Renovation & Design

Hair dryer and dandruff shampoo can lift stain

Question: How can I get black scuff marks off a painted ceramic piece, without taking the paint off? Also, I have a large area of melted red wax crayon in the back seat of my car. It is not possible to scrape any of it off, as it has soaked into the fabric.

Answer: To remove scuff marks on ceramic pieces, rub with an art eraser and wipe with a damp cloth.

To remove wax on upholstery, heat the wax using a hair dryer and scrape as much of the wax as possible. Spray WD-40 onto the area, leave for 10 minutes and wipe.

Scrub the area with Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo and water. Rinse with water and let air dry (test all products on an inconspicuous area first).

Feedback from readers:

Re: Coconut oil

I have discovered the magic of coconut oil. Face-painting booths are popular for kids. The paint is difficult to wash off. If you put coconut oil on the skin before applying makeup, however, the face paint is easy to remove — it just wipes off without bother.

I am also a hairstylist and have found that just before rinsing dark-coloured dye out of hair, I can put coconut oil around the client’s face to prevent the staining that sometimes happens on the forehead and neck.

— Elizabeth

Re: Water spots on wood floor

Dear Reena: Marianne had a problem with water spots on her hardwood floors.

Not sure if this will work for her, but I have laminate flooring in my dining room and could not clean it without getting water spots.

A friend told me she always cleans her floors with a spray bottle of Windex and a microfibre cloth. I have been using Windex ever since and no longer have trouble with water spots.

— Ellen

Life’s Little Tricks:

• Clean your iron by running it over a sheet of aluminum foil sprinkled with salt, while on hot (no steam).

• Tired of mixing up the shampoo with the conditioner? Secure a rubber band around the conditioner to differentiate the two.

• Reuse old sponges. Rinse well and place in the bottom of a plant pot to hold water longer.

• Studies show that after 20 minutes inside a grocery store, shoppers are more susceptible to buying impulse items. Stick to the list and avoid lingering.

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website: Ask a question or share a tip at


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