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  1. Good Thing

    Cherry Stains, Solved

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    Blot excess juice with a clean, damp cloth. Then squeeze lemon juice onto the stain, wait a couple of minutes, rinse, and let dry in the sun; the lemon's acid breaks up the stain, and sunlight has a bleaching effect. (Lemon juice works on cherry-juice-stained skin, too.)

    For big, stubborn stains, soak the fabric in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon clear, mild dishwashing liquid for 15 minutes, then wash as directed. Make extra solution to store in a spray bottle for treating spots.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2011
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  2. Martha Stewart Clean

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    Martha is proud to introduce Martha Stewart Clean, a new line of natural home cleaning solutions developed with The Hain Celestial Group. The products are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, with no added fragrances or colors.

    Martha Stewart Clean solutions are available for pre-order on marthastewartclean.com. There, you can also view current retail availability and join an e-mail list to receive home care tips, special savings, and information on availability in your area as the product line is stocked in more locations across the country.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009
  3. First Aid for Gardeners

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    The garden is just a slightly tamed wilderness with hazards all its own: It harbors insects that bite, thorns that scratch, and other potential nuisances that may require simple first aid. This basic kit includes alcohol for cleaning wounds, first-aid ointment, cotton balls, bandages, tweezers for thorns and splinters, insect repellent with sunscreen, and, finally, hand salve to soothe and soften your dry skin at the end of the day.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2000
  4. Orchids: Out of the Vase, into the Strainer

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    Gutter strainers -- the wire cages that filter leaves and debris washed off the roof -- also make great orchid pots, providing the plants with excellent aeration and drainage. 

    Buy an inexpensive copper strainer at a hardware store. Using a pair of light pliers, bend the spindly legs of the strainer into decorative loops around the top (the loops also offer a way to hang the orchid if you like). Soak sphagnum moss (available at garden centers) in water, pack into the strainer, and then put in the orchid. Pack with more moss for a snug fit, and give it a hearty watering in the sink. Let the moss drain completely before placing the plant in a bowl.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  5. Plant-Care Markers

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    Return from vacation to find your plants thriving, not barely surviving. Create care instructions for your house sitters. Print a note for each plant (including watering guidelines). Then stick the instructions to wooden plant markers (or chopsticks). If you want to take the extra step of laminating, your notes -- and probably your plants -- will last a lot longer.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
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