Get that hairbrush (not wood) back to being clean by filling your sink with warm water and white vinegar (about a 50/50 mix). Use the toothbrush to scrub the bristles, and rinse the brush in tap water. Lay the brush bristles down to dry. It’s yet another use for vinegar, which is why I wrote my Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More pamphlet. To receive one, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Once your hairbrush is clean, use a sponge to wipe the sink, counter and faucet with the vinegar/water solution. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: How often do you purchase items online or by phone through a catalogue order? I ordered a piece of luggage that looked perfect for my kind of business travel. I wouldn’t be traveling and able to try it out for a month or so. After reading the receipt, I noticed that there was only a 30-day time frame for returns!
I called the company (writing down the time, day and who I spoke with). I explained I had a trip coming up and was definitely going to be past the 30-day return policy if for some reason I needed to return the luggage. I was given an extension.
So, call the company and try requesting a return extension. At the very least, it is worth a try. -- Heloise
P.S.: I did not like the luggage at all and ended up returning it after my trip!
Dear Heloise: I have a great hint for using the cardboard paper-towel tubes. I pack one full of plastic grocery bags and newspaper bags that I am keeping for other uses. A tube fits perfectly in a kitchen drawer, ready to grab and get a bag out of. You would be surprised just how many bags will fit in one tube! -- Sally W. in Mississippi
Dear Heloise: My husband and I hatch our own chicks. We put clear marbles in the chicks’ watering dishes so the little ones do not drown. -- A Reader in Pennsylvania
What a simple yet clever way to keep the chicks out of the water! Just remember to change the water at least twice a day! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I made a cake the other day. Once I had it frosted, I realized I had no toothpicks to keep the plastic wrap from touching it. Digging through my drawers, I found my corn-on-the-cob holders. They worked perfectly! -- Cindy in North Carolina
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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