Dear Heloise: As the chief cook and bottle washer in this home, I have developed some techniques that I wanted to share with your readers:
Food waste that can’t be put in the disposal, such as bones, should be put in the small plastic meat bags that you get at grocery stores. Tie a knot in the top to minimize odors from the trash can.
Put a plastic tie bag in the trash can, and when you take it outside, be sure to pull the cords tight, double the top down, and tie it to the main bag, with the plastic cords tied three times tightly to starve ants and flies.
Don’t send fats or butter down the disposal where they can stick to the pipes and clog them. Instead, wipe up fats with a paper towel and put it in the small plastic meat bag.
My final hint is to put some bleach on your toothbrush once a month to give it a good cleaning and whiten it up. — John Phillip Jaeger, Irvine, California
CLEANING HAIR TOOLS
Dear Heloise: After reading someone’s hint to wash your hairbrushes and combs in the washing machine or dishwasher, I wanted to tell you my hint on how I clean mine:
I fill a large glass or bowl with warm water and add a couple of tablespoons of powdered dishwasher detergent. I put my brushes and combs in this mixture and let it sit overnight. The next morning, I just rinse them off. No scrubbing. Plus, it saves electricity, water, and the wear and tear on the washing machine or dishwasher! — Kathi Hawken, Orange County, California
REUSING PLASTIC PUDDING CUPS
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. I just read the hint about using plastic pudding cups as measuring cups in canisters. As I was making cookies yesterday and using my “pudding cup” measures, I thought, “I should send Heloise a hint about this.” I have also been using them for my husband’s medications, as his dexterity is compromised, so he has trouble getting the pills out of the daily pill containers.
Thanks again for all your great tips and a chuckle to start my day. — Kathy, in Ohio
Dear Heloise: In regards to the hint you received suggesting that you put your business card in the ID tag, also put some sort of ID inside of your checked luggage. I’m a retired airline employee, and if the tag comes off during transit, there’s no way to find the owner. — Beverly Tolomei, Bakersfield, California
BIRTHDAY CARDS MADE EASY
Dear Heloise: Every year, I shop for all of the birthday cards that I’ll be sending out each month. I like to purchase the entire year’s worth of cards all at once. I have a list on my phone of the people I’m sending them out to and use that as a reference while purchasing them.
When I get home, I sit down, personalize, address and stamp each card, then put them in my outgoing mail basket that is separated by month. I have calendar reminders on my computer so that I get notifications of any upcoming birthdays.
This makes it easy; all the cards are ready to send, and I never forget a birthday. You can do the same thing with holiday cards as well. — S.L., in Ohio
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