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Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

By Reena Nerbas

Reaching Back

Hello Reena,

Do you have a solution for how one can apply lotion to one’s back when nobody else is at home? Thank you, Leonore

Dear Leonore,

The easiest application method for applying lotion to one’s own back is to squirt the lotion onto the back of a wooden spoon. Use the convex side of the spoon to spread the lotion onto skin.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Hi Reena,

I am at my wits end with trying to get a smear-free look to our stainless steel fridge and stove. I purchased a spray product that promises no smears but it doesn’t deliver. The whole point of having bought stainless steel was for the appearance. Please give me some tried and true solutions to give our appliances an even, polished look, without the greasy film of some products on the market! Lynda
Dear Lynda,

In the past my favorite option was to wipe the surface with a soft cloth and olive oil or baby oil, cooking oil or mineral oil. I preferred to use olive oil because I found that olive oil seeps into metal and does not attract dirt, dust and grime. I still use this solution to polish wood. However, the solution that I find even easier and more effective for appliances: Spray stainless steel with 50/50 white vinegar and water. Polish in the direction of the grain with a good quality, soft microfiber dusting cloth; polish with a good quality microfiber drying cloth.

Storing Winter Sweaters

Dear Reena,

Is there anything else I can use when storing winter sweaters to keep the little beasties away? I don’t like the smell of mothballs or lavender. Wendy

Dear Wendy,

You are smart to avoid mothballs, they give off toxic vapors and the smell lingers. Since you are not a fan of lavender; store winter clothes in an airtight container along with rosemary sachets. Another option: Sprinkle tea tree essential oil onto a cotton ball and store with clothes.

Feedback from Amazing Contributors:

Re: Smelly Feet

Dear Reena,

Canadian Footwear sells a small jar of ointment that you rub onto your feet once a week. It is said to be very effective. Merle

Hello Reena,

I have two suggestions which might help with foot odor. One, change your shoes regularly, letting them air dry between uses. This might take two or more days. When the shoes are completely dry any bacteria that might have been growing in them should have died. Bacteria thrive in dark and wet areas which cause odor. Secondly, wear only socks that have greater than 50% cotton in them. Cotton is a natural absorbent. Desiree

Fabulous Tips of the Week:

  • Whenever I have stains in teacups I simply sprinkle baking soda onto the cup and wipe with a dampened non-scratching scrubby pad. Helga
  • When a recipe calls for two egg whites I cheat the recipe by only using one egg white. Instead I add one teaspoon of cold water to one egg white. Beat vigorously and you will end up with double the amount of egg white. Max
  • I am a retired firefighter and want people to know the dangers of burning coloured newspapers and magazines. The ink emits dangerous chemicals which can be dangerous. Randy

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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