DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about holding doors open in the frozen section of the grocery store:
“It bothers me to see people at the grocery store holding the glass freezer doors open for a minute or two while they look over the items on the shelves. I assume these are the same people who leave their windows open at home when running the air conditioner.Holding the freezer door open wastes energy, and it makes the glass fog up so that the next person has to hold the door open because he or she can’t see through the glass.” - A.K., via email
DEAR READERS: Other uses for sand:
Use to clean up liquid spills outside.
Fill a jar or can with it and make a paperweight.
Let children glue on paper in art projects.
Use on outside stairs and slippery surfaces instead of salt.
DEAR HELOISE: I have what appear to be rust stains on my clothes when I remove them from my dryer. I would like to know what causes this and what I can do to prevent it. It is becoming very annoying.
- Betty in Kentucky
DEAR READER: The problem most likely is caused by a nick in the dryer drum that has allowed the metal below the surface to rust. There is an easy way to find out if there is a nick. Place an old pair of pantyhose over your hand and gently run your hand along the inside of the dryer. If you feel the pantyhose snag or catch on something, you have a nick. Most paint stores carry touch-up enamel that you can use to cover the area.
To remove the stains left on your clothing, use a commercial rust remover. They are available in the fabric-dye section at most grocery stores. Or try white vinegar.Never use bleach on a rust stain, because it can intensify the spot. Remember when treating a stain to place a paper towel in between layers of fabric. This will keep the stain from soaking through.
DEAR HELOISE: I have a different color or shaped key for each of my various doors, gates and security locks. It helps designate them so I’m not trying them all. It costs a little more at the store but saves a lot of frustration.
- Mary Ann in Orange, Calif. 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 30 on 10/07/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS