Dye may be only so­lu­tion for pesky stain re­moval

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

Ques­tion: Re­cently, I pur­chased a bou­quet of flow­ers from a mar­ket. The clerk wrapped them in heavy, black poster-type pa­per. The stems were quite wet and seeped through the pa­per, re­sult­ing in stains on my white denim jacket. As soon as I got home I washed it with plain wa­ter. I have also tried hair sham­poo and quite a few com­mer­cial stain re­movers, in­clud­ing one con­tain­ing hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide. I air-dried them out­side in the sun. The stains faded quite a lot but are still vis­i­ble as a faint char­coal colour. I’m not sure what I should try next; any ad­vice would be wel­come. Thanks, Shirley An­swer: Of­ten, run­ning hot wa­ter through tough fab­rics such as denim will cause or­ganic stains to dis­ap­pear. Un­for­tu­nately, some­times try­ing sev­eral com­mer­cial prod­ucts on a stain will set the stain. The good news is you haven’t put the jacket in the dryer and the stain has light­ened. Make a paste of wa­ter and one of the fol­low­ing: Head and Shoul­ders dan­druff sham­poo, glyc­erin, Sun­light de­ter­gent bar soap, wash­ing soda or Bo­rax. Leave for a few hours and wash as usual, be­ing care­ful not to put the jacket into the dryer un­til you are sure the stain is gone. Worst-case sce­nario: pur­chase Rit dye re­mover or white Rit dye and use it ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tions on the box. Places such as Michaels carry this prod­uct. Ques­tion: With­out con­stantly toss­ing dish cloths into the wash­ing ma­chine, how can I keep them smelling fresh? Alex An­swer: Boil them with a lit­tle dish soap and wa­ter in a pot for up to five min­utes. Rinse, and if time per­mits, hang in the sun. Two ex­tra tips: 1) If a fam­ily mem­ber has a skin con­di­tion, boil their face­cloth. 2) If any fab­ric wash items smell, wash them with hot wa­ter and hang the items out­side. I bought a lovely rayon dress. I washed it in cold wa­ter and hung it to dry. It shrank to a shirt length, but I learnt I could fix it by putting it in cold wa­ter with hair con­di­tioner. As it dried I stretched it, and it worked the dress is back to its orig­i­nal length! — Rysa The pasta I make tastes much bet­ter since adding this tasty tip to my kitchen rou­tine. I cook pasta for one minute less than called for. I then heat up the sauce and toss the pasta in the sauce for one minute. Lots of flavour in every bite. — Mario Note: 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. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or the Power of Words? Check out reena.ca.

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