Stub­born slain re­moval ma­jic

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES -

DEAR MARY: I can’t get the cof­fee stains out of my Mr. Cof­fee Brew Bas­ket or the lid of the pot. It’s white and plas­tic. I tried soak­ing it in bleach and cleanser, but nei­ther worked. — Mar­garet

DEAR MAR­GARET: If those stains are old and have al­ready pen­e­trated the plas­tic, they may be per­ma­nent now. That’s one rea­son it’s best to buy a black cof­fee maker. But be­fore you sur­ren­der, try this:

Mois­ten a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with wa­ter and gen­tly scrub the stains. These sponges are fan­tas­tic at re­mov­ing all kinds of stains and are safe to use on nearly ev­ery sur­face. I can’t guar­an­tee this will re­store the plas­tic to look like new, but it’s your best op­tion at this point. Good luck!

DEAR MARY: I ac­ci­den­tally splat­tered hair dye on my new white cab­i­net. I have tried Awe­some, bak­ing soda paste, bleach, blue Dawn and rub­bing al­co­hol. Those at­tempts faded the stain a bit, but it’s still there. Do you have any so­lu­tion short of hav­ing to re­paint this cab­i­net? — Jean­nette

DEAR JEAN­NETTE: You need a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, too! Again, I’m very hope­ful it will work but can’t guar­an­tee it.

The se­cret be­hind these erasers is a ma­te­rial com­monly called melamine foam. With just a lit­tle wa­ter, melamine foam can dig in and de­stroy stains that other prod­ucts can’t touch. Mr. Clean’s line of melamine foam is Magic Erasers. Scotch-Brite has a sim­i­lar prod­uct called the Easy Eras­ing Pad.

If you are dili­gent, you could find a place to buy a big sheet of melamine foam and then cut it into the size and shape you want. One sheet would pro­duce enough erasers to last you — and your friends — a life­time.


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