Renovation & Design

Put an end to that slippery shower

Question: We moved into a new home two years ago. Please advise me on how to clean my shower tile floor without making it slippery. My husband and I are in our 70s. Thank you very much. -Terri

Answer: Into a spray bottle combine 2-cups white vinegar and 1-tablespoon of Dawn dish soap. Use the steam from a hot shower to your advantage by cleaning the shower floor shortly after use. Choose a non-scratching abrasive pad (this is key to making the job easier), spray the floor with a liberal amount of the solution. Scrub with the pad and then rinse with water. For badly stained shower floors, consider using Iron Out occasionally. Use vinegar and dish soap for regular cleaning.

Question: I have an Aida cloth, counted thread cross-stitch picture I had been doing. Other things came along, and it’s been 10 or 12 years since I’ve worked on it. I took it out of the pillowcase, it’s been stored in, and found there are four or five small yellowish spots on it, no more than 1/2 cm across. It has been on a wooden frame all this time, and the top edge of the fabric, where the fabric wound around the wooden dowel of the frame, has a yellowed stain on it as well. I assume the part that was touching the wood has absorbed something from the wood, varnish oil perhaps. The spots weren’t visible when I put it away but must have discolored over the years while it sat wrapped in its pillowcase, in the closet. Any thoughts, advice or help you can give me will be most appreciated! Thanks so much! -Brenda

Answer: If the stains were caused by varnish, they are likely permanent. If the stains are caused by rust (or other), gently scrub with Dawn dish soap and water, rinse. If the stain remains, pour a half teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and half teaspoon household ammonia onto the stain. Wrap the cloth in plastic and leave for 12 hours. Remove and blot with water. Repeat until the stain is gone. Another option is soaking the stain with white vinegar. Dab until the stain is gone.

Question: My family loves raspberries, they are healthy and delicious. Is it important to wash raspberries before eating them? -Neha

Answer: Raspberries are one of life’s special gifts to us! They are high in Vitamin C and A, iron, potassium, calcium, folic acid and ellagic acid. They contain no fat, cholesterol, or sodium and if that isn’t enough, they are high in fiber. While some people oppose the practice of washing raspberry because they are such delicate little creatures, most experts agree that giving raspberries a water rinse just prior to consumption is a great idea.

Extra Tip: If you are planning to freeze raspberries; rinse them with cold water and pat dry. Place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the berries to a freezable container and store them in the freezer. Great for ice cream toppings, jam, or smoothies.

Helping the Planet: Here’s a tip from my relatives whose summers, down under, are blistering hot; minimizing oven-use is an imperative. Don’t pre-heat your oven: Put cookies in (middle and bottom shelves) at the same time as you turn on your oven (350 degrees). Regular cook time: 12-15 minutes; in heating oven 13 minutes. Imagine how much energy could be saved worldwide if ovens weren’t pre-heated. Cheers -Rowena

I am a huge fan of Norwex and often use microfibre cloths because I love their products so much. It is my goal to make an effort to use less chemicals and make a difference on our earth by using environmentally friendly products. — TJ

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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