Dear Readers: Winter is in full swing! It’s time to pull out DOWN AND FEATHER BEDDING to keep warm, which will help you save money on your energy bill.
The American Down and Feather Council has a few hints to ensure that your down and feather products are cared for correctly:
1. If your comforter or pillow is looking flat, fluff it up. A daily shake will restore the product’s fluffiness, or loft, and will help increase its performance.
2. If you need an extra fluff, use the dryer. Down comforters and blankets, as well as down or feather pillows, can be placed in a dryer set on LOW heat. Putting a few CLEAN tennis balls into the dryer will help fluff up the product while it tumbles around.
3. Storage of down and feather comforters, blankets and pillows can be tricky — you don’t want it to lose its luster while in storage. By storing bedding in a breathable bag, the products will retain their natural attributes and will be like new when you pull them out again.
Visit www.downandfeather.org to learn more about bedding and how to care for it. -- Heloise
P.S.: I have my mother’s satin down comforter that is more than 50 years old, and I love it.
Dear Heloise: As a college student, I’ve been taught the lesson of how to manage time. Balancing classes, clubs, practices and social activities makes me feel overwhelmed. So, here is my hint: Map out plans for the week. Every Sunday (YES, even after partying all Saturday night), take the time to list all of the things that need to be done in the coming week. This creates a clear and visible guide for what needs to be done! -- Allison D., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I would like to share a hint I learned as a graphic-arts student. Printmaking inks are difficult to get off your hands, and I don’t like strong chemical cleaners. I found that cooking oil works well. Pour a small amount on your hands and rub it in. The oil combines with the dirt and lifts it out of the skin, the way cold cream removes makeup. Wipe off with a paper towel, and wash your hands with soap. It works with many kinds of paints, adhesives, dirt and even tar. -- K.L., Falls Church, Va.
Dear Heloise: I mended an ornate gold picture frame by saving the heavy gold foil from a wine bottle. I crumpled up the foil to make it resemble the design of the frame, then glued it in place. It worked very well and fooled people into thinking it was the real thing. -- Elsie G. in Florida
Dear Heloise: I often save two of my empty, larger coffee cans. I use one to store pecans in and the other to put the shells in. I can throw the can and shells in the trash with no mess. -- Joann V. in Alaska
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