Jeans don’t have to leave you feel­ing blue

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

point my un­der­wear and the tops of my socks are ru­ined. I have tried nu­mer­ous so­lu­tions: wash­ing them in cold and hot wa­ter, soaking them in vine­gar and salt, and more wash­ing. What can I do? Gail, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: Sounds as though this is the re­sult of de­fec­tive dye, a prob­lem that might not go away over time. If pos­si­ble, bring the jeans to the store and ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion. If the jeans are un­wear­able, pur­chase Rit dye re­mover. Ei­ther en­joy the light colour of the jeans or dye them with the Rit colour of your choice. QUES­TION: My elec­tric ket­tle didn’t shut off, and the steam caused a white film on the door of my cab­i­nets. I tried wip­ing it off, adding oil con­di­tioner and scrub­bing it lightly. Noth­ing worked. Maybe it dis­coloured the ure­thane. Any sug­ges­tions? Thanks, Don, Gimli AN­SWER: Use a hairdryer on the high­est set­ting to blast the white mark and draw the mois­ture out. As you heat the area, rub the sur­face with a soft cloth. The sooner you tackle this chal­lenge, the bet­ter. QUES­TION: I made a birth­day cake for my daugh­ter. I bought choco­late buds to dec­o­rate the top of the cake, and when I opened the box I was dis­ap­pointed be­cause the choco­late looked grey in­stead of brown. How can I make the choco­late look good, and are they safe to eat or should I throw them out? Ber­nadette, Churchill AN­SWER: Throw out choco­late? No way. Fat bloom hap­pens to choco­late when the co­coa but­ter sep­a­rates from the other in­gre­di­ents. Sugar bloom, on the other hand, is also grey and has a gritty tex­ture; this is caused by weather con­di­tions such as hu­mid­ity. Some think bloom hap­pens as choco­late ages, but hu­mid­ity is almost al­ways the cul­prit. Take the de­li­cious choco­late buds and dip them in wa­ter. Let them dry on a tea towel, and they will ap­pear dark once again. QUES­TION: How can I pre­vent fit­ted sheets from com­ing off of the cor­ners of my bed. This drives me crazy. Kathy, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: You can pur­chase or sew clasp straps (also called sheet sus­penders) that hold cor­ners in place. Or con­sider pur­chas­ing a draw­stringtight­ened sheet. Not only will the sheet stay in place, the linens ap­pear less wrin­kled.

HANDY HINTS OF THE WEEK In­stead of throw­ing out a mis­matched sock, put it to good use: Make a can cozy. Cut the tube part of a sock the same length as a can drink. Slide the sock over the can to keep it cool on hot days. Or cut the tube of a sock the same length as a mug. Keep hot drinks hot a lit­tle longer by mak­ing an ex­tra hole in the tube of a sock so the han­dle of a mug can fit through. — Randy Us­ing a sharp pair of scis­sors, cut apart two socks. Slide your foot inside the tube part and pull it over your pant legs to pre­vent ticks and other bugs from crawl­ing up. — Dan I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Missed a col­umn? Can’t re­mem­ber a so­lu­tion? Need a cor­po­rate pre­sen­ter? Check out my web­site at

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