Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Removing Dog Hair from Clothes


By Reena Nerbas

Stretching Shoe

Dear Reena,

I purchased a new pair of shoes and when I returned home, I noticed that one shoe fits looser than the other. Is there any way to stretch the tight shoe so that it fits comfortably? Thanks, Randy

Dear Randy,

Put the nozzle of a hair dryer inside the shoe on a low setting. After a few minutes, stuff the shoe with crumpled newspaper to stretch it, leave it alone for a few days. Remove the newspaper and test the shoe. Repeat if necessary.

Repairing Rope

Dear Reena,

I store a rope inside my car for emergency purposes. After years of storage, the rope frayed. Is there any way to repair the rope or should I throw it out? Thanks, Maney

Dear Maney,

Slice the rope to establish a clean cut. Using a paintbrush and shellac, brush the ends of the rope to prevent further fraying.

Beginner Indoor Gardening

Dear Reena,

What are a few names of easy to care for indoor plants that are perfect for beginner gardeners? Jess

Dear Jess,

Here are a few examples of plants that are difficult to kill. Cactus plants require little care and are typically quite hardy. Spider plants grow well in a variety of temperatures and light sources; they are not picky when it comes to water amounts. The Snake plant is another option and likes to be held in a small pot so that the shoots grow close together. Lucky Bamboo is another hardy plant that requires little water or light to thrive.

Extra Note: Contrary to popular belief overwatering plants is considerably more detrimental to plants than under watering.

Dingy Sink

Dear Reena,

My kitchen sink looks old and rusty. Do you have any ideas of how I can clean it to make it shine like new? Thanks, Darci

Dear Darci,

Plug the hole in your sink and sprinkle the basin with a generous amount of baking soda (about half a box). Pour one cup lemon juice into the sink and scrub with an abrasive non-scratching pad. Rinse with water and dry. Wipe the basin interior with a small amount of olive oil and polish to guard against rust and water stains.

Great Tips and Tricks!

·        I now store a bread clip in my purse just in case my flip flop breaks. If the center strap pops out of the shoe, I simply put a bread clip on the bottom of the shoe, push the strap through the hole and secure it with a bread clip. Submitted By: Tammy

·        If you have ever had the experience of repairing a garden hose, you might notice that metal connectors and clamps tend to stick out and get snagged on the lawn making it difficult to pull the hose, without damaging the grass. After repairing the hose, wrap the clamp with duct tape so that the hose is smooth. Submitted By: Sam

·        My dog tends to shed a lot all over my dark clothing. To remove the fur, I have a cool trick. Wet your hands and while wearing the clothing, glide your hands downward to the hem of the garment. The fur clumps together into one ball and can then be tossed into the garbage can. Submitted By: Jess

·        Store paint cans upside down to prevent rust or paint skin from forming around the rim. Submitted By: Valerie

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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