Solutions & Substitutions By Reena: Dealing with Colds

Reena Nerbas

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Dear Reena,

Can you please provide me with a delicious recipe for homemade Caesar Salad dressing? Ben

Dear Ben,

Into a bowl combine the following ingredients: Two minced garlic cloves, one tsp. anchovy paste (optional), two tbsp. lemon juice (fresh or bottled), one tsp. Dijon mustard, one tsp. Worcestershire sauce, one cup mayonnaise, half cup grated parmesan cheese, quarter tsp. salt, one quarter tsp. pepper. Add more salt to taste. Store in fridge for up to two weeks.

Good Quality Nail Clippers

Dear Reena,

I am tired of purchasing cheap toe nail clippers that don’t work properly. Please advise me on how to properly choose a good pair of clippers. Glenda

Dear Glenda,

When it comes to nail clippers, price is a factor for quality. Choose clippers $10.00-$20.00, it sounds like a lot, but chances are you will never again need to purchase them. Whenever possible hold clippers before buying. The clippers should be easy to grip preferably with dual finger design, open and close with little effort and display the word ‘rustproof’ on the packaging. A variety of nail clippers are specifically designed for those suffering with Arthritis and another design for infants. Some clippers have an adjustable handle suitable for infants and adults.

Cleaning Lamp Shades

Dear Reena,

Is it possible to safely put a small discolored lamp shade in the dishwasher? I like the lamp and can’t find a new shade that fits. Thank you. Kate

Dear Kate,

Care of the lampshade depends on the textile. A glass lampshade, for example may clean well on the top rack of the dishwasher. Use vinegar only instead of dishwasher detergent because the bleach in detergent may discolor the lampshade. Most fabric lampshades may be vacuumed or cleaned using a lint roller. Use your bathtub to care for washable lampshades, that way you can monitor any discoloration.

Feedback from Clever Contributor

Re: Stuck Jar Lid

Karrie asked you about easy ways to open a stuck jar lid. A colleague of mine passed along this tip which has rarely failed me. Place a wide rubber band (the kind mail carriers use or the ones that hold veggies like asparagus in bundles) around the lid and then try to unscrew it. Works almost every time!! Colette

Who Knows What Your Nose Knows?

  • Whenever I have a cold, I rub the bottom of my nose with lip balm so that my nose doesn’t become sore. I label that one lip balm with my name and the word ‘SICK’ on it. Submitted By: Betsy
  • My children used to waste an entire box of tissues in one day when they had a cold. Now I purchase the softest roll of toilet paper that I can find, and they use one or two sheets at a time. Their nose does not become sore from rubbing, and we aren’t wasting as much. Submitted By: Manfred
  • I cut up an old, soft bedsheet and made it into hankies for my husband and I to use whenever we have a cold. Wash in hot water. Submitted By: Alex

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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