Hints From Heloise: A color code for recycling mode?

August 26, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is a follow-up to a SOUND OFF about recycling symbols on plastic bottles:

“I have a suggestion about the numbering system currently used on plastic bottles/containers, etc., to determine if they can be recycled. The numbers are in a small triangle, and if the bottle/container is clear, it is extremely difficult to see the numbers. The colored ones are very hard as well. It seems to me that all the manufacturers need to do is color-code the triangle -- green means it can be recycled, and red means it can’t. That would eliminate any confusion and difficulty that is encountered with the current system. The best solution would be to make the manufacturers use only plastics that can be recycled. -- E.H. in Houston”

How nice if it were that simple! There are many different types of plastic used for products! Plus, each city or town’s recycling center might not be able to process all types of recyclable plastics. However, here’s a Heloise hint for manufacturers: Make the triangle BIGGER! -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are other uses for grapefruit spoons:

* Remove pits from peaches, apricots, etc.

* Hull strawberries with one.

* Seed jalapeno peppers, squash, cucumbers, etc.

* Cut corn off the cob with one.

* Use to eat watermelon and pomegranates.

-- Heloise

MATTRESS SLIDING

Dear Heloise: Do you have hints for how to stop a mattress from sliding? Is there something I can put under it? It isn’t significant, but I do notice that every week or so I need to move it back into place. Thank you. -- Annie in Dallas

Do I have hints for you! There are several things to try, one of them being rubberized shelf liner, since it isn’t a significant amount of movement.

Or you might have better luck with the rubberized webbing used under carpets to keep them from moving. It is a heavier grade and might work better.

A reader placed a flannel sheet in between the mattress and box spring, and that worked. I hope this helps! -- Heloise

PAINT PROBLEM

Dear Heloise: I have been doing a lot of priming and painting. Even though the paint is latex, I find it hard to get off my skin without a lot of scrubbing, especially the primer.

However, I found that if I rub lotion into my skin with the paint on it (spray lotion works great), the paint comes right off with just a light rub — no scrubbing needed. -- Jeanie T. in Kentucky

HOT-BURNER HINT

Dear Heloise: Whenever I am cooking and take a pot off the burner, I place my teapot on the hot burner as a reminder so I, or anyone else, do not get burned. I have accidentally touched a hot burner before and don’t want to make that mistake again. Just make sure the teapot has water in it so it doesn’t burn dry. -- Dana in Washington

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

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