The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Monday Newspaper

March 3, 2014

Having plethora of paper

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about companies wasting paper:

“While I do recycle, it annoys me that bills come with so many advertisements. These are a waste of trees and money, and I have to be the one to recycle them.

“Not to mention the advertisements that come in the mail. Many times, the same advertisements are in the newspaper. — A Reader, via email”

Many readers feel as you do! We try to recycle as much as possible, but sometimes there is only so much one can do. As far as the advertisements, not everyone gets a newspaper (sure wish they would!), and not everyone gets the same bills. Just keep doing the best you can. — Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com    

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for extra clothespins:

* Use to deflate pool rafts by pinching the valve open.

* Clip coupons together to hold them while shopping.

* Use as a paperclip in a pinch.

* Clip extra place mats to hangers to store.

* Use to mark a page in your cookbook.

— Heloise

BATHTUB APPLIQUES

Dear Heloise: Would you please repeat the hint for removing old appliqués from the bathtub? I would like some new ones. — Dorothy S., Carteret, N.J.

Dorothy, here are some Heloise hints to help you! The decals usually can be peeled off with a little effort. Place some foil over a decal and pour on boiling water. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes. Try to pry up a corner, then put some prewash spray or lubricating oil beneath that spot and let it sit for a while. You should then be able to gently peel it off. If needed, you can use a hard, plastic spatula or other such tool to help remove it. Just be careful not to scratch the tub.

If there is glue residue left over, use a glue-removal product, or sprinkle the spot with cornmeal, then use a nylon pad to scrub away the residue. It might take some elbow grease, but you should be able to remove it all. Clean and rinse the tub, and you are ready for new decals, if you want. — Heloise

BIRDSEED ALTERNATIVE

Dear Heloise: I’ve recently attended two weddings. At one, guests were given sparklers and lighters when the couple was ready to leave. Guests lined either side of the walkway, and the couple ran to their waiting car.

At the other, guests sent bubbles full of good wishes as they exited. — Julie S., via email

Two alternatives to the rice-versus-birdseed question. The bubbles are pretty, but please try NOT to get them on the bride’s dress, as some dresses are silk and difficult to clean. — Heloise

REPURPOSED PLATE

Dear Heloise: When I throw out my old microwave, I keep the microwave plate and reuse it. We use our old ones as cutting boards and to serve treats on like cupcakes or cookies. — Lavonne in Florida

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