Dear Readers: Do you open your bathroom and kitchen cabinets only to find a lot of cleaners, scrubs and cleaning chemicals there? For a better, green solution that is cheap and friendly to the environment, use VINEGAR!

Pour vinegar full strength, or mix it up! Here’s a good recipe to try: Combine 1 / 2 cup white vinegar, 1 pint rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing liquid. Add enough water to make a gallon. Pour into a spray bottle and CLEARLY label.

This will clean the shower door, break down soap scum and clean mirrors! For a Heloise pamphlet filled with my favorite vinegar hints through the years, send $5, along with a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Too many soap suds in the sink when hand-washing your delicates? Add a squirt of friendly vinegar to the rinse water, and rinse again with clear water. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: A reader sent in a picture of her darling black Brussels griffon, Tootie. She said she snorts when she gets excited (the dog, not the owner). To see Tootie and other Pet Pals, visit, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

P.S.: My Web site also will link you to my Facebook and Twitter pages — hints, fun facts and more! Come see photos and check out what’s happening.


Dear Heloise: Buy a pair of men’s suspenders and separate them into two single pieces. Place them under the mattress (Heloise here: depending on size of mattress) and, using the clips on each end, attach them to the fitted sheet from one side to the other — one near the top and one near the bottom.

It takes more time and trouble to change your linens, but you have a nice, smooth fitted sheet that stays on. — Pam in Yantis, Tex.


Dear Heloise: Last summer, I purchased a large outdoor plant in a pot with writing on it. Instead of tossing the pot, I spray-painted it green. This year, I planted impatiens in it. It looks really nice.

So, gardeners, don’t toss pots that have writing on them. They can be painted. It is a wonderful way to recycle and save money. -- Carolyn in North Berwick, Maine


Dear Heloise: To store necklaces, use a men’s tie hanger. I use a hanger that’s shaped like a regular clothes hanger but has 14 hooks along its length, and I hang it up in my clothes closet.

It not only makes it easy to see all of your necklaces at once, but it also keeps them from becoming easily tangled. -- Kim in California


Dear Heloise: I take a banana to work every day, and it often became bruised in my tote bag. I now use a cylinder-shaped potato-chip canister made of plastic to transport my banana. Works perfectly! -- Susan in Huntsville, Ala.

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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