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Find your decorating style; a kit to test your home for meth


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What’s your decorating personality?

A fun quiz from Real Simple is designed to help you figure that out. (See it here: www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/decorating-style-quiz-00000000030420/index.html).

Mine turned out to be Cozy Casual, which came as no surprise — especially when I saw a photo of a room that exemplified the style. It included a slipcovered sofa that looks a lot like mine.

Once you’ve identified your decorating personality, you can mosey over to a site with more information, including hallmarks of the style, suggestions for good places to shop and blogs and other resources you can turn to for more information. I also enjoyed looking at the photos of decorative products that fit my design personality.

But a $4,800 rug? I don’t think so.

I’m Cozy Casual, not Money Bags.


I’ve seen kits that test your home for radon and asbestos, but I’ve never seen one that tests your home for methamphetamine.

Until now, anyway.

A company called Meth Lab Cleanup is selling kits that tell you quickly whether a site has been used as a meth lab. The results take only four minutes.

The AccuMeth test kits are intended for use by anyone who needs that information, such as child protective services, police and landlords. It can also be used by real estate agents or prospective renters or buyers to ascertain whether a home is a safe place to live.

The kit is designed to be easy to use and employs components that are considered regular household waste, not hazardous waste.

Kits cost $24.95 each plus shipping.


Q: How do you remove dried-on hair spray from painted bathroom cabinets? I use a squirt spray occasionally, but in the sunlight I’ve noticed glistening spots, especially on the cabinets behind me. I’ve tried warm water and dish soap with no luck.

A: Hair spray spots must be a vexing problem, judging from how often I’m asked about them. It’s been a few years since I’ve addressed the issue, so it’s time to revisit it.

Hair spray is difficult because the various formulas manufacturers use don’t all respond to the same cleaning methods. You may have to try a few cleaners until you hit upon one that removes your particular brand.

These are the suggested cleaners I’ve gathered from chemists, cleaning experts and my own experience:

• A citrus-based solvent such as Goo Gone.

• Ammonia and water.

• Mineral spirits.

• Rubbing alcohol.

• A microfiber cleaning cloth, wet with plain water and wrung out.

• One part fabric softener and two parts water.

• More hair spray. I know that sounds wacky, but if you know what brand of hair spray caused the buildup, you can repeatedly douse the area with the same product to try to soften the dried-on stuff. Wipe off the surface immediately after each application.

Whatever method you try, be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous area to be sure it won’t damage the paint.

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