Renovation & Design

Milk will last for as long as two hours at room temperature

Question: How long can milk sit out before it needs to be refrigerated? — Grace

Answer: Milk can sit out at room temperature for two hours and still be safe. After two hours, dump the milk out, wash the cup and refill.


Question: I hate the thought of wasting half an egg by throwing the yolk in the garbage. What can I do with the egg yolk besides throwing it out? — Orlin

Answer: Leftover egg yolks can be refrigerated for a few days or you can also freeze them. To use them, thaw in refrigerator and then beat well. They will keep in the freezer for as long as three months. Use egg yolks to add to meatloaf or homemade mayonnaise, custard or pudding.

If you would rather not eat egg yolks, use them in homemade hair conditioners because of their ability to improve the softness of hair and to reduce the occurrence of frizz. Many people also use egg-yolk hair conditioners to reduce hair loss.

As well, egg yolks contain vitamin A, which is used in many skincare products, designed to target acne. To use egg yolks as a mask, simply break up the yolks with a fork and spread it over your face and neck (avoid eyes). Leave to dry and then rinse with cool water.

Or feed egg yolks to your outdoor friends. Simply boil the yolks in water and throw them outside for birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Or mix yolks with nuts or berries and zap them in the microwave for a few seconds before tossing them out the door.


Question: I have a problem with several doors that I painted sticking in their door frames. They were originally stained wood doors and I painted them all a lighter colour. I used one coat of good primer and then two coats of higher-end paint on the doors and frames. I let them dry for several days before re-hanging them in their frames.

Since then, the doors stick slightly when being opened, which is noisy and annoying if others are sleeping when an early riser tries to quietly exit in the morning. Is there any solution that doesn’t involve extensive sanding (or replacement)? It’s not just at the very top of the door and it has been a year since I painted them. — Dee

Answer: In some cases, as the weather becomes colder, the doors will stop sticking on their own. But since you have dealt with squeaky doors for a year, you can try to tighten the hinges and use a cotton swab to apply petroleum jelly to the hinges. Next, rub paraffin or paste wax onto the door jambs.

If that doesn’t fix the sticking, secure transparent tape inside the door jambs. If all else fails, lightly sand the areas — not to remove the paint, but just to add roughness to the sticky areas.


Have a great suggestion or tip? Please send an email at: 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. Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website at



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