Renovation & Design

Kill moss dead with vinegar, soap and salt

Question: Can you please give me a few tips on the best way to clean the moss from between the pavers in our driveway? Is there a solution I can use? -Sammie

Answer: My favourite solution is to make your own weed killer by combining four cups pickling vinegar, half cup salt and two tablespoons dish soap. Spray on unwanted plants in driveway cracks. Be careful not to spray adjacent plants.

Leftover boiled potato water also makes an excellent weed killer for patios, driveways, and paths.


Question: What is the best way to clean and disinfect a cotton facemask? Thank you, Bernie

Answer: To properly disinfect a fabric facemask, begin by washing your hands. Put the mask into the washing machine and wash hands immediately.

Use the hottest water possible and dry using the highest heat possible, or air dry the mask.

To disinfect your mask, soak it in a bleach solution containing four teaspoons of household bleach per each quart of water for five minutes. If this could discolour the mask, opt for fabric-safe bleach.


Question: I have taken on the daunting task of removing carpeting from my basement floor. The carpet came up like a dream, but the foam underneath is stuck to the concrete.

I have been on my knees for two days with a putty knife trying to get this stuff off. Do you have any tips to make this mind numbingly frustrating task easier? -Emerald

Answer: Pour hot water onto the foam. Let the water soak for 10 minutes. Scrape with a long-handled ice scraper and remove all the foam.

The job will be so simple that you will be smiling all the way to the kitchen as you make your "pat on the back 10-layer chocolate cake," because that’s what everyone does when they are proud of themselves, right?


Question: I am very fed up with my dishwasher. After running a cycle, the bottom and insides of the cups are caked with baked-on food. The cutlery ends up with food hardened onto each piece.

The dishwasher was expensive, and it is only two years old. What can I do to fix this problem? -Albert

Answer: New dishwashers are made to be water efficient and use less energy, but because of this, some dishwashers don’t clean as well as they once did.

Appliances use less water and basins tends to clog up, requiring regular cleaning, because the debris in the bottom of the dishwasher prevents the water from circulating properly.

Either hire a handy person or take the dishwasher apart on your own. Begin by unsnapping and removing dishwasher racks. Remove the top sprayer arm by. Remove the lower spray arm, this is a little trickier because you will need to unscrew all the screws and some of them might be hidden.

After the dishwasher basin is disassembled, you will see all kinds of debris such as: toothpicks, chicken bones, pieces of garlic etc. Clean and reassemble the dishwasher.

Hopefully with regular maintenance, your dishwasher will run well from now on.


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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