DEAR HELOISE: When I moved, I discovered that my 7-year-old male cat had a hard time adjusting. Pancho displayed his unhappiness by standing rather than crouching when he urinated. I solved the problem by making a taller litter box.
I bought a large container with rope handles. I measured the height of the old litter box and added about an inch and a half to determine the height of the opening. I cut it out and smoothed the edges of the opening. The container cost $8 and is sturdier than a “store-bought” litter box. The handles make it easier to empty. It just needs more litter to accommodate the larger surface area.
- Cathi S., Gatesville, Texas
DEAR HELOISE: I always have a little raw onion left over when using some in a recipe. It seemed that no matter what I stored it in, I could smell it when I opened the refrigerator door.
One day, I stored leftover raw onion in a clean, plastic peanut-butter jar with the lid.It was in my refrigerator for days, and I still couldn’t smell it when I opened the door.
- Karen B., Kent, Ohio
DEAR HELOISE: “Now in Nebraska” had a suggestion for how to reheat a slice of pizza and keep it from getting soggy. The person said to turn it upside down on a piece of aluminum foil and place it in a toaster oven. I’ve found that a better way is to place it right side up and use the “Broil” setting.
- Rich, via email
DEAR HELOISE: To iron cotton blouses with “pearls” on the front, place a small terry-cloth towel over the end of the ironing board, turn the blouse inside out and press it on the inside. The beading will go into the terry cloth, and the blouse will be ironed smooth.
- Elora in Nipomo, Calif.
DEAR HELOISE: For small houseplants, I save round or rectangular salad or to-go containers from fastfood places to use as catch containers. They can be used separately or stacked inside each other for more strength. Disposable aluminum plates also work, as do the lids.
- A.R., via email
DEAR HELOISE: When putting a garment with a decal on it (usually a T-shirt) into the washer, always turn it inside out to protect the decal.
- Doug J., Louisiana 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
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