Dear Heloise: Our REFRIGERATOR DIED — the day after grocery shopping. The fridge was getting warm. Luckily, the freezer was still holding cold, but we knew it wouldn’t last. It would take a few days to get a new refrigerator. We saw that our two picnic coolers would not be nearly enough space.
My husband looked at the fridge and noted that it’s a pretty well-insulated box. We dashed to the grocery store and bought some dry ice. We put two small blocks on the top shelf of the fridge part and two in the freezer part. (Be sure to handle dry ice only with very thick gloves, as dry ice can “burn” you quickly.) We added a little more dry ice each day and opened the doors as little as possible.
The temperature stayed below 40 degrees (and the freezer stayed frozen). The dry ice wasn’t cheap, but it was cheaper than buying a fridge full of food. The new refrigerator arrives tomorrow, and we didn’t lose a thing. -- Christy Ruther, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Very smart, and good thinking on your part! Do be careful with dry ice, and as you said, don’t open that door unless necessary! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I recently got a business-card holder as a promotional giveaway. I didn’t really need it, because I don’t have reason to hold onto business cards. I found that it was the perfect size for a gift card. So, when I gave my niece a gift card, I put it in the business-card holder. It worked perfectly. -- Shelly R. in Minneapolis
REMOVING BLANKET WIRES
Dear Heloise: Quite a few years ago, you ran a hint on how to remove the wires from an electric blanket. Can you please reprint it? Thanks. -- E.D., via e-mail
I would be happy to reprint this for you and other readers who may have a blanket that needs its wires removed. It’s easy to do!
Feel where the wires are at either the top or the bottom of the blanket. Make a little incision in the material, carefully grab the wires and pull them out. The thermostat usually is a bit bigger, so you may need to enlarge the hole to get it out. Next, with a few stitches, the blanket is a “new” lightweight blanket. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: In your column in The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, you asked for laundry hints.
When I dry sheets, I always make sure I have “untwisted” each one and shaken it out. I dry only one sheet at a time, and I throw a tennis ball into the dryer. The tennis ball works great, and this is a hint I got from the washing instructions on a down vest. I now use the tennis ball in all my dryer loads. -- Phyllis in Stanford, Ky.
If it works for you, that’s good enough for me! -- Heloise