Rub­bing al­co­hol great for re­mov­ing stains on mi­crofi­bre chairs

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QI own two old mi­crofi­bre chairs that have mul­ti­ple stains, from pets and milk to dirt and soup. The chairs look like they are ready to hit the garbage. Should I take the plunge and toss them out? Bryson, Bran­don An­swer: Close the lid on the garbage, and forget about throw­ing the chairs out. The stains should come out with the help of rub­bing al­co­hol. Pour the al­co­hol onto the stains, and scrub with a nail brush. Swipe the stains back and forth, and the chair should fin­ish clean. Ques­tion: I made a tur­key for Thanks­giv­ing and used the drip­pings to make gravy. I poured the drip­pings into a con­tainer, and once it cooled, I added corn­starch and put it in the fridge overnight. Right be­fore serv­ing, I heated the con­tents in a pot, but the gravy would not co­ag­u­late, and it re­mained sep­a­rated and ined­i­ble. What hap­pened? Reba, Win­nipeg An­swer: Gravy is the fin­ish­ing touch to a won­der­ful tur­key din­ner. It was wise to pour the drip­pings into a con­tainer and put it into the fridge. Next time, af­ter the drip­pings have cooled in the fridge, re­move the layer of white fat. Do not add corn­starch or flour to the drip­pings un­til you dis­card the fat. Cook as nor­mal, and the gravy should be spec­tac­u­lar. Ques­tion: While putting up the Christ­mas tree; my pants, shirt and hands be­came lay­ered with tree sap. Help! Dale, Pi­nawa An­swer: Smear your hands, shirt and pants with may­on­naise. The tree sap will come right off. Fol­low with a so­lu­tion of dish soap and wa­ter. Blot the area, and wash the pants and shirt ac­cord­ing to the care la­bel. Ques­tion: Since hav­ing chil­dren, my hair has be­come very frizzy. I use sev­eral com­mer­cial frizz-re­duc­ing prod­ucts. I have no­ticed when I dry my hair with a towel it creates more frizz, and us­ing my hair dryer also in­creases the frizz. Is there any other way to quickly dry my hair? Belma, Mor­ris An­swer: Squeeze (don’t rub) your hair with a cot­ton T-shirt in­stead of a towel. Cot­ton will ab­sorb mois­ture with­out frizzing. Or wear a mi­crofi­bre head wrap af­ter show­er­ing. Use the cool set­ting

on your hair dryer in­stead of hot. Ques­tion: What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween jam and jelly? Mavis, Win­nipeg An­swer: Jelly is made by crush­ing fruit and then strain­ing the juice. The juice is boiled usu­ally with sugar and added pectin. To­gether, they re­act and re­sult in a thicker con­sis­tency. The fruit in jam comes from fruit pulp or crushed fruit. Be­cause of that, jam is less stiff than jelly. 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

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