DEAR HELOISE: Thank you for your continuing education on efficient, safe and easy household solutions to everyday problems.
On our new refrigerator there is a plastic drip plate under the water-and-ice dispenser. Drips of water have left a white residue on the plastic that I could not remove without scratching the finish on the plastic. Ah, I thought, let me try white vinegar. I poured enough full strength to cover the residue, and a few minutes later it was gone. The plate looks brand-new!
- Carol in Maumelle
DEAR HELOISE: We often forgot about stains on our clothes, so they ended up being washed but the stains did not come out. I solved that problem by hanging the bottle of stain spray on the end of my laundry hamper. When we toss our clothes into the hamper, it is really simple to give the stains a quick spray.
- Janet S., The Villages, Fla.
DEAR READER: Be sure to read the instructions on the product, because some products suggest that the garment be washed in a certain amount of time.
DEAR HELOISE: I used to have trouble getting the last sliver of hand soap to remain stuck to the new bar of soap. I finally figured it out: To get the two pieces to stick together initially, soak each in water for an hour and then press them together (this can be a gushy process).
- Jean in Washington
DEAR HELOISE: I have been a fix-it-yourselfer for years. If you are like me, you have an amazing collection of screws, nails, washers and such, many of which are in glass jars. I have started re-storing all of my treasures in clear plastic jars from mayonnaise, peanut butter or other similar containers.
- Russ B., Broad Run, Va.
DEAR READERS: If you have a garage sale and you don’t sell everything, here are a couple of options for the leftover stuff:
Take photos of the items and post them on online auctions. If you choose a local online website, do not meet the people at your house - or theirs, for that matter. Always choose a neutral, public location so that safety is considered.
If you don’t want to do this, call a charity to see if it will pick up your items.
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 34 on 09/12/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS