Dear Heloise: Years ago, you printed a recipe for a WINDOW CLEANER. I would appreciate it if you would print the amounts. Thank you. -- Marge in New Jersey

Marge, I’m happy to share this longtime Heloise money-saving hint. A lot of readers have been asking this question recently. There are several solutions you can use, but here are two of my favorites.

The first is ammonia-based. Mix 1/2 cup of NONSUDSING ammonia with 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Add enough water to make a gallon. Be sure to wear gloves when mixing, and have good ventilation.

The second is vinegar-based. Mix 1/2 cup of white or apple-cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water.

Put each solution in a CLEARLY MARKED spray bottle. To leave your windows streak-free, and save money, try drying with crumpled-up newspaper. For other money-saving homemade cleaning solutions, order my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions. Just send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. When cleaning windows, dry right to left on the inside and up and down on the outside. That way, you know which side any streaks are on. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Helpful hints for pop-up wipe containers:

* Line with a newspaper sleeve and use as a small trash can in the car.

* Use to store plastic shopping bags.

* Store art supplies and paintbrushes.

* Use to soak small, hard-to-clean items.

* Place on a bathroom sink to hold cotton balls.

-- Heloise


Dear Readers: Ever wonder what to do with your old cellphone? How about donating it to help out a great cause? Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that provides free communication tools for deployed troops serving overseas.

Donated cellphones are recycled, and the money raised is used to provide calling cards for our troops.

To donate a cellphone, check the Web site (, call 800-426-1031 for a nearby drop-off location, or mail it to: Cell Phones for Soldiers, c/o ReCellular, P.O. Box 9998, Dexter, MI 48130-9998.

Of course, money also is welcome. -- Heloise

P.S.: Clean out that phone “graveyard”!


Dear Heloise: I have a couple of Sound Offs for you. Why do companies say to use a certain amount of their soap product and then make marks in the cap that you cannot see?? Why do companies have items that say “tear here” when it never works? -- Donna in Nebraska

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

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