Dam­aged wheat-filled heat­ing pad leads to con­cerns

Ottawa Citizen - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

Q I own a wheat-filled heat­ing pad which was scorched in a new mi­crowave (ob­vi­ously quicker heat­ing time). It now smells just when sit­ting and more so when re­heated. The fab­ric (ma­te­rial un­known) is dis­coloured. My ques­tions are:

If I hand-wash this small item (ap­prox­i­mately two-by-seven inches (5.1-by-17.8 cm) for wrist and an­kles), will it re­move the smell from the ma­te­rial/seed and clean the brown spot on the cloth?

How will I know when it is thor­oughly dry — just wait for two days or some­thing?

Will the wheat mould, even if it has been thor­oughly dried?

If I re­heat be­fore com­pletely dry, will the wheat be com­pro­mised?

A Use cau­tion when re­sort­ing to wheat bags. There have been numer­ous recorded in­ci­dents of bags be­com­ing too hot, smoul­der­ing and start­ing on fire af­ter mi­crowave heat­ing. If the bag is dam­aged in any way, your safest bet is to toss it out.

Q My friend has a cot­tage at a lake, and has nox­ious weeds in her gar­den and lawn. She has tried Weed and Feed, and Roundup to erad­i­cate them, but the for­mer doesn’t work at all on these weeds, and the lat­ter only works af­ter re­peated ap­pli­ca­tions, killing the grass of course in the process. Do you have any ideas on how this can be com­pletely re­moved? A When it comes to nox­ious weeds, de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­sis­tence are key. Op­tion 1: Use com­mer­cial weed killer, with a long resid­ual pe­riod to lengthen time be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions. Op­tion 2: Make your own weed killer. In a spray bot­tle, com­bine 1/2 quart (2 cups, or 500 mL) pick­ling vine­gar, 1 tsp (5 mL) dish soap and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of salt. Spray weeds, keep­ing in mind that this so­lu­tion will kill any­thing green. Reap­ply the next day. Op­tion 3: Smother the weeds with a tarp or car­pet and then cover the area with mulch. Of course, this method will de­pend on where the weeds are lo­cated and the size of the weeds. The most ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for get­ting rid of weeds is to ex­tract the root reg­u­larly; how­ever this is not al­ways an op­tion.

Q The anti-slip strips in my bath­tub have be­come dis­coloured. Can you sug­gest a way to clean them with­out harm­ing the tub?

A Sev­eral peo­ple shared great re­sults by scrub­bing the areas with a green scrubby pad (a wash cloth won’t do it) and ei­ther toi­let bowl cleaner or equal parts bo­rax, dish soap and 3 per cent hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide. Scrub and rinse. Ex­cel­lent re­sults!

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I of­ten found spi­ders sit­ting in the same area of my screen room. I de­cided to soak a few cot­ton balls with pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil, which is dif­fer­ent than pep­per­mint ex­tract. I have noticed fewer spi­ders ever since. Sub­mit­ted by: Tyler

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Dis­claimer: Every user as­sumes all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first.

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