Dear Heloise: I read your column every day in the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. When we moved into our home 23 years ago, we placed “STICKERS” in the bathtub to prevent slips. How do we remove them now? -- Sharon S., Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Start by using a hair dryer, on high heat, to warm and soften the adhesive. If this doesn’t work, start peeling up a corner of the sticker. Then spray some prewash or lubricating oil underneath and let sit for an hour or more. Using a plastic tool, like a spatula, start scraping as you pull up the sticker. Most of the sticker should come off.

If there is glue residue remaining, sprinkle cornmeal over it when dry. Using a nylon scrubber, carefully scrub the glue until it comes off. Of course, depending on how long the stickers were in the tub, you may need time to get it all off. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: When a plumber, heating-and-air-conditioning specialist, electrician or tech expert comes out to your home, be sure to make a copy of the work order once the service is completed. I attach the copy near the repaired area by taping it inside the door, cabinet or even under the kitchen sink. If another repair is needed, or more work needs to be done at a later date, I know where the information is and will have the billing and explanation of what was done available. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: If there is a power outage and you need to light up a room, use those large candles that come in glass jars. Place one or more in a large, stainless-steel pot for safety. Place the pot on top of a wooden cutting board for light in a large space. If you want to light up a kitchen table, then put the candles in a pot with handles and place on the table.

You can carry a pot with a candle in it from room to room, but always place the pot on your wooden cutting board to prevent any heat from possibly damaging where the pot is sitting. -- Beverly G., The Woodlands, Tex.


Dear Heloise: My hint is about those nice, plastic zippered bags you get when you buy a new set of sheets. They’re great for storing linens and tablecloths, plus I mark the tablecloth size on the bag. This eliminates the need to take the tablecloth out of the bag and guess whether it will fit. I have many tablecloths that are the same color but are different shapes and sizes. This has helped me out tremendously when throwing a party. -- Christie L., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: When you are doing embroidery and don’t have a particular floss color, you can substitute regular sewing thread. Just take the sewing thread and double or even triple it. -- Doris G., Bloomfield, N.J.

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