Dear Heloise:

I discovered a great solution for washing my dog's face when I give her a bath. I always worry about Shema getting shampoo in her eyes or water in her ears, so, consequently, her little face and ears just get a quick once-over with a washcloth.

Using a washcloth was clumsy, and Shema got fussy and agitated. One day, I decided to try something new. I had a new pair of soft cotton work gloves, and when I gave her a bath, I decided to put on the gloves to wash her face.

I just dunked my gloved hands in the bath water, which was just slightly soapy, and I gently rubbed her face and ears. It worked like a charm.

Joanne F., Woodbridge

Dear Heloise:

I need to know how to remove those stick-on, no-skid butterflies and footprints that are in the bottoms of bathtubs. I think you answered this before, but I cannot find it anywhere.

Nancy D., via e-mail

Don't fret -- the answer is in the Heloise Central files!

First, lift up on the edges of each applique as much as possible. Then spray a lubricating oil or a petroleum-based prewash spray under each one -- letting this sit to penetrate the adhesive for 30 minutes or longer. Next, pull up more on the lifted edges, firmly and steadily, until it comes up. You might need to reapply the spray oil to stubborn appliques. Also, boiling water poured directly on each applique can help soften the adhesive underneath long enough to pull up the applique -- be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your fingers from burns.

Once you've removed all the appliques, you might notice that they have left an adhesive residue behind. If so, use a nylon-net scrubber and some adhesive remover to scrub it away.

Caution: The oily sprays and adhesive removers will leave the bathtub surface very slippery, so wash and rinse the entire area thoroughly.

Dear Heloise:

When a vase gets yucky, fill it with water and drop one or two dissolving indigestion tablets in the water. After a few minutes, the vase will be sparkling-clean.

K. Bosacker

Minnetonka, Minn.

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