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Remove static cling from clothing

By on December 8, 2012

Dear Sara:

I read with interest your suggestion about getting rid of static cling. I use two humidifiers in my house, fabric softener liquid in my wash and fabric softener sheets in my dryer, and still my clothes are full of static! Any more ideas? — Carolyn, email

Dear Carolyn:

Try vinegar as your fabric softener and a ball of foil, tennis balls, dryer balls or a few safety pins attached to a sock or washcloth in your dryer. Avoid mixing synthetic garments with natural fabrics in the dryer. You can pull your clothing out of the dryer before it’s completely dry, or dry on a lower setting and add a damp wash cloth toward the end of the drying time. You can give them a quick snap as you pull them out of the dryer. Lightly spray static guard on them, apply lotion to your skin prior to wearing the items or run a wire hanger or dryer sheet over the garments when wearing them.

Dear Sara:

I have a soft yellow cloth that I use exclusively to polish an instrument. Unfortunately, my daughter found it and used it to remove her nail polish, which now won’t come out. How can I remove the nail polish from this cloth? — Kelly, email

Dear Kelly:

I’ll assume this is an untreated, felt-type polishing cloth. You can use Off bug spray (aerosol). Place a cloth under the stain to catch anything that might bleed through. Saturate the stained area, then rub it with a cloth or toothbrush. Repeat as the stain lifts, then launder as usual. If there’s still a bit of stain remaining, try spraying the stained area with hairspray and launder again. You can try pure acetone, too. These cloths cost around $5, so it might be best to buy a new one. If there’s any residual nail polish, it could scratch your instrument.

Dear Sara:

Do you buy any canned vegetables? I don’t, but I’m feeling the need for long-term storage. I’ve tried different varieties of canned green beans and peas and found them disgusting. I might experiment with canned carrots for soups or add-ins. I’ve never tried canned potatoes because they just seem like a waste of shelf space. Any thoughts? –C.L., Mississippi

Dear C.L.:

I buy a lot of canned tomatoes. I don’t mind canned peas, mushrooms and corn. I will sometimes buy canned beans, such as kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc. I prefer fresh or frozen vegetables, but I don’t mind buying canned vegetables from time to time if there’s a sale.

Dear Sara:

I bought some silken tofu this weekend, and I want to use it to make smoothies. How much do I use? How do I store it until it’s gone? I will be the only one using it, so it’s not going to go really fast. — Traci, Iowa

Dear Traci:

I’d use about 1/2 cup of silken tofu in smoothies for two servings. As for storage, rinse any remaining tofu and cover it with fresh water. Change the water daily and use the tofu within a week.

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One Comment

  1. Melissa

    12/8/2012 at 9:42 pm

    Silken tofu is very soft, and it might not stand up to being rinsed in water.

    What about freezing the leftovers in an ice cube tray, and then popping one or two cubes into your smoothie instead of ice?

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