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HELPFUL HINTS

By HELOISE

This article was published February 16, 2013 at 2:44 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: Who really likes cleaning, especially the deep cleaning that we all need to do once in a while? To make it a little easier, let’s start the planning process. Read on for some Heloise Hints on making spring cleaning easier:

Get everyone involved. Select a date when everyone is available, then make a listand assign a cleaning task to each family member. Remember that even small children can do small things.

Set out a box for items to be donated or saved for a garage sale.

Get cleaning products together. Put them in a cleaning-supply carrier or plastic tub to easily take from room to room. Vinegar is always in my carrier. It is my favorite cleaner and can be used on just about everything. Vinegar is a cheap alternative to expensive cleaners. Every household should have a bottle or two on hand. Always read label directions on all other cleaners. Don’t let kids handle the strong stuff.

DEAR HELOISE: While cutting up block cheese into small chunks for making macaroni and cheese, my smart husband suggested that I use a cheese slicer to make the job easier. After almost 50 years of marriage and cutting the cheese into pieces all these years, the light came on, and I said, “What a great idea!”

I asked him why he didn’t suggest this years ago! Husbands can be such a help, and smart!

  • Phyllis Noel, Nottingham, N.H.

DEAR HELOISE: A recent hint told about using a golf ball to massage shoulders, or having someone use the golf ball to massage your back.

Another suggestion is to take one or two golf balls or a tennis ball, put them in a sock and tie the end of the sock into a knot. You can massage your back or shoulders on your own by holding on to each end of the sock and “rolling” the sock across the affected areas.

  • A Connecticut Reader, via computer tablet

DEAR HELOISE: To avoid having to sort and match socks coming out of the laundry, use ponytail elastic bands. When taking off a pair of socks, slip an elastic band over them to hold together before putting in the hamper. You can put them away still held together as a matched pair.

  • Ginny in New Jersey

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail Heloise@Heloise.com

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