• NO bones, fruit pits, shells, metal, vegetables (like celery), corn husks, artichokes or asparagus in the garbage disposal!
• NO cotton balls, facial tissue, bandages, sanitary napkins or paper towels down the toilet.
• NO medications, hair, lotions or cosmetics down the bathroom sink, either.
Follow the hints and you will lessen the likelihood of a plumbing problem. — Heloise
REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS
Dear Heloise: I try to remember to take my reusable cloth bags when shopping. I find I’m more likely to do so if they’re clean. I wash them periodically in cold water on the “gentle” setting, then air-dry them outside. To help me remember which of the bags are clean and which aren’t, I turn them inside out before washing them, then leave them that way until I take them to the store. I use them a few times before washing again.
When I mention to the clerks at the market that I’ve washed the bags, they are very appreciative and tell me they wish more shoppers washed their bags! — Lois Williams, Sacramento, Calif.
Dear Heloise: When my grandmother passed away, my brother and sister-in-law made me a lamp with an old canning-jar base and filled it with Grandma’s buttons. Very special! — Lana Smith, via e-mail
Lana, what a lovely idea. My readers responded with uses for buttons, and this is a favorite. Thank you so much for writing in and sharing this unique hint. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: Like a recent reader, I, too, put an asterisk next to my list item when I have a coupon, but I write my shopping list on the back of an envelope and put the coupon in that envelope, and it’s right there for me when I reach the cashier.
My aunt used to write her list on the back of an old, used envelope (she was obviously a recycler before it was ever thought of). — Rosemarie Guzzardo, The Villages, Fla.
Dear Heloise: As proof of the condition of a rental car at the onset of your trip, take photos. Dents, scratches, etc., can be documented. If you take a picture of it with the agent or other rentals in the background, that is further documentation of the “time” of the photos. — International traveler, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I have trouble lining deep pans with foil. Sometimes the foil tears when trying to fit in the corners. I found that if I turn the pan over and form the foil over it, then I can fit it to the inside of the pan much more easily. — Tony Pizza, Camarillo, Calif.
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