Dear Heloise: Please help! My cat is ruining all the corners in my house. She rubs her face along a corner until it is dark and oily. I tried cleaning it with powdered cleanser, but the cleanser removes the paint as well. How do I clean it? -- E.B., Williamsport, Md.
Try using a solution of baking soda mixed with water. If that doesn’t work, try one of the white, all-purpose, abrasive foam sponges that you can buy in most stores. One of my assistants has a dog that always lies against one wall in the kitchen while she cooks, and the same thing happens. However, it comes right off when she gently uses one of these sponges. For more cleaning hints, order my Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Cleaner walls allow paint to be applied more smoothly, so clean all walls before starting to paint a room. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep or taking a little nap, nothing is more frustrating than light coming through the curtain (especially in hotels)! Eye masks can leave unflattering lines on your face that can sometimes stick around for hours. Get a pair of black or navy men’s dress socks; sew the toes of the socks together, and voila! You have a new eyeshade. The heel of one of the socks will form to any nose perfectly, and then all you need to do is tie the ends together. Enjoy “stocking” up on a good night’s rest! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When toddlers first begin to sit at a child’s table, they don’t know not to go backward to sit on the small chairs, which can easily tip over. I use small stools with a wide bottom that won’t tip over. The toddler can climb on from any direction, it’s easy for him or her to get off, and the stools can be slid under the table, out of the way. -- Carol in Texas
Dear Heloise: I am confined to a motorized wheelchair. Cutting up meat, etc., for individual servings is solved by opening a lower drawer, placing a large dish towel over the drawer and then placing the cutting board on top and proceeding to cut up the meat or whatever. I wish there were more articles on handicapped people on a limited budget, like me, but who like to remain independent. Thanks for the great hints. -- A Reader in Minnesota
Dear Heloise: Here’s a helpful hint on keeping your pairs of pierced earrings together: Put the earrings (backs removed) through a button that has two holes (one earring through each hole). Then replace the earring backs from the other side of the button to hold it in place. Voilà! The sets are always together. -- Carol D. in New York
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