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Handy Household Tips: Remove Gum, Ink & Grease From Clothes

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Remove Chewing Gum from Clothes

To remove chewing gum from carpet or clothing, scrape off as much as possible with a blunt knife. Put two to three ice-cubes in a plastic bag and rub over spot until the gum freezes. Repeat as needed and remove gum.

Remove Grease/Wax from Clothes

To remove grease or wax from clothes. Place item on a towel. Put a sheet of brown paper over stain. Press gently with a warm iron. (Don’t use a hot iron as paper will burn). Grease will be absorbed by paper.

Remove Ink from Clothes

To remove ink stains: If it is a washable ink, use cool water. Permanent pen and biro stains need methylated spirits. Dab on same and leave for approx. 30 minutes, then blot with a sheet of kitchen towel.

Avoid Grease Build-Up In Cooker

A simple tip for avoiding grease build-up in your oven is to periodically wipe the inside with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

Clean White Shoes

To clean white shoes, wipe them with a cloth dipped in ammonia.(This works on canvas too) Remove scuff marks with a dab of non-gel white toothpaste.

Taking Care of Suede

Don’t get perfume, hair spray or any other alcohol-based product on suede. It will cause the colours to run.

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Note from editor: This was originally published as part of our March 2011 ‘Fountain News’ digital newsletter, which we are re-publishing here. We have re-published it under the current date, because we think it remains relevant, plus it has been offline for a considerable amount of time.

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Fountain News Digital – March 2011 (Issue 3)

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