DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about loud music in restaurants and stores:
“Why do almost all stores and restaurants have music that is so loud that you cannot think straight? How do you enjoy dinner with others if you have to shout at each other? One chain-restaurant manager claimed he could not understand my complaint (about the volume) due to the music! It is just not enjoyable.” - A Reader, Sacramento
DEAR READER: Many times restaurants keep the music loud to “turn tables,” as people won’t linger. I say go to a family-run restaurant and try your luck.
DEAR READERS: Other uses for shower caps:
Have workmen place them over their shoes before coming into your house.
Place over food dishes at a picnic or barbecue.
Cover a seedling for a mini greenhouse.
Place on the bottom of plant pots to catch drips.
Cover small lamps or figurines to keep dust off.
DEAR HELOISE: What is the easiest and best way to clean the grout in my shower? - M.A., via email
DEAR READER: To make a cheap cleaner, mix1/ 2 cup of baking soda and1/ 4 cup of borax. Add just enough hot water to make a thick paste. Put the paste on the grout and scrub with a brush. Let sit for 30 minutes or so, then rinse. If the grout is really discolored, you may need to repeat the steps. To clean that pesky bathroom mildew in the shower, mix 1 tablespoon borax with 2 cups water, and apply with a sponge.
DEAR HELOISE: Sometimes I get caked-on grease and food spots on my stovetop that are hard to remove. When I warm the oven up to bake something, it warms the stovetop a little and helps loosen the grime. It is easier to wipe and clean off. So every time I bake, I do a quick wipe of the stovetop.
- Jean in Vermont
DEAR HELOISE: While on vacation, I found that most restrooms lack the little paper potty covers. (Heloise here: She means the tissue toilet-seat covers.) I solved the problem by making my own with tissue paper that is used in gift bags. I folded one piece of the tissue paper and cut a slit right down the middle.
- A Reader, Lufkin, Texas Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
ActiveStyle, Pages 26 on 08/19/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS