Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Uses for a Wooden Spoon

Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Uses for a Wooden Spoon


By Reena Nerbas

Cleaning Plexiglass

Dear Reena,

I have a terrible time cleaning the glass on my cabinets. They smear excessively. I think that they are Plexiglass; I really need help! Thank you! Kitty

Dear Kitty,

Plexiglass is highly susceptible to scratching and permanent etching due to chemicals such as ammonia glass cleaner. Use products specifically designed for Plexiglass. If commercial products are not an option, clean Plexiglass with a soft cloth such as an optical cleaning cloth. Spray the glass with a solution of 4-cups water, half tsp. dish soap and one tsp. rubbing alcohol. Gently wipe. Repeat with plain water being careful not to allow water to air dry thereby causing water spots.

Marks on Vinyl Floors

Dear Reena,

We recently moved a heavy cabinet across our kitchen floor. One edge of the cabinet rubbed or scraped the very top layer of linoleum, leaving a definite dark line on our linoleum, which has a shiny finish to it. Of course, it is in the middle of the floor, too. Do you have any solutions we could try? Many thanks, Heather

Dear Heather,

It is common for people to use the word linoleum interchangeably with the word vinyl. Many homes less than 60 years old have vinyl flooring; I will assume that your floor is vinyl but please correct me if I’m wrong. Clean the area with a rag dipped in lacquer thinner. Squeeze liquid seam sealer, (a clear compound available wherever vinyl flooring is sold) into the dark line, remove excess. The line should no longer be noticeable.

Soap Dispenser

Dear Reena,

I have a built-in kitchen soap dispenser by my sink and it takes 40 pumps (yes 40) to get the soap to come out. My handyman suggested that the soap is too thick and should be watered down. I tried that and it works. But by the next time I go to use it, the soap has gone back down the tube and again takes 40 pumps to retrieve it. Do you have any solutions? The faucet and pump are only 3 years old. Thanks so much. Sue

Dear Sue,

It sounds as though either the dispenser or the straw has a crack in it. If the dispenser is drawing air instead of soap it will take a long time for soap to dispense. Remove all parts of the dispenser and soak them overnight in hot water, to clean the entire unit. Experiment with the soap dispenser by pumping plain water through the system. If everything works properly, add soap. If you find that the soap needs thinning, pour in glycerin rather than water, as water will make the substance too watery. Also consider dish soap in the dispenser rather than hand soap. If the unit continues to malfunction, consider ordering a replacement part as you may have a faulty soap pump on your hands.

Uses for a Wooden Spoon:

  • I always found it challenging when making a bed to tuck the sheets under the mattress. I discovered that if I use a wooden spoon to push the sheets under the mattress, the job becomes a cinch! Laurie
  • I read this tip in a book years ago, tried it and it worked. Place a wooden spoon in a pot of boiling water while cooking pasta, the pasta won’t stick together. Brian
  • I always use my wooden spoon when planting the garden. Mark the handle with a permanent marker and then push the handle into the soil as a guide, so that all seeds are planted at the same depth. Sanjeet

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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