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Monday Newspaper

April 28, 2014

Manufacturers give vague listing

Hints from Heloise

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound off about ingredient lists on products:

“My Sound off is about manufacturers that do not put enough description in their ingredient list. Many people, due to religious, moral or health reasons, do not or cannot eat pork products. However, many ingredients just list ‘enzymes’ or ‘gelatin,’ without stating what their source is — beef, pork or otherwise. I have had to call many companies to find out, or have had to get rid of products due to this labeling.” — A Reader, via email

Very good point, and one I hope manufactures will listen to. — Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Here are some places to put reflector tape to make things easier to find:

* Put above a doorbell.

* On each side of a driveway.

* Above light switches or doorways, in case of emergency.

* In a garage so you know how far to pull in your car.

* On children’s clothing when walking at night.

— Heloise

CLEAN STOVE VENT

Dear Heloise: My stove vent is covered in grease and grime. Do you have a hint on how to clean it? — Jane in Alabama

Jane, I do have something you can use! Try making one of my all-purpose, ammonia-based cleaners. It works well on grease and grime. You will need 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix these with enough water to make 1 gallon of cleaner, and put in a clearly labeled container. It might take a little elbow grease, but it should get your vent clean. Want to know other cleaners you can make at home? I have put together a pamphlet with all my homemade cleaning solutions. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. You also can put the mesh screen (if there is one) in the dishwasher to clean it every so often. — Heloise

STICK AROUND

Dear Heloise: I use two to four bobby pins in my hair each day. You would think I could reuse those same ones, but I go through a package of a hundred in no time because I lose the pins all over the place! After my husband retired from work, he brought all of his office supplies home. Tired of my pins lying everywhere in creation, he gave me his paper-clip holder with a magnetic ring in the opening. It’s been perfect! — Holly in Florida

WEIGH DOWN

Dear Heloise: I save plastic gallon milk jugs. I fill them with water and use them to weigh down the blankets, sheets and towels I use to cover my plants when needed. I was having a problem with the blankets blowing off. The jugs help keep them in place. — Sheila in North Carolina

SAFE BLADE

Dear Heloise: When I pack my lunch and need a sharp knife, I put the knife in a travel toothbrush holder for safekeeping. — Patty in New Jersey

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