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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Homemaker Broad-leaved plants better than grass in patchy spots By MARILYN C. TATEM District Home Economist Little Miss Muffett sat on her tuffet Eating her curds and whey, Along came a spider and spilled it all over And she wondered what mommy would say! What little girl hasn't experi- enced a spot or stain on a fav- orite dress? What mother hasn't just about died when some- thing was spilled on her new chesterfield? I have had numer- ous calls lately concerning stains, so in this column I would Hke to discuss the re- moval of of the most common stains. To remove stains success- fully: the stain as soon as possible. stains before wash- ing or pressing a garment. Heat sets some stains. your fabric, including some special finishes A file of hang-tags is helpful here the best stain remover, taking Snto consideration both the fabric and the stain. test the stain remover on an inconspicuous part of the gar- ment to make sure it will not affect the fabric or dye. rapidly but gently. Apply stain in small amounts, repeating the appli- cation if necessary, do not rub. Greasy stains on washable fabrics. Pretreat spot with li- quid detergent and launder. If any stain remains when fabric has dried, sponge with clean- Ing fluid (Energine) On un- washable fabrics sponge with cleaning fluid. Allow fabric to dry and repeat as required. For some stains and fabrics, absorbent powder (cornstarcb. soda, etc.) may be the best choice. Alcoholic beverages Wash- able fabric laundering may set stain so pretreat before laundering. Sponge or rinse in cool water. Work in liquid de- tergent and rinse. Use an ap- propriate bleach on any re- mafaifag stain. Unwashable fabrics that waterspot should be taken to a dry cleaner. If safe for fabric, sponge with cool water. If some stain re- mains, work in liquid deter- gent and rinse. A final spong- ing with alcohol (two parts water to one part alcohol for use on acetate) helps to re- move the detergent and the fabric dries faster. (Test for color fastness on an inconspicu- ous area) Antiperspirant treat before ironing, because heat may da- mage stained portion of gar- ment. Wash or sponge with warm water and detergent. Rinse. Bleaching may be ne- cessary. Aluminum salts con tained in some antiperspirants are acidic and change the color of the fabric. Sponging with ammonia miay restore color Rinse. (For use on wool or silk ammonia should be diluted with an equal portion of water) Adhesive tape o r chewin) gum Washable fabric. Rub with ice cubes until gum rolls hi balls. Scrape off as much as possible wSth a dull knife Sponge with rubbing alcohol or cleaning fluid. Rinse and laun der. Chocolate and cocoa Soak in cold water. Rub detergent into stain while wet, then rinse thoroughly. Dry If stain re- malins, sponge with a safe cleaning fluid. Rinse. If colorec stain remains, use an appropr- iate bleach. Coffee, tea Soak in coo water and rub in liquid deter gent. If coffee contained cream sponge with cleaning fluid. Crayon Apply soap (e g. Pels Naptha, Ivory Snow, Lux Flakes) to stain worKing unti" all outline of stain is removed Launder in warm water, using an appropriate bleach. Repeal process if necessary. Egg, meat juice, gravy 1 dried, scrape off as much as possible with a dull knife. Soak In cold water. Rub detergent into stain while still wet Laun- der hi warm water, using an appropriate bleach. Ink (ballpoint) Sponge stain with rubbing alcohol or spray with hair spray until wet. Rub detergent into stained area. Launder. Repeat if nec- essary. (Sponge acetate, Amel, Dynel, Verel, with amyle ace- tate.) After stain is gone, re- move any acetate with dry cleaning fluid. Rust stains from water To remove stains from general laundry, soak the clothing in a solution of jjne tablespoon so- dium bisulfite or oxalic acid per gallon of water. DO NOT USE BLEACH m water with iron or manganese. Bleach re- acts with the iron, causing yel- lowing and rust spots on fab- rics. There are also some com- mercial products available. If you have a spot or stain on a fabric that you are not how to treat, please don't hesitate to call me ct 325-4411. The publication Spot and Stain Removal is available upon re- quest from this office. WOMAN QUALIFIES FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) Margarida Caryalho is the first woman to qualify for the job of police chief in northern Brazil's Ceara State, the government said. She scored highest among 22 candidates in a civil service test. SEE THE AMAZING 4-WAY VORWERK The cleaner that will revolutionize house cleaning FAIRPIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 AVE. S. PHONE 327-6070 By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA (CP) The snow has disappeared and you find yourself staring at your lavn, preparing for another fruitless attempt to make grass grow in the bald spots. Forget about it, say experts at the agriculture depart- ment's plant research insti- tute. Try broad-leaved or de- ciduous ground-covering plants instead. Places where grass won't grow, or where it's difficult to mow, can be "neatly carpeted for years" with such plants, an institute publication says. The federal plant people agree that lawns are probably the best cover for soil, but recognize there! jare places, under a stand of shade trees for instance, where grass won't grow. The Japanese spurge pach- ysaidra termuialis, on the other hand, seems to thrive in these conditions Grass often dies in extreme- ly wet spots and extremely dry spots. On steep banks or rocky slopes, it is difficult to maintain Ground covering, plants, however, need practically no care "Once off to a good start, they will soon cover the the publication says. "Except for keeping the edge of the patch trimmed neatly, nothing else need be done." HARD TO FIND The department says one of the most difficult jobs may be finding such plants. Three- vinca, paehysandra and euony- nrus can be found hi most seed catalogues, but less com- mon ones are hard to find or classified as other types of plants. Some may be growing in your rock garden now, brought there by a stray gust of wind. But the article warns that some ground covers may be confus- ed with such weeds as gout weed and bishop's weed which can take over a garden, and a lawn. The institute recommends these ground covers: For shady areas: periwinkle or myrtle and the Japanese spurge. The first has spark- ling, little blue flowers through- out the summer and the sec- ond, nice looking leaves. Both grow less than a foot high. Others, less well-known but avaiilable. include bugle plants, delightful little plant with red and yellow pach- istima canbyi, an evergreen- ike shrub that grows about 18 inches high, double creeping nittercup, a plant with showy lowers that puts our runners, germanda. "a very neat plan th dense foliage ten inches and the monkey plant. FOR SUNNY SPOTS For sunny areas barberry, silver mound artemisia, vane- fated ground ivy, creeping co- toneaster and snow-in-sum- mer. The first grows best and produces an evergreen ground cover a few inches high. It has red berries in the fall. The silver mound makes large mats of silvery mounds and grows well hi sand. Ground ivy "will grow like a anywhere and needs to be clipped occasionally. Creeping cotoneaster "is a lovely, refin- ed, low shrub with low, spread- ing branchlets and necklace- like leaves." Snow-in-summer is a flowering rock plant worth growing on sunny slopes. For wet, acid soil: reynou- tria fleece-flower, bog rose- mary and plantain lily. The first will grow and thrive in most acid soils and is said to be a "compact fora of the huge bamboo like fleece flow- er, a plait known for its per- sistence under the greatest ad- versity." It grows about two feet high, has leaves with a wavy margin and showy red fruit. The institute suggests, how- ever, that gardeners look at the possibility of improving drainage before planting this category of ground covering plants. Wet, acid soils are usu- ally found in poorly-drained areas. HEALTH FOOD Eggs contain all known vitam- ins, except vitam C, and they are a good source of minerals. WeeWhimsv Anna lee Fuhr recc the orig Wee Whimsy Send vourl to monauy, Aprn 10, _ tut LCIMBKIDGE HERALD 9 ana, of town. Parents Without Partners will hold an Easter party for the children Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at Indian Bauie Park. Families planning to attend arc asked to please bring enough weiners, buns, pop, niarshmallows, etc. for then- own group. Games mil be played and an egg treasure hunt is planned. All single parents and chil- dren are welcome to attend, membership not necessary. The next meeting for PW will be held May 4 and will be adjourned at 9 p.m. so that members may attend the Minus One Club dance. NIGHT CUES'! SHERBROOKE, Que. (CP) A woman in this community, 77 miles southeast of Montreal, was awakened by a slight noise at the racoon. The ani- mal came in when she opened the door, stayed for about 30 minutes to warm up and left just as quietly. SPWNG SPECIAL! HAIR CUT, SHAMPOO AND SET Reg SPECIAL Effective April 17th, 24th, 25th, and 26th only. Theresa's Beauty Scion Next to the Post Office In the Professional Bldg. Phone 328-6424 Juniors Fashions Featuring CHILDREN'S SHOES ky BUSTER BROWN and SAVAGE Downtown Mtfariond Wda. Kay's LADIES' WEAR Govf. Permit No. 983 Save on Volumes of Fashion Wear NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED Stock Regrouped! Prices Drastically Reduced We Must Clear Everything to the Bore Walls COATS STORE OPEN Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY 712 4th Ave. South COUNT DOWN PFJCSS EVIRY DAY ;