Hints From Heloise: De-gunking the dispenser

Dear Heloise: Any hints for keeping the LIQUID FABRIC-SOFTENER DISPENSER in my washer clean and free of buildup? -- Briana, via email

That dispenser can get pretty yucky! Here is a really easy hint: Pour some hot water into it and let sit. Once the gunk has loosened, use a bottle brush or other small brush to scrub, then flush with warm tap water.

To keep the dispenser clean, partially fill it with water before you put in the fabric softener, or dilute the softener with water. And occasionally pour some hot water into the dispenser and scrub. -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Hints for “green” grocery shopping:

* Buy products with less packaging.

* Bring reusable shopping bags.

* Do all your shopping at one location.

* Don’t buy more than you can use before the product goes bad (think fruits and vegetables).

* Stock up on items so you go less often.

-- Heloise

CURLING IRON

Dear Readers: Do you have a buildup of hair spray stuck to your curling iron? It is easy to clean off. Take an old washcloth or terry towel and pour a little rubbing alcohol on it. Rub the towel over an unplugged COLD iron to remove the residue. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any excess alcohol before using. Good as new! -- Heloise

A CLEANER FOR ALL

Dear Heloise: The glass-stovetop cleaner is a multipurpose cleaner for me. I know it is pricey, but a couple of drops go a long way. It is great for cleaning cloudy glasses instantly. Just rub a tiny amount on the glass, and it gets the glass sparkling again. Also, I use it on any glass bakeware to keep that baked-on gunk from building up. Spread the cleaner on and let it sit until the buildup is loosened. -- Nancy, via e-mail

Nancy, the glass-stovetop cleaner is not recommended for objects that come in contact with food. However, for glass fireplace or shower doors, it is okay. Thanks for writing! -- Heloise

SEWN SHEETS

Dear Heloise: We have a king-size bed with one of the thicker mattresses. We were never happy with the width of king-size top sheets; they never hung far enough down on either side of the bed. I solved that problem by sewing two twin sheets together.

However, do you or any of your readers have a suggestion for “extending” the width of quilts?

Thanks for sharing so much good information -- I always learn something new! -- Joy J., Kenney, Tex.

Joy, it depends on the quilt. You can add a “border” using a complementary material. Readers? -- Heloise

SOUND OFF

Dear Heloise: I have often wondered why the brushes in nail polish reach only about halfway to the bottom of the bottle. This soon makes it difficult to get enough polish on the brush to do the job without having to tip the bottle. -- Sue from Indiana

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate

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