Remove pickle juice stains
I got some Berber carpet a few months ago. A jar of homemade pickles broke on it, and I can’t get the stain out. I have tried Resolve and dish soap. The pickles were made from cucumbers, green peppers, onions, white vinegar, sugar and celery seeds. They didn’t contain any oil. I am at my wits end. Can you help please? — Ruth S., email
I would use water and laundry detergent or water and oxygen bleach. Soak the stained area, let set for 10 minutes, and blot dry with a towel. You can try Motsenbocker’s Lift Off No. 1 stain remover (www.liftoffinc.com), too. It can be found at your local home improvement or hardware store. You spray it on and soak up the stain with a dry towel. They sell a small scraper (rocket scraper/scraper wand) that can help agitate the carpet stain area rather than using a scrub brush that can cause fraying or pilling.
My husband placed an aluminum baking pan in the dishwasher. The detergent discolored the metal. Please share with me your suggestion on a cleaner or home remedy for returning it to its original sheen. It seems as though I’ve read it involves baking soda and lemon juice. — Sandra S., email
Aluminum pans shouldn’t go in the dishwasher. Now that it’s discolored, you can try using products such as Barkeeper’s friend or Cameo Aluminum cleaner. You can fill the pan with water, add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar and bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, too. Afterward, scrub clean with a green Scotch Brite scrub pad. I’ve found once the oxidation starts, the pan continues to deteriorate. You’ll notice if you hand wash it and then dry it with a paper towel, you’ll have gray residue on the paper towel. You can still line it (for example, parchment paper or silpat for cookie sheets) and continue to use it.
Several weeks ago, my husband read one of your tips on non-obvious uses for pet urine pads. He can’t remember exactly what the tip was and we can’t find the article. I tried looking up the tip on line at your FrugalVillage.com site, but couldn’t find any tips on pet urine pads. Would you be able to help me find the tip? Thank you for your time. — Karen S., email
I don’t recall writing about this topic. But you can use the pee pads under pet dishes to absorb any water that spills. Use them to dry kitchen floors after wet mopping. They’d work well under houseplants (think: under hanging plants) to absorb water after watering. They are great to use as changing pads for a baby or an overnight mattress liner when teaching a toddler to use the potty, too. Keep some in the garage if you do any auto work at home. It can catch any automotive fluids that might otherwise leak onto the ground. They could be helpful when used as a drop cloth when painting (for when kids paint, too). Consider donating them to your local animal shelter.
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