Hints From Heloise: A fitting container

April 21

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, regarding medication packaging:

“Why don’t drug manufacturers put their products into containers that fit them? The bottles for many medications are huge, only half-full and hard to handle for people with arthritis. It also seems that the price of medications would be lower if the containers were smaller.” -- F.A., Lebanon, Pa.

Good question! Most likely it’s because they buy the bottles in bulk, and in this case one size fits all! -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for cloth wine carriers (the six-pack kind):

* Store hair dryers, curling irons, etc., in them.

* Keep yarn or other craft supplies separated.

* Store ornaments in them for protection.

* Put glasses in one when moving.

* Use when grocery shopping for other bottled items.

-- Heloise

STAINED TUB

Dear Heloise: I’m a real estate agent, and I have a client who has brownish stains in a fiberglass tub. Any suggestions? -- Cathie B., Twin Falls, Idaho

To clean a fiberglass tub, just use baking soda and water. Wash the tub with the mixture, let sit for an hour or so and then rinse. If you have stubborn stains, you can make a baking-soda paste and scrub the stains with a brush or sponge. Make sure not to use anything rough or abrasive, because it can scratch the tub and make things worse. But please note that if the stains are brownish, it’s most likely from the water, either from a well or from rust in the plumbing. Baking soda can be used for so many things around the house. Want to know what else I use it for? Order my pamphlet. To get it, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Have a smelly mop? Use a few tablespoons of baking soda to about a quart of water, soak the mop for a few hours, rinse and let dry. No more stinky mop! -- Heloise

TRAPPED BIRD

Dear Heloise: My father is a loyal reader and asked me to pass this on. One evening, he found a small finch flying around his bedroom and called me for counsel. We decided that his best bet to free the bird was to darken all the indoor lights, turn on the patio light and open the sliding glass door. He shined a flashlight on the ceiling. After a time, the bird became attracted to the light. The bird flitted and followed it, until he edged his way to the open doorway, then dipped and flew away. -- Tina F., via e-mail

BOBBIN CRAZY

Dear Heloise: I sew and always have several bobbins from one project or another, but what a mess it makes in the drawer in my sewing machine! I took a short plastic bag, put all of the used bobbins in it, closed it and put it in the drawer. How nice and neat, and I don’t have thread strung all over. -- A.B., via e-mail

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.

2014, King Features Syndicate

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