Hints From Heloise: A signature washing

January 25

Dear Heloise: If I wash a shirt that has an AUTOGRAPH ON IT written in permanent marker, will the autograph come out? -- A Reader, via e-mail

That is a tough question. Permanent marker is meant to be permanent! However, repeated washing (especially with hot water) and drying probably will make the autograph fade. To be safe, it’s better to hand-wash it (turn it inside out first) using only cool water and a mild detergent. Roll it in a towel to squeeze out water, and hang to dry, or drape over the shower curtain. Hope this helps! -- Heloise

PET PAL

Dear Readers: Hope Soliz of Rotan, Tex., sent a picture of her 4-pound Yorkie, Baby Girl, sitting on the back of the couch watching TV with her owner. To see Baby Girl’s picture, go to my Web site, www.Heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

GLASS-TOP STOVE

Dear Heloise: I have always used baking soda to clean the bottoms of my pots and pans, and wondered if it would work on glass-top stoves. It not only cleans them faster and better, but it leaves no film. I love it! -- S.J. in Texas

Yes, baking soda does the trick cheaply, efficiently and all while being eco-friendly. Make sure the stovetop is cool before cleaning! Also, one thing we tend to do is grab the kitchen sponge, which may have grease or oil on it. Try using a new sponge or microfiber cloth. Baking soda has so many money-saving uses around the house that I wrote my Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet so I could share some of my favorites. To receive one, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. As you rinse the sponge in the sink, scrub your sink with the baking soda that is left from cleaning for a quick touch-up and fresh sink. -- Heloise

REMEMBER TO SEND

Dear Heloise: At the end of the year, I buy a new calendar for the next year. I write down all the birthdays and anniversaries for the year. It helps me remember, and I never forget to send a card. -- Gail, via e-mail

DOG WASH

Dear Heloise: The fertilizer hose attachment that allows fertilizer to mix with water makes an excellent device for washing your pets. Just put your dog shampoo in the reservoir. Spray with clear water first, turn the dial to “product application” and then rinse. Works great! -- L.M., Port Charlotte, Fla.

As long as the pet is large enough, and you MUST be sure to clean the sprayer several times first. -- Heloise

NO-TEAR BREAD

Dear Heloise: I keep a loaf of bread in the freezer just to make school lunches with. It helps the bread not tear when I am trying to put together a sandwich, and it thaws by lunchtime. -- B.R. in Massachusetts

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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