Hints From Heloise: Bathroom door: In or out?

March 25, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about handicapped bathroom stall doors:

“The handicap stalls in public restrooms have the door opening outward. Why don’t all the stalls open that direction? It would be easier if they didn’t open inward, especially when you have a purse and maybe a bag to swing around the door. It seems strange to me that they can’t all open outward. -- E.T., via e-mail”

Been there too many times, especially when traveling for a speech or personal appearance and using an airport restroom! I have almost been “trapped” a few times with luggage, purse and tote bag! According to the Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, the doors on handicapped stalls need to swing outward for ease of entering and exiting. The other stall doors probably swing inward so the flow of traffic doesn’t get slowed down and so someone walking by doesn’t accidentally get hit. -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for an ironing board:

* Extra counter space in kitchen.

* As a bedside table for someone who’s sick.

* Use outside for a potting stand.

* As an extra buffet table.

Readers, do you have hints about using an ironing board for something else? Write and let me know! -- Heloise

HEAT MARK

Dear Heloise: We have a solid-wood dresser that we use as a sideboard for a buffet. I covered it with several layers of fabric and put the dishes on hot pads to protect the surface.

Unfortunately, it appears a pad slipped, and we now have a white half-moon mark. I’ve tried scrubbing it and cleaning it, but short of sanding the whole dresser and refinishing it, is there anything I can do to get rid of the mark? -- Kira B., Springfield, Va.

Well, what you tried should have worked, and I’m concerned when you say “scrubbed” it, as I don’t know what you used.

Try this: Mix baking soda and white toothpaste (the nongel kind). Rub it on the white mark in the direction of the grain. It may take work, but it might help. When the mark is gone, polish or wax the wood surface. Baking soda is one of my absolute favorite products. It is cheap and environmentally friendly. To order a pamphlet with all of my best baking-soda hints, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Does your dishwashing liquid need a boost? Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a sinkful of water and detergent for those tough-to-clean pots. -- Heloise

PAPER SWAPS

Dear Heloise: I love to make paper crafts, and I always have bits and pieces left over. Many of my friends are scrapbookers as well. We decided as a group to do a paper swap. We got together all of our scraps and traded with each other. We now do our swaps every couple of months. -- Ashley in Houston

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate

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