Monday, March 30, 2009

"Your silver candlesticks. They're looking dull."

What can you do about the wax build-up on candlesticks?

Page 146 of Blind Dates Can be Murder recommends blowing the hot air of a blow-dryer set on high at the wax. When the wax is warmed up it wipes off easily!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How can I remove the crayon marks on my walls?

Page 119 of Blind Dates Can Be Murder suggests the following steps:

1. spray the marks with WD-40 lubricant
2. wipe with a paper towel

If you still see some marks:

3. scrub with a washcloth using a mix of liquid detergent and hot water

And remember to:

4. rinse well
5. dry with a paper towel

Have a lovely day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scuffed sneakers?

Do you have black smudges on your white sneakers or shoes? Are they impossible to get off with just soap?

Page 84 of Blind Dates Can be Murder has a solution:

Use an old toothbrush and whitewall tire cleaner to scrub off the smudges.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The dreaded coffee stain!

With today's busy schedules we are often running from task to task taking quick sips of coffee and this can lead to the dreaded coffee spill.

Page 70 of Blind Dates Can be Murder suggests using salt to remove the coffee stain, if it is still wet, as follows:

1. Pour a small pile of salt into a dish.
2. Wet a paper towel and dab it into the salt.
3. Gently rub at the stain with the damp salted towel.

Jo's stain happened to be on a sturdy white knit shirt so she knew she could try an additional solution:

1. Dissolve two denture-cleaning tablets in warm water
2. Soak the shirt in the resulting solution.

Stay tuned for some more tips from the Smart Chick Mystery series!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

How do I get red wine stains out of my tablecloth?

Page 34 of Blind Dates Can be Murder suggests two solutions which can be used on any material.

1. Pour a dab of white wine over the stain.


2. Cover the stain with salt and then flush it with club soda or cold water. Let the soda or water slowly drip through the material to remove the stain.