Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Wrapping Up the Holidays


By Reena Nerbas

Removing oil from clothing

Hi Reena,

I’m wondering if you can help me! My daughter was stirring/mixing some organic peanut butter the other day and a big “glop” of oil landed on the front of her favorite university sweatshirt. I’ve tried soaking it in OxiClean and water for several hours and then washing it; but the stain is still there. It has not been in the dryer thank goodness. Thanks so much, Brenda

Dear Brenda,

Glad to hear that the sweatshirt never made its way into the dryer. Cover the stain with half teaspoon Dawn dish soap, half teaspoon 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon cornstarch. Leave for 2-3 hours. Wash the sweatshirt in hot water, air dry. Repeat process until the stain is gone.

Sour Milk

Dear Reena,

My husband bought a gallon of milk on sale, because it was near expiry. Can I use the sour milk in recipes such as pancakes or do I throw it out?

Dear Shirley,

While many people immediately toss out sour milk; others find their baked goods never taste as good as when they use sour milk in recipes such as: muffins, cakes, donuts, biscuits, breads and homemade cottage cheese. However, while baking with sour milk will most likely not pose an instant threat to your health, Consumer Reports News does not recommend drinking or cooking with sour milk; due to the possibility of harboring spoilage bacteria.

Brown Eggs vs White

Dear Reena,

Can you tell me the difference between the health properties of brown eggs versus white eggs? Also, if a recipe calls for eggs, which size eggs, are they referring too? Much appreciated, Betsy

Dear Betsy,

Great question! Brown eggs come from brown feathered hens and white eggs come from white feathered hens. Nutrition and taste, according to Health Canada are the same. When deciding which size eggs to buy; most recipes are based off of large eggs.

Readers Share

Dear Reena,

I have had a front load washer for approximately ten years and never had a problem with odors. I use only powdered Tide detergent for washing and white vinegar in the fabric softener cup. I do not have to “clean” my machine because of residue build-up from the liquid soaps and softeners. I do not use dryer sheets in my dryer and do not have any coating on the drum from the sheets. There is no odor from the vinegar, just a nice fresh scent. I have recommended this to quite a few people and they have all said this works and the odor is gone immediately. Kathleen

Dear Reena,

I found that using nail polish remover is an easy way to get rid of sticky tape residue, stuck on household items. Pat

Wrapping Up the Holidays!

Preserve opened gift wrap rolls for next year. Cut a lengthwise slice in an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll. Wrap the cardboard roll around gift wrap to secure the paper and prevent unravelling.

Collect giftwrap, ribbons and bows all together inside of a zippered garment bag. Using a hanger, store the bag in your closet for next year.

Purchase an extension cord holder for storing Christmas lights.

Save empty egg cartons to store small Christmas tree ornaments. Cartons stack well! Or purchase a large storage container. Buy a collection of plastic cups and put the ornaments into each cup. Place the cups in the bottom of the storage container. Layer with a piece of cardboard and then another layer of ornament filled plastic cups.

Can’t make a decision about what to do with family photo Christmas cards that you received? Take a photo of each card; that way you have them on your phone or computer and they take up less space.

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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