Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Cleaning Stainless Steel Fridge Door

By Reena Nerbas

Vinyl Floor Stain

Dear Reena,

How do you remove a yellow stain from a mat on a vinyl floor? Thank you! Julie

Dear Julie,

Unfortunately the yellow stains may be permanent. With so many vinyl and linoleum products on the market, it seems that what works on one does not necessarily work for another. Many people find pouring 3% hydrogen peroxide onto the floor every day for three days is helpful. Other people had great success by combining one quarter cup OxiClean with 1 gallon hot water and pouring the solution onto the area. Another solution is bleach but most experience that this application removes the floor finish and shine. Lastly, mineral spirits is another treatment that people have told me worked for them (test everything on an inconspicuous area first).

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

Dear Reena,

Kindly inform me as to a safe and environmental friendly homemade cleaner for my stainless steel fridge door. There is a streak of something spilled down the front, which cannot be removed by soap and water, vinegar or lemon. Thank you very much, Barb

Dear Barbara,

For regular stainless steel cleaning a soft cloth dampened with water is all you need. Wipe the cloth in the direction of the grain. For stubborn stains, wipe the fridge with olive oil. Remove excess oil until it shines.

Sticky Pasta

Dear Reena,

I would like to take plain pasta to a lunch party in a few weeks. What is the best way to transport the pasta so that it doesn’t stick together before the party? Jeremy

Dear Jeremy,

After cooking the pasta, soak it in cold water. Drain the water and coat with a small amount of oil. Toss the noodles and place them into a casserole dish, sealable bag or slow cooker.

Stuck Jar Lid

Dear Reena,

What are some easy ways to open a stuck jar lid? Thanks Karrie

Dear Karrie,

Here are a few tried and true methods for loosening a jar lid: Using the handle of a butter knife, tap the edge of the lid several times firmly around the outside of the lid. Or run the lid under hot water, while wearing gloves grab the lid and turn. Or push the tip of a spoon under the lip of the lid push the spoon down. When you hear a pop the seal is broken, you are then able to turn the lid. Purchase a Boa Constrictor Strap Wrench from a home hardware store; makes the job simple.

Seriously Smart Solutions

It may be time to put the barbeque away, but it’s never time to put condiments away.

  • When condiments such as mustard and ketchup are almost empty I place them upside down in my fridge in an egg carton container. Begin by cutting the lid off of the egg carton. Lay the carton in the fridge, possibly inside the door if it fits. Stand mustard upside down in the carton. Submitted By: Elma
  • Next time you are at a fast food restaurant and you want to fill up a ketchup cup, use this hack to get more ketchup inside of the cup. You will notice that the cup has folds on the outside. Pull a few folds out and the cup becomes larger and will hold more ketchup. Submitted By: Mangette
  • I swim several times each week and my blonde hair takes on a green tinge after a few dips in the pool. I find that massaging ketchup into my hair and leaving it for about 30 mins. before washing leaves my hair blonde and removes any signs of green. Submitted By: Jess


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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