Dear Heloise:

The other day after chopping onions, my hands smelled terrible, and no matter what I cleaned them with, the smell remained. So my husband told me to do the following: wet my hands, then put a tablespoon or more of granulated sugar in the palm of my hand, along with a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent. I then rubbed my hands together and rinsed. Voila{acute}! The smell was gone immediately.

Betty Jo from Philadelphia

Dear Heloise:

What does the quote "right tidy, lefty Lucy" refer to? Thank you for your time.

Kelley, via e-mail

Well, you sort of have it "righty," but the spelling might be what is a little confusing. The verse is actually "righty, tighty; lefty, loosey" -- meaning turn right to tighten and left to loosen. It is a way to remember how to unscrew or open a jar. It's also handy to keep in mind when trying to remove a screw or tighten something.

Dear Heloise:

When I fry foods, I place recycled pie tins upside down over the remaining burners to lessen the cleanup. They can be tossed or, as I do, washed and used again.

T. Mauro, Falcon, N.C.

Dear Heloise:

I love hard-boiled eggs -- I even color them with food coloring all year long.

Due to cholesterol, I cut the egg in half, take out the yolk and sprinkle just a smidgen of the yolk back on the egg white. Tastes great.

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