Dear Heloise: Here is my method for making hard-boiled eggs:
Put a pot of water on the stove and heat to a high simmer. At this point, place the number of eggs to be hard-boiled into the pot carefully, so you do not get splashed. The eggs can be right from the refrigerator, older or fresh.
After the water comes back to medium, let them simmer for 12 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water so they are cool enough to handle. Tap against the counter once, and the shells will peel off in two or three pieces — every time.
Molly O., Litchfield, Conn.
Dear Heloise: I wanted a cover for my queen-size bed, but I didn't want a dust ruffle. I bought a king-size cover, which came to the floor on all three sides of my queen-size bed.
Marian, via email
Dear Heloise: Help! Is there any way I can shrink my favorite sweater? It was a mistake in washing and not laying it flat to dry. It now almost comes down to my knees. Sure hope there is a solution. Thank you for your column.
Cynthia, via email
Cynthia: Let’s try. Wash the sweater again, in cold water, and then dry it in the clothes dryer on the lowest heat setting. Check on the sweater often — every 10 minutes or so, as shrinking is not reversible.
This is a long shot; the fibers may be irretrievably stretched. Worst case? Grab a belt and some leggings, and there you go!
Dear Readers: I often tout the benefits of vinegar as a cleaning solution, but did you know that it can benefit your hands, too?
Try patting on some apple-cider vinegar after gardening or after using abrasives, such as cement or harsh cleaners, or to remove the odor of fish, garlic or onions from your hands. Just “wash” them in apple-cider vinegar, and the odors vanish. I have compiled my favorite vinegar hints, facts and even a few recipes into a handy pamphlet — would you like to receive one? It’s easy! Visit Heloise.com to order, or send a long, stamped (71 cents), self-addressed envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: Vinegar also can help to stop the itching of insect bites, and will help neutralize the venom from jellyfish stings.
Dear Readers: Only 1 out of 10 people worldwide is left-handed.