Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Tips for Organizing Your Fridge


By Reena Nerbas

Laminate Floor Cleaner

Dear Reena,

Some time ago, I used your solution for laminate flooring. It did a wonderful job but I have misplaced the instructions. Hope to hear from you. Leslie

Dear Leslie,

My favorite laminate floor cleaner recipe is super because it requires no rinsing. In order to prevent water spots whether you are cleaning with a steam mop or the following recipe; be sure to dry the floors well after they are cleaned. In a bucket combine: half tsp. dish soap, two cups vinegar, two cups water and one tsp. lemon juice. Dampen floors only, too much liquid is not recommended. Before cleaning floors, check your manual, to avoid damage to your warranty, because certain manufacturer’s only recommend their own laminate floor cleaner.

Keeping Cream Cheese

Dear Reena,

I bought a large container of cream cheese and put one third in a smaller container. Should I freeze the rest or is it better kept in the fridge? It would take over a month to use the small container. Shirley

Dear Shirley,

I am often amazed at how long cream cheese actually lasts; check the expiry date before taking any further steps. If the expiration date allows you to keep the cheese in the fridge it should be fine. Foil wrapped cream cheese should last 3-4 weeks in the fridge. You can freeze cream cheese, but only do so if you have no plans to use the cheese for baked goods such as cheesecake because the cheese consistency changes after freezing. If you use cream cheese for spreading on toast, then freezing the cheese is no problem.

Runner Scuff Marks

Dear Reena,

What is the best way to remove numerous scuff marks from running shoes off of an older kitchen floor (linoleum ~ 20 years old)? I don’t want to risk ruining what is left of the floor’s finish by using a Mr. Clean eraser, tennis ball or other abrasive. Would it be a good idea to try WD40?

Dear Joanne,

Since the floor is less than 50 years old there is a good chance that it is actually vinyl and not linoleum, (a word that people often use interchangeably but they are actually quite different). The easiest way to remove scuff marks from flooring is with the use of a rubber or art gum eraser. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is my next choice (test on an inconspicuous area first) it seems unlikely that the Magic Eraser will damage the floor. Please don’t use WD-40 for this challenge as it may strip the finish. My third choice: apply a small amount of vegetable oil to the scuff marks and wipe with a green scrubby pad. Clean with dish soap and water.

Organize Your Fridge

I found a clever way to organize the condiments in my fridge. I put a Lazy Susan on one of the shelves. This keeps the fridge clean and products simple to find. Submitted By: Orville

Trivia: Where did the name “Lazy Susan” come from? The “Lazy Susan” made its first written appearance in a 1917 Vanity Fair advertisement for a “Revolving Server or Lazy Susan”. These revolving serving trays have been around since the 1700s, where they were often tiered and called “dumbwaiters.” Dumbwaiters were so called because they quietly (hence “dumb”) took the place of waiters in the dining room. The theory of how the name changed to “Lazy Susan” suggests that servants were often named Susan, so that “Susan” came to be almost a synonym for “servant,” and the “Lazy Susan” was essentially functioning as a servant who never had to go anywhere (hence “lazy”).

I place fridge mats on every mat in my fridge. The mats hold to glass shelves and stay cleaner looking than clear glass. Submitted By: Phyllis

I bought a variety of colored plastic baskets for fridge organizing. I label each basket i.e. Condiments, meat, snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza making etc. My fridge is so organized and stays clean! Submitted By: Michelle

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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