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Briefs: Tips for getting stains out of kids clothes


Kids go to school with clean clothes and come home with stains on them. Here are tips for removing a few common ones, from Whirlpool's Institute of Fabric Science:

Ink: Test the treatment on a corner or other inconspicuous spot of the fabric to ensure it won't affect the color of the garment. Stretch the fabric with the stained area over the mouth of a glass. Drip rubbing alcohol through the stain so the ink drops into the container. If necessary, follow up with a wash in color-safe bleach.

, Crayon: Scrape off excess wax with a spoon or the back of a knife. Place the stained area face down on a white paper towel, and cover the item with another paper towel. Run a warm iron over the top towel. The heat will melt the wax, which will be absorbed by the paper. Keep changing the paper towels until no more stain transfers. Pretreat the stain and wash in the warmest water that's safe for the garment.

Fruit juice: Rinse in cold water to dilute the stain and prevent it from setting. Soak the garment in a mixture of detergent and water for up to 30 minutes before washing in the warmest water that's safe for the garment.

With all stains, air dry and check for remaining stains before putting the garment into the dryer.

Old pots, pans get new life

Calphalon is encouraging consumers to upgrade their cookware by offering to recycle their old pots and pans. Every set of Calphalon Unison, the company's new line of nonstick cookware, comes with a Calphalon ReNew shipping box and prepaid FedEx label. The box can be filled with any brand of cookware in any condition and sent to Calphalon, which will deliver it to a recycling center. In return, the customer will receive two shopping bags made of recycled cotton. Learn more about the program at

Grandma knew best

Bloggers on post tips on everything home, from cleaning to design and cooking to crafting. Extra special are tips that were published in vintage magazines, dating to World War II, including this from a 1945 issue of Modern Woman magazine: Broken glass on the kitchen sink or floor can be readily picked up by wiping with a wad of fresh bread rolled into a ball.

Bored? Move furniture

Here's an easy — and cheap — way to refresh a room: Rearrange the furniture. So what if you try turning the bed in every direction, some in violation of feng shui principles, only to put it back in its original spot. If you'd rather avoid moving anything until you know where you want it to go, give the Arrange-a-Room tool on the Better Homes and Gardens Web site,, a try.

Pool cleaning made simple

Ken Christensen wants to take the fear out of pool maintenance. He drew on the expertise he developed as a pool technician to write I Love My Pool! The Perfect Pool in Five Easy Steps. The book introduces readers to a pool's filtration system and chemistry and teaches how to test and clean the pool. Christensen says that once you master his system, you'll spend only 10 minutes a week on maintainance. The book is published by his company, Romantic America, and can be ordered at It's $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

Compiled from Times wires

Briefs: Tips for getting stains out of kids clothes 08/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 27, 2009 7:10pm]
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