Rust-stained rug just needs a little scrub
QI own a wool rug with a floral pastel design. The rug has rust stains from the feet of a metal coffee table. How do you suggest I clean this? Gail, Winnipeg ANSWER: Here are a few options for you, Gail. Into a mixing bowl combine: 3 tbsp. dish soap, 2 tbsp. white vinegar and half cup water. Beat until foamy. Using a white cloth, wipe the rust stains with the foam. Cover the area with plastic wrap and place a heavy book on top. Leave for 12 hours, give it one more scrub and air-dry. Or scrub the rust with Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo or shaving cream, and rinse with water. QUESTION: What is the fastest way to peel a kiwi? Leon (Ashern) ANSWER: Here are two great tricks for peeling a kiwi quickly. Slice a half-inch off of both ends of the kiwi. Insert a tablespoon inside the kiwi between the flesh and the fruit. With the concave side facing the peel, move the spoon around the kiwi to loosen the fruit. Let the kiwi drop out of its peel. An even faster option is to slice the kiwi in half lengthwise. Using a glass cup, hold the bottom of the kiwi onto the edge of the cup (the fruit should be facing inward). Push the fruit downward and use the edge of the cup to force the kiwi to slide off of its peel and into the glass. QUESTION: I would like to make a static dryer ball. You call it a “wool” static ball. Does that mean you must use wool and not yarn? Faye (Winnipeg) ANSWERS: You can use either 100 per cent wool or wool yarn to make felted dryer balls. These are great because they reduce drying time, soften clothes and reduce static cling. Wrap wool or wool yarn tightly to make a ball, a little larger than a pool ball. Tuck the loose strand inside the ball. Fill a sink with hot water and dish soap. Soak the ball in water and remove. Cover the ball with a thin layer of your favourite laundry detergent. Wash the ball and rinse with water. Allow the wool to dry. To add fragrance to dryer balls, add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the wool balls. Put five or more dryer balls in your dryer at the same time. Another option is to make several tight balls of wool. Place all of the balls inside a pair of panty hose. Use rubber bands to secure and separate each ball in place. Wash the nylons (which now look like a caterpillar) in the washing machine and toss in the dryer, they are now felted. Separate and use.