstillverysturdy.Wethought$700wasahugeamounttopayforitatthetime!

Dear Jan,

As much as we love it, King Vinegar will not solve this case. What you need instead is WD-40. Test it on an inconspicuous area first. If everything goes well you will soon be sliding down at lightning speed! Another option is to cover the slide with wax used for cross-country skis.

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. Books and Household Solutions 1, 2 and 3 Cooking/Cleaning Gift Packs are available online or by calling: 204-320-2757.

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