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SOLUTIONS: Get physical with a salt-stained car carpet

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QUESTION -- How can I remove salt stains on the black carpet in my car? Thanks. Irene, Winnipeg

ANSWER -- Begin by beating the mats with a broom to remove most of the loose dirt and dust. Next, vacuum the mats until no dirt remains. Using either dish soap or carpet shampoo and water, create lather and distribute onto the salt stains, scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse and let air dry.

QUESTION -- I have two questions: How do I remove grease spots on a T-shirt? Secondly, my daughter has plants in her house and there are fruit flies or gnats flying around. How can she get rid of them? Thanks. Pat, Winnipeg

ANSWER -- As soon as you notice grease splashes on your washable fabrics; sprinkle cornstarch onto the area and pour enough dish soap over the spot to cover it. Leave for two hours and wash in hot water. Lay flat or hang to dry. Do not put fabrics into the dryer until the grease spots are gone because the heat of the dryer will set the stain.

Secondly, your daughter can formulate her own easy solution for this plant challenge, using everyday ingredients. In a one-gallon milk jug, combine 2 tbsp. dish soap, 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, dash of Tabasco sauce, 1 tbsp. canola oil and enough water to fill the jug. Pour mixture into spray bottle and spray as needed. Another option is to steep cigarette tobacco in water. Leave for two days and spray the plant. Taken from Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets.

Feedback from Manitobans who care

Dear Reena:

Someone was looking for Bar Keepers Friend. It was sold at D.A. Niels Gourmet Kitchen Ware on Berry Street. She could call and find out if they still carry it. Regal sometimes sells it through their catalogue as well. Best cleaner for pots I have ever used. Lisa, Roland, MB


Regarding spilt red candle wax on an old oak table

Hi Reena:

I thought I would get back to you about the candle dye on my antique oak table. When I bought the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, the instructions made me a bit nervous about possibly damaging the finish on my table. However, I have found wonderful uses for it in my kitchen. Anyway, the thing that removed the dye eventually was a combination Orange Glow Wood Polish and Conditioner and Murphy's Wood Soap, used alternately over a few weeks. Today, I realized that the spots are all gone, thank goodness, and the finish is just fine. Thanks so much for your help. Maybe this could be useful for someone else in the future. Shelby

Healthy breakfast-bar recipe

In a mixing bowl, combine two egg whites, one-and-a-quarter cup old-fashioned rolled oats, one-quarter-cup honey, one-quarter-cup oat bran, one-quarter-cup smooth or creamy peanut butter, half tsp. cinnamon, half tsp. vanilla and half cup either raisins or chocolate chips. Press into greased eight-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins. or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars and refrigerate. Grab and go.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 F14

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