Dear Heloise: I have shirts belonging to my 5-year-old with OILY STAINS on the front. How can I remove the stains once they have been through the dryer? -- A Reader in Santa Fe, N.M.
Well, you might be able to, but since they have gone through the dryer, it might be tough. Here is what to try: First, treat the area with a prewash spray or stick. Then rub liquid laundry detergent onto the area until it soaks through, and wash in hot water (or the hottest water that’s safe for that fabric). Rinse and air-dry. Do NOT put in the dryer. It may take two or three times.
Have other tricky stains that you need help with? I have compiled a pamphlet with all of my stain-removing hints. To order, send $5 with a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. If the care label doesn’t specify a temperature, any temperature is safe to use on that fabric, but warm water will do and will save money. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I purchase a new hair dryer, curling iron, etc., I save the old one unless it is completely unusable. I take the old ones with me when traveling and leave the new, better ones at home. This way, if I forget it on my trip, it is not a big deal -- I know I still have one at home. -- A Reader, via email
Dear Readers: Have you ever heard of letterboxing? Are you looking for something fun to get your family outdoors? Letterboxing is a scavenger-hunt game. You take the clues provided and search for “hidden” letterboxes.
According to Letterboxing North America, there are around 5,000 letterboxes hidden throughout North America, many in local parks or attractions.
All you need to get started is a logbook (a blank notebook), a personal stamp (which you can make or buy), an ink pad, a pen and some clues. Once you find a box, stamp its logbook with your stamp, and stamp your logbook with its stamp. With all the boxes out there, think how many stamps you could get!
For a list of clues to boxes in your area, visit www.letterboxing.org. Grab your supplies, and let the family adventure begin! -- Heloise
P.S.: A team member of Heloise Central did this with her young son and loved it. Almost free and lots of fun, plus fresh air and exercise.
Dear Heloise: The first time our new lawn-care men came to the house, they accidentally left the back gate open in the yard, and my dog got out. I drove around for a couple of hours and was lucky enough to find her. Since then, I have placed signs on both gates to the yard saying, “Please close the gate.” I haven’t had a problem since. -- Janice in Texas
This happens a lot! Glad you (and your dog) were lucky enough to get reconnected. -- Heloise
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