Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Bubble Bath

By Reena Nerbas

Bubble Bath

Dear Reena,

Do you have a recipe for making your own bubble bath? Thanks Wilma

Dear Wilma,

I love this recipe because it uses common household ingredients. Bubble Nut Bath Recipe: In a bowl, combine half cup (125mL) honey, quarter cup (60 mL) gentle liquid soap, 1 tbsp. (15 mL) almond or vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. (15mL) glycerin. Shake and add to bath. Or combine 1 tbsp. (15mL) shampoo with one eighth cup (25mL) safflower (or canola) oil; pour under running water. Tip: While you are at it, why not sprinkle a handful of rose petals into the water; luxurious!

Grease Stains on Laundry

Dear Reena,

I have a laundry problem; a lip repair (like Lypsol) went through the washer and dryer and has left greasy stains on the front of my good sweatshirt in several places. Any ideas how this can be handled or is this now a permanent stain? Also, when grease stains appear on pillow cases (after guests) how can I get them out? Thank-you for your great column and wise tips. Marilyn

Hi Marilyn,

Here are two options for both challenges: Soak fabrics in hot water and Oxy Clean or soak the fabric separately in half-cup Arm and Hammer washing soda and enough hot water to cover the clothes for 30 minutes. Wash as usual. Air dry. Repeat until stains are gone. If all else fails, you can zap stains using RIT dye remover according to the directions on the box. Note fabric color will be significantly lightened.

Feedback from Wise Readers:

Re: Combat Shrinking Pie Crusts

I find that when rolling my pie crusts they tend to shrink a little so I wait a short length of time before placing them in the pie plate. This may help Robert when making crusts for lemon pies. Barbara

Re: Fruit Flies

I recently had an infestation of fruit flies, and a lady I know at work mentioned she had a large number of the pesky flies as well. I came up with a trap that works quite well, and can be made in a minute or two. You need some paper, tape, a couple of small screws/bolts and a tall drinking glass. The first step is forming a paper cone and taping it together with a small opening at the tip. Next, tape a screw/bolt, about 1-1/2″ in length, to both sides of the cone near the tip. Finally, put some bait in the bottom of the glass. I’ve found a small amount of red wine works well. Finally, place the cone in the top of the glass, and you are done. When you get a number of flies in the trap, take it outside, and lift the cone, letting the flies fly off, and replace the cone in the glass. The purpose of the screws/bolts is to ensure a snug fit between the cone and the top of the glass. Cheers, Michael

 Hints from Linda:

If you don’t bake a lot and store baking powder in your cupboard for over a year old, it may not be active. Instead use it in the laundry; it’s a wonderful whitener/brightener. Just dump the old baking powder in a white wash and it brightens up the load. Linda

I live in a high rise building and it is a must that I clean the drains, sinks, showers and toilets with baking soda and vinegar and hot water NOT BOILING. I lived in Winnipeg in high rises for many years and my neighbor a retired plumber advised me that if done on a regular basis every three months I would never need to call him. I have stayed with that trick ever since and have never had to call a plumber. No harsh chemicals just products that I always keep on hand. I keep a huge bottle of vinegar and a box of baking soda under the sink cabinet but other people may use the ones in the fridge and freezer because they should be changed every three months anyway. Linda

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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