Hints From Heloise: Wipe the seat, then where I eat?

July 8, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about table bussers:

“Why is it that table bussers in some restaurants wipe the seat and the table with the same damp cloth? There’s nothing more unappetizing than seeing them wipe the seat at a table, then wipe the tabletop.

“I have brought this to the attention of restaurant managers on numerous occasions. They all thank me, but I’m willing to bet that it still goes on. We always make sure our silverware is not placed directly on the tabletop. Talk about unsanitary! I enjoy reading your columns in our paper and Good Housekeeping. -- Barb in Athens, Ala.”

Yuck! And double yuck! Maybe they have NOT been trained in the correct procedure! However, I usually see it in reverse — they wipe the table crumbs off to the seat, then wipe it off the chairs. But still! I’d love to hear from restaurant owners and managers. -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for clean, plastic ketchup bottles:

* Keep homemade salad dressing in one.

* Buy bulk shampoo and then keep a small amount in one for the shower.

* Make and store your own horseradish sauce in one.

* Place water in one and let kids water plants with it.

* Put pancake batter in one for easy pouring.

-- Heloise

IRONING-BOARD USES

Dear Readers: Here are just a few of the responses about other uses for an ironing board:

Kathryn in Lubbock, Tex., said: “I use mine when I’m going to work on sewing, like hemming slacks, dresses, etc. Ironing boards are great because they can be adjusted for the right height one needs. Also, pins can be stuck into them if necessary.”

Jeanette in Westlake Village, Calif., said, “Use for folding and hanging clothes before putting them away.”

Sally in Fort Wayne, Ind., said, “I place my suitcase on the ironing board in a hotel room to keep it counter height. No more stooping.”

Love them all! -- Heloise

AREA RUGS

Dear Heloise: Running the vacuum over an area rug does not get all the dirt out. Using an upright vacuum, vacuum as usual, then turn the rug over and vacuum the back. Let the vacuum vibrate over the back as if you are trying to get every inch. Flip it over and look at the floor. You will not believe how much dirt comes out! Sweep or vacuum the floor between flips. Do this until the floor no longer has a layer of dirt. Less dirt means longer life for area rugs. -- Phyllis in Louisiana

Of course, for those who can, take it outside and give it several heavy “shakes,” but you may want to wear a face mask! -- Heloise

DROPPED LENS

Dear Heloise: I wear contact lenses and occasionally drop them. To find them, I turn off the lights and use a flashlight or the glow from my cellphone. The lens reflects the light so I can see it. Hope this helps someone else! -- Hannah in Oklahoma

We tested this in Heloise Central, and it works! -- Heloise

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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