Thursday, April 23, 2009

April week #4 - Yellow Underarm Stains

How do you get rid of those ugly yellow underarm stains in white shirts?

My teenage daughter gets yellow stains under the arms of her white uniform shirts. I have tried vinegar, ammonia, lemon and baking soda paste. We have tried different deodorants. Nothing seems to help, so I have had to buy a lot of white shirts over the last three years. Do you know how to get rid of these yellow stains? - Stephanie

Nothing is quite so unsightly as dingy yellow perspiration stains in white garments. Not only are these stains ugly, they can weaken the garment's fabric and harbor odors. Perspiration stains are organic, much like blood and grass stains, albeit more stubborn. Your best results will be with an "enzymatic" laundry product. The enzymes actually "eat" the protein in organic stains.

A laundry pretreatment product for all kinds of stains, especially those that are organic is best. Removing the stain may require some repetition.

If the stain doesn't come out, do not put the garment in the dryer because that will set it. Keep repeating until it comes out. If the stain is very old and has been heat set, you may have no choice but to throw that garment away. In the future, make sure your daughter always wear a good antiperspirant. That will help stop those stains before they get started.

You can find a great Enzyme pre-treatment on my website (IBO referral# 3345643). You will find it under categories: home, laundry, pretreatments. It is the SA8® PreWash with Enzymes Liquid Spot Treatment and it only costs $9.45 and will last your forever. I use it all the time and it works wonders. Just treat the underarms when you take the shirt off before you wash it and the stains will not even appear at all.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April week # 3 - What’s for lunch?

More often than not, sandwiches are on the menu. Portable, satisfying, and fairly inexpensive, they’re a quick and easy way to refuel midday. But put the wrong stuff between the bread and the wrong bread around the stuff, and you’ll be consuming more than enough calories for the rest of the day. Check out my guide and start lunching your way slim!

Step 1: The Bread
With so many tasty but less-than-healthy options available including ciabatta (460 calories), focaccia (320 calories, 10 grams of fat), heroes (250 cal ories), and even wraps (typically over 300 calories, 8 grams of fat), it’s easy to order the wrong thing. Your best bet? Sliced whole wheat or multi-grain breads for only 80 calories and 2-3 grams of fiber per slice. If you can’t ignore your craving for a fresh roll, indulge the Skinny way, and take the top layer off the bread for an open-faced sandwich.

Step 2: The Insides
Open up a sandwich these days and you’ll rarely find a basic PB&J (don’t knock it — filled with heart healthy fat and protein, it’ll keep you full for hours). Instead, menus are full of endless tempting concoctions. A rule of thumb: When it comes to meat, the simpler the better. Choose turkey (105 calories for 3 ounces), roast beef (165 calories for 3 ounces), or grilled chicken breast (120 calories for 4 ounces) instead of tuna, egg, and chicken salads (all with more than 250 calories and 20 grams of fat per ½ cup serving). Skip the cheese (100 calories and 8 grams of fat per slice) and add lots of fresh veggies (instead of grilled veggies, which soak up fat) for a tasty crunch, plus vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Step 3: The Condiments
Sure, they add flavor to your sandwich, but spread on too much of the wrong thing and you’ll find yourself spreading out! Ditch the biggest offenders — mayo and Russian dressing (10 grams of fat per tablespoon) — and go with deli or Dijon mustard for just 5 calories per teaspoon. Not a mustard fan? Sprinkle on vinegar or shake on a touch of salt and pepper for minimal calories with tons of tangy flavor.

Step 4: The Sides
Don’t give up chips completely — I think it’s sacrilegious to eat a sandwich without some sort of crunch on the side — just choose right. A 1-ounce serving of potato chips will easily set you back 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Go with soy chips (70 calories, 1.5 grams of fat per serving), whole grain pita chips (130 calories, 5 grams of fat per serving), baked potato chips (130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat per serving), or even a bag of baby carrots — all the crunch for just 25 calories in a ½ cup serving.

Make any of these combos yourself for about 400 calories and keep those afternoon energy slumps at bay. See ya later, vending machine!

*These tips found in the Skinny In The City Newsletter

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April week # 2 - Portion Control?

Rising obesity rates have us all playing the blame game. What led to the epidemic — carbohydrates? Saturated fat? High fructose corn syrup? Too much protein? Or did our ever-expanding workdays cause our ever-expanding waistlines?

While all these factors have surely played a part, there’s something simple that we often overlook: portion control. Plain and simple, we just eat too much. Twenty years ago, a typical portion of spaghetti and meatballs was 1 cup with three small meatballs. Today, it’s 2 cups with three large meatballs — that’s 500 calories versus 1,025! To burn off the extra 525 calories, you’d have to clean your house vigorously for 2½ hours or run (pretty fast) for nearly an hour. Although we’ve lost sight of real portion sizes, we can downsize our bodies without giving up the foods we love if we just refocus. Here’s your visual cheat sheet:

1 serving of fruit or vegetables = 1 cup, or the size of a tennis ball
1 serving of chicken, fish, or meat = 3 ounces, or the size of a woman’s palm or a deck of cards
1 serving of whole grains = 1/2 cup of cooked grains or 1 slice of 100% whole grain bread
1 serving of pancakes = 1 4-inch pancake, about the size of a CD
1 serving of pasta or rice = 1 cup of cooked pasta, or the size of a woman’s fist
1 serving of dressing = 1 tablespoon, or the size of your thumb, tip to the top joint (1 teaspoon is about the size of your thumbnail)
1 serving of potatoes = 1 small (3-ounce) baked potato or ½ cup mashed potatoes, about the size of a small computer mouse
1 serving of cheese = 1 ounce, or about 4 dice stacked on top of each other
1 serving of nuts = 1 ounce, or the size of child’s handful

And remember, when dishing out your food, fill half your plate with vegetables, ¼ with protein, and ¼ with a complex carbohydrate.

*Information found in the Skinny and the City Newsletter

April week # 2 - Magic Eraser?


Use toothpaste to remove pen or magic marker from a hard surface like stained wood, plastic, baby doll faces, walls or flooring. It works better than anything I've ever tried! Don't use whitening varieties on colored surfaces.

*Information found in the Debt Proof Living Newsletter

April week # 2 - Melted Crayons Or Gum In Your Dryer?


What a mess if you ever get gum or crayons melted inside the dryer. Here's what to do: Get some old towels, pop them in the dryer and run on hot for a few minutes to soften the wax or gum. Then, make a paste of Cascade automatic dishwasher detergent and hot water. With a damp cloth, use this paste to scrub off the gum or wax. Go over the entire inside of the dryer, and make sure you rinse it off well. Run a load of old towels just to make sure it's all gone.

*Information found in Debt Proof Living Newsletter

April week # 2 - Sticky Stickers.....


Have you ever pulled a sticker off of fabric only to find it has left residue or part of the sticker backing? Take a piece of a brown paper bag and place it over the area. Set your iron on low/medium and iron over the bag. The heat will melt the glue and the remnant of the sticker will adhere to the bag.

*Tip found in the Debt Proof Living Newsletter

April week 2 - Goodwill Online?


Goodwill is no longer just a chain of walk-in thrift stores. Their website,, is the first Internet auction site operated by a nonprofit organization. It's a great place to browse high quality donation items from across the country. You can find designer items like purses or shoes that are in great condition for a fraction of the retail price.

*Information found in the Debt Proof Living newsletter