DEAR HELOISE: Our refrigerator died - the day after grocery shopping. The fridge was getting warm. Luckily, the freezer was still holding cold, but we knew it wouldn’t last. It would take a few days to get a new refrigerator. We saw that our two picnic coolers would not be nearly enough space.
My husband looked at the fridge and noted that it’s a pretty well-insulated box. We dashed to the grocery store and bought some dry ice. We put two small blocks on the top shelf of the fridge part and two in the freezer part. (Be sure to handle dry ice only with very thick gloves, as dry ice can “burn” you very quickly.) We added a little more dry ice each day and opened the doors as little as possible.
The temperature stayed below 40 degrees (and the freezer stayed frozen). The dry ice wasn’t cheap, but it was cheaper than buying a fridge full of food.
- Christy Ruther, Mission Viejo, Calif.
DEAR READER: Do be careful with dry ice, and as you said, don’t open that door unless necessary.
DEAR HELOISE: I got a business-card holder as a gift. I didn’t really need it, since I don’t have reason to hold on to business cards. I found that it was the perfect size for a gift card. So, when I gave my niece a gift card, I put it in the business-card holder.
- Shelly R. in Minneapolis
DEAR HELOISE: A few years ago, you ran a hint on how to remove the wires from an electric blanket. Can you please reprint it? Thanks.
- E.D., via email
DEAR READER: Feel where the wires are at either the top or the bottom of the blanket. Make a little incision in the material, carefully grab the wires and pull them out.The thermostat usually is a bit bigger, so you may need to enlarge the hole to get it out. Next, with a few stitches, it’s a “new” lightweight blanket.
DEAR HELOISE: When I dry sheets, I always make sure I have “untwisted” each one and shaken it out. I dry one at a time, and I throw a tennis ball into the dryer. The tennis ball works great, and this is a hint I got from the washing instructions on a down vest. I now use the tennis ball in all my dryer loads.
- Phyllis in Stanford, Ky.
DEAR READER: If it works for you, that’s good enough for me!
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
Weekend, Pages 36 on 10/03/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS