Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Skunks and Pumpkins


By Reena Nerbas

Skunk Odour

Dear Reena,

How can I remove skunk odor from my clothing? Betty

Dear Betty,

Soak your clothes in the following solution; 4-cups 3% hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup baking soda and 1 tsp. liquid dish soap (I prefer Dawn); mix, soak for 30 mins. and rinse.

Car Parked Under Trees

Dear Reena,

I have no choice but to park my vehicle under trees. As a result it has accumulated a coating of aphid excrement and dust. I have tried a couple of cleaners, but they require scrubbing which would be hard on the finish. Can you recommend a solution that will not require the scrubbing necessary for the others? Obviously, I don’t drive it much which is my excuse for not washing it as often as I should have. Thanks for any input you may have. Clare

Dear Clare,

Cover the messed area with paper towel or soft thin fabric cloth. Spray the towel with water until the liquid soaks through onto the car. Leave for 10 mins. and gently wipe mess away. The trick is to soak the area to soften before wiping. If the mess remains, treat the area in the same way, using Windex window cleaner. Consider purchasing a car cover, if the car is rarely used.

Pumpkin Plants

Dear Reena,

I planted pumpkin seeds this year and ended up with nice looking flowering plants. Unfortunately, no pumpkins grew from the flowers. Where did I go wrong? Alex

Dear Alex,

It’s not you; pumpkins are notorious for pollination challenges (as are squash, watermelon, cucumbers and cantaloupe). Without many bees in your areas, you might need to cross pollinate the flowers yourself using a cotton swab or a paintbrush. Dip the paintbrush into the center of the male flower and then transfer the pollen onto the center of the female flower. It is too late in the season for this year, but keep this tip in mind for next year.

Feedback from Readers Who Care

Re: Getting rid of fruit flies

Read your tips regarding pesky fruit flies and agree that your tips can be helpful. However, if you do have them around, I assure you that using the cider vinegar, dishwashing detergent idea really works  I put about 2-3 tbsp. cider vinegar in a custard cup, put in a bit of detergent that drowns them, leave it out on the counter and find that they seem to go to it at night. There can be nothing in the cup when I go to bed, even though I have seen one or more but usually one or more in the cup in the morning. One morning a few weeks ago, there were eight! Sylvia

Re: Getting rid of dandruff

Best treatment to get rid of dandruff is Nizoral Shampoo; nothing else works as well. Been using it for years, Anne

Fabulous Tip of the Week

After I purchase lettuce, I immediately break it up, wash it and run it through my salad spinner. Then I put it into a spacious plastic container and cover the lettuce with paper towel to absorb additional moisture. Then I close the lid and store the container in the fridge. The lettuce stays crisp for at least one week. Submitted By: Selma

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