Hints From Heloise: Make your greetings count

June 2

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about store employees greeting customers:

“Please tell the retail-store trainers to have their staff greet customers from within five feet or so, not from a distance and not when the customer is looking elsewhere. I don’t know how many times I have been shouted a ‘Hello’ because the staff person wanted to be noticed. Instead of feeling welcomed, I feel irritated. Oftentimes, I must twist my neck around to find the staff person who has greeted me from behind my back over two racks of clothing.” -- A Reader, via e-mail

-- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are other uses for nongel toothpaste:

* Put on an insect bite to relieve itching.

* Use to clean crayon marks off the wall.

* Reduce a pimple by putting a dab on it.

* Fill small nail holes in a wall.

* Buff out scuffs on leather shoes.

-- Heloise

CREASED PANTS

Dear Heloise: I have a pair of pants that were hanging in the back of my closet for a long time. They now have a crease in the legs that I cannot get out. Do you have any hints for how I can salvage these pants? -- Suzanne in Spring Branch, Tex.

Help is on the way! Take a cloth soaked in white vinegar, and use it to dampen the crease line. Once the crease is sufficiently dampened, use the cloth to press the area. Set your iron to moderately hot and lay the cloth over the creased area. Be sure there are no stains before you iron. Depending on how set the crease is, you may need to re-wet the cloth and repeat the steps. Note: Test the fabric in a hidden spot to see if the vinegar affects it before beginning. This is just one of the many ways you can use vinegar. To find out the other ways I use one of my favorite household products, order my pamphlet. Send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. This is a great hint that also can be used to set new creases or hemlines. -- Heloise

SPOT PROTECTOR

Dear Heloise: I have many, many extra pillowcases. Whenever I have to do a spot-clean on the carpet, I lay a pillowcase over it until it has dried. It is a signal to my family that the spot has been cleaned, is wet and to not walk on it. It always protects the wet carpet if someone does accidentally walk on it while still wet. -- A Reader in Texas

REMINDER BAND

Dear Heloise: When I have something in the refrigerator that I want to take with me when I leave home or work, I just wrap a rubber band around my car key. Even if I walk off without it, I will get a “reminder” when I get to my car! -- Jeremy H., via e-mail

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

2014, King Features Syndicate

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