Clean Christ­mas ornaments with feather duster

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - NERBAS

QWhat is the best tech­nique to clean dusty old hand­painted Christ­mas ornaments? Tanya, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: Care­fully re­move any stuck-on de­bris with a dry, soft, mi­crofi­bre cloth and dust it lightly with a feather duster. Avoid wa­ter or clean­ers un­der any cir­cum­stances or you will wipe away the paint and colour. QUES­TION: Can you please tell me how to get lip­stick out of a white rab­bit fur hat? Many thanks. Rick, Red River AN­SWER: Pur­chase a bot­tle of wa­ter­less hand cleaner, avail­able at hard­ware stores. The beauty of this prod­uct is it does not re­quire wa­ter (which would dam­age the fur) and it is made to cut through grease — in other words lip­stick. Test the wa­ter­less hand cleaner on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first, be­fore us­ing it on the vis­i­ble parts of your hat. QUES­TION: I hate the thought of wast­ing half an egg by throw­ing the yolk in the garbage. What can I do with the egg yolk be­sides throw­ing it out? Orolee, Bran­don AN­SWER: Left­over egg yolks can be re­frig­er­ated for three or four days; you can also freeze them. To use, thaw in re­frig­er­a­tor and then mix well. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months. Use egg yolks to add to meat­loaf or home­made may­on­naise, cus­tard or pud­ding. If you would rather not eat egg yolks, use them in home­made hair con­di­tion­ers. Yolks have the abil­ity to im­prove the soft­ness of hair and to re­duce the oc­cur­rence of frizz. Many peo­ple also use egg yolk hair con­di­tion­ers to re­duce hair loss. Egg yolks con­tain vi­ta­min A, which is used in many skin­care prod­ucts de­signed to tar­get acne. To use egg yolks as a mask, sim­ply break up the yolks with a fork and spread over your face and neck (avoid eyes). Leave to dry and then rinse off with cool wa­ter. Or feed egg yolks to your out­door friends, sim­ply boil them in wa­ter and throw them out­side for birds, squir­rels and chip­munks, or mix yolks with nuts or berries and zap them in the mi­crowave for a few sec­onds be­fore toss­ing them out the door. Ma­son jar gifts For­got to buy a Christ­mas gift for that spe­cial some­one? Here’s help: Flavoured gar­lic salt: On a piece of foil; com­bine 1 gar­lic clove and 1 tea­spoon olive oil. Wrap the alu­minum foil into a closed pack­age. Place foil on a bak­ing sheet and bake at 400 F for 35 mins. Cool and squeeze out the gar­lic clove. Stir to­gether 1 cup salt with gar­lic flavoured oil. Place in oven safe dish. Bake at 200 F for 20 min­utes. Use a fork to break up salt. Pour into a jar. Easy gar­lic but­ter: In the mi­crowave, melt ½ cup but­ter. Add 3 minced gar­lic cloves, 1 tsp. dry basil, 1 tsp. dry oregano and 1/3 cup olive oil. Stir well, pack­age in a lit­tle jar. Store in the fridge. Yields: ¾ cup. Pur­chase a freshly baked baguette and put both the but­ter and bread into a gift bag. Pep­per­mint candy body scrub: In the mi­crowave melt 1 cup co­conut oil (about 25 sec­onds). Add 10 drops pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil. Stir in 2 cups plain white sugar. Mix and pour into a jar. You can also add red food col­or­ing to half and layer in the jar. Fin­ish with a bow or raf­fia. Caf­feine in a jar: My boss can­not func­tion with­out cof­fee; morn­ing, noon and night. Ev­ery year I pack him a lit­tle jar of caf­feine for the hol­i­days that in­cludes fresh cof­fee beans, pack­ages of flavoured cream­ers, choco­lates, pack­ages of sugar, a stir spoon and mints. 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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