P.S.: Many people call all crystal “lead crystal” when it is not.
Dear Heloise: Is there a proper way to care for wooden kitchen spoons and spatulas? Should I “season” them? -- Debbie B., Struthers, Ohio
Yes, there is; yes, you should; and it’s simple to do! Start by washing the wood spoons in soap and hot water, then let them dry. Next, wipe each with mineral oil (NOT olive or vegetable oil, because it can become rancid).
Let the spoons sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Next, wipe off the excess, and they are ready to use.
It’s always a good idea to hand-wash wooden items. Placing them in the dishwasher can cause damage from the hot water, strong detergent and high temperature of the drying cycle. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Have you ever wondered how many times you can apply lipstick from a single, standard tube? Manufacturers say that a tube of lipstick has approximately 260 applications -- that equals about three months’ worth (if you apply lipstick three times a day).
Lipstick has a shelf life of one to two years. However, if it looks, smells or tastes funny, that is an indication that the lipstick needs to be disposed of.
How many tubes of lipstick do you have? We would love to hear from you. We will randomly choose five readers who will receive a set of Heloise pamphlets. Send in your “number” to: Heloise@Heloise.com; mail to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279; or fax to: 210-HELOISE (435-6473). -- Heloise
P.S.: Visit my Web site, www.Heloise.com, for links to my Facebook and Twitter pages -- hints, fun facts and more! Come see photos and check out what’s happening.
Dear Heloise: I buy the large bags of dog and cat food. When a bag is empty, I use it for trash. It is especially handy for heavy, messy stuff. Before I put it in the garbage can, I close the top and then staple it shut. -- Shirley in Harrisburg, Pa.
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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