Hot wa­ter and Ox­iClean may solve laun­dry stain prob­lem

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

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!

Reader feed­back:

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

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