I’m calling this round of questions, “Kirsten’s Questions”, because all of these questions come from my friend, Kirsten Hope. Kirsten and I met when our daughters were in the same kindergarten class, several years ago. Kirsten and I both launched WordPress websites this year and have collaborated on our WordPress babies sites for the last 6 months. We have a group called “WordPress Buddies” (WPB) and have spent a morning once a week, together. There are other members of this WPB group, but Kirsten has asked me the most questions. She’s really good at asking questions and asking my opinion, which I love. Here are a few that were appropriate to share with you, dear reader.
My kids were doing the laundry and spilled bleach on a load of black clothes. What should we do?
Answer: First off, good job having your kids do the laundry! Now, try dying your clothes black. Don’t just get rid of the clothes. You may be able to salvage them. Fabric Depot has lots of different dye products. Also, instead of using bleach, try using Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing to whiten your whites. Liquid bluing comes in a blue plastic bottle, and is located on the laundry aisle. Follow the instructions. It’s easy. Another product to substitute for bleach is 20 Mule Team Borax. This is in the detergent aisle as well. Borax is a laundry booster and can be used to pre-soak soiled items, like berry stained towels.
You’ve inspired me to soak and cook black beans in my crock pot. I cooked them but my beans don’t taste like the ones that come in a can. What can I do to make them taste better?
Answer: First of all, good job on the soaking and cooking your beans! Canned beans have lots of salt and other ingredients that you don’t need, including BPA in the lining of the can – I’ll pass on that!. If you’re adding the beans to burritos, try adding garlic, onion, cilantro, and/or chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Also, Mexican oregano is a spice I love to add to black beans. It can be found on the Hispanic foods aisle, in the spice section. Cumin is another spice to try in your beans. Also, any salsa that is opened in my refrigerator goes into my black beans. This is a good way to use up the last bits of salsa, too.
My daughter is thinking about buying used leather sandals that have water stains on them. How can we get the stains out?
Answer: Don’t try to get the stains out. Use a leather conditioner and rub it into the sandals. All of the leather will darken a bit and blend in and voila – no more stains! Leather and other “skins” need to be conditioned and moisturized, just like our skin. Conditioning leather is easy. Rub conditioner into leather and then buff. Make sure you do a test area if you’re concerned about the leather darkening too much.
By the way, Kirsten’s daughter did do this and her sandals turned out quite nicely. Now we just need some warmer weather for the sandals to make their debut!
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You’ll find all of the readers’ questions by clicking HERE and the answers are there, too.