Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Oil Spill and Cellphone

By Reena Nerbas

Oil Spill on iPhone

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Dear Reena,

I left my iPhone on the kitchen counter and spilled a bottle of olive oil nearby. The phone was drenched with oil. The phone still works except for the sound; the speakers are very quiet. Any advice? Len

Dear Len,

I am not a technology expert; however, a similar situation happened with my phone. The solution was to blow, dry air into the speaker. Regarding my phone, it only took a moment of blowing, dry air, and the sound worked.

Care of Glass Table

Hello Reena,

I ordered a glass kitchen table. It will be delivered soon; I am now having second thoughts. Do you have any advice on how to take care of a glass table? We will be using it as our everyday table, not as an occasional dining room table. Thank you, Karen

Dear Karen,

Glass tables are timeless and often help to create the illusion of a larger room; however, they do require extra attention. Use placemats and coasters whenever possible. Clean with a soft cloth and 50/50 vinegar and water. For stuck on grime; use a non-scratching pad and baking soda and vinegar to clean. Buff the surface with a soft, dry cloth or newspaper.

The Perfect Dish

Dear Reena,

Guests were arriving at my house and I was busy making my famous “Chocolate Lasagna” supper. In that moment, I wondered if there is one food that encompasses all four food groups. I couldn’t think of a single answer. Any ideas? Tami

Dear Tami,

Chocolate Lasagna sounds like a yummy supper! Many foods carrying all four food groups come to mind (depending on how they are prepared): pizza, lasagna, soup, salads, casseroles and omelets. Great question!

Cleaning the Fine Side of the Grater

Dear Reena,

I read your column faithfully, and I hope you can help me. I grated some lemon and orange rind on the fine side of my grater, and I am having difficulty cleaning it. I’ve tried scraping it and using a toothpick to pick out pieces, to no avail. You have given me advice in the past, and hope you can help me out again. Thanks in advance, Pearl

Hello Pearl,

Here are a few suggestions for cleaning your grater. Grate a raw potato or apple, this helps unplug the holes on the grater. Use a nylon brush, dish scrubber and scrub the inside of the grater, the rind should come out of the holes with ease. Anytime you decide to grate cheese (instead of fruit), spray non-stick cooking spray on the grater before you start grating. This helps clean the cheese out quickly, just a few dunks in warm, soapy water and the cheese should pop out. The next time you want to grate fruit, freeze the grater before and after use. The dishwasher should also help clean the grater.

Interesting Ideas:

  • If you are a glasses wearer and have difficulty tweezing eyebrows because you can’t see them. Wear your glasses upside down while tweezing. Submitted By: Kay

  • Remove pilling balls on fabrics by wiping the areas with a pumice stone (available at dollar and beauty stores). Submitted By: Pam

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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