Around the house* Remove wax from candleholders by placing...


March 26, 1994|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Remove wax from candleholders by placing them on a cookie sheet that has been lined with a paper towel. Slide tray into warm oven. Wax will melt onto towel.

* Tackle tracked-in mud with cornstarch. Sprinkle onto damp spots; after 15 minutes for mud to be absorbed, vacuum or sweep away.

* Plastic grocery bags make convenient trash bags to hang on knobs in bedrooms or bathrooms. Or use as convenient holders for gardening tools when working outside.

* Clean gutters and spouts in preparation for April rains. March winds can clutter gutters and downspouts with leaves and debris.

* Give home a periodic safety check. Consider: If electrical plugs feel hot, disconnect them immediately; make sure appliance cords do not intersect a walking path when plugged in; plugs should be far away from bathtubs or showers; place child-proof plugs into all outlets if small children are in your home.

* Try using a dab of shaving cream to remove new stains and dirt from upholstery.

In the garden

* When planning your garden, mark out space with a garden hose. Place low, bulky objects like boxes or partially filled leaf bags inside the perimeter to help you visualize what the plantings will look like.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.