Hints From Heloise: Roping a mattress

August 22, 2013

Dear Heloise: One of the things I often see on the street is a MATTRESS that has fallen off somebody’s vehicle. People do not realize that a gust of wind or the wind they create by driving can cause the mattress to flip up and fall off. I have seen two mattresses on the street within the past week.

Anybody who moves a mattress needs to loop a strong rope through the loops on the sides and across the mattress in at least two or three places. Crisscross the ropes across the mattress as well. -- William K. in Houston

You are so right, William -- road hazards from things falling off or out of a vehicle can cause terrible accidents. It is important to make sure that anything you carry or that’s in the bed of a truck is securely tied down. -- Heloise

LAUNDRY HINT

Dear Heloise: I read the hint about pouring laundry soap on a towel and taking it to the laundry.

We spend winter months in a motor home. I put laundry detergent in small plastic bags for each load. I put the clothes in a machine and toss in the bag. It opens during the action. I remove the bag before putting the clothes into the dryer. Saves carrying the large detergent holders. -- Rita B., via e-mail

CHIPPED TILE

Dear Heloise: I found a corner of bathroom tile that had chipped. I did not want to go through the cost of replacing the whole tile. I found a close-match-color nail polish and applied a few light coats, and then a top coat. You would never know the chip was there! -- Tina, Wallkill, N.Y.

Love it! I’ve repaired many things with nail polish. -- Heloise

BATHROOM MAT

Dear Heloise: I’m often surprised when using the bathroom at friends’ houses to see that they leave the bathmat on the floor, right in the path of those who walk in and out. I wonder how they can fail to notice that they’ll be standing barefooted on the residue of someone’s (and their) dirty shoe tracks when they step out of the shower. A simple solution: Hang the bathmat over the shower bar. It will dry there — and stay clean! -- Chaz

BED MAKING

Dear Heloise: This tip is for those who have “electric” beds, with the thick mattress. I had a difficult time stretching the fitted bottom sheet on the mattress. By raising the head and the foot of the bed, the bed became “shorter,” and the sheet fit easily. -- Gail in Huntington Beach, Calif.

HANDY RUBBER BAND

Dear Heloise: I enjoy reading your hints in the Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla. I find it a struggle to use hair spray. I found that if I wrap a couple of wide rubber bands around the can, it helps a lot! It makes the can easier to grip. -- Samantha, 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.

, King Features Syndicate

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