Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about grocery-store workers wearing earphones:
“My Sound Off concerns the workers who collect the carts for stores in the parking-lot corrals. More and more, I notice that these workers have earbuds in and cannot hear a person, let alone a car coming, while they walk around the parking lot. It sure seems like an accident waiting to happen! -- Amelia W., via e-mail”
Amelia, it’s something I’ve not thought about. They could be earplugs to cut down on the loud cart noise, but if they are earbuds and the workers are listening to loud music, it could be a problem. Readers, comments? -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: Other uses for nonflavored dental floss:
* Keep in the kitchen for cutting cakes, cheese, etc.
* Use to sew a button instead of thread.
* Tie something closed in a pinch.
* Use unwaxed floss to tie around a roast.
* Tie around plants to keep them upright.
Dear Heloise: I have a question about how to keep wool moths from ruining wool carpets. I’ve had several wool carpets that keep getting eaten, and I don’t know how to stop them. I’ve tried spraying the carpets with insecticides as well as vinegar, but nothing works. -- Don G., Pitman, Pa.
Ugh, those little critters can do so much damage. Your problem could be moths or carpet beetles. They show up in upholstery, rugs, carpets, etc. To try to rid your life of those little pests, remove the rug and wash the area thoroughly. Have the rug laundered or dry-cleaned before placing it back.
To prevent moths and carpet beetles, vacuum frequently. If you have pets, pay special attention to removing pet hair as often as possible. Pet hair is a food source for these pests. DO NOT spray insecticides directly on a rug — they can damage it further. And as much as I love vinegar, it won’t do a thing to those darn pests! -- Heloise
P.S.: If you can, move the rug to another room where there is sunlight, human action and foot traffic — the pests don’t like that!
Dear Heloise: Unmatched socks are a problem in our house. I put a cheap plastic bin in the laundry room, and when I have a single sock, I throw it in the bin. Then if anyone cannot find the match, the first place the person looks is in the bin. It has saved a lot of time and frustration in my family. -- P.P. in Illinois
CUT IT IN TWO
Dear Heloise: I cut cotton-tipped applicators in two and use them on areas around the eyes or elsewhere, such as applying medication to a wound. It is much better than using one end and letting the other end lie around to gather dust or hair and then use it. After cutting them in two, they fit into an old 35 mm film case. -- M.B., via e-mail