Tackle fruit-fly problem at the source
QUESTION: I have three pairs of pants that say “dry clean” but I am hoping that they can be washed (perhaps in cold water or hand washed) and hope that you can provide some assistance or advice. The fabric content is as follows: 64 per cent polyester, 34 per cent rayon and 2 per cent spandex, 57 per cent cotton, 32 per cent polyester, nine per cent rayon and two per cent elastane, 54 per cent virgin wool, 30 per cent viscose, 15 per cent polyamide nylon and one per cent elastane. Thank you.
— Darlene, Winnipeg
ANSWER: It is always safe to follow care label instructions and if the label says “dry clean” that is what you should do. With that said, the last time I was inside a dry cleaners was about 18 years ago picking up my wedding dress. When I purchase dry clean fabrics unless they are non-washable silk, I hand wash them in cold water and hang or lay them flat to dry. Whatever you do don’t put rayon, wool or viscose into the dryer.
ANSWER: Nothing will work if you don’t begin by tackling the area in which the flies are breeding. If you have fruit sitting on the counter or rotten potatoes in the basement, you will experience an endless supply of fruit flies for weeks or months. The next step is to use apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a cup, this works great to catch fruit flies. However, some people want a faster cure, especially at this time of the year when flies are at their
QUESTION: I have a huge problem with fruit flies. How can I get rid of them quickly? Thanks.
— John, Thompson peak. First plug all drains (they hatch inside drains); refrigerate all fruit; if weather permits, put plants outside.
The fastest way to get rid of flies big and small is quite simply with a fly swatter, you will locate several if you look at your windows. If you can’t hit them fast enough, spray them with hairspray, this freezes their wings and then you can swat them. Get them now because they multiply at enormous rates!
QUESTION: For the first time in my life I bought an expensive bra. The problem is that the clips on each strap constantly slide onto my shoulders instead of staying put where I want them. Any suggestions?
ANSWER: Have no fear ,super glue is here! Squirt a tiny dab of super glue underneath each clip and the clips will never move again. Another option is to sew each clip into place.
QUESTION: I’ve now gone through your third book twice; there are so many great ideas. Reading your ingenious ideas for various uses such as toothpaste gave me the idea to try it on two problem areas.
First, it did an excellent job on the inside glass of my oven door. Secondly, I had almost given up on the badly discoloured floor of my basement shower, and then I tried toothpaste and a stiff brush. Presto! It looks great once again.
I love your tip about putting an unlit wooden match in your mouth while chopping onions, works every time! Also, when I know a fabric is colourfast, Head and Shoulders Dandruff shampoo has now become my first line of attack on stains. It sometimes takes more than one wash, but always works in the end (another one of your gems).
Can you please give me a great recipe for homemade play dough? Thank you for everything.
— Jan, Winnipeg ter! I love that you are brave enough to not only try out household solutions but that you take the time to report your own findings!
The key to a great play dough recipe is to use sea salt instead of table salt. Play dough recipe: Boil half cup sea salt in two cups water until dissolved. Add one package Kool-Aid for color, two tbsp. vegetable oil, three cups flour, two tbsp. alum (available at grocery stores). Knead until smooth. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
QUESTION: I just got married, what is the best way to clean my wedding dress?
ANSWER: Take the dress to a drycleaner who specializes in caring for wedding gowns. Ask about guarantees and cleaning methods. Next get your hands on a pH-neutral box and acid-free tissue paper. Make sure that the container is free from peek-a-boo windows. Light causes yellowing over time. Store your dress in a dry environment and at a steady temperature (not a garage, attic or basement).
Place cucumber peels on kitchen windowsills to keep ants out. Submitted by: Kara
I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming!
Don’t leave any fruit out when you are attempting to get rid of fruit flies.