You can go to www.DLICleanersCare.org for a list of cleaners that participate in this program. They will accept wire hangers and prevent tons (literally, 750 tons last year) of steel from ending up in landfills. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a large kitchen garbage can and had trouble getting a full bag of garbage out. The full bag against the side of the can always created a sort of vacuum.
I put a couple of old phone books in the bottom of the can. Now, when I pull out the bag, the weight of the phone books makes the can slide off. I change the books when I get new phone books. Since I started putting the books in the bottom, I have never had to hold on to the can while taking out the garbage bag. -- Brian S. in Oregon
Dear Heloise: Just a quick hint for household plants while on vacation: I take an empty, clean soda or water bottle and fill it with clean, cold water. I insert the bottle, upside down, into the dirt of the plant. I give it a little shove so it stands straight up on its own. Water will slowly release when needed. (Heloise here: This will work only for a few days.) I do this for my outside plants as well. -- C.R. in Indiana
Dear Heloise: I have a hint for keeping little ones out of cabinets, and you don’t have to buy a thing. Many of us have old belts that we used to get with a new pair of pants. Run a belt down through the handles, tighten as needed and secure it. They can be cut to length, if necessary. The soft finish of a belt is less likely to damage the finish on the cabinets, too. -- Leah, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I use a manual can opener that eventually sticks and makes it very difficult to turn the handle. I spray the gears with nonstick cooking spray, and the opener turns with ease. -- Joanie, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I like to put iced tea in one of those tall, plastic containers with the straw and lid. It was always “sweaty” and drippy, so I got an old sock, cut out the bottom and stretched it around the base. Works wonderfully, as it absorbs the moisture and keeps the bottom dry. -- Diane J. in California
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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