Remove apple juice stains
When eating a juicy apple, some dripped onto my 95 percent cotton, 5 percent spandex shirt. When I got home I applied Dial soap to it, scrubbed with a little water, sprayed with my favorite stain remover, Zout, and then washed the shirt in the washing machine with Tide HE, in warm water. Then I did not use the dryer but hung it to dry. No luck. Then I applied a stain stick, washed it again and hung to dry. No luck. Your last week’s article mentioned Palmolive dish soap, effective even after putting in a dryer, which I hadn’t done. So I tried that. No luck. Any suggestions as to what to try next? — Edie, e-mail
Bar soap makes a tannin stain harder to remove. For your apple juice stain, presoak in a sink of warm water and liquid dish washing soap and vinegar for an hour (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water). Launder as usual, but add color-safe bleach. But don’t dry in the dryer. Check the stain. If it’s still there, make a paste with water and a digestive enzyme capsule (opened to get the powder out) found at your local pharmacy or health food store. Apply the paste, let set for an hour and wash as usual, but air dry. Repeat if necessary.
A week or two ago there was a mention of a mixture of vinegar and something to clean a microwave. I’m sorry to say I set it aside to read later, and now it has disappeared. Would you mind telling me the mixture again? –Murray, Indiana
To clean your microwave with ease, simply add a microwave-safe bowl, a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup water (or 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water). Cook on high for three to five minutes or until steam condenses. Wipe down with a cloth.
Storing your liquid homemade detergent? What if you don’t already have an empty detergent bottle? I normally use powder detergent but have made my first batch of the liquid and am wondering what would be a good option for storing it in the laundry room. I thought about an empty ice cream bucket, but I don’t like the idea of having to deal with prying the lid off every time that I need to use it. It’s currently “curing” in my 5-gallon bucket for 24 hours, but I am curious whether you have a good container solution. — Chele, Tennessee
You can funnel it into a milk jug, vinegar jug or a plastic pitcher. Most people use a bucket like you are, or they reuse a large plastic kitty litter bucket. (It has a flip lid.)
What would you make with beef stew meat that comes cut up, besides beef stew? My husband is not a fan. I was thinking stroganoff because I have egg noodles, but no sour cream. I have a pretty stocked pantry and the veggies on hand are tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, peas and corn. — Palooka, Pennsylvania
It’s not ideal to grill or fry, but if you marinate it, it’ll be fine for shish kabobs or a stir fry. You can make beef soup, chili, beef pot pie, Hungarian goulash, beef tips and egg noodles or add it to spaghetti sauce.
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