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The Grapevine (March 29, 2014)

  • Published Friday, March 28, 2014, at 12 a.m.

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Make it yourself

• Foaming hand soap: The secret to the foaming is the pump, not what’s inside it. Refill these bottles with a teaspoon of liquid soap and the remaining volume in water. Turn the bottle upside-down and up again to gently mix the ingredients.

• Faux Mod Podge: Mix white glue with enough boiling water to thin to duplicate this glue and sealer.

• Chalkboard paint: Mix three parts latex house paint with one part plaster of Paris. Add water to desired consistency. Stir until smooth.

Orange County Register

Household Q&A

Q: How do you remove dried-on hair spray from painted bathroom cabinets?

A: Not all hair-spray formulas respond to the same cleaning methods. You may have to try a few to find the right one. Test each method first in an inconspicuous area to be sure it won’t damage paint.

• A citrus-based solvent such as Goo Gone.

• Ammonia and water.

• Mineral spirits.

• Rubbing alcohol.

• A microfiber cleaning cloth, wet with plain water and wrung out.

• One part fabric softener and two parts water.

• More hair spray. Repeatedly douse the area with the same product to try to soften the dried-on stuff. Wipe off the surface immediately after each application.

Akron Beacon Journal

Rose-pruning tips

Use thick gloves and lopping shears to remove dead, weak and conflicting canes of rose bushes. On hybrid teas, keep about half a dozen canes (or fewer, if that’s all that are alive) around an open center and cut them back to about 18 inches, just above an outward-facing bud. Remove any suckering canes emerging from the soil.

Shrub roses can be rounded off at a foot or so high. If a Knockout rose is healthy, it can be pruned to 6 to 12 inches high.

Washington Post and Bob Neier

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