ON THE SHELF:
BOOK OFFERS RECIPES FOR HOMEMADE CLEANERS
worried about the ingredients in commercial cleaning products or just
looking to save some money, "Homemade Cleaners" can help.
The book is
written by Mandy O’Brien, a biologist, and Dionna Ford, a lawyer and
natural parenting advocate. They provide recipes for natural cleaners
formulated for a range of household chores, along with explanations of
why they believe such alternatives are better. Most of their recipes
rely on common ingredients such as vinegar, borax and hydrogen
peroxide, as well as essential oils.
Ford also make suggestions for green choices, such as using cloths
instead of paper towels and drying clothes on a line or rack instead
of in a clothes dryer.
Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes" is published by
Ulysses Press and sells for $14.95 in paperback.
ANIMAL-REPELLING SPRINKLER GETS GARDENERS’ APPROVAL
spray of water is an effective and humane way to keep unwanted animals
out of the garden.
method used by Havahart’s Spray Away Elite II, a sprinkler animal
repellent. It recently won the Golden Shovel Readers’ Choice Award
from the website Gardening Products Review, based on a nationwide vote
by the site’s readers.
motion-activated sprinkler holds water in a 3.5-gallon basin, so it
doesn’t need to be connected to a garden hose and can be used
wherever it’s needed. Solar-powered, infrared sensors detect an
animal’s movement and heat up to 35 feet away, prompting the device
to emit a sudden blast of water and produce a startling noise and
sells for $179.99 at www.Havahart.com. Shipping is free.
Q&A: HOW TO
REMOVE A CANDLE STAIN FROM WOOD
Q: I placed a
dark red candle on our oak kitchen table for a day or so, and it left
a round ring stain from the red dye. Other than refinishing the table
top, is there any way I can remove the stain?
A: You may be
able to remove the stain if it hasn’t penetrated too far into the
finish, the Hardwood Information Center says.
Try rubbing it
with a soft, dampened cloth and either toothpaste, baking soda, creamy
white appliance polish or non-sudsing ammonia. Or use a mixture of
boiled linseed oil and either pumice or rotten stone, a fine abrasive
limestone powder found in hardware and paint stores.
abrasive material to the cloth, not directly onto the wood, and rub in
the direction of the grain. Dry the spot, and then apply paste wax to
another clean cloth and use it to buff the spot.
Have a question
about home maintenance, decorating or gardening? Akron Beacon Journal
home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge will find answers for the queries
that are chosen to appear in the paper. To submit a question, call her
at 330-996-3756, or send email to