Renovation & Design

White vinegar and water best for blinds

QUESTION: I love green pea soup. I haven’t been able to find it in stores for a few years now, so I suspect manufacturers have stopped making it. I have tried various recipes that I have found, but none of them have the same taste as the canned green pea soup. Do you have a recipe for green pea soup that tastes just like the canned soup used to taste?

Thank you,


Answer: If anyone reading this column has a favourite pea-soup recipe, please email it to me and I will pass it on. To be honest, I have never eaten pea soup, so I don’t have a spectacular recipe to share.


Question: I am in the process of spring cleaning and wonder if you have an easy solution for cleaning plastic blinds. I am too old to remove them from the brackets, is there an easier way?

— Laura

Answer: Yes, absolutely. Combine equal parts white vinegar and water into a bucket.

Place an old, clean sock onto your hand. Dip the sock into the solution and run your hand over each slat to remove dirt, dust and grime.

After the blinds are dry, wipe each slat with a fabric softener sheet to repel dust.


Outstanding Tips!

Keep a bag of lemons in the freezer — grating zest is much easier off a frozen lemon than a fresh one!

— Noreen

When purchasing a used camper trailer, be sure to slide yourself underneath and take a look at the wood on the bottom to ensure there are no holes. Sometimes camper floors rot and owners cover the rot with vinyl flooring on the inside of the camper.

— Darren

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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