Remove sauce stain from plastic
The plastic liners in the bottom of my kitchen sink were clear plastic when I purchased them. Through daily use, a little spaghetti sauce here, a little ketchup there, they have become stained and now are orange. How can I remove this discoloration and make them clear again? I have tried hanging them outside in the bright sunshine, but that works only a little. Soaking them in a solution of bleach and water makes no significant improvement. Thanks. — Mildred, e-mail
Try a vinegar-and-baking-soda paste or salt and lemon juice, and then set the bowl outside in the sun again. Windex, a denture cleaner tablet and water or liquid dishwasher cleaner sometimes works, too.
What can I do with left over spaghetti? I’ve been very good lately about turning one night’s meal into something different the next night or two. I made piccolini pasta with sauce Sunday night. I didn’t cook last night because I worked a double shift. I wanted to use the leftovers up tonight. What do you do with your leftover pasta? — Amy, Connecticut
I’d reheat it and have it with sauce again. If the sauce is combined, you could fry it or bake it instead of microwaving it (goulash or a mock lasagna casserole). If the sauce is separate, use the pasta in soup, with Alfredo sauce or pasta frittata. Here are a few tasty pasta salad recipes, too: www.frugalvillage.com/2009/05/21/perfect-pasta-salads.
I’d like to create a garden journal instead of buying one. Do you have some ideas on what I should do or have in it? — Jean, Ohio
You can decorate a plain composition book and add manila folders or staple a document envelope for any loose papers you want to organize. Or use a shoe box to organize your seeds, or as a central place for all the garden information you’d like to save. A standard three-ring binder with a plastic insert cover works great, too. You can then add your own personalized touch to the cover. Add pocket pages, as well as tabbed dividers and photo pages. This works well for clippings, photos and receipts. You can divide your binder into months. It becomes not only a great tool but a record of history. It can be a cherished memento or thoughtful heirloom to give to a loved one. Starting a garden journal during the winter months can help you pass the time until spring, too.
Here are a few ideas to include:
— A seed starting section that lists the type of seeds you have, sowing date, outdoor planting date and notes.
— Clip pictures from garden catalogs of plants or designs you like (can include graph paper for designs, too). Be sure to log where you can buy these items.
— Have lined paper for a regular journal section to list things to do, wildlife sightings, notes on what’s growing or blooming and when and where, the weather, and any drawings or photos.
— Add a section on plant descriptions and care. You can attach seed packets or plant care tags. Include date of purchase and any receipts.
— Have a section for garden company’s contact information.
photo by f-oxymoron