Hints From Heloise for March 3

Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 7:16 PM

Sequence Goes Down the Drain

Dear Readers: For many years, we have printed the tried-and-true Heloise SINK-FRESHENING HINT of using baking soda and white or apple-cider vinegar. This mixture will bubble, fizz and freshen the drain. It WON'T, however, clear a clog from the drain.

I started wondering, baking soda or vinegar first? Is there a difference in the sequence? We tested baking soda, then vinegar; vinegar, then baking soda. The result? No difference.

An important point about this hint? Run hot water down the drain after about five minutes, followed by a quick stream of cold water.

Allowing the mixture to soak for a long time or even overnight DOES NOT work better. Don't overdo it on the baking soda - 1/2 cup is sufficient.

Baking soda is a real nose-to-the-grindstone worker around the home. It's an inexpensive and Earth-friendly nonabrasive cleanser, revitalizer and kitchen revver-upper. I have compiled a pamphlet that gives you many hints about its uses around the home. To receive one, send $5 and a business-size, stamped (61 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. One-quarter teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar can stand in for baking powder when baking. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise:

I love my nieces, and each time they visited, they brought me TONS of pictures, finger paintings, etc. Quickly, my refrigerator was covered.

I wanted to save all of the art, so I scanned each piece into my computer, labeled each and let my budding Picassos title their work.

I hated to throw away the art, but it was getting to be too much. With the scans, the memories are preserved.

-- Sally, via e-mail

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