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Pressed Glass Bobeche

Pressed Glass Bobeche

So you’re hosting a Holiday Party? How nice! Is it going to be a dinner party with your table set with fine china and white linen?  Or a cocktail party with guests milling around, wine glass in hand?  Either one could spell disaster for the hostess.  Well maybe NOT exactly a disaster but certainly upsetting IF after all the guests have left, you discover that those lovely white tapers dripped beyond the bobeches and deposited globs of wax on your heirloom linen tablecloth.  OR somehow, some way, someone moved some of the lit candles you had around the house AND sure enough, there is solidified wax on your living room carpet.  Could happen…

What to do?  Don’t panic, don’t throw the tablecloth out.  Or you could refer to my previous post Count Down To Christmas-December 7th Let’s Light The Way!

How to Remove Candle Wax
On table linens: Scrape off what you can with a spoon. Using an ironing board, place several paper towels under the stain and a few on top and press with a warm iron. The paper towels will absorb the wax. Replace the paper towels a few times to avoid transferring stains back to the table linens. Sponge any remaining stain with Tide Boost Pre-Treat spray; blot, allow to air-dry, then wash, using bleach if the fabric allows.

On the rug: For wool, cover the wax with a brown grocery bag (one layer) and press with a warm iron. To remove any wax that remains, use WoolClean Dry Spot Remover No. 2. For a synthetic rug, follow the ironing advice for a wool rug, then apply Goof Off with a dry cloth; rinse with a damp cloth. Dry with paper towels.

These stain removal tips are sourced from Real Simple.

 

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Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide

THURSDAY’S TOP TEN

There’s all kinds of ways of going green one of them could be using products that are already in your household to perform cleaning tasks rather than buying chemical-laden bottles and sprayers.  Not that all these products are chemical-free. Hardly!!

These suggestions come from REAL SIMPLE magazine:

  1. RICE: Use it to: Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle.  Fill 3/4 of the vessel with warm water and add a TBS of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigorously and rinse.
  2. OATMEAL: Use it to: Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well.
  3. TEA:Use it to: Scour rusty garden tools.  Brew a few pots of strong black tea.  When cool, pour into a bucket.   Soak the tools for a few hours.  Wipe each one with a cloth. (Wear rubber gloves or your hands will be stained.)
  4. GLYCERIN: Use it to: Remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks.  Peel off as much wax as possible, then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean.
  5. CLUB SODA: Use it to: Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink.  Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.
  6. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: Use it to: Disinfect a keyboard.  Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies.
  7. CORNSTARCH: Use it to: Clean grease spills on carpets.  Pour cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming.
  8. RUBBING ALCOHOL:  Use it to: Erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops.  Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and apply.
  9. WHITE BREAD: Use it to: Dust an oil painting.  Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.
  10. KETCHUP: Use it to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware.  Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes.  Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

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