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Friday, October 29, 2010

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Dear Heloise: We have a relatively "new" DISHWASHER. It quit working. I called the serviceman, and he took apart the inner workings. The spinner that threw water had stopped, and there was a gummy, sticky substance clogging up the mechanism. I realized I often put jam or peanut-butter jars in the dishwasher, and what was gumming up my dishwasher was the sticky glue and paper from the labels. Now I never put anything with a label on it in my dishwasher. Hope this saves others unnecessary repair bills. -- Janet in Missouri

Thanks for sharing your experience. Our readers certainly will benefit from it. -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: With our need to pack and carry less luggage, I have a hint. Rather than packing a bottle of fingernail-polish remover, place cotton squares in a sealable sandwich bag. Then pour in enough polish remover to saturate the squares. Remove air and seal the bag. Then double-bag it in another sandwich bag as a precaution. This could work for other clear liquids -- alcohol, etc. If I am carrying polish or other such liquids, I sandwich-bag them as well, placing all such items inside a gallon sealable storage bag. -- Carol Golden, Kingwood, Texas

A space and weight travel hint. However, this is not advisable in carry-on luggage, because it MAY NOT pass through security. A representative with the Transportation Security Administration said the screener has the discretion to allow it on board or not. However, this is a helpful hint for all other travels, such as auto, bus or train. -- Heloise

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