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Hints From Heloise: Freezer-door follies

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about holding doors open in the frozen section of the grocery store:

“It bothers me to see people at the grocery store holding the glass freezer doors open for a minute or two while they look over the items on the shelves. I assume these are the same people who leave their windows open at home when running the air conditioner. Holding the freezer door open wastes energy, and it makes the glass fog up so that the next person has to hold the door open because he or she can’t see through the glass. -- A.K., via e-mail”

How right you are! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Other uses for sand:

* Use to clean up liquid spills outside.

* Fill a jar or can with it and make your own paperweight.

* Let children glue on paper in art projects.

* Use on outside stairs and slippery surfaces instead of salt.

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have what appear to be rust stains on my clothes when I remove them from my dryer. I would like to know what causes this and what I can do to prevent it. It is becoming very annoying. Please help. -- Betty in Kentucky

The problem most likely is caused by a nick in the dryer drum and then rust from the metal below the surface. There is an easy way to find out if there is a nick that is causing these spots. Place an old pair of pantyhose over your hand and gently run your hand along the inside of the dryer. If you feel the pantyhose snag or catch on something, you have a nick. Most paint stores carry touch-up enamel that you can use to cover the area.

To remove the stains left on your clothing, use a commercial rust remover. They are available in the fabric-dye section at most grocery stores. Or try white vinegar. Never use bleach on a rust stain, because it can intensify the spot. Have other tough stains that you need help removing? Order my Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. To receive, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Remember when treating a stain to place a paper towel in between layers of fabric. This will keep the stain from soaking through. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have a different color or design key for each of my various doors, gates and security locks. It helps designate them so I’m not trying them all. It costs a little more at the store but saves a lot of frustration. -- Mary Ann in Orange, Calif.


Dear Heloise: The best way to swallow a pill is very simple: Eat a banana and swallow the pills with it. -- Ron in Manchester, N.H.

Drink water BEFORE and after, too! -- Heloise

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to

, King Features Syndicate



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