DEAR HELOISE: One of the things I often see on the street is a mattress that has fallen off somebody’s vehicle. People do not realize that a gust of wind or the wind they create by driving can cause the mattress to flip up and fall off. I have seen two mattresses on the street within the past week.
Anybody who moves a mattress needs to run a strong rope through the loops on the sides and across the mattress in at least two or three places. Crisscross the ropes across the mattress as well.
- William K. in Houston
DEAR READER: You are so right, William - road hazards from things falling off or out of a vehicle can cause terrible accidents. It is important to make sure that anything you carry or that’s in the bed of a truck is securely tied down.
DEAR HELOISE: I read the hint about pouring laundry soap on a towel and taking it to the laundry.
We spend winter months in a motor home. I put laundry detergent in small plastic bags for each load. I put the clothes in a machine and toss in the bag. It opens during the action. I remove the bag before putting the clothes into the dryer. Saves carrying the large detergent boxes.
- Rita B., via email
DEAR HELOISE: I found a corner of bathroom tile that had chipped. I did not want to go through the cost of replacing the whole tile. I found a close-match-color nail polish and applied a few light coats, and then a top coat. You would never know the chip was there!
- Tina, Wallkill, N.Y.
DEAR HELOISE: I’m often surprised when using the bathroom at friends’ houses to see that they leave the bathmat on the floor, right in the path of those who walk in and out. I wonder how they can fail to notice that they’ll be standing barefooted on the residue of someone’s (and their) dirty shoe tracks when they step out of the shower.
- Chaz, via mail
DEAR HELOISE: This tip is for those who have “electric” beds, with the thick mattress. I had a difficult time stretching the fitted bottom sheet on the mattress. By raising the head and the foot of the bed, the bed became “shorter,” and the sheet fit easily.
- Gail in California
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
Weekend, Pages 36 on 08/22/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS