Damaged wheat-filled heating pad leads to concerns
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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