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Dear Reena,
The other day I cooked wild rice and was embarrassed when I ran out before everyone at the table had a helping. What is the best measuring tool for wild rice? In other words, how much rice will one cup make? Mata

Dear Mata,
Wild rice is a great choice for cooking because it is loaded with Vitamins B and E, calcium and iron. It has about twice the amount of fibre and protein as brown rice. One cup of uncooked wild rice makes about three cups of rice. Did you know that wild rice is actually not rice? It is the seed of an aquatic grass found in North America.

Reena please help!
We have just moved into an apartment. They put down new carpet. The smell of the new carpet is very strong. We have had patio doors and windows open and we still have the smell. Please send me any suggestions. Thank you. Carol

Dear Carol,
The mass number of chemicals often used in carpet manufacturing can leave your home with an unpleasant odour and you with buyer’s remorse. But the good news is, this odour will fade with time and the more you vacuum the quicker the smell disappears. Reach for your baking soda and sprinkle a very generous amount over the entire carpet. Leave for an hour and vacuum. Or steam clean your brand new carpet with vinegar and water. This challenge will soon become a distant memory.

Dear Reena,

I have a build-up on the outside of the metal trim around my shower stall. I think it is mineral deposits from water. It is along the bottom where the caulking is. What will take it off? I would like to remove the old caulking and clean it up to get ready to re-caulk. Murray

Dear Murray,
Make a paste by combining; baking soda together with vinegar. Apply the paste and scrub. Next into a spray bottle; combine one part tea tree oil to four parts water and spray the mildew, scrub gently. If the mildew remains, you will need to acquire a special tool to remove the caulk (available at hardware stores). After the caulk is gone, clean the area once again. Dry and re-caulk. Wipe the area once a week with the baking soda and vinegar paste to avoid ever having to deal with mold growth around your shower. Also drying your shower is another easy tip for deterring mildew growth because mildew/mold needs moisture to grow.

Dear Reena,
At your recent Home Sweet Home Workshop, you demonstrated how to remove scratches from wood. I tried it at home and was very pleased with the results. Can you now tell me how to remove watermarks from wood? Rita

Dear Rita,
The first and easiest solution is to apply mayonnaise or non-gel, non-bleach toothpaste to the wood. Leave for 30 minutes and wipe. If the stain remains, cover the mark with a white cloth. Using the steam setting on your fabric iron, wave the iron overtop of the cloth making sure that you do not set the iron on one area. With a little patience, the mark will disappear.
 
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