Dear Reena: I boiled a green banana in a saucepan today, because I saw a segment on television where a nutritionist recommended eating boiled green bananas. It is a resistant carb, which is very good for you.
After I took the softened banana out and poured the water down the drain, I noticed that the scorching on the bottom of the pan (from a previous mishap) was half gone. I washed the saucepan, and when drying it, I noticed that the part that had been covered with banana water looked much shinier than the rest! What a surprise. Gayle
Dear Gayle: I tried this experiment by combining water and banana peel instead of including the banana. The pot came out just as you said, shiny and clean. I boiled the peel for five minutes and then emptied the pot and rinsed it with water and dish soap to remove any banana residue. Great tip — thanks for sharing your discovery.
Dear Reena: I collect plastic hairbands to keep hair from going onto my eyes. Whenever I see a new pattern or colour, I immediately have to have it. However, I am often disappointed when I try to wear the band and it slips off my head and won’t stay in place. Now I have a pile of hairbands to wear and another pile just for display. Do you have any tricks for turning my display headbands into functional hair accessories? Lana
Dear Lana: You will be happy to know that there is an easy fix for this headband challenge. Purchase a strip of Velcro and use only the hook side. Cut a piece a little smaller than the width of the headband and cut the length one inch. Use a hot-glue gun to fasten the Velcro to the middle of the underside of the headband. Voila, it’s ready to wear!
Dear Reena: I recently became the owner of a small dog that loves to sit on my furniture. Do you have any tricks for training pets to stay off the furniture? Brent
Dear Brent: Training your pet early is a very smart idea. Place sheets of aluminum foil on the seats of your furniture. This doesn’t hurt the pet but isn’t as comfortable as warm and cozy fabric. He will hopefully soon see that his own bed is the best place for him to relax. Eventually, after he is trained, the foil can be removed and he will hopefully stay on the floor. The key is persistence: If you begin this technique, it should be used consistently and with lots of love.
Dear Reena: How can I stop my furniture, easy chairs and sofas, from sliding on the floor so that they don’t leave marks on the wall when someone sits down? Sheena
Dear Sheena: The easiest solution is to cut a piece of non-slip shelf or drawer liner the same size as the furniture feet. For furniture that remains in place, cut the shape and simply slide the shelf liner underneath each foot. For furniture that is made to move, such as kitchen table chairs, you will require some kind of adhesive to hold the liner in place. Use one drop of Super Glue or wood glue’s depending on the furniture material. There are sticky pads available, but they don’t always hold and often collect dust and hair. Other ideas are to install chair rails or pieces of Plexiglas onto walls so chairs have no direct contact with the wall. You can also cut small sections of carpet tiles and apply them to the corners of chair backs using double sided tape.
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