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DEAR HELOISE: When my husband and I travel, we always make sure we have our "dog tags" on. It's a chain with a tag that has our names, city, state and phone numbers, along with our blood type and date of birth, engraved on it. When we travel, I carry a card in my wallet as well with the same information on it. You never know when an accident might happen, and the hospital staff will need to know how to contact family.

-- Joan F., Louisiana

DEAR HELOISE: In your recent column about cleaning cutting boards, you suggested mixing [a small amount of] bleach and vinegar in a gallon of water. Perhaps once diluted it would be a nonissue, but I can tell you from personal experience of mixing vinegar with bleach that I about killed myself, because it creates chlorine gas.

Perhaps interspersing the liquids in water first would eliminate that possibility, which I did not do when I mixed the two.

-- Geri Rodman, via email

DEAR READERS: Even diluted, it could be a danger, so don't combine them.

DEAR HELOISE: We're in our first home, and lawn care is a mystery to us. We've spent a small fortune on sod, and it's doing great, but how should we prepare for the cold months ahead?

-- Enid O., Michigan

DEAR READER: Fall is the time to feed your lawn. First, rake out all of the summer debris of grass cuttings, dead leaves, etc., to allow the roots to get air and water. Then apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, using a spreader. After that, you'll need to give the lawn a good soaking of water to a depth of about 3 to 4 inches. Remember to mulch around shrubs and young trees.

DEAR HELOISE: You once printed the recipe for a facial, but I don't remember exactly what to do. Would you reprint that for me?

-- Carolyn M., Colorado

DEAR READER: This is my all-time favorite treatment for my skin. Here it is:

Wash your face and make certain it is free of all oils and makeup. Next, apply honey and leave it on for three minutes, although some women feel 10 minutes is better. I gently tap my fingertips on my skin to increase the circulation. Remove the honey with a warm, wet washcloth, and be sure to use moisturizer after your facial.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

MovieStyle on 09/06/2019

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