I was able to rescue some items from our basement after being submerged in theflood waters of High River. There must have been something in the water that has left a residue on the crystal and glassware as well as a hard to remove and polish residue on the silver and copper items. Any suggestions on how to clean and/or polish the items? Marian
Very sorry to hear that you were hit by the flood. With regards to the crystal, the condition may be permanent but soak them in 50/50 vinegar and water for an hour and polish dry with a soft cloth. For the copper items, in a ventilated area, spray each piece with WD-40, wait 10 minutes and polish with a soft cloth (test on an inconspicuous area first). To tackle the silver, either purchase silver polish or use Cerma Bryte ceramic cooktop cleaner or make your own silver cleaner: place crumpled aluminum foil in a plastic bucket; dissolve one quarter cup washing soda in four quarts of hot water. Place silver on foil and let stand for a few seconds, until the tarnish is gone. Remove silver, rinse and dry. Or mix 1 tbsp. hot vinegar, 2 cups water and 2 tsp. salt. Soak silver for 5 minutes and polish.
Is there an easy way to remove the casing from sausage rings like Kielbasa and other garlic sausages? Gerhard
Begin by freezing the sausage for about 30 minutes so that it becomes slightly firm. Cut the casing down one side and simply peel it. You can also begin in the middle of the sausage and pinch the meat to force it out of the casing. Twist and turn it around, wrap the casing around your fingers and then squeeze out the remainder.
This summer our dog has been very smelly. He is a beautiful long-haired golden retriever, two and a half years old. He really enjoys the outdoors, walking, swimming, running, fetching. He is very friendly and into everything. We have bathed him numerous times throughout the summer, using dog shampoos, but still he smells. Is there a product or solution you would recommend, to eliminate this awful odor? We use the following shampoo brands: WAHL and Hartz. Sincerely, Ryan
It is obvious by your attention to detail that you are doing your very best to care for your dog. It is important to note that like humans, body smell can permeate from our insides not necessarily from the outside. People who eat lots of garlic for example eventually begin to smell like garlic. Since shampoos aren't remedying the smell you may need to consider the next step. With that said, it sounds as though your golden retriever needs a trip to the vet to investigate what is going on inside his body and to determine the cause of the odour. His odour may be linked to his diet or a medical condition and will be worth checking out.
Re: Cleaning Teddy Bears
I have been collecting teddy bears for more than 40 years and have quite a sizeable collection: Gund’s, Russ, TYs etc. What I use to clean my bears is the Woolite drycleaning cloths.I put from five to eight teddy bears in a large mesh bag along with the drycleaning cloth in the dryer for 20 minutes and it works wonderfully.None have ever been damaged, they come out clean and smelling really nice. I tried the Dryel cloths but I don’t like the smell of that product. The only thing is that I have to buy the Woolite Drycleaners Secret in the U.S.A.or on-line. I have not been able to find it here in Canada. I usually buy about four to five boxes when I am in the States. Each box has six cloths in it and will do about 24 garments in total. I love it! Diane
Reena’s Note: I am assuming that Diane is using the air setting on the dryer and not the heat setting.
• If you are in a hurry and need your shirt collar ironed, use a hair straightener. It’s faster than plugging in an iron or steamer and waiting for it to heat up.
• Collect plastic bread tags and use them as game chips (the same way that you would use poker chips) for board and card games. Submitted By: Ruth
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 October 31, 2013