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Hints From Heloise: Growing a beard saves time spend shaving, but it may boost your love life


Dear Readers: Beards are back. Maybe it’s a result of being at home for more than a year, but beards are here! Let’s look at this facial hair phenomenon.

Growing a beard can free up time. Experts tabulated that the average clean-shaven man spends the equivalent of almost 140 days of his life shaving!

A partner may find a man more attractive with a full beard, or a little stubble. Experts found that bearded men are perceived as more dominant and masculine, more responsible, more mature and more fatherly, too.

Beards can help prevent sunburn, and having a beard can protect the skin underneath from aging. A beard can filter out harmful ultraviolet light. (Sunscreen is necessary, though, on the nose, cheeks and forehead.)

The theory that beards are dirty and germ-ridden? Not so much, as long as the beard is washed in the shower.

Dear Heloise: What do your readers think about the new trend of open shelving, especially popular in kitchens? My thought is, you better be super-organized and matchy-matchy, or your kitchen can look junky! It's not only a bad look, but that can drain the energy out of you in a heartbeat.

— Melissa C. in New York

Dear Heloise: I need your advice regarding showerhead cleaning.

— Jerry P. in California, via email

Jerry P. in California: Happy to help. Minerals from hard water can clog the holes of your showerhead, leading to reduced water pressure. If you can remove the showerhead, cover it in a bowl of hot vinegar. After the vinegar has dissolved the buildup (1-2 hours), use an old toothbrush or toothpick to loosen any remaining debris.

If you can’t remove the showerhead, secure a sturdy plastic bag filled with vinegar over the showerhead with the holes submerged. Leave overnight, then loosen any bits with a toothpick.

Caveat Corner: Your showerhead may have a finish on it that vinegar can damage (remember, vinegar is an acid). Check with the manufacturer.

Vinegar is a workhorse in the home. Safe, cheap, and readily available, I’ve reached for it time and time again. I’ve compiled my favorite vinegar hints, helps and hacks into a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It’s easy! Visit to order, or send a long, stamped (75 cents), self-addressed envelope together with $5 to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Look for cleaning vinegar in the laundry aisle. Its acid content is higher, for a more powerful clean.

Dear Heloise: I enjoy frozen chicken pot pies, but the 10-ounce size doesn't quite fill me up. While the pie is baking, I cook extra vegetables (carrots, squash, broccoli).

When the pie is done, I break open the top crust and add the extra vegetables plus some Parmesan cheese, and the pie is then the right amount for me.

— Thomas L., Long Beach, Calif.

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