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Substitute and Solve - How to keep those feet smelling good for sandals

Dear Reena,

Sandal season is here and I’m not ready. My feet look terrible — they are dry and smelly even after a bath. Any suggestions for fixing my summer-loving feet? Lana

Dear Lana,

As long as this is not a medical condition, here is a great recipe to prepare those twinkly toes for the season ahead. Into a bucket, combine half a cup of Listerine mouthwash (any kind), half a cup white vinegar and one cup warm water. Soak your feet in the solution for 15 minutes and dry with a soft towel.

Dear Reena,

The interior glass on my oven window is absolutely disgusting. What is the easiest way to clean between the glass window panes without taking the door apart? Monica

Dear Monica,

Here’s a little trick that I recently discovered to clean those little drips. You will need a fly swatter (yes you heard me right!), a thin cloth, one or more strong rubber bands and your favourite glass cleaner. Place the cloth on the end of the swatter (the end that you hit the fly with). Secure it with an elastic band (you may require more than one elastic). Wet the cloth with cleaning solutions. At the bottom of the oven door, if you reach under it with your hand, you will feel a space. Stick the fly swatter inside the space and wipe back and forth much like a windshield wiper. Remove cloth, rinse and repeat until glass looks clean. Caution: Make sure that the cloth is securely fastened onto the swatter so that it does not come off in between the panes.

Hello Reena,

Is it possible to paint a laminate shelf? I am worried that the paint will not hold and will peel off. Thanks Vanessa

Dear Vanessa,

Absolutely, the key is to purchase medium to high quality paint. Begin by sanding the surface to roughen the finish. Brush with primer and allow to dry. Finally, paint two or more coats with latex paint. Voila!

Dear Reena,

Can I use cooled potato water for watering my houseplants? I have heard that the nutrients are good for plants. Thanks, Clarence

Dear Clarence,

Yes! The water that you boil potatoes in must be cool before watering plants; and only use potato water that does not have salt added to it. By the way, potato water is also great for using to polish silverware. Or, cut a raw potato in half and shine your shoes, and some people have said that they rub a raw potato onto goggles before going skiing to prevent them from becoming foggy.

Weekly Household Hints:

I recently retired after owning a popular restaurant for most of my life. I want to share the secret to the best pulled pork you will ever taste.

Purchase pork tenderloin and place it into a slow cooker. Now here is the secret: Pour a can of root beer over the meat and cook on low for four to six hours (depending on your slow cooker heat). Drain and stir in a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (I use no-name from Superstore). Use two forks to shred the meat. Serve on hamburger buns. Vincent

A great way to keep green onions fresh for weeks is this. Cut the tips off from the onions as well as the leaves and store in a clean glass jar. Not only are they ready to use when needed but they keep for three weeks and no slime. I used to keep them in my crisper but after a week I often threw them out.Nadine

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Reena Nerbas is a rural Manitoba home economist is a lab coat - and she’s not afraid to use it. Keep your questions coming:

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 22, 2014

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Sandal season is here and I’m not ready. My feet look terrible — they are dry and smelly even after a bath. Any suggestions for fixing my summer-loving feet? Lana

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