Renovation & Design

A nutty solution for removing stains from frosted glass


Applying peanut butter to frosted glass may be a helpful method for removing stains.

Question: I have some kind of frosted glass on my pantry door. The one side is plain glass, but on the inside, it is frosted. I can’t seem to get normal, everyday kid spills off the inside of the door (chocolate milk, for instance). Any suggestions? Thanks.


Answer: I would apply a small amount of smooth peanut butter onto the chocolate milk, leave it for five minutes and scrape it off with a plastic putty knife or a green abrasive pad (not an S.O.S pad). Then clean the glass in the usual manner.

Question: My daughter’s sixth birthday is nearly here. The craft I have planned is to make stickers. Do you have any recipe handy I can use to make the back of the paper stick?


Answer: Here’s my formula for "Lick’em and Stick’em Stickers": combine one tablespoon of Jell-O with two teaspoons of boiling water, stir until dissolved. Paint to back of precut paper shapes. When dry, lick the stickers and apply. Great birthday party project!

Question: I often use glass jars for storage but find that I have difficulty cleaning the outside. The paper leaves a sticky residue and I don’t know how to get rid of it. Can you help? Thanks.


Answer: Next time you need to get rid of a label, begin by soaking the jars in hot, soapy water. Leave overnight. In the morning, gently score the paper with a serrated knife and then peel the paper off. If you have a really sticky label that isn’t water-soluble, simply heat the label with a hair dryer on a hot setting. The heat loosens the glue and makes the label easier to peel. As for the sticky residue that you are experiencing, cover the label seams with peanut butter (or rubbing alcohol), then scrub with steel wool. 

Question: I purchased a beautiful leather purse (through mail order), which was wrapped in plastic when arriving. It had a musty/mouldy odour, but I figured a good airing would remedy that. Two months later I’m still airing it, and it’s too late to return it. I’ve tried stuffing and wrapping it in newsprint and used dryer sheets. When the newsprint was removed, it took on the odour, but the purse still smells. I have also used leather wipes on the exterior to no avail. Any ideas how to get it to smell like regular leather?


Answer: The challenge sounds more like the odour is coming from either the chemicals used in leather preparation, or the dyes used in colouring the purse.

Begin by cleaning the purse with Murphy’s Oil. Leave a few sprigs of eucalyptus, or cotton balls soaked with shaving cream inside the purse. If the smell persists, freeze the purse for a day and note if there is a difference. If the odour remains, this is likely a permanent condition.

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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