Hints From Heloise: Bra-strap blues

November 11, 2012

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF about bra-strap adjusters:

“My Sound Off is bra-strap adjusters that are in the back. I can’t reach them while I’m wearing the bra, but it’s hard to get the adjustment right when I’m not wearing it! -- Rita, via e-mail”

-- Heloise

STORING REFRIGERATOR

Dear Heloise: As a military spouse moving household goods around the world, it was sometimes necessary to store a refrigerator for a few weeks or years. Even after three years in storage, mine was as clean inside as when it was loaded on the moving van.

Empty the interior and leave the doors open so that it dries out after it is wiped clean. Hang a white COTTON sock, filled with baking soda, in the refrigerator, and another one in the freezer. It’s that easy! -- A.B. in Texas

Take this hint one step further and place a baking-soda-filled sock in each compartment. Baking soda is so cheap but has so many uses! That’s why I wrote my Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet. To receive one, just send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Did you peel onions for dinner? Wash your hands with warm water and some baking soda. Rub vigorously and rinse. No more smell! -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for:

* Gift cards to their favorite restaurant.

* Take them shopping and let them pick out their present.

* A gas card (if they have a car, they need gas).

* Gift certificate to a movie theater.

* Make a coupon book of chores you will do.

-- Heloise

CRAFTY COLLECTOR

Dear Heloise: In my basement, I have a recycling area where I gather things that do not go in the curbside recycling. I have found that grade schools and after-school programs can use such things for art projects and for building things. I save tubes from toilet paper, child-related things from the newspaper, foam meat trays that have been washed well, yogurt cups and lids, small dog-food containers, old calendars, etc. You will be amazed at the amount of material you will keep out of a landfill. Be sure to call first to see if the items are wanted, and when and where to deliver them. -- Cheryl in Springfield, Ill.

SAFETY SEAT

Dear Heloise: After putting a baby in the back seat, clip a clothespin on the ignition key! When you reach your destination and turn off the motor, the clothespin reminds you of the baby in back. This could save infant car-seat deaths! -- H.B. in Texas

SOFT SOLES

Dear Heloise: I keep a pumice stone in my shower. At the end of each shower, I do a quick scrub of my feet with the stone. Doing this daily helps to keep my soles nice and smooth. -- A Reader in Pennsylvania

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.

2012, King Features Syndicate

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