Around the house* Spruce up faded toss pillows or...

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September 11, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Spruce up faded toss pillows or cushions. Use fabric paint pens to outline designs or to color in areas that have faded. Be sure to test fabric for colorfastness.

* Top a partially filled beverage bottle missing its cap with a small balloon. The balloon will fit snugly over any narrow neck soda or wine bottle and will keep the drink fresh.

* Use cooking exhaust fan frequently. Smoke residue and grease can easily accumulate on kitchen walls, windows and curtains when exhaust fan is not used. Clean fan every six months.

* Apply spray starch to painted walls along hallways and stairways and to doors where fingerprints accumulate. The coating will resist marks better.

* Create additional kitchen space. Place rarely used items such as seasonal cookie cutters or large serving platters in bags or boxes that are labeled; store in another part of your home.

In the garden

* Bring houseplants inside gradually to minimize shock. Move plants from bright light to partial shade for a few days. Then place in full shade for a few more days. When indoors, plants will suffer less shock from drier air and higher temperatures.

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