Manufacturers of disposals say DO NOT put coffee grounds through it. Therefore, throw out your coffee filter AND grounds, or add them to the compost pile, if you have one. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: A lot has been written about toilet SEATS. What about the toilet LIDS? Here are some reasons, from my own experience, that I would like to focus on keeping the LID down:
* Stops cats and dogs from drinking out of the toilet.
* Keeps toddlers from playing in it.
* Keeps toys from being dropped in it.
* Prevents rings and valuables from accidentally being flushed away.
* May help avoid future expensive plumbing repairs (depending on what accidentally falls in -- Heloise).
The way I see it, the lid is there for a reason. Besides, I think a gaping toilet is ugly! -- Bea D. in Oregon
All good points, especially when trying to prevent major plumbing problems in the future. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I got a big plastic tub on sale and have made it a “creative box” for my son. I do a lot of crafting, and whenever I have leftover scraps (fabric, paper, paint, trimmings, etc.), I put them in the tub. Once or twice a week, I get the tub and let my son “create” (with supervision, of course!). I used to dish out money buying supplies for special projects. This is economical and a free use of his imagination. -- A Reader in Utah
Love it! This is a two-for-one hint, saving money and teaching your son to be creative with “leftovers.” -- Heloise
LETTER OF LAUGHTER
Dear Readers: I had a medical appointment a short drive (less than three miles) from home. I was checking out, and the receptionist had a “clicker” (garage-door opener) in her hand with a purple-nail-polish initial on it. It was mine! The receptionist said she saw it on the roof of my car! I drove all the way (in a light rain), and the opener stayed on the roof! By the way, I was doing the speed limit (under 30) the entire drive! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: The bottom of the bathroom door (white) had lost a lot of paint and was ugly. I found white shoe polish in a drawer and used it to touch up the paint. It looks like it was professionally done! -- M.M. 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.
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