Rubbing alcohol great for removing stains on microfibre chairs
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
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