red wine stainMy neighbor was recently telling me about a wine tasting he attended. Not only did he taste some great wines, but there was also an informational session offered – such as how the flavor of wine changes in a glass with a different bowl shape and how to remove red wine stains. I found the removal of red wine stains very interesting and wanted to share…

One of the best ways to remove a red wine stain is with white wine. Who knew?? But before we talk about removing a stain, let’s talk about why red wine is so hard to remove in the first place. Red wine contains a pigment found in grape skins, which is part of a family of food-coloring chemicals called anthocyanins, similar to fabric dyes. This chemical quickly and easily attached itself to fabrics and fibrous items.

So, in order to remove this dye-like product, we go to a valuable resource — white wine. White wine counteracts the red wine and makes it easier to remove the original red stain. While the stain is still fresh, pour a small amount of white wine over the red stain and blot with a clean, absorbent towel. Once you have blotted as much of the stain as possible, the remaining stain may be treated as any other stain with fabric or carpet cleaner.

baking soda pasteIf you have a stain that is dry and has really set, soak the red wine stain in white wine — then cover with a thick baking soda and water paste. Leave for a few hours, periodically moistening the solution with water. Finally, wash the fabric as normal.

There are commercial wine stain removers, such as, Wine Away. This is an industry specific red wine stain remover that ranks among the best on the market. It is also free of bleach and safe for kids and pets. Spray it on the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes, then launder as usual.

General tips for wine stain removal:

1. Blot, don’t rub

2. Never apply heat, such as putting a garment in the dryer, until stain is fully removed

Other products for removing red wine stains:

1. milk

2. vodka

3. shaving cream

4. peroxide

5. salt

More investigation is in order. As I try some of these, I’ll report on results. Yes, I am one of those unpredictable wine drinkers who often slurps, spills, or sprays. Invariably I have on white…

Strive to be healthy!

Information shared courtesy of Red Wine Stain Removal

Image shared courtesy of How To Get Red Wine Out Of Your Carpet and Swiss Diamond Cookware


pills pictureNational Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 in cities all across the United States. Please take advantage of this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet, bathroom drawer, or kitchen shelf and safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are unwanted, unused, or expired. The most recent take-back day last October resulted in the disposal of more than 188 tons of unwanted medications nationally. Kansas returned 3,809 pounds all on their own.

Participating locations in my home town of Wichita, KS, will be accepting old/used prescriptions or over-the-counter medications from 10am to 2pm on April 27:

  1.      Oaklawn Activity Center: 4900 S. Clifton
  2.      Haysville Police Department: 200 W. Grand in Haysville
  3.      Household Hazardous Waste: 801 W. Stillwell
  4.      Sedgwick County Zoo: 5500 W. Zoo Boulevard
  5.      City of Bel Aire Community Room: 7651 E. Central Park
  6.      Maize Police Department: 10100 W. Grady in Maize
Disposing of medications may create a problem if not disposed of properly. If simply thrown away, the meds can seep into a water system, contaminate soil, or create risk of someone finding and taking them. Don’t risk an accident with old or unwanted medications. Dispose of them properly and safely through this free DEA program.
For more information or for cities outside of Wichita, KS, please check here:

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EYELASHES by Vickie Kline

eyelashesI am curious about many things… and that’s what prompts me to post about particular subjects. Eyelashes happen to be one of those overlooked (no pun intended) items that we don’t read much about. But lately I’ve noticed my eyelashes specifically reflect the overall health of my body. I’m not referring to my eyes, but my eyelashes. Okay, I know it sounds suspect, but keep reading…

When I am eating right, getting the required amount of sleep, and feeling good, my eyelashes are more full, straight, and look beautiful with the application of a bit of mascara. When I am a bit under the weather, whether that be from eating foods I shouldn’t, or suffering from some allergy-related symptoms, my eyelashes become short, stubby, and generally strange-looking. With the application of a bit of mascara, they clump together and seem to be more coarse and dry.

Wondering what it is about eyelashes that reflect other symptoms, I began doing some research.

On the average woman, eyelashes will measure 7mm on the bottom and 11mm on the upper. Eyelashes function as a barrier to keep dust, dirt, and debris from getting into your eyes; also protecting from sunlight and sweat. Lashes are extremely sensitive to motion or touch and will immediately send a message to the eyelid, making it close for protection. So they do have a physical function other than making our eyes more beautiful.

Eyelashes have a relatively short growth cycle, which is 30 to 45 days. Then they fall out and are replaced by new lashes. Eyelashes growth is predetermined by genetics, but certain nutrients are shown to support growth. Eyelashes that don’t appear as healthy as you’d like could mean a shortage of some vitamins, such as, B-3, C, and E.

Vitamin B-3 is also known as niacin and eliminates dry, brittle eyelashes by improving blood flow to hair follicles. Foods high in B-3 are salmon, tilapia, tuna, sunflower seeds, peanuts, mushrooms, and asparagus.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system and protects eyelashes from infection and diseases that inhibit hair growth. Vitamin C hydrates your lashes, which gives them the soft, full look. It also accelerates healing, decreases inflammation, aids in collagen production, and lowers the risk of breakage. Foods high in Vitamin C are cranberries, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pineapples, oranges, tomatoes, and strawberries.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant (just like Vitamin C), that also improves your immune system and protects hair follicles from damaging free-radicals, which prevent eyelashes from growing. Vitamin E helps transport blood and oxygen to hair follicles and reduces inflammation, encourages growth, and eliminates dry, brittle lashes. Foods high in Vitamin E include almonds, hazelnuts, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, blueberries, peanut butter, and avocados.

If you look in the mirror and don’t like the eyelashes you see, try increasing and improving your intake of Vitamins B-3, C, and E. Or, anything that strengthens your immune system and cuts down on allergy-related symptoms will help you achieve fuller, more beautiful lashes… the natural way.

Strive to be healthy!

Photo courtesy of Little Girl, Big Thoughts