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Make Velcro stick again with hairdryer and brush

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Question: Is there a way to bring the "stick" back onto Velcro?

— Colleen

Answer: Here are a few options: heat the Velcro with a hairdryer and comb it with a pet brush to rejuvenate and clean it. Or stitch a new piece of Velcro on top of the current Velcro; some people recommend gluing (or sewing) a new piece of Velcro onto the area, but in my experience this does not hold.

Question: Can you supply me with the Brain Freeze Ice Cream recipe that you published several years ago?

— Tyler

Answer: Certainly. Here is what you will need:

Brain Freeze Ice Cream

1/2 cup whipping cream (which thickens faster) or half and half

1 tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla (you can try other flavours)

Add all ingredients to a pint-size Ziploc freezer bag and zip shut.

Place that bag in a larger (quart-size or bigger) Ziploc bag.

Add ice to fill the larger bag halfway, plus 6 tbsp. salt (coarse or kosher, buy at Safeway).

Zip that one shut.

Shake, turn, toss and mix the bag. In about five or 10 minutes, you will have cold hands and yummy ice cream!

Note: Don’t try to double this, as it doesn’t seem to work. (Also, be sure you get all of the salt off of the small bag before you open it.)

Question: What is the best way to remove cat hair from articles of clothing? Lint brushes don’t work at all. Thanks.

— Lisa

Answer: To tell you the truth, the lint brush you mentioned is the most popular option for removing cat hair from fabric.

Here are a few other ideas:

• Wrap a large roll of masking tape around your hand. As you run your hand over your clothes, the hair sticks to the tape. Each layer of tape can be pulled off to give you a fresh surface underneath.

• Another option is Pet Pick-up brushes, which are brushes with a specialized head that captures hair in the nap of the fabric and releases it when brushed in the opposite direction.

• Fabric spray applied to clothing for static cling also repels pet hair. Another option is to rub a fabric-softener dryer sheet over the surface of clothing as a pet-hair pick up.

• Store clothing in plastic dry cleaner bags in the closet to prevent hair from accumulating.

Did you know? Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. Their sense of smell is about 14 times stronger than that of humans.

Tips of the Week

• Store S.O.S pads in a plastic container lined with aluminum foil to prevent them from forming rust.

• Store any kind of steel wool away from flames or heat sources; they are very flammable.

• Clean your vegetable peeler blade with S.O.S pads. The peeler will work better and sharpen itself at the same time.

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.

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