Hints From Heloise: It’s there for a reason

February 25, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about drivers not using their turn signal:

“As a retired state highway patrolman, I am disgusted by the number of drivers who, for some reason — whether it’s through ignorance, stupidity or just arrogance — fail to use a turn signal to let other drivers know their intentions. Even fellow highway patrolmen, deputies and police officers in marked squad cars are guilty of this. Why are these officers not enforcing the traffic laws that they are sworn to enforce, and are we not required to learn that portion of the driver’s license handbook? Your column reaches so many readers that other media miss, so please ask everyone to be considerate enough of others to abide by the traffic laws. -- Retired Mississippi Highway Patrolman”

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

FAST FACTS

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

CABINET CLEANING

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

PARTY PLACEMENT

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.

, King Features Syndicate

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