Hot water and OxiClean may solve laundry stain problem
QUESTION — I washed a light pink cotton sweater with some other items and now my sweater has some purple streaks on it. Can you help? Linda, Rosenort.
ANSWER - Your best bet is to rewash your fabrics in OxiClean and very hot water as soon as possible. Color safe bleach has also had good results. Do not put clothes into the dryer until the color is back to normal, because the heat of the dryer will set any stain. Worst case scenario, use RIT dye remover in a ventilated area according to the directions on the box. Be cautious because RIT dye remover will lighten all fabrics. Future Hint: To prevent colors from bleeding, soak fabrics in half tablespoon of salt, half cup white vinegar and two quarts cold water. Leave for one hour. Wash with similar colors.
QUESTION — I used to buy Oven Gard and now can’t find it anywhere. As an alternative, I used regular silicone spray that my husband had on hand, now I can’t find that either.
The oven is enamel, stainless steel racks and it isn’t self-cleaning. A spritz or two of silicone then wiped with a dry cloth would be all that was needed. Baked on goods would simply slide off, same for the drip pans. Have you any idea where I can get this and what it might be called? If it’s environmentally harsh, then oven cleaner should be banned, it’s like inhaling lye. Hope you have the answer and I would bet you do. Eva, Winnipeg.
ANSWER — I have never heard of Oven Gard, but I am not surprised that it is no longer available. More and more we are seeing, strong chemicals being removed from shelves of retailers for both cleaning and gardening. The world’s easiest way to clean a non self-cleaning oven, is to sprinkle the bottom of the oven with baking soda. Pour white vinegar over the baking soda, let bubble and soak for 30 minutes. Wipe and rinse with water. In the meantime put an old towel on the bottom of your bathtub, fill it with hot water and one cup of washing soda (if you cannot find washing soda, borax is an alternative). Let oven racks soak overnight and in the morning (while wearing gloves) rinse the racks and wipe with vinegar. Clean as a whistle!
QUESTION — Is there a solution to get rid of stain marks on French White casseroles? I have tried a few things but no luck. Love your column. Lee, Dufrost.
ANSWER — Smear the dishes with toothpaste and scrub with an abrasive S.O.S pad. If the stains remain, fill the dishes with half cup three per cent hydrogen peroxide and enough water to cover the stains. Add two tablespoons of salt and leave in a sunny area for a few hours, scrub with an S.O.S pad.
QUESTION — I collect plastic headbands to keep the hair from going onto my eyes. Whenever I see a new pattern or color, I immediately have to have it. However, I am often disappointed when I try to wear the band and it slips off of my head and won’t stay in place. Now I have a pile of hairbands to wear and another pile just for display. Do you have any tricks for turning my display headbands into functional hair accessories? Lana, Winnipeg.
ANSWER — You will be happy to know that there is an easy fix for this headband challenge. Purchase a strip of Velcro, use only the hook side. Cut a piece a little smaller than the width of the headband and cut the length one inch. Use a hot glue gun to fasten the Velcro to the middle of the underside of the headband. Voila, it’s ready to wear!
Hi Reena, I wanted to send a warning about your tip on using unwanted hand lotions as a static controller on animal companions’ fur. It’s very dangerous practice to spread anything that contains any kinds of chemicals on animals’ bodies, especially felines, as they will ingest all those toxins when self-grooming, giving rise to a host of ailments sooner or later. This also applies to flea, tick and other products, too! The smaller the animal, the bigger the danger, as with children. Virtually all mainstream toiletries contain many toxic and even carcinogenic ingredients that neither we nor our animal companions are protected from by our government or our deficient labeling laws. Additionally, most companies who manufacture such products also engage in horrific animal testing for their products &/or the raw ingredients. Frankly, humans, too, would be wise to not spread such products onto their largest organ— their skin, where it’s absorbed right into the bloodstream. Cheers, Debra
Spicy Cinnamon Tips of the Week:
Cinnamon was one of the first known spices. The Romans believed that the fragrance of cinnamon was sacred and therefore burned it at funerals.
Spread cinnamon in doorways to keep ants from coming inside your home.
Combine two or three drops of cinnamon essential oil into a spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with 50/50 water and vodka. Spray on fabrics, mattresses or in the air to dispel odors.
When making cinnamon buns, make sure that your eggs are room temperature before adding them to the yeast, otherwise you may shock the yeast and inhibit rising.
Cut cinnamon rolls using dental floss instead of a knife, this helps to keep the shape of the bread.
Instead of baking cinnamon buns, roll and fill cinnamon dough as normal. Form the dough into one big circle. Cut slits on the top through the first two layers and bake as usual. Looks very attractive when baked.
For deliciously gooey cinnamon rolls, use butter instead of margarine, oil or shortening that is called for in some recipes. I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a Corporate Presenter on the topic: Harness the Power of Words? Check out my website