Home & Garden

Home and garden briefs: Koi and Pond Club meets June 13

BURBANK -- The Mid-Columbia Koi and Pond Club will meet at 5 p.m. June 13 at the home of Jisica and Randy Watkins, 102 Off Place, Burbank.

The meeting will include a barbecue potluck.

Anyone interested in ponds and fish is welcome to attend. For more information or directions, call 509-545-8636.

Tide to launch anti-stain additive

CINCINNATI -- The Procter & Gamble Co. will launch an anti-stain laundry additive under its Tide detergent brand this summer.

"Tide Stain Release" should be on U.S. store shelves in July. Tide officials say the new product will compete in an additive market they estimate has $1.6 billion in annual U.S. sales.

OxiClean, made by Princeton, N.J.-based Church & Dwight Co., is a leader in the category with prewash and in-wash stain treatment products.

"There's a big opportunity for us in that market," said P&G spokesman Kash Shaikh, citing Tide's six-decade-old brand strength. Tide products total some $3.5 billion in annual sales.

The Tide stain product's suggested retail price starts at $3.99 for a 10-count pack.

Tips will help you clean your screens

Give your window and door screens a spring cleaning with these tips from the Soap and Detergent Association:

-- As you remove the screens, number each screen and its corresponding window or door frame so you can match them up easily later. Put any screws or bolts into a plastic bag, and number it too.

-- Use the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner to gently remove dust and loose grit from the mesh and frame.

-- Wet the screen thoroughly with a hose, shower nozzle or heavy-duty sponge.

-- Using a sponge, lightly wipe a cleaning solution over the screen and frame until they're coated with suds.

-- Rinse the screen, check for spots you've missed, and then wash and rinse again if necessary.

-- Shake off the excess water and let the screen air dry before replacing it in the window or door.