DEAR HELOISE: My sister-in-law was bedridden, and my brother-in-law had just retired and had lots to do around the house. Every time he would go outside, she would call him. Sometimes he couldn’t hear her, so he couldn’t go out to the garage. We bought them a battery-powered doorbell and had him put the doorbell ringer on her headboard. One bell was in the back family room, and the other in the garage. When she needed him, she just pushed the doorbell ringer, and he could come running. It was such a blessing to both of them.
- Marianne D. in Kansas
DEAR READER: This is a good hint for anyone who is a nurse to someone who’s sick at home. With cold and flu season coming up, I’d say it’s time to buy a cheap doorbell!
DEAR HELOISE: I love cleaning with vinegar, and I keep a spray bottle of one-third white vinegar and two-thirds water by my kitchen sink for cleaning raw vegetables. I even spray it on the outside of melons before slicing them.
- Cathie in Texas
DEAR READER: Cathie, vinegar is a good cleaner for many things. However, the Food and Drug Administration states that running water and a good rubbing are all that’s required for cleaning fruits and vegetables. Your spray will kill some bacteria, but be sure to rinse all items well before serving.
Vegetables wilted? Place them in the refrigerator in a mixture of 1 quart of cold water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
DEAR HELOISE: I lose plant markers or they blow away. I can’t always tell the difference between the herbs just by looking. My daughter thought it’d be cute for all the pots to be the same, so we painted them with black chalkboard paint. We then used chalk to label each pot with the plant name and other important information.Luckily, you can’t lose the marker if it is the pot!
- Caroline D. in Iowa
DEAR HELOISE: Rubber shelf lining makes great place mats when cut into pieces. The jazzy designs give a splash to entertaining without much cost. They wash nicely, too.
- Bonnie M. in Indiana 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 30 on 09/24/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS