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Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Spring Cleaning

By Reena Nerbas

Chemical Sensitivity

Dear Reena,

I have a disorder called ‘Chemical Sensitivity’, which is sensitivity to a huge array of products. So I buy a lot of less toxic products such as; vinegar and baking soda but I tend to react to those as well. I would like to remove the spots on my kitchen faucet without using products that will provoke a reaction. Any thoughts? Bella

Dear Bella,

Here’s a good one! Polish the taps with wax paper to remove water spots on your faucet.

Cleaning the Fridge

Dear Reena,

My least favorite household chore is cleaning the fridge. Is there a way to reduce the need to clean the glass shelves in my fridge? I am looking for a solution that doesn’t take up a lot of space and isn’t much work? Thanks Dan

Dear Dan,

Line the fridge shelves with plastic wrap. The wrap isn’t overly noticeable and reduces the amount of times per year that you need to clean the fridge. Change the plastic as needed.

Cleaning Under Fridge

Dear Reena,

Next week is the kick-off to my spring cleaning routine. I would like to vacuum under the fridge without having to move it. Any ideas as to what I can use to get under there? Verna

Dear Verna,

Slip an empty paper towel roll inside the end of the vacuum nozzle (make sure that the roll is tight and can’t be sucked into the vacuum). Flatten the paper towel roll end and push it underneath the fridge.

Cleaning Linen Napkins

Hi Reena,

It’s spring, at least by the calendar and I have been going through my dinner napkins only to find lots of food stains that don’t seem to come out with regular laundry products. Is there an old-time method that can help? I seem to remember something about boiling them. It hasn’t been warm enough to hang them out on the line for days and the sun seems to be hiding! Can you help me to keep using these re-usable napkins or is it time to replace them? Thanks, Vivian

Dear Vivian,

Here is a spot remover that you can use to pre-treat the napkin stains as well as several other fabrics. Into a spray bottle combine: Two third cups ammonia, two third cups Dawn dish soap, one quarter cup baking soda and 2 cups warm water. Spray napkins and wash with heavy-duty detergent. Or boil napkins in 10 cups water and one cup washing soda. Boil for 5 mins. and air dry or hang outside (test on inconspicuous area first).

Household Hints of the Week:

Prevent wineglasses from toppling over in the dishwasher by gently securing them to the rack with an elastic band.
Get rid of static electricity on clothing by running a wire hanger on the underside of the pants or dress.
Freshen up shoes by placing a fabric softener sheet inside each shoe while not in use.

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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