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Hi Reena,

I have some kind of frosted glass in my pantry door. The one side is plain glass but on the inside it is frosted. I can’t seem to get normal, everyday, kid spills off of the inside of the door (chocolate milk for instance). Any suggestions?

— Thanks, Cindy Hi Cindy,

I’ll tell you what I would do if I had old milk stuck on glass. I would apply a small amount of smooth peanut butter onto the chocolate milk, leave it for five minutes and scrape it off easily with a plastic putty knife or a green abrasive pad (not an S.O. S pad). Then clean the glass in the usual manner with either my Squeaky Clean Window Cleaner Recipe or a super-duper solution that works best for you!


Dear Reena,

I learned this advice from my landlord, who previously learned it from the firm that sold her a fireplace insert. This is a non-chemical, environmentally friendly solution to clean glass doors on a fireplace.

1. Crumple up one sheet of old newspaper.

2. Wet with water.

3. Scrunch it around in the cold ashes of the fireplace or stove.

4. Clean the inside glass by rubbing the ash-laden newsprint onto the glass.

5. Repeat if necessary.

6. For final cleanup of the glass, wet a paper towel with water and wipe the glass. When there is no brownish-colour residue on the towel, the glass is clean. Sit back and enjoy the view.

— Bruce Hi Reena,

Here is a tip for getting the smell out of ice cube trays. The solution that works for me is to wash the ice cube trays in the dishwasher after every use. I also use filtered water i.e. Brita Filter. Distilled water makes really flat-tasting ice cubes. There’s nothing like stinky ice cubes to ruin a good drink of water or anything else!

— Linda Hi Reena,

Solution for washing walls: Combine 1 gallon water, 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid and 2 tbsp. Epson salt. Wash and rinse.

— Ted Tips from Reena:

To clean stained mugs: Simply drop a couple of denture tables inside and fill with water. Let set overnight and rinse well. Works just as well on tea-and coffee-stained mugs.

Stinky shoe solution: Lay a piece of plastic wrap into shoes and put a drop of clove oil (or another favourite essential oil) on a cotton ball and place it on the plastic wrap. Remove before putting shoes on.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming!

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