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Restoring foggy drinking glasses

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Hi Reena,
I wonder if I can use Resolve in my dishwasher to combat glasses from getting foggy. I use it in the clothes washer to keep the drains clean.
Nancy

Dear Nancy,
I have never used Resolve in the dishwasher to reduce etching. Typically etching or fogginess occurs due to one of the following reasons; too much detergent, lack of rinsing agent, an overloaded dishwasher, water temperature too hot, lack of water softener in hard water systems or the detergent is not compatible with the machine.
To remove mild etching, head to the nearest pharmacy and ask for citric acid. Put glasses into the dishwasher and add citric acid to the soap dispenser. Run the cycle as usual and if the etching stays it is likely permanent. You can also soak the glasses in vinegar and rub them with fine steel wool.
From people with etching challenges, I have heard positive results regarding phosphate-free Palmolive gel dishwasher detergent (lemon splash scent).

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Dear Reena,
I am making a large batch of egg salad. What is the easiest way to remove the shells from hard-boiled eggs?
Sam

Dear Sam,
After eggs are boiled, set them into a bowl of cold water and remove the shells while the eggs are submersed.

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Dear Reena,
Any suggestions for getting rid of woodpeckers? They are waking us up early in the morning and very noisy.
Thanks, Jan

Dear Jan,
The sooner you can act the better before the woodpeckers make your home their home. Their mission is to find food.
Begin by having your roof inspected for infestations of bugs. Next, close any holes on the roof. Place aluminum flashing over the areas where the woodpeckers are pecking. They won’t like the new sound or the shininess of the metal.
 If this is not an option hang something shiny in the area such as aluminum pie plates, old CDs, mylar balloons or mylar tape. If shiny objects are too unsightly, cover the area with plastic netting.

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Dear Reena,
Is there a quick and easy way to clean hard water deposits on a double stainless steel sink? I guess I have been so busy that I didn’t realize until now how bad it looks!
 If I can get it cleaned up, in the future I will have to make a habit of wiping it dry each night to prevent this from reoccurring. Thanks so much for your help!
Melvin

Dear Melvin,
Thoroughly clean the sink using an abrasive pad, dish soap and water. Wipe the inside with olive oil to leave your sink looking like new!

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