labeled spray bottle. Spray on spots and spills,
wait a few minutes and then launder as usual.
For oily stains, such as salad dressing,
combine 15 mL ( 1 tablespoon) of glycerin, 15
mL ( 1 tablespoon) of liquid dishwashing soap
and 120 mL ( 8 tablespoons) of water in a
squeeze bottle. Work the solution into grease
and oil stains. Let it sit a few minutes, then
flush with water and launder as usual.
• Make sure to catch the spills and spots
before you launder the clothes. Treating a
spot when it is fresh makes it easier to
remove, and treating it properly before laundering is vital.
To help you catch the little spots and
spills in life, try this trick: Keep coloured
plastic clothespins near the laundry hamper.
When you take off something with a spot on
it, clip the clothespin to the spot. It’s so easy,
even the kids will do it. When you are ready
to do the laundry, you will easily spot the
coloured clothespin and know exactly where
to pre-treat the spot. You’ll never miss one
again and find a stain when the clothes
come out of the dryer.
• Fabric softener is available as a liquid
or a sheet. Liquids help to ensure equal coating on all of your clothing. They also help
reduce wrinkles and retain colours. Dryer
sheets control static cling and can add a fresh
scent. You may want to have both kinds on
hand for different fabrics and for those that
don’t go in the dryer.
Last, if you forget to take the clothes out
immediately, eliminate wrinkles by tossing
in a damp towel and letting the dryer spin
for five or 10 minutes to steam out the wrinkles. Hang or fold the clothes promptly, and
hopefully you won’t have to iron. C
Linda Cobb, a best-selling author, is known as
the Queen of Clean.
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