Q: What should I use to remove stubborn coffee stains inside my white china cups?
A: Hard-to-remove coffee and tea stains can be erased easily with denture-cleaning tablets. They contain oxidizing ingredients that help loosen grime with effervescence and bleaching agents that take away the stains.
First, fill the cups with warm water, and drop a tablet in each cup. When the tablet has dissolved and the water is clear, empty the cup and check the inside. If stains remain, repeat these steps with additional tablets.
Depending on the amount of stain buildup on your china, you may have to repeat this process several times and then wash the cups. But once you’re finished, your china will be as good as new.
Outfitting your dog for the cold
Q: How do I know if my dog needs a coat or sweater for winter?
A: Though dogs look cute in quilted parkas and cable-knit pullovers, most don’t need an extra layer, because their own coats protect them from the elements during normal outdoor activities. But small, lean or short-haired breeds and breeds that originate in warm climates, such as the Chihuahua from Mexico, may need extra protection in winter. A coat may also be considered if the pup is visibly bothered by the cold or wet (they shiver or are reluctant to go out). Water-resistant items are best for warmth and protection against rain and light snow. For severe cold, insulated jackets are best.
Clothes should always be soft, breathable, easy to remove, washable and free of zippers and small items that could come loose or be chewed off. Wool is versatile, since it naturally breathes and repels water. Some dogs, however, have wool allergies, so dress them with care. If your dog scratches or chews persistently, consult your vet.
If your dog seems miserable in its outerwear, consider whether the coat is really needed. If the coat is necessary but your dog is resistant, gradually condition your pet to the item: For a few days, slowly and gently put the garment on while giving treats and encouragement. Initially, leave it on only for a few minutes at a time, and then slowly increase this period until the dog is comfortable.