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Life in Brief — week of Dec. 1

Several ways to tackle

wine stains on clothes

It’s holiday party time, which means wine spills. Steve Boorstein, who dispenses garment care advice as The Clothing Doctor (, suggests the following steps for removing a red wine stain from washable fabrics. (Take dry-clean-only garments to the dry cleaners.) The same process applies to white wine, which will stain because of the sugars.

Tackle a wine stain when it is still fresh and wet. Blot with a dry white cloth to keep it from spreading. Never rub, because you can damage the fabric.

Cover the stain in table salt. Let it stand 5 minutes. The stain should fade to pink as the salt soaks up the wine. Rinse with cool water.

If the wine hasn’t come out, create a diluted vinegar mixture — 50 percent each white vinegar and water — and blot that onto the stain. You can also use a product like Wine Away ( or any store-bought mildly acidic stain remover. Let it sit 3 to 5 minutes. (If the garment is colored, test first on a hidden area.)

Rinse or wash the item, using the warmest water the label allows. (Tip: Put the garment in a mesh lingerie bag to remind you not to throw it in the dryer; the high dryer heat will set a stain, so you want to inspect the garment to ensure the stain has come out before drying.)

If the stain still hasn’t come out, pour boiling water through it. Still no luck? Soak the garment in a tub of warm water and color-safe bleach (do a spot test for colored fabrics) for 30 to 60 minutes.

— Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Chicago Tribune

Hints from Heloise:

Handy way to travel with laundry supplies

Joni W. in Bentonville, Ark. writes: When we traveled to a rented beach house, I put five laundry-detergent pods and five dryer sheets in an empty plastic container from a powdered drink mix and packed it in my checked luggage. When we got there, we didn’t have to go out to buy more laundry supplies than we needed, and I had a container to bring shells home in!

— King Features

ADHD numbers may be

leveling off slightly

The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows.

More than 1 in 10 children have been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011.

ADHD diagnoses have been rising since at least 1997, according to CDC data. Experts think that’s because more doctors are looking for ADHD, and more parents know about it.

The condition makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. It’s often treated with drugs, behavioral therapy, or both.

The latest survey found about 11 percent of children ages 4 through 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD. That translates to nearly 6½ million children. Half of children are diagnosed by age 6, the study found.

— Mike Stobbe

Associated Press


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