Environmental Protection Agency unveiled on March 4 what it is calling
the "Safer Choice" label, to help you find cleaning and
other products that are safer for people and the environment.
The agency said
the new designation would be in stores beginning in the next few
months. The Safer Choice label aims to help with identifying products
with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or
performance, the EPA said.
When you see a
product with the Safer Choice label, it means that every ingredient in
the product has been evaluated by EPA scientists according to
stringent health and safety standards.
Q: This year, I
put up a new patio cover made with acrylic panels.
A rust stain has
appeared, and I canít find out how to remove it.
The stain comes
from the bracket that holds the electric wires running up the back of
I contacted the
installer of the patio cover, and he has no idea how to remove it.
A: This is an
issue Iíve never dealt with before, so I am inviting my ever-helpful
readers to chime in with solutions. Please do so.
A few weeks
back, I fielded a question from a reader who had mysterious water
stains on an interior ceiling.
Keith Weinwurm said he and his wife had a similar problem with water
stains on a second-floor bedroom ceiling.
During an annual
heating-system maintenance visit, the technician discovered that the
stains were caused by condensation from a heating/cooling duct that
was lying on the drywall over the bedroom.
redistributed some of the blown-in insulation between the duct and the
drywall, which solved the problem.
OK, now hereís
a question from me. In late winter, a robin (likely male) perches on
my car and those of my neighbors and, in the course of his occupation,
does his business.
My neighbors and
I know it is a mating thing, but what can be done to deter this