Hints From Heloise: Turn on those lights!

May 20, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about motorists not using their headlights:

“Along with people not using their auto directional signals, a great number of drivers do not have low lights or headlights on when windshield wipers are necessary. I have never witnessed this rule being enforced by local or highway-patrol personnel. It can be very dangerous, especially when visibility is very low. -- A Concerned Reader, via e-mail

A very good hint, and one that could be a lifesaver! Yes, in most states it is a law that when windshield wipers are on, when visibility is less than anywhere from 200 to 1,000 feet or there is insufficient light/adverse weather, headlights need to be on. -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Quick ways to squeeze in exercise throughout the day:

* Do arm curls when carrying in grocery bags.

* While cooking dinner, do pushups using the kitchen counter.

* Do squats while brushing your teeth.

* While watching TV, do situps during commercials.

* Do arm circles while waiting for coffee to brew.

-- Heloise

WOOD CLEANER

Dear Heloise: I have small children, and my wood cabinets are covered in fingerprints and dirt from their sticky hands. Do you have a solution I can use to clean them? -- A Reader in Utah

Fingerprints, be gone! I do happen to have a great solution for cleaning fingerprints and dirt off wood paneling and cabinets. Mix 1 part vinegar (apple cider or white) with 2 parts water — for example, 1/3 cup vinegar to 2/3 cup water. Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution. Squeeze, leaving just a damp cloth. Wipe the surface a SMALL SECTION at a time, and dry/polish the area with a clean cloth before moving on to the next section. This and many more of my homemade cleaning solutions are in my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaning, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Want to make a quick sanitizing spray? Just mix 1 tablespoon of household bleach with 1 quart of water. -- Heloise

CARDBOARD FOR CRAFTS

Dear Heloise: Whenever I receive a package or buy something in a large box, I save the cardboard. I do a lot of craft projects. I break down the boxes and use the cardboard as a mat to spray on or to just let projects dry on. I never have to worry about paint getting on something I don’t want it to. -- Marnie in Bulverde, Tex.

VACUUM BAG

Dear Heloise: Whenever I vacuum, I carry a plastic grocery bag on my arm. That way, if I come across something that’s too big to be vacuumed up, like a paper clip, I simply bend down, pick it up and place it in the bag. Then when I am done, I can put away the things I found or throw them away, and my vacuum doesn’t get ruined. -- A Reader in Virginia

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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