Dear Heloise: I would like to add a comment to the suggestion on WASHING KNICKKNACKS in the dishwasher that I read in The Washington Post. Please be careful that there is no gold or silver trim on them and that they can withstand the heat in the dishwasher.
There are only two of us in our household, and we also frequently run out of dishes before we can fill up the dishwasher. Our best set of dishes has silver on the edges and cannot be washed in the dishwasher. (Heloise here: Older and delicate items should be hand-washed, but modern pieces usually can be put in the dishwasher safely.)
I also have learned that many pots and pans cannot be placed in the dishwasher (if they have wooden knobs or handles — Heloise) because the heat will crack or splinter them and the handles. So, we sometimes run the appliance at less than full. Or we take back out the few dishes that we need and rewash them by hand. -- Pauline Lee, Bowie, Md.
Thanks for sharing your hints. Many times it’s the high-heat water temperature or hot drying cycle that can cause damage. When the subject of washing knickknacks in the dishwasher comes up, we chuckle in Heloise Central. One of my assistants put carved doves in the dishwasher (she was newly married), and when she opened the dishwasher, they were gone! They had dissolved with the hot water. So, always think before putting items (especially wooden or other specialty pieces) in the dishwasher. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Harold and Eula McChristian of Laneville, Tex., sent a photo of their adorable miniature Yorkshire terrier, Pebbles, sitting in a cocoa cup. She sure is a super cutie! To see her, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.”
Why not take a minute and send or e-mail a photo of your special pet that you would like to share? You may be surprised to find your pet as the Heloise Pet of the Week! Send the photo to: Heloise/Pet Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read about the cat who throws up. I also have a cat who throws up, and I try to prevent it by making him eat more slowly. I place two cat toy balls in his dish so he has to push them out of the way with his nose before he gets a piece of kibble. It has cut down on the throwing-up episodes quite a lot, and he is still quite a fat cat! -- Sally in New Brunswick, Canada
Dear Heloise: I once let the bathtub overflow. Now, to prevent this, while the water is running in the tub, I carry a nylon scrub to remind me that the water is on. Not one overflow since! -- T.D., via email
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