Use air­tight con­tain­ers to tackle pantry moths

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

QUES­TION: I’m hav­ing prob­lems get­ting rid of pantry moths. Any sug­ges­tions? — Lin, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Pantry moths can be found in rice, pasta, cake mixes, rat or mouse bait, break­fast ce­re­als, chil­dren’s art­work (con­tain­ing pasta, corn, etc.), herbs, spices any grain, feed, seed, dried veg­eta­bles (dec­o­ra­tive or ed­i­ble) or dried fruit.

Vac­uum all shelves and wash with vine­gar and wa­ter. Throw out all grains that may have been in­fected by lar­vae. If you bring any grain-based prod­ucts into the house, im­me­di­ately put them in the freezer for four days be­fore putting them away in your pantry. This will kill any eggs or lar­vae that are al­ready in­side. Store your food in air­tight con­tain­ers, which are made of hard plas­tic, glass or metal (no plas­tic bags). The best way to de­ter­mine whether a con­tainer is re­ally air­tight is to fill it up with wa­ter and see if it leaks.

If you have fre­quent moth prob­lems, con­sider stor­ing all of your grain-based prod­ucts in the freezer in­stead of the pantry. Sprin­kle laven­der chips or cedar chips in cupboards to pre­vent moths from in­vad­ing. Most of the moth con­trol prod­ucts avail­able are moth poi­sons, moth traps, and moth­balls. Moth­balls are not a healthy prod­uct to keep in the home, es­pe­cially near food.

AN­SWER: For best re­sults, paint needs to be treated no longer than six hours post mess. Soak the clothes in heavy-duty de­ter­gent and wa­ter for a few hours be­fore wash­ing. If that doesn’t do it, spray Win­dex or equal parts tur­pen­tine and am­mo­nia onto the stain be­fore wash­ing. Use a stiff brush to scrub the stain and then wash as usual. If the stain still re­mains, soak in paint thin­ner for a few hours be­fore wash­ing and scrub. The down­side to this is the strong smell; there­fore, af­ter us­ing paint thin­ner, soak the clothes in wash­ing soda and wa­ter to get rid of some of the smell. If the stains have al­ready been washed and dried they will be dif­fi­cult to re­move.

QUES­TION: How can I get chil­dren’s paint that was sup­posed to be wash­able out of my chil­dren’s cloth­ing? Some colours (black and blue es­pe­cially) never re­ally come out. The paints are la­belled wash­able. I can’t do much about the choice of paints; they are pro­vided by our day­care. — Jill, Win­nipeg

QUES­TION: I have sil­ver-white hair that yel­lows in the sum­mer sun. Do you have a so­lu­tion for me? Wear­ing a hat is not al­ways an op­tion. — Mar­ion, Rosenort

AN­SWER: The hair dis­coloura­tion is due largely to con­tam­i­nates (iron, cal­cium, chlo­rine and cop­per) in the shower wa­ter and swim­ming pool and gen­eral pol­lu­tion. The lack of pig­ment in white hair eas­ily shows the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of residue, but there is help for this con­di­tion un­less the prob­lem is caused by a fac­tor that is left un­changed such as smok­ing or high iron con­tent in your wa­ter.

Use a pu­ri­fy­ing blue sham­poo ev­ery once in a while to re­move buildup. A sham­poo with a blue/ ash or sil­ver tone will also help to nat­u­ral­ize any yel­low tones and en­hance the white or grey hairs; this makes sense since they are op­po­site colours to each other on the colour wheel. Don’t use it too of­ten and make sure to evenly dis­trib­ute sham­poo or you will get a patchy re­sult.

Also, Pan­tene makes a sham­poo spe­cially for­mu­lated for grey/sil­ver/white hair to help keep it look­ing its best (Pan­tene Pro V Sil­ver Ex­pres­sions). KMS, and Nexxus, Fi­nesse (en­hanc­ing), Jhir­mack Sil­ver Bright­en­ing sham­poos also make won­der­ful sham­poos for grey hair to keep it from look­ing yel­low and brassy. Lather up twice, once to clean your hair, the sec­ond time leave the sham­poo in your hair for about five min­utes.

If you want to go one step fur­ther, be­fore styling and dry­ing, ap­ply three cap­fuls of Fan­ci­ful tem­po­rary colour in White Minx. Keep in mind all these prod­ucts will look pur­ple (they’re sup­posed to; it’s the chem­i­cal that bright­ens grey hair).

You can also check out the Aveda line of sham­poos. Most sham­poos use sodium lau­rel sul­fate to aid in the sudsy, soapy for­mula. This chem­i­cal re­ally re­moves a lot of mois­ture and good oils from the hair. A prod­uct with less sodium lau­rel sul­phate is go­ing to be eas­ier on colour-treated hair.

QUES­TION: I am try­ing to re­move old la­bels from new, glossy-cov­ered books. — Bar­bara, Win­nipeg

AN­SWER: Use a hot hair dryer to loosen ad­he­sive, then peel off. Press duct tape on la­bel then pull (be­ing care­ful not to rip the paper off). Rub­bing al­co­hol, Goo Gone, nail pol­ish re­mover, WD-40 and Skin So Soft by Avon are also op­tions.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Keep hair from clog­ging up drains by in­sert­ing a hair catcher. This lit­tle gad­get is in­ex­pen­sive and easy to pop into drains. Dump the col­lected de­bris into your com­post. Dou­ble duty, I love it.

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing!


Use a hot hair dryer to help re­move old la­bels from new, glossy-cov­ered books.

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