Renovation & Design

Make those appliances sparkle and shine

Brand Viva

A simple solution of vinegar and water and a microfibre polishing cloth are all you need to keep your coloured appliances looking great.

Question: My client remembers an article you wrote about cleaning appliances. Can you send me the tip? I know she would greatly appreciate it. Laura

Answer: Begin by scrubbing coloured appliances, with a green scrubby cloth and dish soap. For stainless steel, in the past my favourite option was to wipe the surface with a soft cloth and olive oil or baby oil, cooking oil or mineral oil. I preferred to use olive oil because I found that olive oil seeps into metal and does not attract dirt, dust, and grime. I still use this solution to polish wood. However, the solution that I find even easier and more effective for stainless steel or coloured appliances is to spray with 50/50 white vinegar and water. Polish with a good quality, soft microfibre cloth.

Question: Do you have a solution for how I can apply lotion to my own back? Thank you, Jillian

Answer: The easiest application method for applying lotion to one’s own back is to squirt the lotion onto the back of a wooden spoon. Use the convex side of the spoon to spread the lotion onto skin.

Question: My grandma, Jan, was wondering if you know how I can keep apples from browning after cutting them into pieces? Also, I was wondering if you have a good recipe for Bannock? Sera-Lynn

Answer: To prevent apples from turning brown, soak them for a few minutes in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and enough water to cover them. Another option is to toss the slices in lemon juice. To make Bannock combine: three-cups flour, one tsp. salt, two tablespoons of baking powder, 1/4 cup of melted margarine, lard, or butter and 1 1/4 cups water. Knead until you are left with a soft dough, add more water if needed. Shape into 12-half inch thick circles. Fry in a greased frying pan on medium heat for 15 minutes each side or until cooked through or bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.

Question: I cook homemade meals for my family every day; we never eat restaurant food. I am so tired of potatoes, pasta, and rice. Any other ideas? Enzo

Answer: When you say pasta, keep in mind there are many, many different varieties of pasta with significant differences in nutrition (i.e., fibre content) flavour, texture, and shape. Consider purchasing some of the following foods to liven up your daily dose of yummies; some are pastas, and some are not: kamut, quinoa, orzo, Chinese noodles, bulgur, and couscous. All are healthy, delicious choices and very easy to make.

Easy solutions for everyday challenges

Whenever I have stains in teacups, I simply sprinkle baking soda onto the cup and wipe with a dampened non-scratching scrubby pad. Bruce

When a recipe calls for two egg whites, I cheat the recipe by only using one egg white. Instead, I add one teaspoon of cold water to one egg white. Beat vigorously and you will end up with double the amount of egg white. Marely

I am a retired firefighter and want people to know the dangers of burning coloured newspapers and magazines. The ink emits dangerous chemicals which can be dangerous. Rex

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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