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Can Christmas tree lights be recycled?

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Dear Reena,
Your column is great and covers so many topics. I have been trying to clean out some excess items in my house and have some old (dead) Christmas lights that I would like to recycle. I know that the copper wire is valuable but if there isn’t a place that will pay for them, I would just like to find a place that will recycle them as I don’t just want to put them in the garbage. Thanks for your help.
Barb

Dear Barb,
You have a couple of options: Depending on the lights that you own, you can take a small work knife or an old paring knife and carefully strip the plastic from the wire. Check out a variety of places that buy and sell copper online or in your area. Another option is to donate your Christmas lights just as you would old clothes. Even if the lights don’t work, someone might want to use them as craft supplies. It beats tossing them!  


Dear Reena,
I have burnt a pot very badly. It had red cabbage in it and I cannot remove the black from the bottom. Can you give me a solution for this?
Jean

Dear Jean,
Soak the pan with dishwasher detergent and hot water for a couple of hours, scrub with a steel wool pad. Or (and this is what I like to do) pour baking soda into your pot, dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom. Boil the contents for 5 minutes. Let sit just until cool enough to handle and scrub with an S.O.S pad. Some people use oven cleaner for this purpose and leave it overnight, but I prefer baking soda.

Dear Reena,
Would you be able to tell me how I can get mold off of the white rubber seal around our fridge door? This is on a bar fridge that was stored in a basement where the humidity was very high. I am not sure if someone tried to remove the mold before, so I don’t know if any cleaning products have been used. Any help you would be able to give me would be much appreciated.
Donna

Dear Donna,
Sounds like you need to begin by checking to see if the seal needs replacing. You should not be able to slide a piece of paper between the rubber seal and the wall of the refrigerator (or freezer). If the piece of paper slips between the seal and the wall, the seal is not tight enough and the gasket requires replacement. To clean the seal, combine 5 drops tea tree oil, and white vinegar. Spray and scrub.


Feedback from Reader Who Cares:


Hi Reena,
With regards to cleaning Kitchen Craft cabinets: "For clarification we do not recommend anything except, as you noted mild soap and water (just a damp clean cloth and not excess water, drying immediately). The Murphy’s Oil, Cabinet Magic detergents and abrasive cleaners can have a deteriorating effect on the finish over time and is not recommended and will void warranty.
Over time waxing and polishing compounds may build up on the surface and cause a hazy streaking appearance."

Submitted by: Kitchen Craft Cabinetry


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