Dear Heloise: Is there anything that can remedy the WATER IN A SNOW GLOBE when it becomes very clouded and discolored? I’m a Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance reader, and I look forward to your answer. -- Louise O., Staten Island, N.Y.
Don’t you just love snow globes? Such a simple thing that makes us smile! First, does it have a plug? If so, you can carefully empty the water and refill with distilled water using a turkey baster. Older globes were made using water, but today almost all are manufactured with a synthetic liquid — glycol (i.e., antifreeze). If yours is a new one, leave it to a professional to take care of the globe.
If your snow globe does NOT have a plug but is sealed, you may need to send it to a skilled restorer to clean.
To store your snow globes, keep them in a temperature-controlled area, away from sunlight. Too much heat and the water will evaporate. Direct sunlight also can cause the colors to fade. -- Heloise
P.S.: “Hi” to my friends in Staten Island. I did a speech there for the paper years ago and met wonderful people.
Dear Heloise: When traveling with my daughter and infant grandson, I realized that I didn’t know how to unlatch those very sophisticated baby-car-seat straps.
Every grandma needs to know how to get everyone out of a burning car! My hint: Practice before you hit the road. -- Frannie P., Fair Oaks, Calif.
What a good hint for ANYONE traveling with an infant or child in a car seat! Familiarize yourself with the car seat BEFORE there’s an emergency so you are prepared! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I think it is unsanitary to have one hand towel in the guest bathroom for everyone to use. Therefore, in my guest bathroom, in addition to the usual hand towel, there is a roll of paper towels (handily situated) for people to use if they choose. -- P.L., Prescott Valley, Ariz.
A good hint, especially when having a party with a lot of people using the restroom. I have some attractive paper “guest towels” (hand towels) that are in a little holder out on the counter. Also, I hang three to four hand towels on the wall holder or bar so I can just remove one that’s too soiled or damp and replace with a fresh one. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: If you are using too much dish soap with a hand-washing instrument (the type that has liquid soap in the handle), then try this: When purchasing a new device with a detachable sponge, place a piece of tape over the hole of the sponge. Using a toothpick, puncture a small-size hole through the tape, over the fill hole. Assemble the sponge with the handle and fill. If the liquid is too restricted, then make the same hole a little larger with the toothpick. This eliminates excess soap. -- Joe L., via e-mail