Quite a while ago you addressed the problem of black streaks on Corelle dinner plates.I remember that you had to put the plates in hot or boiling water but I don’t remember what else you put into the water to take away the stains.Would youaddress this please?Thank you, Linda
In my second book, I talk about a recipe that I created called, "Corellabunga". This will bring your dishes back to their original colour. In a large pot, combine 3 cups (750 mL) vinegar, 4 cups (1 L) water and 2 tbsp. (30 mL) citric acid; bring to a boil. Set 1 Corelle dish in the boiling mixture for 5 minutes (the water must cover the dish). Once dry, your dishes will look brand new. If the black marks are scratched into the glass, the marks are permanent. Hi Reena,
My new front load HE washer booklet doesn’t quite answer the one question I have.In the past I added borax when I washed towels, to help get rid of any lingering odours. Can I still do this, with my new HE frontload washer and/or do you have a better idea? Thanks, Denise
If you have any doubts it is always best to contact the manufacturer directly. I can tell you that I add borax, vinegar or washing soda to my front end loader and have never had a problem with my machine.
I am in possession of two of your books and I use them regularly, however I have a problem for which I do not know if there is a cleaning solution, bronze grave markers. Over the years the letters turn a greenish colour and I have not found a solution to clean these markers to bring them back to their original state. Any ideas? Ronnie
Patina is very common on bronze metals which are exposed to moisture and air. Once oxidized, cleaning has little success even with commercial products. Worth a try: make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda; rub this solution unto the grave markers using a soft cloth. Leave for 30 mins. Wipe with a soft damp cloth and polish with paste wax (not automobile wax). Coating the markers with wax helps to repel moisture and guards against future discolouration. Worst case scenario, spray with WD-40 and wipe (test on an inconspicuous area first).
I love enjoying wildlife. Can you give me a few pointers on how I can attract butterflies to my garden? Thank-you, Rita
The first rule when wishing to attract butterflies to your yard is to avoid using toxic chemicals in your garden. Butterflies love colourful flowering plants such as: Lilies, Mourning Cloaks, Anglewings, Sedums, Asters, Tortoiseshells, Daisies, Lavender and Black-Eyed-Susan’s. Place a shallow dish of muddy water in a sunny spot. You may find butterflies visit the ‘mud puddle’, however this is not recommended in areas where mosquito breeding is a challenge. You can also build or buy your very own butterfly house from a nature store and paint it bright colours. The house should be positioned in a woody part of your yard (not out in the open), and if butterflies decide to live in the house, they will probably not do so until fall (possible during the second season). Where did butterflies get their name? Although no one knows for sure; one legend is that butterflies were once believed to be witches in disguise. The witches stole milk and butter at night, thus giving them their unusual name. Feedback from Reader Who Cares:
Hi Reena, I came across an article that was posted in my newspaper regarding a gal that was challenged with something sticky on the bottom of her iron. Just thought I’d pass on an old, much used, solution. I’ve spent a fair amount of time travelling and having to rely on the irons provided in hotels and such. The easiest solution I’ve found to remove sticky residue from an iron is to simply run the iron, usually on a satin fabric type setting, over a fabric softener sheet. I always throw a couple in my luggage; one to keep things smelling a little fresher, but secondly to clean the nasty irons I’ve encountered through the course of my travels.Works wonders, hope this helps. Sincerely, Gaylene
Cheesy Goodness Bread:
Make or purchase baked pizza crust. Top the crust with one third cup Italian salad dressing, quarter tsp. of each of the following: salt, garlic powder. dried oregano, thyme (or 1 tsp. Italian spice). Sprinkle with 4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese and half cup shredded mozzarella or marble cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 mins. or until golden brown.
Fabulous Tip of the Week:
If you are battling dandruff, crush up a few Ibuprofen medicine tablets. Drop them into your shampoo bottle to combat unsightly flakes. Submitted by: Jan Cooper
Reena Nerbas is a rural Manitoba home economist is a lab coat - and she’s not afraid to use it. Keep your questions coming:
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 9, 2012