Hints From Heloise: Planning for spring cleaning

February 16, 2013

Dear Readers: Who really likes CLEANING, especially the deep cleaning that we all need to do once in a while? To make it a little easier, let’s start the planning process. Read on for some Heloise Hints on making upcoming spring cleaning easier:

* Get everyone involved. Select a date when everyone is available, then make a list and assign a cleaning task to each family member. Remember that even small children can do small things.

* Set out a box for items to be donated or saved for a garage sale.

* Get cleaning products together. Put them in a cleaning-supply carrier or plastic tub to easily take from room to room. Vinegar is always in my carrier! It is my favorite cleaner and can be used on just about everything. Vinegar is a cheap alternative to expensive cleaners. Every household should have a bottle or two on hand. I have a pamphlet that includes many of my money-saving uses for vinegar. To receive a copy, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. This pamphlet will save you from the get-go, because you won’t have to buy other cleaners. Always read label directions on all other cleaners. DON’T let kids handle the strong stuff.

-- Heloise

PET PAL

Dear Readers: Jack and Carol Brown of Gatesville, Tex., sent a photo of their cat, Samantha, sleeping on the printer/scanner! Seems like a lot of cats do this. To see sleeping Samantha, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

HOMEMADE MAC AND CHEESE

Dear Heloise: While cutting up block cheese into small chunks for making mac and cheese, my smart husband suggested that I use a cheese slicer to make the job easier. After almost 50 years of marriage and cutting the cheese into pieces all these years, the light came on, and I said, “What a great idea!”

I asked him why he didn’t suggest this years ago! Husbands can be such a help, and smart! -- Phyllis Noel, Nottingham, N.H.

GOLF-BALL MASSAGE

Dear Heloise: A recent hint told about using a golf ball to massage shoulders, or having someone use the golf ball to massage your back.

Another suggestion is to take one or two golf balls or a tennis ball, put them in a sock and tie the end of the sock into a knot. You can massage your back or shoulders on your own by holding on to each end of the sock and “rolling” the sock across the affected areas. -- A Connecticut reader, via computer tablet

SOCK SORTING

Dear Heloise: To avoid having to sort and match socks coming out of the laundry, use ponytail elastic bands. When taking off a pair of socks, slip an elastic band over them to hold together before putting in the hamper. You can put them away still held together as a matched pair. -- Ginny in New Jersey

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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