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How to get rid of stains: THREE expert tips for clean and stain-free laundry

“Once applied leave the garment alone to let the chemicals soak in and do their magic – patience is key.

“Launder the clothing in accordance with the settings outlined on the label. If the stain persists – repeat these steps.”

Susan Fermor, a spokesperson for Dr. Beckmann, said: “It’s inevitable that accidental spills and stains happen in the home, but you need to act fast.

“Blot the stained fabric with a damp cloth and dab it with a stain remover to help break apart the stain, once the item has been treated pop it in the washing machine on the normal cycle.”

Author: Katie Sewell
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Early Start to Laser Treatment in Infants With Port Wine Stains

Treating port wine birthmarks with pulsed dye laser (PDL) can be safely done within the first few days after birth as an in-office procedure without any complications, results from a single-center study showed.

“The current modality of choice for the treatment of port wine birthmarks is pulsed dye laser,” Chelsea Grimes Fidai, MD, said during the annual conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. “When performed by a highly trained expert at efficient frequencies, PDL is a safe, effective treatment that is successful in the majority of patients. We know that earlier treatment yields maximal clearance. However, just how early can you initiate treatment?”

To find out, Fidai, Roy G. Geronemus, MD, and colleagues at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, conducted a retrospective chart review of 39 infants with port wine birthmarks who were treated with a 595-nm PDL between 2015 and 2020 at the center. Of the 39 infants, the average age at first treatment was 18 days, with a range from 5 to 29 days. The youngest patient was born prematurely at 35 weeks’ gestation and presented for his first treatment even before his expected due date. Most (74%) had facial lesions with the remaining distributed on the trunk or extremities. The average number of treatments was 15 over the course of 15 months.

The initial settings chosen for facial lesions were a 10-mm spot size, a fluence of 8.0 J/cm2, and a 1.5-millisecond pulse duration. For body lesions, the typical initial settings were a 12-mm spot size, a fluence of 6.7 J/cm2, and 1.5-millisecond pulse duration. Corneal eye shields were placed for all cases with port wine birthmarks approaching the eyelid. “We do recommend a treatment interval of every 2-3 weeks, with longer intervals for patients of darker skin type until the child is 2 years old, at which time the interval is increased to every 3-6 months,” said Fidai.

Patients in the study experienced the expected short-term side effects of erythema, edema, purpura, and mild transient postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, but there were no cases of atrophy, scarring, infection, or permanent pigmentary change.

“Families seeking early treatment of port wine birthmarks can be reassured that it can be safely initiated within the first few days after birth,” Fidai concluded. “This procedure can be quickly and confidently performed as an in-office procedure without any complications. The early intervention allows for treatment without general anesthesia and it maximizes the chance of significant clearance as early in life as possible.”

During a question-and-answer session, the abstract section chair, Albert Wolkerstorfer, MD, PhD, expressed concern about the effect of PDL on developing infants. “We do repeated treatments at this young age without any type of anesthesia,” said Wolkerstorfer, a dermatologist at the Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders, department of dermatology, University of Amsterdam.

“Will that influence the development of the child, especially when I hear there might be 15 or 20 treatments done within the first year of life? I think this is a problem where we need to ask the experts in the field of pain management in children, like pediatric anesthesiologists, to find the right way, because I think that the results that you showed are fantastic. I don’t think we can achieve that at a later age, although there’s no direct comparison at this moment.”

Fidai said that she understood the concern, but pointed to a 2020 article by Geronemus and colleagues that assessed treatment tolerance and parental perspective of outpatient PDL treatment for port-wine birthmarks without general anesthesia in infants and toddlers. “The kids recover pretty quickly after the treatment,” she said. “There has never been any longstanding issue from the parents’ perspective.”

Fidai reported having no financial disclosures. Geronemus disclosed having financial conflicts with numerous device and pharmaceutical companies. Wolkerstorfer disclosed that he has received consulting fees from Lumenis and InCyte and equipment from Humeca and PerfAction Technologies. He has also received grant funding from Novartis and InCyte and he is a member of InCyte’s advisory board.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share 27p hack for removing tea stains from mugs and cups

Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have shared how to remove tea and coffee stains from mugs and cups on social media. Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, has garnered an impressive 4.1 million followers on Instagram because of her cleaning advice and product recommendations. Her fans have become so enamoured by her expertise that they have since created their own social media groups dedicated to cleaning tips and tricks.
Another person said: “I pour table salt in and use a cloth to rub it around…gets it off easily.”

Another cleaning fan said: “Rub salt mixed with a dot of washing up liquid around the stains and then wash with a scrub pad after 10 minutes.”

“Yes salt, it works every time,” said another.

Other suggestions included using Steradent denture tablets, bleach, a magic eraser and Milton sterilising tablets.

One user said using bleach left the cup smelling unpleasant.

They suggested using clothes stain remover to get rid of the tea stains.

The user said: “I used one teaspoon of Oxi stain remover for clothes in hot water, leave to soak for half an hour, wash as normal and rinse.

“Or astonish cup cleaner. These don’t leave any taint.

“I used to soak in bleach but no matter how many times I washed and rinsed I could still smell it.”

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Four in a Bed: 'Rustic' Dorset seaside B&B slammed for 'vomit' stains and 'dirty duvets'

In Thursday’s episode of Four in a Bed, the Channel 4 programme introduced The Beach House in Portland Dorset, owned by ex-military turned property investor Pete. One of the B&B’s biggest draws, acceding to its owner, is its prime location.
Bedrooms were described as “a bit like student accommodation” and lacking “wow factor”.

They were also left perplexed by the use of “wicker garden furniture” in the bedrooms.

However, it wasn’t the decor decisions that really left a lasting impression.

Among “massive spider webs”, “scratchy towels” and a stained “pillow”, there was also some rather unsightly stains along the way.

“Could do with a lick of paint,” said one couple when inspecting a radiator.

“The whole thing needs doing. It looks like someone has vomited over it.”

Another duo noticed a rather worrying looking stain on their bathroom towels.

Over breakfast, the following morning, one of the guests said: “I got into bed last night and I hadn’t checked my duvet.

“Got up this morning and I’m glad I hadn’t checked it.

“It was dirty and stained. I wouldn’t let a dog sleep on it.

“I haven’t seen anything like it.”

Pete himself admitted that while maintenance had been done throughout the B&B, in the 14 years he had owned it, he had not decorated.

“We’ve done maintenance but the decor is a bit dated I’m well aware of that but it still functions,” he said.

“It’s a business. It’s not a show home.”

While his “decent” breakfast serving did save the day somewhat, sadly, the dishevelled state of the building, along with windows that wouldn’t lock, meant guests did not score the Beach House highly.

In a blow to Pete, guests even went so far as to say they would not stay at his B&B again.

“I think it is overpriced,” said one guest.

“It is a budget room but not at a budget price.”

Pete said he felt his guests’ feedback was “a little bit harsh”.

He added: “I’m not going to spend my life trying to clean every cobweb out of this place.”

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How to get rid of brown stains on your teeth – using baking soda

A quick scrub won’t do, you’ll need to brush for about two minutes using circular motions and be sure to coat all of your teeth with the paste.

Make sure you gently brush all around your mouth, hitting each tooth, for the best results.

Arm and Hammer stress the importance of scrubbing gently, as this hack can do more harm than good if you don’t.

The site warns: “Do not scrub too hard or use too much force.”

After two minutes, spit out the baking soda and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash.

You should also rinse your toothbrush to get rid of any traces of baking soda.

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Cleaning: Mrs Hinch fans share ‘excellent’ 89p tip for removing blood stains from bedding

Fans of Mrs Hinch, AKA Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their cleaning tips for removing blood stains. Mrs Hinch, who has over four million followers on Instagram, often shares her tips and tricks with her followers. Now, fans of hers have taken to social media and created groups dedicated to cleaning hacks.
A user replied: “Don’t bother with cold water and salt, use Elbow Grease spray and leave for a bit then wash as normal. It works every time.”

Another user said: “Yes I always use Elbow Grease spray it’s excellent.”

One user commented: “Elbow grease spray. Works a treat.

“My daughter’s yellow bikini bottoms were saved.”

Another said: “Spray Elbow Grease on it and then put a scoop of vanish in the wash. Never fails for me.”

The user asked whether Elbow Grease would work on old blood stains which have already been put through the wash.

A user said: “Yes because I did the same. My daughter of 28 didn’t tell me there was blood on her duvet, so it went in the wash then when I went to hang it out I saw it.

“So I sprayed with Elbow Grease spray and left it for half an hour and washed as normal and it all came out.”

Elbow Grease spray can be bought from ASDA and The Range for as little as £1.

It can also be found in Savers and B&M for 89p.

However, some users argued salt would “set” the stain and make it harder to remove.

But a user explained this may not be the case.

They said: “Salt and water is good to remove blood.

“Salt and water does set a dye but is okay for most bodily fluids.

“As there is already salt (sodium)in blood a saline solution dilutes/weakens the blood thus enabling it to dissolve.

“The stain will need agitation to loosen the iron (brown) part of the stain.”

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