Remove candle wax from clothing
Help! A candle dripped on my pants. I put them in freezer and can’t get all the wax off. The pants are 95 percent acetate and 5 percent spandex. I would appreciate any help. Thanks. — Marno, email
Freezing the pants was a good idea. This lets you scrape off as much wax as possible. I would freeze them again and continue trying to scrape off more wax. Use a butter knife or a credit card. Then pour boiling water through the waxed area on the pants until the wax has melted and disappeared. You want to pour this water from a kettle from 6 inches to a foot above the pants. Place the pants in the sink or over a large saucepan set in the sink. Launder as usual. If that doesn’t work, you can place a brown paper bag or thick paper towel over the remaining wax spots. Place a hot iron over the bag or paper towel. Move iron constantly and keep checking to see whether the wax is being absorbed by the paper and removed from the fabric.
A lot of people use their bath towels more than once before washing. I do the same with some of my clothes. My problem is that I’m not sure how to organize them, so they aren’t just hanging on my bedroom chair or draped over the hamper. Any ideas? I don’t want to hang them in my closet next to the clean clothes. — Jenny K., Massachusetts
You can get a hook for your bedroom door, peg rack for your wall or simply fold them and place them on top of your dresser.
Do you find a hamburger press a useful gadget? — Elaine, Florida
I grew up watching my mom make hamburger patties with a Tupperware patty-maker/press, and she’d freeze them for later use. I saw one at the thrift store and picked it up because it was cheap (only $1 versus $35 if bought new). It brought back memories, and it’s great to make and freeze burgers like my mom did. It’s useful because it’s a step up from buying pre-made hamburger patties. Making patties is quick and easy and they’re uniform in size and shape with the press. The problem is, the meat gets compressed, so the burgers don’t turn out as juicy as I’d like them to be. But they’re certainly acceptable. I suggest you buy it for when you want to have frozen patties handy and if you’re prone to making various sized hamburgers that end up being over- or undercooked or done cooking at different times.
For summer-time grilling, I prefer to hand shape my patties. You can save money, make quick patties and have juicy burgers without a hamburger press. I use a measuring cup to scoop the meat and it gives me enough to work with, so my burgers come out thick yet symmetrical. The trick is not to over handle, press too hard or add too many ingredients to the ground beef when creating the patties. Press them just enough to form a nice shape. If you indent the center a bit with the underside of a spoon, the top won’t round out. Once your burgers are on the grill, resist flattening them with a spatula because that presses out the juices. Speaking of indenting the center, if you buy a press, look for one with a dimple insert that will indent the center.
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