Weekly home rail, with tips on how to remove candle wax from your carpet, an alternative to flimsy shower racks and more.
How to: Remove Wax from Carpet Candle wax often finds its way onto our carpets, area rugs or upholstery. How this happens is no real mystery, as many people move candles while they are still lit. Additionally, people sometimes forget to allow the wax drippings to cool before moving a candle once its flame has been extinguished. If this happens to you, simply freeze the wax with an ice cube or ice pack. You can also use a commercial product that is designed to freeze wax on carpeting or upholstery. Once the wax is frozen, use a clean, blunt object to shatter the wax. Immediately pick up or vacuum the pieces of wax from the area. If you wait too long and the pieces soften, then you will need to refreeze them. -- Doityourself.com Creature Comforts Want to give your dog a special treat? Try this Birthday Bones recipe: 2 cups whole-wheat flour 1 tbls. baking powder 1 cup natural peanut butter 1 cup skim milk Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Step 2. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Step 3. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Step 4. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well. Step 5. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead out to ¼-inch thick shapes. Step 6. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Step 7. Cool on a rack and serve. Store in a sealed air-tight container. -- www.houstonhumane.org/Three Dog Bakery Number to Know: 666 Area code that residents of Reeves, La., had to live with for 40 years. In December, the town finally persuaded officials to change the number, and residents now can switch their area code to 749. Coming Soon to Your Home? Tired of those flimsy plastic or metal racks in which to store your shower necessities? You might want to consider having a custom niche installed. You can go the simple route and just have a plain niche built, but if you’re going to build one, why not make it snazzy? Companies that specialize in niches to hold your shampoo bottles, soap, razors, etc., can build them with intricate designs. Check out http://www.lowitzandcompany.com/talisman/installations1.htm for some samples. Go Green A tip from Treehugger.com on how to go green at home: Cultivate good water habits: All the water that goes down the drain, clean or dirty, ends up mixing with raw sewage, getting contaminated and meeting the same fate. Try to stay aware of this precious resource disappearing and turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving, and always wash laundry and dishes with full loads. When washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink and turn off the water. Take shorter showers or, as the old joke goes, shower with a friend. Home Q&A Q. I have two boys, ages 13 and 11, with different tastes. One likes camouflage, the other likes bold colors like red and wants to go with a racing theme. I'm trying to decorate the room they share with something that will appease both of them. I've searched the Internet for over an hour, but most of those sites only have one child in the room. They have bunk beds and each have a dresser. It's a basement room in a split-level home so it has that "ledge" on two of the walls. Windows are small, so light is a problem. Is there any ideas how I can decorate the room that would be appeasing to both? A. I think you should go with a neutral khaki or gray on the walls. Get each boy bedding in the style/theme/colors they like and decorate the top of each dresser with accessories in their theme. Each could have posters or wall art on their wall space. I think each of them probably only really cares how "his" space is decorated. They probably won't care that their beds don't match. -- Doityourself.com GateHouse News Service