Hints From Heloise: These don’t fit in those

April 29, 2013

Dear Heloise: Manufacturers should be told, since they don’t seem to be aware, that pillows are a lot thicker than they used to be, but the pillowcases are the same size. It takes me longer to get my pillows in the cases than it does to remake my beds. -- Catherine in Louisiana

Your SOUND OFF is one that I hear a lot, and I agree with you! We have eight pillows on the bed, and I double-pillowcase them. Yep! It does take me longer to do the pillows than to make the bed! -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for wine corks:

* Cut a slit in them and make place-card holders.

* Make into a corkboard by gluing a bunch of them to a piece of wood.

* Use in a tackle box to hold extra hooks or as bobbers.

* Use to plug a bottle if the top goes missing.

* Glue to the bottom of a plant pot so it won’t scratch the floor.

-- Heloise

CLEAN LAMINATE FLOOR

Dear Heloise: I can’t find your cleaner for laminate that I cut out. I have tried several commercial sprays, but they leave my floor tacky and leave streaks. Thank you. -- Sylvia, via e-mail

Happy to help! The best way to clean laminate flooring is with plain water. You may be able to use a solution of vinegar and water (1 cup vinegar in 1 gallon water), but some manufacturers recommend NOT to use vinegar and water, so check before using. Also, do one area at a time, dry, then move on to the next.

First, remove as much dirt as possible with a dust mop or electric sweeper. Then use the vinegar solution or just a damp mop. Be careful — DO NOT overwet the laminate. Too much water can cause the floor to warp. When done, use a clean cloth or mop to dry. Want to learn what else you can clean with vinegar? In my pamphlet, I have many household uses for vinegar that can be yours by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To freshen a toilet bowl, pour in full-strength white vinegar and let sit for five minutes or so, then scrub and flush. -- Heloise

SNACK BAG

Dear Heloise: I often put my son’s snacks in zippered plastic bags, but he has a hard time keeping them open. If I roll the top of a bag out and down, it stays somewhat open. It is easier for him to reach in and get the snack, and no more asking Mom to open it every two minutes. -- Shelley, via e-mail

LETTER OF LAUGHTER

Dear Heloise: I thought you would enjoy this. Discussing laundry and how dirty her father’s clothes get, I told my husband’s daughter that I add soda to the wash to help get the dirt out. Her husband then asked, “What brand cola do you use?” Adding baking soda to my husband’s very dirty clothes really helps get them clean. -- Joan O. in Oregon

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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