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Friday, March 29, 2013

You sat on gum? No problem. Here's how you remove it.

Disclaimer: Please use your discretion with particular material. The item used here is thick cotton, khaki boy's pants. Other materials may be damaged with this technique.

We all know children can be rough on their clothes. An issue that is not only annoying, possibly, costly. With the end of the school year only two months away I don't know any parents or caregivers who want to, or plan to, buy any school clothes.


After using eraser
That's why keeping kids' clothes in good repair is important. My son often gets his clothes stained, but lately he's gotten even more clumsy or careless. Normally it's just food or grass strains, but the other day he sat on some gum. (What makes it so bad is he didn't even know it.)

I had him remove as much gum add he could then I picked and peeled off as much as I could. I sprayed the pants with spot remover, but when they came out of the wash the gum strain was still there. For almost a week I contemplated whether to discard the pants, but they a good quality pair so last night I tried one more time.

Spray with stain remover.
First I removed as much as I could with an eraser then I sprayed them with strain remover - letting it sit a minute or two. Then I did something radical: I washed them in hot water and bleach with a load of white clothes.

It worked!

There was a very faint spot where the gum was. It worked so well I wondered if I was looking at the correct pair of pants.

Let's review the easy steps:
  1. Erase gum to remove as much as you can.
  2. Soak spot with your favorite stain remover - I used Shout.
  3. Wash in hot water with bleach. Caution: If the item is a dark color I don't recommend this. Try a color-safe bleach instead.
It's gone!
Before
After
This also may have worked because I didn't put the pants in the dryer after the first wash, however they were dry when I washed them with the bleach.

Do you have any tried and true, but easy, methods of removing gum? Share them with us or let me know how this tip works for you.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Quick, refreshing spa water

Even before it was “popular” I was guzzling water; it was the only thing that quenched my thirst. But even as the most dedicated lover and drinker of water I sometimes get tired of drinking it plain – it’s rare, but it happens. Usually I just add a squeeze or two of lemon juice or make green ice tea. Just the other day I tried something new: I made my own spa water.

I read a lot of magazines and I’d clipped a little blurb about making spa water. There were three flavor suggestions, but the one that appealed to me the most included a few easy ingredients. When I went to the store I forgot my list so I bought mint leaves, lemons, limes and cucumbers.

Once I returned home I took out my glass carafe right away so I wouldn’t forget and get lazy. The instructions were to thinly slice the lemon and cucumber then slightly crush the leaves. The other ingredient was rosemary, which I couldn’t remember when I was in the store. As one who likes to vary instructions I decided to use thin slices of lemon, lime and cucumber along with the mint leaves.

The first thing I noticed once I cut the items was the fragrance. That alone was enough to calm me as well as excite about drinking it. I put everything in the bottom of the carafe and added distilled water. I normally buy regular drinking water and added two jugs of distilled water to my groceries for this purpose. I took a little sip after it sat for a few minutes and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite ready.

LINEcamera_share_2013-03-27-20-04-41I chilled it overnight and, “wah-la,” I enjoyed perfect spa water today. It was even more fragrant and refreshing than I thought it would be. I guzzled about two cups before I refilled the third time and am happily sitting and sipping… Well, while I tell you.

Overall, the spa water was a success. I did discover two things I’ll adjust next time: 1) The mint leaves seemed to be too dry (i.e., not fresh at all!) because there wasn’t any fragrance from them even after they were crushed. 2) I don’t like the leaves floating in the cup while I’m drinking. After the water chills I’ll remove the leaves or next time when I make it I’ll put the leaves into my tea ball and let float in the water overnight. 3) I may try different combinations each time I make it: strawberries and cucumbers, green tea with fruit or cucumbers, etc.

Having the water on hand to pour into a cup or water bottle is nice. Each sip of it is a sensory joy – the fragrance and the cool water against my tongue are a welcome treat.

Whataya think: Are you gonna make your own spa water?

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