DEAR HELOISE: I love scented candles. I place them near the night lights in the kitchen. When I turn on the lights, it reminds me to put out the candles. To eliminate the smoke, I put on the lid or cover the flame until it goes out.
- G.E.N. in Somerset, Pa.
DEAR READER: Good hint about extinguishing a candle at night, since more than 9,000 fires start each year from candles burning in homes (about one-third in the bedroom). It’s a good hint to place candles where you will remember to put them out. Here are some more safety hints from the National Candle Association:
Never leave a candle unattended.
Use a candle snuffer to put out a candle’s flame.
Before you leave the candle for good, make sure the flame is no longer glowing.
DEAR READERS: Many times when I buy makeup, it comes with a “gift with purchase” deal. Most of the time, the lipstick or blush isn’t in my favorite shade. I use them by stashing them throughout the house, foyer and spare drawers for a quick touch-up during the day. It’s a long way from my office to my bathroom, where my makeup is.
I learned this hint from my mother, the original Heloise (1919-1977). In her day, she recommended that every lady “Keep an extra compact and lipstick in a kitchen drawer so if your husband comes home, you can powder your nose and do your lips.”
DEAR HELOISE: My granddaughter and her family used to live outside the city limits of Abilene, Texas. They built a little room behind their house just for their dogs and put a doggie door in.
Please warn people, if they live where there are rattlesnakes, that the snakes can go through a doggie door. My granddaughter had two rattlesnakes go through the door.
- Lucille Pointer, Texas
DEAR HELOISE: My queen-size bedsheets always twist and tangle in my washing machine. For years, I’ve wrestled with untwisting them. Please advise a solution! - Susan R. in New Jersey
DEAR READER: Try mixing the laundry load the following way: light sheets with some heavy towels, or heavier-fabric sheets with some lighter-weight towels.
Don’t overstuff the machine. There needs to be enough room for the items to move around and get clean with agitation.
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
Style, Pages 32 on 09/17/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS