I hear you loud and clear! This is one of my pet peeves, too! In the same area of concern are drivers who leave the turn signal on and DON’T turn. I try to wait to be sure they do turn before pulling out. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Ways to identify luggage:
* Decorate with colored electrical tape.
* Stencil a unique design on it.
* Use fabric paint to identify it.
* Place colorful contact paper on it.
* Tie bright ribbon or a yarn pompom on it.
What other things do you use to easily identify your luggage? Let me know! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: What is your suggestion for cleaning doors and cabinet fronts? We have been remodeling, and grimy hands are all over our doors and cabinets. Please help! -- Kathemarie H. in Louisiana
Happy to help, Kathemarie! Here is my easy-and-cheap solution: Mix 1 part vinegar (apple cider or white) with 2 parts water. Take a clean rag or a microfiber cloth and submerge in the solution. Squeeze out excess liquid (you never overwet wood). Wipe the cabinet surfaces, then dry the cabinets with a clean cloth. This should be safe for most finishes, but be sure to test in a small, inconspicuous spot first. Want to know what other household cleaners you can easily make at home? I have put together a pamphlet with all of my homemade cleaning solutions. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Did you know that vinegar alone is great for cleaning buildup off barbecue grills, removing burned-on food in pots and for removing decals and price tags? -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: For years, I’ve held large parties in my home. Over time, I have found a way to save time and eliminate the stress of setting up by creating labels for each platter. Once I have chosen the dish or platter for each entree or side dish, I place it where it would go when the table is set. Serving utensils are placed next to them. You’d never believe how much easier it is to organize a party when you are ahead of the game. -- Michele, via fax
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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